It’s that time of the week again! Hope everyone is well and has had a positive and productive week!
What’s been going on with me?
As promised I said last week that I would update you on what had been going on over the past two weeks! I have been a very busy bee. So, where to begin?
First of all, I had a whirlwind audition for a wonderful company called Boo Productions! You can check out their website here: http://www.weareboo.com/. They are a fantastic company who specialise in parties, events, training and promotions. I was fortunate enough to be successful at my audition and later that week I got to play the role of Snow White in a Snow White themed children’s birthday party in a very posh hotel in Knightsbridge. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take any photographs as everything is top secret and the magic is to be kept alive.
Boo don’t just provide your average children’s party. Their parties are like stepping into a completely different world. The set for Snow White was incredible! The sets, costumes and ideas are completely bespoke, so everything is highly unique and original. The set was huge too! It was like stepping onto a Theatre stage. I also got to work with a lovely guy called Tea, who I have crossed paths with a few years ago through another acting job and it was great to work with him! I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed the party and so did the 30+ children that were there! After completing that job, Boo actually offered me another party job which I recently performed at on Saturday. This time, I was playing the role of a Fairy Princess! The party was at the customers (very large) house in West London. The party was a very big success and myself and Izzy (who played another Fairy Princess) really enjoyed ourselves. I think the amount of sweat that was dripping off my body at the end showed just how hard I’d worked to keep the children entertained! Fingers crossed there are going to be more opportunities to work with Boo in the future.
I can now also divulge that I have been offered another, very flexible, part-time job with a company called Union Insurance (https://www.unioninsurance.co.uk/). They are based in Kentish Town and offer insurance products over the phone to customers who have already provided their details to the company. So there is no cold calling involved! Thank goodness, as I really didn’t fancy being hung up on or shouted at over the phone! Training days start in June, so I look forward to slotting this in with my other work to keep me afloat financially. Fingers crossed it all goes well!
I have had a few auditions recently too. I had an audition last week for a particular company, but after attending the audition and learning more about the job, I decided that I really didn’t think it was for me. I know sometimes you can’t afford to be picky, but this job really didn’t turn out to be how I’d imagined it and I thought it would be much more suitable for somebody else.
An audition I went to last week also provided an “interesting” experience. I felt like in my one to one interview at the end of the audition, the panel were not judging me on my acting ability, but were more focused on where I was living. As Actors know, sometimes you have to be willing to travel for a job and waking up that little bit earlier than normal is what needs to be done. If you’re going for a job and you know the location, you mentally prepare yourself to be organised enough to get to that location on time. I felt like the panel had concerns with where I was living as they seemed to think I wouldn’t be able to arrive in good time for rehearsals or for the performances. I don’t particularly think it’s fair to be choosing actors based on their locations, when it should be focused on their acting ability. It’s safe to say, I didn’t receive a recall audition. It’s a shame really, as I would have loved to have been involved. At the end of the day, it could have been that they didn’t like my acting, but they did focus very heavily on my location. Hmm.
Last week, myself and my agent decided to part ways. Things just haven’t been working out as well as they could have been, so it was decided that I needed a fresh pair of eyes to work with. I want to take this as a positive experience. I am currently self representing until I find that perfect agent partnership. However, onward and upwards! Everything does happen for a reason at the end of the day, so who knows what or who is around the corner!
It’s been all quiet on the western front Diabetes wise for myself over the past couple of weeks! My blood sugar levels are definitely much more under control after adjusting the Levemir doses to higher units. Very positive indeed.
Last week, I watched a Live Facebook video from WatMed Media. It was a chat between Dr Kishan Rees and Stephen Dixon about Diabetes. As I have mentioned previously Stephen Dixon is a great patron for Diabetes and really does know his stuff as a Type 1 Diabetic himself! You can follow them on twitter @DrKishanRees and @StephenDixonTV and you can find the link for the chat on their Facebook timeline here: https://www.facebook.com/WatMedMedia/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE. During the chat Stephen brought to light a device I have actually never seen before! It’s called Flash Glucose Monitoring! Now, this could mean the end of lancets, test strips and finger pricking for Diabetics. I haven’t had chance to google and find out whether there are more than one companies going ahead with Flash Glucose Monitoring, but I have found that the company Freestyle are currently promoting it with their meter Freestyle Libre.
Flash Glucose Monitoring consists of wearing a small sensor on the back of your upper arm which last for 14 days. All you simply have to do is scan your blood tester against the sensor and it reads your blood sugar level! Amazing! I have honestly never seen anything like it and it really does show how advanced technology is today and how far it could possibly go in the future. Now, unfortunately the Flash Glucose Monitoring packs are not free. Stephen did mention on the Facebook video that each each sensor is around £50. I have found them on the Freestyle website for £57.95 per sensor and £57.95 for the reader itself. It’s not cheap! Amazing that there is this option available, however, I can say I will have to stick to my strips and lancets for now, as I am not nearly rich and famous enough to afford that. If you want to check them out, you can find out more here: https://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/libre/.
As usual, I have another busy week ahead, hopefully full of positives! Have an inspired week everyone!