Running From The Ground Up

I’ve just got back from Barry, from another update meeting for GRIM: A TALE OF DEATH.

So far we’re still waiting on the completion of the entire script, which isn’t too far off. Seeing as the story has moulded slightly, I’m looking forward to seeing what new traits my character will be. At the moment I’ve got some films to look into for research – character based films and war films – to build up a general idea of what will be necessary for filming and acting. I want my performance to be amazing detailed and believable no matter what.

I’ve always felt myself to be at a big disadvantage due to the fact that I never went to Drama school – and can’t even afford to now. I envy my friends who have been. They’ve had that training and learned those skills they never even touched upon at my university. So I’m going for it myself; reading the books, self teaching myself from the ground up.

In a couple of days I’m hoping to get the ‘Stanislavski Toolkit‘ book in the post to skim through and indulge in. I’m really hoping to push myself this year in terms of acting work.

I’ve also gained interest and thought into learning new skills for my CV, such as;

  1. Fencing and Sword Fighting
    There’s a fencing club in Cardiff that charge about £10 per lesson, which sounds both affordable and exciting. I used to do fencing in university, but only attended a few classes. I’d love to carry on the skill.
  2. Horse Riding
    I’ve heard of a couple of places nearby that do horse riding sessions for less than £50. Course, it’s an expensive trait to learn, but something to think about in later days when my money’s a lot better. Certainly something good for the acting CV.

I’ve also contemplated cancelling my cineworld membership card and taking up the new gym above Capitol Centre in Cardiff instead – it’s pretty much the same price. I’ve had my cineworld card for a number of years, but i’ve hardly used it at all. It’s a waste of money really if I’m paying for this monthly membership and don’t use it because there’s nobody at all to go with.

I want to get fit this year. I want to push myself further and further and get myself out of this shitty mess I’ve landed myself in, both financially and career-wise. I know I can do better.

I just need to get off my lazy ass and do it.

Warm Bodies

So, I get back to Cardiff from my parents house in the valleys (where it’s been snowing), only to find that Cardiff is empty and freezing itself. Didn’t really think Cardiff could be this quiet on a Sunday night, but whatever.

Just as I get into my house, I find there’s no food in the cupboard and the central heating’s fucked. Oh great. Time to break out the electric heater and my Lion onesey. It’s freezing in the house!

Just before I get to my room, I go for a quick shopping spree into the city, braving the chill of outdoors once again. The city? Dead.

Sainsbury’s on Queen Street – Shut.
Tesco on Churchill Way – Shut. Fuck.

So I head past Bar Icon to towards the Tesco next to St Davids 2 and suddenly find my legs are driving by themselves, on autopilot, into St Daivds 2 and into work. Why? Fuck knows, but I managed to get food there which is cool 🙂 (ah, the benefits of Nando’s)

Instead of heading straight home after, I figure I’m right next to Cineworld, I have my glasses with me (for a change). Might as well go see a movie by myself, if only to keep me from the cold house longer. So I grab some snacks and a pic’n’mix from Tesco (instead of shopping – what the hell, I’m treating myself instead) and off I go to see the brilliant new Zombie Romance film out – Warm Bodies. Ironic.

And. I. LOVED it 😀

Anyone else seen it yet? If so, what did you think?

John xxxwarm-bodies-2