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!
I’m excited and delighted to have been mentioned in a review by TheatrePeople.com.au for my role as Mazeppa in Gypsy:
The trio of Wichita strippers (Mazeppa – Racheal Leigh, Tessie Tura – Julia Lefik, and Electra -Shelley Days) was a definite crowd favourite. Their rendition of “You Gotta get A Gimmick” was deliciously competitive, and wonderfully funny. Hats off to Leigh for actually playing Mazeppa’s trumpet – a joyous moment for all.
This show has been one of my favourites (next to Chicago) and I’m so excited to be playing such a fun role! Only playing until this Saturday, 28 November – so do come along if you’re in town!
In other news, I’ve had a bit of a blessing in disguise by recently discovering I’m being made redundant from my full time job… whilst this is a scary prospect, I’m actually looking forward to being able to concentrate on my performing career, as well as make a move into the health & fitness industry – hopefully inspiring and helping others. You can hear more about that on my second blog here: https://youtu.be/NhbQ2D_ARN4
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.
Bollywood Dance classes, performances and Bollycise Costume Hire has taken over Racheal’s time over the past year. Her new dance troupe, SARI, has slowly been developing and has performed at many festivals, events, birthdays and more. With her collection of Bollywood clothing growing month by month, it was only natural to offer the beautiful outfits for others to wear by way of Costume Hire. Bollycise is currently the only specialised Bollywood Costume Hire operating in Brisbane, and now stocks Mens, Ladies & Childrens outfits, along with Decor & Theming items.
Bollywood Dance also saw Racheal choreograph a 15min segment for the Sandgate Theatre’s Variety Show, “Time Out” in May 2011, and in October, Racheal was selected to audition for SBS’s new realty show “Bollywood Star“. Sadly, whilst she made it through to the judges round, she was not selected for the Top 20, although Racheal is very happy with how far she did get considering the tough competition in Bollywood (and the fact she is probably the complete opposite of what perception of what a “Bollywood Star” should look like!).
Racheal is looking forward to 2012, and is currently looking into some exciting projects for the new year! Check out the SARIor Bollycise Facebook Pages to be kept updated…
In July 2009, Racheal also discovered her passion for Bollywood Dancing, making her debut performance at the Brisbane Exhibition during August with Bollyfunk Dance. After a short break due to a neck injury, Racheal has continued to learn the art of Bollywood Dance culminating in an array of performances at both private and public events. She recently performed with Bollyfunk at QPAC’s Melting Pot Concert; and has also started teaching Beginners Bollywood at Fresh Elements Dance Schoolat Mansfield.
The Star Rae Revue’s inaugral Miss Burlesque Competition ended in December 2009. Racheal has plans to continue the Miss Burlesque Competition later in 2010!
After studying Event Management, Racheal is back with her new events & entertainment business: Star Rae Productions. Specifically aimed at creating unique and themed events, Racheal is pleased to announce the start of the Star Rae Revue and the Miss Burlesque Competition.
The Star Rae Revue is a cabaret burlesque show that will be run over the next six months, starting on 26 July 2009. Check out the website for more information!
MERRYCHRISTMAS! Racheal is currently singing Christmas Carols with the Brisbane City Sounds Barbershop Chorus. If you’re lucky, you can catch her at Indooroopilly Shoppingtown singing with the group in the week leading up to Christmas.
She also recently completed the Intermezzo 1 Burlesque Dance class with Lola the Vamp; as well as received First Class Honours in her Ballroom Medals with Coll’s Dance Studio (Mt Gravatt) where she danced two showcases: Cha Cha Cha (Latin) and Charmaine (Modern).
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.