Practicing self-love through the power of Yoga

Yoga has gained immense importance to me & my well-being in a relaxed state-of mind, practicing more intensively these past six months. I've been doing Yoga for years now, but it wasn't until this year, that I realized the true power of Yoga. The concept of being thankful not only towards yourself but also the [...]

acting 101: #10 spatial awareness

As actors, we are not always lucky enough to be playing scenes in real-world settings. Location shooting is not always the case or even possible for that matter -- films are often shot in studios or backlots. Or you play scenes in front of a green screen, which can be pretty irritating. When the scene shows a [...]

acting 101: #9 table reading & cold reading

For you as an actor, table reading is a great tool to get used to your acting partner and to test your chemistry. Table readings also most importantly give the producers a sense whether the scene/dialogue works or not. What is this "table reading" and how does it work? Read on to find out 🙂 TABLE READING With [...]

A Catalan eve

Special venues make life exciting. Even if there is no special occasion, no birthday or holiday near, we ought to feel special and make ourselves an extraordinary time. Eating delicious food in a well-planned atmosphere, dressed up nicely and dancing happily can put us in a festive mood and can give us just that feeling [...]

More confidence to enjoy life to the fullest

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." - Sophia Loren This is a popular quote that is known by many and imaged on walls all around the world -- it also graces my wall. I wonder whether all women are aware of the powerfulness of this quote by Sophia Loren. The strength and confidence it [...]

acting 101: #8 freeze (improv game)

An absolute classic improvisation game, Freeze is much respected by beginners. But once adjusted to the pace of Freeze, it is great fun. Not only do beginners overcome the fear of playing and establishing silly or extraordinary scenes (which you have to consider when playing Freeze on a regular basis), they also grow through the speed of [...]

Green Oatmeal Muffins — breakfast olé

I love oats. At least five of seven mornings, my breakfast consists of oatmeal with fruits, berries and (preferably) roasted nuts. Who doesn't like a healthy, fruity, energy boosting breakfast to kick-start the day? That's right. For the past months and years, smoothies -- especially green smoothies -- have been the thing in the healthy living [...]

acting 101: #7 warming up methods II

I have written about the importance of a vivid and expressive face for an actor before. One method to warm up your face is the "the mouse & the bear"-technique. Another one is the following -- which also has no official name, I guess, so I call it "chew baby chew". Chew baby chew focuses [...]

May I interest you in a little gardening lifestyle?

Waaay way back in history, all mankind had to hunt and gather to get food and nourish their families. Their meals consisted of plants (probably not rarely undefined plants), vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. They were self-dependent and speaking of the health aspect of their eating habits would be doubtful but nature-based. So how bad [...]

acting 101: #6 attitude towards acting

The way you consider your intention and your task as an actor highly influences your performance. Mahershala Ali, winner of this year's Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in Moonlight, gave an inspiring acceptance speech which I'd like to quote: "And one thing that they consistently told me is that it wasn't about you. [...]