2020 and Covid-19 – I guess no-one had 2020 vision… well, I certainly didn’t in my last post 2 years ago! Such high expectations only to find I not only fell off the wagon, but I got dragged behind it for so long I didn’t know if I was going to survive. But I did, and I’m back here again. Funny thing is however that I decided to do some further studies – to upgrade to a Bachelor Degree for my acting, and to do new studies into bookkeeping. I already have some experience doing bookkeeping for my own small dance business, so it felt like the right thing to do to be able to offer another service in the arts and entertainment industry.
Right now in my acting studies I’m doing a class called Career Planning… probably couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve always believed things happen for a reason and now most of 2020 is over, it’s a good time to rethink what I will want to achieve over the next few years.
So in the words of Liza Minelli’s rendition of “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret:
“…All the odds are in my favour
Something’s bound to begin,
It’s got to happen, happen sometime
Maybe this time,
Maybe this time, I’ll win!”
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!