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JBT – When I met Malcolm, my clown

The past 4 weeks of my life has been terrifying, rewarding and heart warming. Why? Because I got to play a clown for 5 days a week, 4 weeks in a row. Before Clowning Module. In June, I made a decision to enrol into a 4 month full time physical theatre school as a gift to myself to learn more about me. At this time, I had ventured into the world of comedy “comedian.” I thought I would give comedy a go, because as an Asian actor in Australia, I was competing for extra/bit roles with a small group of Asians and felt unfulfilled. I also know I am a funny person with my track record with MICF and Phi and Me, and I thought maybe I will give standup a try. How hard could it be? Right? If you haven’t also noticed, there is a huge door for successful comedians to work on Australian TV than Asian actors – my golden ticket. Also…when can you say you’ve seen an Asian woman stand on stage for a full 50 minutes. Hence NAKED. So here I was. October. A week off from intense school. Back at school. Clowning. My preconceived thoughts of clowning. To be a good clown you need to be funny. On your feet. You need to be available – other words vulnerable. The Module. I remember the first week clearly. I was not okay. Personal things in my life were clouding my thoughts. I could say I had mild depression. Feeling things I should control but couldn’t. Second class of clowning, we had to present a 5 minute...

Movie Review – Arrival

Review: Beautifully paced moving cinematography about the internal human fight, with memories, love and loss with time. Crying Review – 5 stars. Soundtrack Review – 5 stars. Arrival is about Time. Connection. And finding that star that shines so bright above us, yet we forget to see the stars right in front of us. Humankind. Love. We live on this planet called Earth. We race. We run. We scramble. We live alone. And what if we had visitors from afar who endangered our way of our living. What would the human race do? Will we fight? Will we crumble? Will we conquer?  ...

2016 – The year the Western World said No

In 20 years time, universities around the world will be offering Bachelor of Arts subjects and PHDs  called, 2016. Politics. What happened? >>>>>>>Australia voted for One Nation. History of One Nation. 20 years ago a woman named Pauline Hanson who owned a fish and chip shop was voted into the lower house and talks about swamping Asians. She is now back stronger with 3 other senators and talks about sending Australian Muslims back to where they came from. How times have changed. Oh, and we also lock up humans in offshore detention centres deemed illegal by the UN. >>>>>>>Great Britain voted to Brexit. What a mess. They got a woman, Theresa May to clean up the mess, when those who voted for Brexit have decided to go on early retirement. >>>>>>>USA vote for Trump. Social Media was alive last night. “Orange is the new black.” “God Bless America.” “Doomsday” My Facebook was alive with friends concerned. The greatest thing to come from this is people’s involved and concern for politics. I have never seen so much interest from my friends. Let’s see what happens next.   What are the possible factors? 1. Low social economic areas who are NOT HEARD. If we look at the swing votes states – Ohio swung against Hillary, because voters were struggling with no jobs, making ends meet due to the demise of the manufacturing and mining sector. People what to be heard now, and not in 12 months. 2. Religion and race FEAR mongering  – Offshore detention centres, racism, walls and religion. Trump was very good with the Fear Factor. Will he tone it down,...

SPRING 2016 relaunch

Here I go again! Another season another change and some new photos to showoff the flowers and my face. It has been an unbelievable 6 months. A lot of soul searching, working and going to school for the first time in yonkers. This is a gift to me. Thank you to Jackie Tran Photography and CammiTuMakeup for their beautiful work on my...

VIDEO – Being Diana does Palangkaraya

  Before starting full time school I decided to indulge in a holiday. Not really a holiday but a resident in the environment focused Palangkaraya. I won’t say much more, but thank you to Frederika and Jayadi for welcoming me to your family. Thank you! They moved to Palangkaraya with their 3 children to start an NGO organisation called Permakultur Kalimantan.  Thank you xx The highlights of the trips – Orangutans – teaching drama workshops with over 150 students and children including an orphanage in the local community. My friends and I donated $110 to the orphanage. Thank you Hanh, Rach and Pauline for your generous support. – Walking in the forest looking for my Tarzan and spending time with my favourite family!! Watch the video – I had...

Back to School Week 1

Remember that time when you walked into new school, in the wrong school uniform and thinking, “Please accept me.” That’s how I felt on my first day at John Bolton Theatre, embarking on a full-time 4 month acting course. This is for me. Holy Moly crazy stuff. I just completed my first week of Acting/Clowning/Theatre school, and I fucking love it. Sorry for the swearing. But it is the only way to express how grateful I am. It has taken me 2 years to finally say yes to a full time course, and I want to thank 16th Street for nurturing me in the term classes. It was truly special to realise that this is my full-time job. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Why not give myself 4 months to learn, cultivate, devise and play. For me. Like a person who does further study i.e. Doctor, Accountant, Research. Why not give it back to me? Before starting the course I had enormous anxiety. Why I was starting a course at 31. Why I had waited this long? Would I learn anything from it? And my man looked at me and said, “Diana this is your time. You are doing it for you.” AND HELL YES I AM. How has it been in three words? Exciting. Observing. Me Time. Okay 4 words! Imagine spending 25 hours a week doing things for yourself. Learning about yourself and other people around you. Observing your own habits and seeing how you can untangle from it. Laughing and connecting with similar minded people. So bloody excited....

Dear Pauline Hanson

Dear Pauline, You came into my life when I was in grade 6 (1996). I remember I feared my mother would be sent back to Vietnam. Yes, I am Asian, Vietnamese- Australian born and I still remember watching the news about you being in Dandenong,  people demonstrated against/for you, some dozen eggs been thrown around,  the term “Asians swarming” and at the sweet age of 11 years old, I feared my mum an Australian citizen, would be sent back to the country to fled. I actually wrote a song about you in a cabaret show called Viet Kieu. In 1996, first maiden speech in parliament you said, “Immigration and multiculturalism are issues that this government is trying to address, but for far too long ordinary Australians have been kept out of any debate by the major parties. I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate.” Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price.” Pauline Hanson – 10th...

Football Girl #Multicultural Round

In the crazy world we live in, I love football, basketball and tennis. In that order of sports I like to watch. I would add poker too, but that isn’t a sport. So no one was surprised when I was invited to commentate in Vietnamese for the AFL Multicultural Round for the second time in row. The worst thing to happen out of it was a  friend’s wedding day clashed on the same night, and yes ladies and gentlemen….I ended up attending the ceremony but not the reception. Yes I didn’t attend my friend’s wedding, so that I could commentate a football game. I am tragic.     I was privileged to be selected to commentate, but also to be the POSTER girl for Multicultural Round. Interview with the AFL website “Community languages are footy’s new calling.” http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-07-07/broadcasting-in-a-foreign-language-is-footys-new-calling   TV interview with Friday Front Bar with Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Tegan HigginBotham for the FULL VIDEO click here.   TWITTER FanFare.   SBS Vietnamese Interview – Click here to listen.   See you next year! #Multicultural Round....

Response to #MyOvariesMadeMe

As a child I witnessed domestic violence, and I can’t remember how many times we heard yelling, mum crying, my sisters, mum and I running to our neighbour’s house and banging on her door in the middle of the night. I can’t count how many times the police came to our house, got us to pack our small bags and put us in safe havens. Our longest stint was 3 months, and I had to change schools, make new friends in a very white school (I was the only Vietnamese girl. This story is for another time.) and learn how to comfort my mother. In the end she kept coming home to him because it was the “best thing to do.” These memories are coming back to me as I write this. You don’t want to remember them but they are imprinted. This morning I woke up to the wonderful world of social media, and saw #MyOvariesMadeMe and Steve Price’s critique of Van Badham’s discussion on #QandA as “hysterical.” Why am I infuriated? Because I have heard this term and similar terms used on women and myself. I’ve watched the video three times this morning, and I thought why would Steve Price say, “hysterical.” Steve Price, your assessment of a human being, Van Badham, who was speaking openly hearted in response to a man sharing his sister’s tragic story, the culture of domestic violence and the value society categories women. Watch it here.  Steve Price leans in, “I just think you’re being hysterical.” Van Badham, “It is probably my ovaries making me do it Steve.” *MIC DROP* When will the majority of...

Cloudy Days

How do I start this without sounding sad? Oops I did. So yes I am going through some cloudy days. It might be because I finished my run of NAKED, and then went straight into my sister’s wedding preparation. But currently I am going through some cloudy days, or we like to call it depression. Depression: While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. (Beyond Blue) I’ve had depression since 2009 when I was first diagnosed by my psychologist. YES people I have a psychologist. There is nothing wrong with it. The only wrong part is that you have to pay MONEY to go and talk to someone. Wait no. You have to go to your GP tell him you have depression, they write a Mental Health Plan so that you can get rebate every 12 months.  But my psychologist has been a life saver in saving me from bombarding my friends with unnecessary thoughts and feelings. You must find it funny that a comedian, a person who makes people laugh could have depression. But that is the beauty of it all. The funniest people in the world go deep into the dark world to find happiness. I thrive on making people happy. I’ve always been a teacher’s pet. Person pleaser. So when I can make people feel and laugh their troubles away, it...

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