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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Writer

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Writer

Establishing a Writer’s Habit

Five Top Tips!

The hardest part about being a writer is sitting down to write. 

Below are five top tips to help you get that best seller on bookshelves!

 

1.  Schedule a set time each day to write. And write. This could be as little as 15 minutes.

2. Set up a space and use that space for writing only. The muse will turn up, but you have to show up first.

3. No distractions! Turn off the phone, the television, and computer! Write on pen and paper first.

4. Carry a writer’s notebook. Keep it with you at all times. When you have an idea write it down.

5. Ask family and friends to respect your writing schedule. Tell them not disturb you when you work. Encourage them to make you tea and give you snacks.

Written by Mark McPherson  

 

To Be or Not to Be or Fake It Till You Make It

To Be or Not to Be or Fake It Till You Make It

This month’s blog post comes from Daryl Walker, our Head of Performing Arts and Business Strategist and he wants to talk about following your dreams.

Growing up in a big city in the Midwest I’ve always known I wanted to do more than what my life at the moment had to offer. I grew up pretty ordinary. My parents divorced when I was young and that too seemed normal. All of my friends were raised by a single parent so I didn’t know anything was different. Now it wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies but it was mine and I wouldn’t change anything about it.

I was always into performing and putting on shows when I was younger, but every time anyone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said, a lawyer. It wasn’t because I really wanted to be a lawyer I just really wanted to play one on TV.

Fast forward to when I was 13 and was bitten by the acting bug and I never turned back. I wanted to see and hear everything theatre; it was my happy place, but I still never openly admitted I wanted to go into the performing arts until I was in university. I didn’t just want to act I wanted to direct, produce, and also work behind the scenes.
At the same time, there was a shift in my life. I decided I didn’t want to stay in America any longer. On a whim I decided to move to South Korea and put my performing arts career on hold. I missed it, but eventually I found a great theatre group to perform with and the same old feelings I had came flooding back. I needed more. I decided I had to learn even more than I knew before. I started learning monologues to refresh myself. I got a Masters in Entertainment Business just so I could learn more and eventually would be able to go into any field in the Business.

But my time in Korea had to come to an end. I needed to move on and figure out what the next step would be. I moved to Hong Kong on another whim. I knew I loved it here but was not sure about moving here. Would I be able to do any acting? Would I feel fulfilled or accomplished? I got a job at Colour My World and I was pretty lucky to find a job at a creative arts studio that valued my input on not just things related to Drama but also some of the day to day things to help the company grow. I am able to do so many wonderful things here.

Is this my last stop? No. I have to keep pushing myself to make sure the goals I set out are fresh in my mind and make sure each move is a stepping stone to something that’s bigger and better. So I guess the moral is; never feel complacent. No one is going to give you your dream on a silver platter. You have to go and take it. Hard work and your perseverance will pay off. I am not there yet, but I am closer than ever before from really doing what I set out to do so many years ago.

Performing Arts e-Bulletin

Performing Arts e-Bulletin

Welcome to the return edition of the Colour My World’s e-Bulletin. The team here are eager to kick off the fall term, so included in this issue are the most essential Performing Arts programme and staff updates. We look forward to seeing some familiar faces over the coming months, and of course some new faces too. Are you ready to pursue your artistic adventures?

 

 

Sep-Oct 2019 

 

Performing Arts e-Bulletin

Intro2Drama

(4-6.5 years)

Building confidence and learning through movement, song, dance and play!

Intro2Drama is especially designed to develop life skills and boost your child’s confidence.

Taught by experienced dramatists and theatre professionals your little one will develop a unique creative awareness and art through storytelling, movement and songs.

Focusing on key areas of improvisation, staging and vocalization, performances will be based around engaging thematic stories.

Share ideas. Become an active listener. Build a sense of pride.

Classes available on Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Call for Audition

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(5-14 years)

Shakespeare’s classic love comedy returns to the Colour My World stage

We’ve modernized the 16th century dialogue, curated pop songs that complement each scene, and all we need now are the players!

If you have a talent for song, stylised dance and delivering lines with emotion, we want to put you on stage!

Come along to the open auditions and see if you have what it takes to star in this contemporary take of the Bard’s tale.

Auditions for Colour My World’s next smash hit will take place on Fri, 30 Aug 4:00-5:00pm, Fri, 6 Sep 4:00-5:00pm and Sat, 7 Sep 2:30-3:30 or 4:00-5:00pm.

Lead Cast 8-14 years old Supporting Cast 5-7 years old

Rehearsal workshops on Wednesdays OR Saturdays (with some Fridays) from September 2019 to Performance dates of 14/15 March 2020.

Speak Aloud

(8 years +)

Speech, Debate and Effective Communication

Hone your public speaking skills and ability to critically interpret information.

Be inspired by current events, articles, speeches, news, media and photographs.

Write well-structured and persuasive ideas that engage your audience and boost your confidence.

With a focus on core skills, such as:

Interpretation and Analysis
Creative and persuasive writing
Practical performance and presentation
Teamwork and effective listening

Themes covered will include:

Personal Branding & Video Journalism (Sep-Oct)
The Modern World (Nov-Dec)
Technology & Science (Jan-Mar)
Trinity Term (Apr-Jun)

Classes held on Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

Trinity College London Graded Exam

(6 years +)

Exam seasons December and June

(Enrolment deadline September & February)

Delve deeper into the study of performance skills and receive credentials from internationally recognised, Trinity College London.

Enhance your self-esteem, sense of achievement and support your future goals.

The Trinity syllabus main categories are:

Communication Skills: speeches on personal experiences and opinions

Speech & Drama: character performances from a range of material and a showcase of self-expression.

Acting Skills: techniques in vocalisation, mime, improvisation, characterisation, staging and a study in dramatic literature.

Musical Theatre: disciplines in singing, acting, and movement are examined through integrative performance from a range of classic and contemporary pieces.

Colour My World’s experienced facilitators provide in-depth training and personalised instruction. Small groups of students will be supported through material selection to final polishing.

Staff Updates

Colour My World would like to wish Gabor Zsóka (Fashion Design) a successful farewell.

And a warm welcome to Mark McPherson, Jonathan Daly (Speech, Communication and Creative Writing) and Kelvin Yu (Painting, Illustration) to the team.

 

Contact Colour My World for more

information, dates and times.

@colourmyworldhk

colourmyworldhk

info@colour-my-world.com

(852) 2580-5028

Our Audition Tips

Our Audition Tips

Hello Everyone!

This is your friendly neighborhood theatre director and since it is audition season, I just wanted to pass along some tips to help you get the part.

Tip 1: First Impressions are EVERYTHING!! When you walk into the room you have to exude confidence! Hold your head up high and “own” it. Make sure you don’t shuffle your feet and try to speak as clearly as possible and make sure you are heard.

Tip 2: Show your personality. Speak in complete sentences and try to be as likeable as possible. Directors can always sense a little bit about your personality by how you interact with them in an audition.

Tip 3: Do your research. Make sure you know what you are auditioning for and prepare all the required pieces. If it is a musical, make sure you have a song with the accompaniment. Never go into an audition without at least reading the play/musical that you are auditioning for.

Tip 4: Loosen up! Relax your body before you walk into the room. Do a few stretches in the waiting area and try not to let your nerves get the better of you. If you walk in relaxed, the person watching you will automatically relax as well.

These are just a few tips to get you going. Don’t forget we have auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Pop Musical August 30 and September 6 at 4:00-5:00 and September 7, 2019 at 2:30-3:30 and again at 4:00-5:00.

Think Like an Artist’ by Will Gompertz

Think Like an Artist’ by Will Gompertz

Recently I finished reading a rather inspiring book called ‘Think Like An Artist’ by Will Gompertz which I bought from Kelly & Walsh during Art Basel HK 2018.

Why do some people seem to find it easy to come up with fresh, brilliant ideas? And how do they turn them into something worthwhile?

Will Gompertz is a BBC’s art editor. Previously director of Tate Media, Gompertz has written extensively for The Guardian and The Times newspapers. He is the author of What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. In Think Like An Artist, Gompertz doesn’t just comment on the artist’s finished work itself, he also tells the life stories of the like of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bridget Riley and Ai Weiwei etc., trying to guide his audience to get into the artist’s mind and explore where their inspirations and creative ideas come from, getting into the artist’s habits and their path to success.

Interesting quotes from the book are :

‘One eye sees, the other feels.’ – Paul Klee
‘I proceed by trial and error.’ – Bridget Riley
‘When bankers dine together they discuss art, when artists dine together they discuss money.’ – Oscar Wilde

Jennifer Lee