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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,...

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....

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...

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....