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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...

NAKED – Melbourne Fringe

So NAKED is back on for Melbourne Fringe 2016 from Saturday 24th of September to 1st of October. Here we go again? Why is NAKED important to me? It explores the split moments when we have been naked, vulnerable, stripped back by the environment or people around us that effect us. There are jokes, action but also stories of nakedness that has effected me in different moments of my life. Are you ready to get...

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...

SeaACT – Working Dream

SEAAC Theatre, aka SeaACT came about in 2012, a conversation with my SEAAC Youth Service manager about the Arts in the south east region, and how I thought we needed a centre for the performing arts, a little dream of mine, a little house, a little institution in my home town. In February 2016, I was in Los Angeles submitting a grant at 4am in the morning to make this dream alive. Why is it important for me? When I was in high school, I could only do drama in school. We are sent to tuition to learn Maths, Science and English but where was the place for me to learn drama, confidence skills and network in my area, instead of going all the way to the city. I felt very isolated and I had to fight to be an artist, continue to. I wanted to do shows in my hometown. The west of Melbourne have highly long lasting established artists organisations and I craved a similar foundation for the young people living in the south east. We have such diverse stories to be heard out here, and not just mine. Today, Wednesday 18th of May 2016, Creative Victoria re-funded the SeaACT program for the third time to nurture the Arts in the south east region. My little dream is alive and growing. With $44k in the bank. Read more here What is SeaACT? SeaACT is a theatre program initially for refugee and migrant young people living in Hampton Park and Dandenong. We received our first 12month funded program in 2013, which saw 20 young people a week learn drama...

Play School News

In Feb this year, while walking down Hollywood Bvld decorated in Oscar setup, I turned to my mum and said, “Mum in 10 years time, I will take you as my date.” She laughed. But there was something inside me that said, “Why not?” “Why do I limit myself to my work, when I know I can achieve greatness?” So with this, I would like to announce that I was offered a place in fantastic theatre school and I have accepted the offer. This means I will be going school for an intense 4 months, 5 days a week studying and making performance at the John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne. It all starts from August to December and I am incredibly excited. The urge to study has always been there but there have been motivations. The last time I went to study drama and theatre studies was in University since 2005. That is a long time ago. Then in 2014 I  went through a breakup and thought, “What do I need to do for myself?” and enrolled into 16th street Term classes at Sensory and Mesiner. I have learnt so much at 16th street, and everytime I step into that space I feel at home. Things to note as an actor. You can be great at the craft, but if you do not know the vessel that holds the craft then you will never be a great actor. You must know the process of your human mind to be a great actor, and 16th street has lead me to deep and dark places, but also to my being....

News & Tweets

All my NZ photos are gone (stolen phone in Paris) but this video sums the love I have received. Looking for a MC? fb.me/17UtSQ6NV