Is it really that hard to wake up early?

I like waking up early because it gives me a real boost knowing that I can accomplish my objectives whilst the rest of the world is still sleeping.

I know it’s not easy getting out of bed first thing in the morning, especially when it’s still cold and dark outside. So here’s two really simple things that you can do to combat morning fatigue and have more energy each day.

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Get me to the theatre!

I haven’t seen a good piece of theatre in a whiiiiiillllle, and in Paris the struggle has been real. French theatre just isn’t for me – hell to the nah, to the nah, nah, naaaah!

But good thing I’m back in London pretty soon so I’ll be seeing about one or two plays per week including: Continue reading

How to outwork your competition

If you were to wake up a few hours earlier than usual, over the long run you could easily outwork any competition that might stand in your way.

Usually I wake up at 6am so let’s say I get up at 4am instead. Those extra hours in the morning would allow me to invest more in my craft as well as my personal development, which is something I know the vast majority of aspiring and working actors don’t do. Continue reading

Being Proactive

I’ve established a new morning routine to increase my productivity and organise my day. I’d say over the last month or so I wasn’t implementing much of a routine because I was on holiday and I was performing too, so everything was a bit up in the air. But now I’m back on it and I’m feeling better than ever.

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Avignon & Marseille

Earlier this month my friend and I decided to go to Avignon Festival in the south of France. We ended up staying in the small town of Avignon for about 4 days, and we watched about 2-3 shows per day covering a variety of genres including improvisation, drama, comedy and dance. It was a cool to experience so much art in a really beautiful, vibrant and sunny town. During our stay we rented bikes too and cycled up to the the Fortress and Abbey of Saint-André to get a strong dose of history. Continue reading

Studying in Paris

I’ve finished my exchange programme at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique and overall it was a positive experience.

We performed two classical plays at the end of June: ‘Mithridate’ by Racine and ‘Suréna’ by Corneille. It was a tough challenge for me because the plays were old-fashioned and the language very rich and dense – think Shakespeare but in french! However, with lots of help from my classmates, teachers and French friends for all over, I think I did a decent job in the end and I’m proud of each and every performance.

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My french has significantly improved, thank God. Given that I’ve been here for almost 6 months that was to be expected. What’s been quite unexpected, though, is that lots of people have told me that I don’t have an accent and I sound like a francophone. I’m always happy to hear that because it has been my mission to speak fluently without a strong english accent.

I’ll be in Paris until the end of the summer so my plan is to: go to the cinema as often as I can and watch a couple of new TV series online; research the industry, casting directors, directors, actors, etc.; read french plays and novels (a minimum of 30 minutes reading per day); continue to workout and stretch on a daily basis; and lastly enjoy the beautiful weather and experience all that Paris has to offer.

To be honest I’m very, very happy at the moment and I have a lot of energy. I’m focussed, my vision is clear and I feel that are some magical experiences and amazing opportunities lined up for me.