So after being made redundant from my full time job back at the end of Feb (followed by a lovely 3 week cruise around Indonesia), I have decided to take the opportunity to get back into what I love doing most – acting! I have been auditioning for lots of different things but they are a bit like job interviews, so you just have to do your best and move onto the next one.. but I have managed to start getting some gigs here and there.. I had a day on set back in May for a new telemovie show being produced, and today I was on set for a corporate video. I also performed in my first ever Hindi Bollywood Show, where I played the lead male as Prince Saleem in Salaam-e-Ishq. I am hoping some video footage of that will be on my showreel in the near future!
Between the acting jobs I’ve been completing my studies to become a Personal Trainer, and have been doing lots of casual work in promotions, events and hospitality. I did this sort of work many years ago, and it feels great to be getting back into it. I love the variety and nature of the work – getting to talk to people, promote new products, work at fun events, and so on. The only downside is that the work isn’t regular, and some companies are a bit tardy in paying, so I don’t know how much money I will have from week to week. I am hoping to find something a bit more regular that is casual, but still has good flexibility (and good pay!).. just have to keep looking.
Things have been quiet on the dance side, but I did get to go to Sydney earlier this month to compete with my Bollywood troupe, SARI, in the Indian Australian Singing & Dancing Competition as QLD Finalists. We didn’t win, but it was a great experience, and lots of fun!
A fair bit has happened since my last post in June. The One Night Only Gig was a sell-out, and we also just did our Latin Carnival de Sol concert which also sold out. I am still currently in the ‘day job’, but things on the dance front have slightly changed – I’m not currently teaching as I’ve been busy between the band; Bollywood dance gigs; and now rehearsals for the wonderful Broadway musical, Gypsy.
I’m excited to be playing the cameo role of Mazeppa, one of three Burlesque dancers who introduce Louise (who later becomes the famous Gypsy Rose Lee) to the risqué art form. There is such a strong cast of all ages, and the leading actors have been wonderfully cast! The show is playing from 13 to 28 November at Beenleigh Theatre (book online and use the promo code ‘rleigh’ to get a 10% discount!) http://beenleightheatregroup.com/booking/
I’ve also decided to start a video blog! It has started initially about my weight loss journey but may develop into other stuff later on. You can view Episode One here. I’m hoping it will inspire others to start looking after themselves so please feel free to share or subscribe. I have been a lot more active the past few months, and the next 12 months will hopefully see new opportunities and change. I hope you enjoy following and supporting me along the way!
Wow.. I can’t believe how quickly time passes. I have been so focused on work and dance that I hadn’t touched my own website since 2012! So I decided it was time for an upgrade. I have always done my own websites in html but decided it was time to give a wordpress website a go.. and I must say I’m so far impressed. It’s so easy to use and add content and looks good. I am only using the free version so far, but might upgrade to the paid version for my dance websites once I’m sure about it all! In the meantime I’ve transferred all my old ‘news’ posts to here so I can eventually delete the old website.
Nothing overly exciting has been happening since 2012. Mostly dance and work. The dancing has been up and down, and work was starting to take over – so I finally decided this year I would get back into performing and doing the things I am passionate about. So I’ve taken a step back from teaching (I am still teaching but just cut down on classes), did a theatre show, and a student TVC (short film); and also picked up my trumpet which I haven’t played for a while – so am now a member of the Brisbane Symphonic and Swing Bands. I’ve even played a couple of gigs already and played my first solo! Our next concert is coming up on Sat 18 July, so I will put a flyer up on this page for it very soon for those interested in coming along.
After months of Bollywood Dancing and discovering her love for teaching, Racheal decided it was time to start her own Bollywood Dance Class: Bollycise– Bollywood Dancing for Exercise. Still using basic beginner Bollywood dance steps, Bollycise aims to
keep you moving rather than teaching you an actual dance. Bollycise classes are currently run every Tuesday at Sinnamon Park. Children’s & Adult’s Bollywood Dance classes also available. Click on the link above to find out more.
Racheal also decided it was time to get back into acting – she recently completed filming “By Night” a Griffith Film School Student Production, and is currently looking for a new agent.
Unfortunately, although having a lovely holiday in New Zealand, Racheal has had to pull out of the Ignite “Showstoppers” Concert due to illness. She apologises to those who were looking forward to seeing her on stage again – but she will certainly keep you posted on her upcoming productions!
Now that the Eisteddfod season has finished for the year, Racheal has been jumping back into film productions, as well as rejoining Ignatians Choir for their second Showstoppers Concert, to be held in November.
Racheal has been spending the past few months concentrating on her singing voice, not to mention much of her time being spent in the organisation of her birthday party held at the Tivoli Theatre in October.
Racheal is now working towards a musical theatre career, and is spending a lot of her time singing – she recently performed in the Ignatians IGNITE “Showstoppers” Concert, and is currently in rehersals for another production due to play in late March 2007.