We are now officially in the 10th month of 2020 and it’s difficult to say that this year has been a particularly positive one. I hark back to a blog I wrote during lockdown about how the clock turned to midnight and it became January 1st 2020, and we were all so excited – yet we had no idea what laid ahead. I keep having these visions of my future children coming home from school one day to tell me that they’ve been learning about the year 2020 in their history lessons…
This year has definitely been challenging and unfortunately, it’s still not over. My heart goes out to everyone that has been adversely affected by COVID-19 and the impact it’s had on their lives. I know for many they have witnessed the loss of loved ones, the loss of jobs and even the loss of their homes. It has been the most unwelcome and unexpected pandemic. In a naive way, I didn’t ever think something like this would happen in my lifetime. You just don’t expect it, do you? You sail through life and the thought of something so drastic happening to the world never seems to cross your mind.
COVID-19 really has shaken the planet and don’t even get me started on the state of the industry right now. I fathom to find the right words to say about the utter despair that everyone in our industry is feeling. It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we have to keep fighting and we need to move forward with vigor and determination. As an industry we stand together and we will fight to rebuild it. It’s a necessity and an urgent plea that the industry needs the government to offer more help and support. We need it and the world needs it too.
It’s fortunate that some TV and screen projects have been able to resume filming and that casts are forming bubbles so they are able to get close to one another. The main worry is any live performances, such as theatre. As we have exhausted over social media, the idea of a theatre show performing to a limited capacity audience is just not profitable. Some theatres have made the decision to open back up to a socially distanced audience and others are scheduled for opening in 2021. By all means, we have to keep fighting and do all that we can to recover this precious industry.
The negative impact of COVID-19 and the devastation of the industry really made me think about how I would spend the lockdown time. For some, having a break and some downtime has been the right thing for them, but for me, I chose to be as productive as possible.
I really enjoy writing – it’s always been something I’ve liked doing. During lockdown I started to write various acting scenes and recorded a few. I recently put a recording of a scene entitled “Hannah’s Selftape” on social media. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the response it received. People thought it was hilarious and I’ve entered it into the ‘Mandy Comedy Comp’. You can cast a vote for my scene by liking the post on my Instagram account (@ec_bostock). I like to think that comedy has always been a strength of mine, so receiving the feedback I’ve had so far has been really self-affirming and confidence boosting in terms of my own writing and acting abilities. Thank you so much to everyone who has liked it so far! It really means a lot.
Not only have I been writing, but I have been recording some covers of songs too – this is something that I find really difficult to do, but something I love! I always watch/listen to myself and spend every second critiquing it and feeling like I could do it better. The more I film, the more I’ll let my guard down and just solely enjoy it. I’ve been happy with what I have produced so far and I’ve added them to my Youtube channel. I am definitely going to continue to put my work out there and promote myself more, I’ve found it to be a really positive experience and surely it can only get better!
You can find my Youtube channel here : https://www.youtube.com/user/emmacb2411
With so much free time I also felt inspired to get into a good exercise routine. I exercise now nearly every day and have found a host of channels I love to follow on Youtube. Professional Ice Skater Vanessa Bauer has some great workout videos on her channel which focus on everything individually. (You can find her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFiToKPmDVTMS-BVjbj2QUA) I particularly like her arm and abs workouts! I also thoroughly enjoy Emkfit as she does really fun dance based HIIT workouts, which really do work up a sweat! (You can find her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/kd7773) I feel like I have really started to see the difference in my body as I’ve been working out consistently, it’s been really helpful for my body and mind during this difficult time and a great way to stay focused!
As much as we know that COVID-19 is still going to be around in 2021, I really can’t wait to move on from this year and start fresh next year. Unfortunately, myself and fiancé Bobby had to make the difficult decision to move our wedding from April 2021 to April 2022. We just couldn’t spend the next 6 months living in a state of fear and anxiety as we approached our wedding date. Getting married is such a special time and we wanted to enjoy every second of it, which includes the build up too. We feel relieved to have moved our wedding to 2022, but also sad to know we won’t be getting married next year. We will just have to wait a little longer, but the wait will surely be worth it!
So, what has 2020 taught me and what am I going to take away from this terrible year?
- Family and friends are so important. You should always check in on people to make sure they’re doing OK because at the end of the day, your family and friends are your lifeboat.
- Staying as creative as possible was the best thing for my mind.
- Exercise is massively important for the body and mind.
- Things can only get better from here.
Let’s all look forward to moving on from 2020 and move forward with positivity, determination and drive.