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My name is Sophie Jones and i am 23 years of age. In 2011 i graduated from Leicester College of Performing arts where i obtained a Trinity National Diploma in Musical theatre. I have always had a passion for performing and since a very young age have been in many shows and filming experiences. Since graduating i have been auditioning and successful enough to be part of magazine calender shoot, dance, fashion shows and am now embarking on my new adventure of filming.  I wish to live the dream and gain as much experience as possible then hopefully after graduaring from Middlesex University work towards my PGCE which will hopefully allow me to teach. Live the dream then teach it, inspire others as i was!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

2d, The Inquiry

What in your daily practise gets you really enthusiastic to find out more about? Who do you admire who also works with what makes you enthusiastic?

Being a dancer/ performer there are a million things within the industry that can get you thoroughly enthusiastic. I have decided to narrow it down to just some of the main.

The most enthusiastic thing for me is that BUZZ on stage. Those who are not performers may not understand this. But take it from me its the best feeling in the whole wide world! We in our profession enjoy our work and wish to share it with others. Our work can involve many new projects and can challenge you, push barriers and take you as a person to a complete new level you never knew you had within you, mentally and also physically. One job could involve you dancing with large props, the next be a modelling fashion show. The possibilities are endless for you. I take a huge amount of pride in my work and i am always remaining professional and will continue to do so. By being involved in a profession such as this, can implicate to great sucsess, and what an achievement that is. As long as you have put the hours in, got the right look, tried your hardest then success should most defiantly come your way. You can work hard enough, and nothing should stop you to be the best of your game. Who knows you could be the next face of Vouge. This industry allows you to be part of amazing experiences that you can hold onto, amazing shows, experiences that can lead to further professional work, you never know that right person may be watching you. The link below is a page i have found on line which i think just sums it all up for you.

http://dance.about.com/u/ua/danceandyourhealth/Why-Do-You-Dance-Reasons-Why-You-Dance.htm


To finish one thing i find most enthusiastic is when i talk about my future and where i would like to see myself in 15 years time. I wish to work professionally for as long as i possibly can, gaining as much wonderful and amazing experience as i can so then i can then pass this onto others. I wish to inspire others with all my wonderful experiences, teach them all i have learnt, and let them be as enthusiastic in this profession as i am. This gets me excited that i could, hopefully change lives and let people see what other opportunities are out there.

My Motto;

"I wish to live the dream, then teach it." 


This link is to an amazing page that talks all about inspiration and what sparks it. It talks about you on a  daily basis and how inspiration can make you productive and also a leader, i.e a teacher is a leader for sharing their inspiration. Wanting others to be inspired.


http://www.impactinstruction.com/emerging-women-leaders/8-skills-to-transform-your-leadership-presence-inspiration-is-the-spark-that-elevates-you-and-your-team/


What gets you angry or makes you sad? Who do you admire who shares your feelings or has found a way to work around the sadness or anger?

The thing that upsets me the most in this industry is when some professional employee's don't allow you to audition or attend a casting unless you already have professional experience. I see it as you have to have Experience for experience. How is anybody starting out supposed to get on the ladder to start their career, these employees are missing out on people that could be completely amazing potential, but would not give certain people the opportunity. Which leads me onto some employees take people back on  that they have already used, which i can understand they know they can reply/ trust them, they know they are good at their practise but once again how does that stand in good stead for others hoping to pursue their career, when others are already on the ladder and don't need to re audition for jobs, they just have to dial a number and off they go.

I also feel that when it does come to auditions in this professional industry we are a million to one. With any other job the average number of people going for 1 post is usually under 20 people. I attended an audition the other day and i was number 643!!!! I can understand it for a large casting but a cast no more than 30 people. Us dancers strive to get jobs against all the people its almost like one huge battle ground.

It can be a little frustrating when people think, oh your a dancer, that's not a job. I think people can be very narrow minded and think we prance around in a studio all day, this is not the case. Dancing/ acting/ modelling or any kind of entertainment is a profession and a real job, we just chose a different line of work to others.

Because this industry is so huge and things have to constantly keep ticking over, the industry waits for no one. If you are sick or ill "The Show must Go On", you are replaced, if an injury unfortunately occurs understudies, swings get involved. That's why as a performer you have to be on top of your game 24/7, you can not afford to be ill or injured, you have to earn being where you are, and you have to pull out all the stops to stay where you are.

What do you love about what you do? Who do you admire who also seems to love this or is an example of what you love?

In answer to this question i could talk all day but i have come up with my favourites.  In this day and age there are not many people that can say they love their job, they get that buzz in the morning, they love the feeling of going to work. There are not many people that can say that, and i feel if your in a profession/ job your going to have to be happy, as in that job you are going to be spending a hell of a lot of hours. And with performing and rehearsals there are a lot of hours, not set hours either, we go overtime for the love of what we do.

This professional also can take you all over the world, see places you may never have even thought of. The possibilities and opportunities are endless. For example being a dancer on a cruise liner can take you all over the world. This way you have the ideal perfect job that many people would want to have and be in your shoes. I feel a cruise ship job is ideal, and a perfect lifestyle. You get to be doing what you love performing to thousands of people sometimes 3 times a day. Performing and inspiring others, with the added benefits of travelling at the same time, from around the British isles to the Caribbean. Its another experience you have had in life and its whilst your doing a dream job.

I am very much a person who likes to entertain and please everybody, that is most probably why i am in this industry, seeing people smile and entertain them. We are the fortunate ones who get to entertain people, and hopefully pleasure people so they get a brilliant happy experience. People go for a trip to the theatre for a pleasurable experience and that is what us performers aim to do.

Whilst in this industry you also are very privileged by some of the wonderful inspirational professional  people you meet. For me this is a huge boost, seeing an amazing performance, dancers, musical theatre cast makes me what to up my game even more, strive that extra bit harder, so you can work with those very important people. It is an achievement saying you had worked with a certain choreographer and makes you work and work to be up to their standard, no harm in wanting to be like them if they inspire you. By meeting the people you do, you get to try amazing new ways, styles, techniques this is fascinating, you as a performer are broadening your knowledge. The life of a performer is very creative and an amazing way of expressing yourself. I know myself anytime i put a piece of music on i just start to move and think of choreography. You know when your a dancer when any piece of music gives you ideas, and in your head your creating a piece of choreography. I feel it within the music, i see how my body relates to the music and i literally just feel it. Performing/ dance is an escapism for me i feel free and worries just float away when i am lost in the moment.This is what make our industry so amazing, its all about expressing your true self, why try and be someone your not.



What do you feel you don't understand? Who do you admire who does seem to understand it or who has found a way of making not understanding it interesting or beautiful, or has asked the same questions as you?


For this question i only really have 2 main pointers. My first is in this career it doesn't seem to really matter about examinations, or the amount of written work you have done. In this industry experience and passion counts for everything. This is very different to normal everyday jobs. For example a doctor has to take exams to get where he does, its not enough if he just had a a passion for looking after people. But in this industry one thing that baffles me is it doesn't matter if you have worked academically for years if you have the perfect pirouette or grande battement then the job could be yours.

My final point is also related to my first, in this industry many of the jobs are unpaid. A lot of people expect experience to be enough, when really i feel if you are working you should be paid for this. I think many people in this day and age expect to much for nothing, and its all a little bit one sided. I feel some employers could take advantage knowing that performers/ dancers would do unpaid work for the experience. Whist looking on the Internet i have found 2 very different articles that i think are both so interesting .


This first article is not about the profession at all, and talks about a store that was doing the same, employing people and not paying them, this article shows how a court case has been up held over the issues.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/12/judgment-unpaid-work-schemes


My second article is from the Dance and theatre Cornwall, and this also talks about unpaid work and experience.  Whilst reading this it almost makes me think both articles are about jobs, a job is a job, so they should be paid. Even if only minimum wage was the answer people cant keep doing work for nothing.


http://danceandtheatrecornwall.co.uk/2010/8/13/ace-suspends-adverts-for-unpaid-jobs


http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2010/08/ace-suspends-adverts-for-unpaid-jobs/



I have found this inquiry most helpfull for myself, it makes you look back and delve deeper and realise what really makes you happy and realise what in your profession means most to you. I can certainly say i have learnt a hell of a lot and also about myself. 







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