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Sunday, October 31, 2010

A brief picture update.


It is autumn!


I spent a Sunday in the country two weeks ago. This makes me miss Michigan. As we were driving into the country, I was like, Ohmygod! I am actually in a car, sitting on the passenger seat!


Ain't it pretty? It's juts nice to escape into the nature every once in a while :)


Been partying too.
Can't keep up with it. The fact that I wake up at 5am every morning doesn't give me a night life.


Friends and food!


I love food trips.


Speak about updates, 


1. I got cast in an off-off Broadway Christmas show. I will be performing during the first week of December :)

2. I got a dance gig this Wednesday at Times Square. There will be guest artists and we have 600 people performing. Woohooo!!!! Get down to Times Square at 6pm-8pm if you can!

3. I got invited to Vancouver to perform for a Christmas concert by my old time music teacher. I really hope I can make it. I'm checking on Visas and such right now.

4. I got hired by the catering company that I applied for last week. So I will be quiting my job soon, which means that I will have more time to audition and have a life, AND most importantly, get paid more.


Wow. All these just within last week. Just when I feel like I am down in the dumps. Whenever a door closes, a window does open. I am looking forward to all these new events! 




Okay. Now back to getting ready for the rest of the week.





Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's been awhile

*breathe*

Wow. It's really been so long since I have even had time to actually sit and chill at home. Work has taken a toll on my life. I'd wake up at 5am for work. Stand all day for 8hours for my cashier shift and be exhausted by the time I leave. I either go home after at, or meet up with friends. By 9pm, I would already feel like passing out, which is absolutely ridiculous just because I am freaking in. My early 20s and it makes no sense for me to not have ANY night life at all. How pathetic :(
I'm not saying that I would love to go out partying every night. Its just that most of my peers would hang out at night, and of course I wouldn't be able to join them just because I would have my usual excuse, 'eh, I have to wake up at 5 am'.

I am looking to quit my job soon. Hopefully, if I book this other catering gig that I interviewed for couple of days ago, just because I need to have time for myself for auditions in the morning, and some me time at night. I can't do that with a 8 hour everyday job. I certainly don't mind long hours, but if I can't even get out for an audition, it defeats the purpose of me being in NYC.

On a brighter note, I landed myself with a holiday show which will be running for a week on the second week of December. Yay. Won't be getting paid :( But the good news is that at this point of my life, I don't quite care just because I need to keep performing, getting more exposure and of course adding more unto my peewee resume so that I can apply for my artist visa next year. Hopefully everything works itself out.

I have pictures to upload soon! Just didn't have time to sit with my laptop and upload anything. But yes, soon my loves.

Till then, wish me luck. It's about time to move on.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another Cabaret!


NJDSA presents 'Lyrics and Laughter - An Evening of Comedy and Song'
Thursday, October 7, 2010
LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY OCTOBER 7, 2010, 1:18 AM
NUTLEY SUN


The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (NJSDA) has announced its new cabaret series, "Lyrics and Laughter - An Evening of Comedy and Song," to debut Saturday, Oct. 16.
The night begins with performances by veteran singers hailing from New York and New Jersey, with credits ranging from off-Broadway to local professional theaters. A performance by the improvisational comedy troupe "On The Spot" follows. A pre-show wine and cheese reception is also offered.
The singers include Natalie Cordone, who recently appeared off-Broadway in "Tony 'N Tina's Wedding," and New Jersey natives Sue-Yenn Ng (whose regional credits include the 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), David Dilsizian (who recently appeared with the Downtown Singers at Carnegie Hall), Jen Ponton (who recently received acclaim as Berdine in "Psycho Beach Party" at The Theater Project in Union) and Joe D'Angio (a senior BFA candidate with the Musical Theatre program at Montclair State University).
On The Spot is NJSDA's second improvisational troupe, entertaining New Jersey audiences since 2007. Their shows are based entirely on audience suggestions.
"The only thing better than having a great idea is watching it come to life right before your eyes," says troupe director Ted Wrigley.
Troupe members include Mick Gyure and Rich McDonald of West Orange; Katie Rose of Nutley; Michael Amabile, Tonye Briggs and Jennifer Jones of Edison; Jennifer Beza of Bogota; Joe Carney of Garwood; Jason Clark of Dumont; Sakinah Hofler of Newark; Matthew Hopkins of Elmwood Park; and Jackie Pereda of Morganville.
"Lyrics and Laughter - An Evening of Comedy and Song" premieres at NJSDA’s theater at 593 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. Show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 apiece.
- For tickets, call 973-566-9700, ext. 5.














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If only this wasn't so far from the city. I wished my friends would come and support but it would be selfish of me to make them go an hour into Jersey for a short show like this. Oh well, I'm just glad that I have the chance to perform :)




Till then, stay healthy!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

NEW VIDEO!

Yay! I'm so happy!

If you noticed the video from the previous post, all you could hear is nice sound and horrible visual.
The fact that I was singing a dramatic song, and you can't even see my facial expression in the video sucks, just because there is absolutely no meaning to it.

Thanks to my dear sister who got another friend to help record my performance (and she recorded with another camera too), I managed to combine the best of both videos. One which had HORRIBLE sound, the other with HORRENDOUS visual, and voila!

HERE IS WHERE WILL I SLEEP TONIGHT.



Please view and comment!

Hugs and Kisses :)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Nerves!

It has been a hectic week.
Well, not really. The only significant thing that happened was the cabaret, but it felt like such a huge deal that my body just crashed right after that. I usually almost never get nervous before a performance. I mean, I do get the excitement and adrenaline kicking before, but nerves, ALMOST never. At least not as much as a couple of days ago. Maybe it was because it is my NYC debut, or maybe because my newer group of friends were there to support me, I don't know. But the nerves we messing me up even the day before performing itself. I wrote a post right before this saying that I am excited and all, you know what, maybe it's just me being nervous. Maybe, I am trying to lie to myself saying that I am NOT nervous, only excited. I don't know.
Whatever it is, I never felt that way. And oh boy, it was NOT the greatest feeling.

I thought I did pretty well singing wise, (considering the fact that my throat literally closed up in that space. I don't know if it was because of the muggy weather, or the space itself, or because I am just plain nervous.) However, since it was a cabaret, I had to talk in between songs yada-yada, and I am extremely horrible in it, especially when I am nervous. I just don't freaking realize how much faster I would talk, and then I would trip over my tongue, and then try to come up with a come back line to cover my tongue-tied syndrome, and then... and then... bah. I just can't talk! Damn it. 

Owh well, what was done, was done.

I have Lynn recorded my songs for me but since the setting was such that it was completely dark and I only had a spotlight on my face, you can't really see my face in the videos (which sucks because you don't see any facial expressions AT ALL). 

Hmmm... Beggars can't be choosers right?


Where Will I Sleep Tonight from Bite! The Musical, Brett Simmons

The other two songs that I sang before this were songs that I sang a lot before (My One Night Stand and The Best I've Ever Had). The reason that I picked those three songs was because they were of 3 completely different styles and I thought that, if I was going to sing for a showcase-type performance, I would want to show that I am as versatile as possible. So, I've got the comedy, I've got the contemporary rock, and finally the dramatic song.

Where Will I Sleep tonight is by far the hardest dramatic song that I have ever encountered (part of the reason why I picked it too, so that I could experiment with it). The song is written in such a way that it repeats itself, the verse and chorus three times each! And how am I suppose to play them all differently?
First off, Bite! the musical takes a contemporary spin on our old time Adam and Eve's story; of how Eve took the forbidden bite and was forced to leave her home, her paradise. Here I am singing, pleading with Adam, with myself, and God. And I really do hope that I managed to portray that in the song.
Performing is not only about singing pretty and all, the most important thing is to get the story across. I was told once that, 'It is better to be a good story teller with less of a good voice than to sing the song so pretty with no connection or whatsoever with it.' And I think that is absolutely true because if I am forced to sit down and listen to ten people sing, I would either zone out or actually listen to what they are saying. 

I really think that the video did not do me justice just because you can't see ANY of my expressions at all. I hope I can do this song again, just so I could repost it and get your opinions on it.