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!
Between the ‘day job’ and dance gigs, I’ve been busy lately rehearsing for the Brisbane Swing Band’s ‘One Night Only’ Rhythm & Blues review. This awesome night of music will include a great line up of songs including Footloose, Car Wash, Route 66, Play that Funky Music, and of course a range of popular numbers from the Blues Brothers film. But first, I have a small performance this weekend at New Farm Park with the Brisbane Symphonic Band, where we will be playing a range of classic marches including my favourite – The Washington Post march. I remember this being played in a children’s movie back in the 80s and it was always one I loved to listen to so am very excited.
Dance classes are on holidays now so I do get a little break at the moment, so am hoping to get working on my other websites, plus work on some new routines. I think for July I might have to detox as well – work has been so busy that I’ve not been very healthy lately. I think I’ve only been to the gym about twice this month (and there’s not much of the month left!).
To gain singing experience, Racheal is currently involved with two productions:
- Passion Play 2007 – to be performed at the Riverside Stage, Botanical Gardens. Fri 30 March until Sunday 01 April. More details can be found at: http://www.passionplay2007.net.
- Yeoman of the Guard – by Qld Musical Theatre, to be performed at the Schonell Theatre, 23 May – 02 June. More details can be found at: http://www.queenslandmusicaltheatre.com.
She will also be performing in the Championship Soprano section of the Qld Eisteddfod, to be held in Toowomba over Easter.