Q&A with casting director & top agent

After today’s rehearsal at Talawa Theatre the cast and I had a Q&A talk with Shaheen Baig (casting director) and Kat Oliver (actor’s agent at Conway van Gelder Grant). They answered a number of questions on many topics including the merits of drama school, getting representation, auditioning, and so. As they shared so much information, I decided to share some of their most useful and relevant advice. Here goes!Shaheen Baig Casting

 

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End of Day 2: Introduction to Life Coaching

My 2 day ‘Introduction to Life Coaching’ with The Coaching Academy is now all done and I literally feel like my mind has opened up to a brand new way of thinking, living and being.

The Coaching Academy

The day was split into two parts. During the first half of the day we looked at personal beliefs and what effect they have on our behaviour. In general, beliefs can be categorised in two ways: they either prevent from taking action or they empower us to take action. Most astonishingly, for many of the beliefs that we hold, we aren’t even aware that we have them as they are so deep-rooted and ingrained in us; in short, they are subconscious beliefs that have never (or rarely) been challenged during our lifetime.

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End of day 1: Introduction to Life Coaching

Simply put, today was absolutely amazing. I finished Day 1 of my ‘Introduction to Life Coaching’ and I feel extremely inspired and super, super excited for the future.

The seminar was run by The Coaching Academy who offer various programmes to train people to become life coaches within a specific field e.g. coaching for the youth, small business coaching or coaching within the corporate world.

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‘Crush it: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion’ by Gary Vaynerchuk

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Crush It’, which only took me a matter of hours, because the style is very honest, engaging and to the point.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a social media entrepreneur, wine connoisseur and CEO based in the USA. He has successfully utilised various social media platforms to promote his business Wine Library, eventually becoming a sought-after expert on entrepreneurship and social media marketing. He’s also established himself as a great businessman and investor, all the while continuing to grow his enormous online following. As of today he has over 800,000 subscribers on Youtube, 1.52 million followers on Twitter and 2.1 million likes on his Facebook page. Incredible, right?

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Living the dream

I had ordered about 20+ prospectuses from different UK universities to find a degree course that was right for me. I was 17 years old and in my last year of school. I thought what I really wanted to study was Maths and Econometrics – as if I even knew what that meant anyway. I had also considered French, Politics, Drama, Arabic, Economics, Spanish and various combinations of all of the above.

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Greece, hold tight!

Great news! I’m going to Greece in September and I cannot wait. Woohoo!

This will be my first solo trip in about a year so I’m super, super, super excited to explore, meet new people, discover a new country and enjoy my own company.

I’ll be in Greece for about 11 days in total which should be enough time to discover Athens and perhaps one or two islands – I have yet to decide which.

I expect this trip will be a good balance between cultural activities, adventures and catching some sunshine on the beach – this chocolate is definitely ready to melt!

From doing a bit of research online I hear that there are a few impressive hiking trails to discover, which I know is going to be an unforgettable and absolutely beautiful experience.

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Only 8 weeks to go!

 

Inchailloch, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Last month I decided to do some exploring in Scotland and so I made a day trip to the small island of Inchailloch, which is really a gem located in the heart of Loch Lomond and only about 1.5hrs from Glasgow by public transport.

On the island I walked for a few hours, took plenty of landscape photos as well as a few selfies, had a picnic on the banks, climbed a few trees, reached the summit and I even made a friend during my visit.

It was sooooo refreshing to be away from the city and be all alone in nature. I had the opportunity to reflect, meditate and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s definitely a place I shall be returning to in the near future, and I hope to go camping in Scotland this autumn.

Voici les photos: