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“It takes a village to create a successful Artist” – Selma Danculovic

I had a meeting with my agent. I had finally met her and felt instantly connected.

What I took away from the meeting is that having a clear and strategic plan may assist you with taking the correct steps towards the right direction.

For the first time, I don’t feel alone on this journey. The wheels are in motion.

Yes, at times it may appear that you are travelling on this path, scattered and trying to land some traction, but I truly believe that,

“IT TAKES AN VILLAGE TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST.” – I am coining this quote.

It takes time, trial and error, learning, tears, fears and utter enjoyment.

I work in an industry that a degree doesn’t guarantee a job. Being in a long-running drama doesn’t guarantee you will be employed again.

But I am in an occupation that when one of us passes away, millions mourn the world over. Our work can move a stranger to tears/laughter/anger/nostalgia etc. Our work entertains. It allows us and the viewer to imagine and can make a massive and significant impact on our world.

Artists out there – enjoy your journey. Don’t be too concerned with time and goals. Be more mindful of your impact. Your legacy. How has your work effected another – and that’s including yourselves.
We are creators.

 

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Consistency & Contribution – a creative journey

It’s been a month and half or so since I signed up to the Certificate IV in Professional Writing & Editing. However, it has been 4 or so months (since January 1st 2017) since I decided that I am going to write every, single day.  So, how has my overall writing journey been so far?

It has been a slow & steady, wins the race kind of journey but I feel that everyday I am growing as a writer. I consistently write. Sometimes I may miss a day, but if I’m not typing away on my laptop on some personal piece, I assure you I am crafting a well-scripted email to something important.

What I’m discovering in this journey is that the more I write, the more my ideas flow outwardly. I feel my creative and writing muscles are becoming more pliable and well-developed.

When I say “writing’, I do mean, typing away on my laptop. (If I actually put pen to paper, no one would be able to decipher my work.)

I think what I am learning is that being consistent with my writing on a regular basis, allows a more free-flowing approach to my ideas. Waiting for a divine moment of inspiration is just not enough.  I will give you an example. I tend to type in a journal almost everyday. As I am typing random jibberish an idea for a script or a short story tends to pop in my head. Without hesitation, I open up a new document and type away. In a month’s time I may go back to and cringe, but at least I am working that writer and creative muscle. Each and every day that I do this, tends to build upon my confidence. I’m starting to trust my ability to be able to write.

The empowerment I feel and am experiencing is something unlike anything else so far.

To those reading this piece, who are going on a journey of any magnitude, each and every day you contribute to your growth, across various levels of your self, you contribute to your greater goal. Regardless of how small or large your contribution may be has nothing to do with how well you achieve it; it’s the strength of the intention behind your contribution.

Happy creating my loves x

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The Waiting game

We’ve all played it. Counting down the days to Christmas Day, anticipating what Santa may bring me this year? First day of school; experiencing the excitement or the dread (often enough, both.) Waiting for that crush to walk by so you can catch a glimpse, yet look away. Waiting to finally finish school and quite possibly start another, elsewhere. Then there’s adulthood. That time of our life where as a child we seem to have “talked up” only to discover it wasn’t really what you had expected. In fact, it’s a lot harder than anticipated.

And here we are, waiting. Waiting for everything to “just GO right, already!” You know what I’m saying? Searching for that “perfect” partner, scoring that idyllic career and excelling at it, buying that dream house to make your friends envious, jet-setting across the world like a Beckham.

But it’s not happening, so we wait. While waiting, we become restless. We then become resentful as we look through our rose-coloured, un-prescribed glasses, that don’t seem to suit you, out onto the world. We browse through photos of captured micro-second moments of other people’s seemingly productive lives and question “why aren’t I living that exact same life?” Until we realise that it’s simply “a captured MOMENT, often edited and often exaggerated”.

The waiting game is no longer fun. The waiting game then becomes emotionally draining. It becomes all consuming and an accepted reality.

Since the last time I posted on my page I have gone through quite an eventful eight months.

I’ve been on a soul-repairing journey. I’ve written, produced and acted in a scene, I’ve acted in four short films, I went on a 5 week European honeymoon across Greece, Croatia and Italy. My husband had started a business with a friend, in which I hope to assist them further in the future…the list goes on. Why has this happened? It’s because I decided that I no longer want to play the waiting game any longer. It’s wasteful, draining and soul crushing of your time, energy and potential.

It’s time to embrace the life you have today and work on tweaking it, if need be or so desire. Push aside your resentment on how your life has turned out and learn to love what it has become. It’s not over yet. You are still here, time to make the most of it!

I’m playing a new game, it’s called, the Doing game. It’s quite fun. This game is not based on chance, it’s based on action. There are risks involved of course. What you put in, may not produce those desired results. In fact you may fail; but you may even prosper. The intention of this game is to JUST DO IT!

Written by Selma Danculovic (Papapavlou)

 

#inspiration #waitinggame #actor #hollywood #writer

 

Check out an original piece I wrote, produced and performed in.

Filmed, directed and edited by Glenn Ellis. Co-staring Dennis Manahan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_gUrczWE1M

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Breaking up with my excess weight is so hard to do.

Just LIFE getting in the way

This is interesting. As a writer I tend to write a bit and then think, ‘wow! this is a brilliant piece!’ Mind you it’s often 3am or so! I keep telling myself I’m not that tired but really who am I kidding? If my keyboard inflated into a pillow my head would drop like lead straight onto it!

So what I then do is I tend to save the piece, then months later refer to it and think, ‘what on earth was I thinking?!’ Now, I don’t know if what I’ve just posted below will be ‘one of those instances’ but I figure, I really should have published it a couple of months ago when I first wrote it, also it’s better late than never.

Meh, I will leave it up to you to decide. I first wrote this on the 17th of March 2014. Another reason as to why I decided to post it today was…

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