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2016 Storms

The day before 2017, I reflected on the year that’s past, and the word that came to mind was Storms. It was initially quite negative, but sitting here with a hangover in 2017, they were brilliant storms and I have enjoyed most of them. CAREER For the first time in my life I performed a stand up solo show with 50 minutes of content at the Melbourne International Comedy festival. Hives and all, the storms were much needed. TV was a big thing this year too.   SCHOOL For the first time 11 years I went back to school….and damn it… They were brilliant storms. You know in the movies you see big waves and you can’t see in front of you, and then you see the rain disappear and then sun. Magically.   MONEY I left my Community Development job in July after 8 years. I started Ubering. Money will always be hard. Minimalise. TRAVEL I am always so surprised how much travelling I do. California with my mum, and the image of Yosemite National Forest still takes my breath away. MOFO in Tassie were intense stimulation and Palangkaraya slowed down my brain and gave me retrospect of the green world, and how we live in it. LOVE This morning I woke up and looked at my instagram account and saw all the beautiful people who have graced me with their dancing, smiles and laughter. The friends who have held me together when I fell apart, and those you let me fall so I can learn more of myself. Emotionally 2016 was a horrible year, and I will try...

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...

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....

Review of Mindy Kaling – Why not me?

It was fitting to start reading this book from Melbourne to Sydney to Melbourne for my sister’s hens book. I was meant to read this book in January before my MICF show for some inspiration. Why I should do this? Why would I do this…and then I got lazy. Forgot to read and was on social media i.e. Facebook. So here is my review of WHY NOT ME? By Mindy Kaling This is Kaling’s recent publication, and I am disappointed that I didn’t get to read it chronological from her first book to now, but hell. I can’t return it. What I learnt from Kaling’s book 1. She was a funny person before doing comedy CHECK 2. Second generation CHECK 3. Has confidence, but she also starts that confidence doesn’t do anything if you don’t work hard  CHECK 4. She is a love fool CHECK 5. She has a tv show, and worked her ass for it WORKING ON IT 6. Knows that finding love in her thirties should not be dramatic like in the twenties. STILL WORKING ON IT 7. She is original CHECK 8. I like her CHECK 9. Lives in the states WORKING ON IT 10. Loves what she does CHECK The first couple of chapters in, I knew she was quirky. There were moments I thought…who are you? and then I would be smiling, or having a chuckle. Then she spoke about relationships and friendships and soulmates and how that works…and she caught me. or really she stood their with her arms out and I ran to her. She spoke about her 10 year relationship/friendship...

Nakkkked in the PAPER

Yes I made it onto the paper, and NAKED. Yes. and on the Front Coverish. Thank to the Leader Newspaper for their years of support. This kind of coverage is to dream of…from Springvale. If you want to get NAKED with go to...

Film Review – Still Alice… and Feelings

I just watched Still Alice. I had always wanted to see this movie after seeing the trailer. Julianne Moore is an amazing and compelling actor, and in the darkness of my plane seat, I cried. You can say I am a highly sensitive person. Yes I am. Emotional. I call it being emotional intelligent. Still Alice is about a neurologist professor who has a rare diagnosis of early Alezemiers at a young age. It was sad to see such a strong woman, an educated woman with everything in life, everything we all aim for. Love, marriage, children and career. Then it creeps and the brain starts to trick you. It was sad to see the disease weigh down, and loss of memory creep in. There was a poignant moment that Alice says, “I wish I had Cancer.” Why did I cry? Because even the most fortunate and most loved people in the world, tradegy transcends and we are faced with the challenges. I guess that makes the human spirit powerful. LOVE. FAMILY. holds us together. The thought that memory and knowledge can slowly disappear, loss of routine, loss of memories. That is my biggest fear, to my lose my memory. I too would say, I wish I had Cancer. (knock on wood) I still remember my first crush. My elation of buying my first car or falling in love over and over again. I’ve been lucky. I’ve been in love thousands of millions of time. I am a nostalgic person or as I say I have a sentimental heart, and this heart relies on these memories. I build memories...