I decided to attend a martial art class anyway yesterday, which was rather tough since it was for 3 hours from 18:30-21:30. But I learned some useful, unarmed fighting techniques. So, it was worthwhile. I will stick to attending the class on Sundays, unless I have something to do on some Sundays that I can’t attend the class. I also have to practise. It’s not going to do me any good if I go to dancing and martial art classes, but I will not train at home as well. All that time I spend going there will be a waste, except that I get to exercise. So, I have to start practising as well.
By the way, we also got to meet a stuntman from Jackie Chan’s stunt team which we could ask him anything. So, it was totally awesome to actually come face to face with the person who is really experienced in doing stunts for a well-known martial arts actor.
Below is a clip of me doing an unarmed fight scene:
I went to contemporary dancing class again yesterday. Now my body feels amazing. I don’t remember the steps that much because I don’t really practise at home. So today, I will try to practise a little bit. Then, I will continue to attend the class once a week. So I better can remember the choreography and get used to the routine. I may attend jazz dance as well. So, two days dancing once a week: Contemporary & Jazz dances. Then also yoga and martial art classes once a week. Then I’m good. I can feel when I keep exercising regularly my body becomes more robust and lithe. After the dancing class, it feels like I am dancing every time I move my body to do something, even making coffee, walking around in my studio flat. I don’t feel easily tired as I was used to. Another reason that makes me keep working out is that I want a more toned body besides learning new skills. That’s one of my goals this year.
I feel like attending a martial art class as well today. But, I also want to finish my screenplay as soon as possible. Now that I know what it needs to improve. The sooner I am done with my script the better, so that I can move on. But exercise is also very vital. But I had already been to dancing class yesterday. So, it should be okay. Well, I am not so sure. I may attend martial art class anyway later on today.
It was very useful attending both writing and acting classes yesterday. I learned a lot. I think. Attending acting class also makes me write my screenplay better. When I know what actors want to achieve in a given scene, what and how they do physically or psychologically to achieve that, and all of many other things that actors do and react to the other characters, I can then aim to write my script the way that actors would best understand my vision and what it is I want them to create. I just discovered yesterday while I was in the acting class that it was also beneficial to my writing.
After the acting class, I continued to writing class. It wasn’t a real writing class. It’s just a class that writers and actors meet to read the scripts together and give each other some critiques what need to be improved, removed, added, altered, and so on. It was really helpful, indeed. I brought the first 10-page of my screenplay with me, to give out to actors and writers to read out loud. After that they gave me some constructive feedback. It was very valuable. Now I know what I have to remove from my script, what to add, make some adjustment that will make my screenplay a good read and a good script as much as possible. I wouldn’t be able to know all that if no-one reads my script and gives me the fruitful comment.
And when the actors read my script I know what certain characters in my screenplay sound like when they are actually being performed. So, it gives me so much insight in that respect as well. I couldn’t be more happy that I attended the class. It was definitely the right thing to do. I thought my first 10-page was perfect. But after yesterday, I gained more understanding of it that there are some elements that need to be fine-tuned.
I can’t say that much about the plot until the script is done and being made into a movie. But, I can say one thing: It will be a very unique story, cinematic, maybe a bit controversial, and similar. It’s a very bold screenplay which is a risk I take, but for a good reason. My goal is to bring something new into British film industry. Something no-one, perhaps, has never done before.
Below is just a short scene from my script:
I haven’t done much today. I just spend the day chilling out and catching up on paperwork a little bit. I will spend the weekend to do more. Today, I just want to relax and watch a good film. But before that, I will go through my Act 1 script one more time because I will bring it with me to give some people to read tomorrow, so that they can give me some feedback. Especially the first 10 pages, it has to be very exciting to hook the readers. So I will re-read it myself tonight and make some adjustment, then print it out and bring it with me tomorrow.
I also has to attend acting class tomorrow. I already booked the workshop. I look forward to it. I have been busy lately. So I haven’t had time to attend acting classes that often. But from now on, I will try to improve my skills in acting as much as I can. Because, this is what I wanted to be: An actress. I also wanted to be a writer. So I practise my writing skill daily as well and find some people to read my screenplay, most of them are actors and writers who read my script.
I don’t want to cook today. I will order a pizza instead. Then by the time the pizza arrives, I will have finished revising Act 1 of my script and ready to relax and watch a good film and eat pizza.
My dinner for today was pesto & goats’ cheese tortellini with salmon. It’s yummy! I have been eating spicy Asian food almost every day, so I need something different for a change. No chilli. It’s chilli-free today. I just forgot to buy spinach and lemon. Well, just pasta and salmon is okay. I don’t eat much anyway. For my well-being and a more healthy body, I try not to eat too much before I go to bed. And I try to eat before 8pm. And that’s what I just did today. It just feels good when you take good care of yourself and your body.
Now that I’m done with the dinner, I will watch some movies, take a shower, work a little bit more on my script, and then go to bed.
I am lucky because where I live is quite quiet and peaceful with lots of trees. And the park is just right across the street. So, it’s a very idyllic place to write, or for a writer to live. And Wimbledon Village is just about 20 – 30 minutes walk away from where I live. But I rarely go to Wimbledon Village. But sometimes I do walk to Wimbledon Common, which is next to Wimbledon Village, to get some exercise and to go sit by the Rushmere Pond watching the birds swooping about above the pond looking for their preys. I do go there a lot in the summer. I just like going to park. It’s just a calm place to relax and enjoy the nature at the same time. I also like the ocean. I wish I lived by the beach. Maybe I will find a place to live by the beach when I get older.
There is Wimbledon Windmill near me as well. Just 10 minutes walk from where I live. I take a walk there once in a while to exercise. But to walk back home again right after would be too quick already, so I sometimes just walk all the way to Wimbledon Common to Rushmere Pond, then back home again. Lots of people around Wimbledon Windmill during summer, some just to take a walk there and enjoy the fresh air & nature, some go there to visit the museum, and some go there to play golf because there’s a golf club next to it as well.
Tonight, I will just continue to work on my screenplay a little bit more. Not too much. Then I will watch some good films before I go to bed.
I went to contemporary dance yesterday. It was tough. But it was amazing. I got to exercise all parts of my body and learn new skill. There are also some techniques in contemporary dance that similar to martial arts’ – which I do go once in a while as well, but I plan to go more often now – so it wasn’t something I wasn’t used to. So I really like it. I will attend contemporary dancing class maybe once or twice a week. I have to persistently continue with the training from now on if I want to master my skills and to be in good form.
Today, I will also go to yoga class. Luckily, there’s a yoga place near my home. So I don’t have to travel that far. But with dancing and martial arts classes, I have to travel far. Not so much the dancing class. It’s just in central London. But the martial arts class is quite far. There are also some martial arts schools near me, but I don’t really like them. But maybe, I should try to go to other places near me as well. I haven’t tried them all, yet. I have only tried a few of them. I just like the one that I always go. So, even it’s a bit too far, it’s okay.
I will also try to go to martial arts once a week, too. I just have to keep working out and perfecting my skills. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time if I only go when I feel like to. So, every week, I go to dancing class, yoga, and martial arts. And since I don’t like going to the gym this is the best way for me to keep fit, and plus I get to learn new skills. As I get older, workout has become more and more vital because your body is not as strong and healthy as when you’re young. But even for young people, physical activities are also important for them. All in all, it’s just essential for everybody to be in good health and shape – no matter your age.
After the yoga class, I will have to do two self-tape auditions as well. So, I have to find the monologues to use for my auditions and memorise them. Then, after I am done with the self-tape auditions, I will work a little bit more on my screenplay. Maybe for a few hours or so. Just to take a small step towards my goal of finishing my screenplay although I don’t have time to write. Or, I will work a little bit more on my script now before I go to yoga class. I think, I’ll do that.
Back home again. Now, I will go crazy with my screenplay. I am quite busy with lots of things at the moment. But one thing for certain, I have to finish my script asap! I’m getting there. I will try to finish Act 1 as quickly as possible. So tonight, although I’m a bit tired, but I will try to continue to work on Act 1. Even just for 1 hour, it’s better than nothing. I have at least made some progress towards my goal before I go to bed. A small growth is better than no advancement at all. And breaking it into small chunks seems to work for me. Before I know it, I may even have a finished script in my hand already.
It looks pretty good. I think. And I can reveal a little bit: I am not the protagonist in my upcoming drama feature film. I am just one of the main characters. As I said before, this movie isn’t about me. But about some people I know very well. So, there is still a personal attachment to it. And that’s why I can just keep going – never lose the enthusiasm. Because, I want to tell this story so badly.
Sometimes while I’m writing I have to stop and replay everything in my head scene by scene all over again and again because I know everything about it. If I can see my own screenplay as a movie in my head then it just makes my writing flow more smoothly and more cinematically. Then I just transfer it to paper and make the readers see it as a movie as well when they read my screenplay. So, I try to achieve that. When I’m done with my script I will find someone or some people I can trust to read it and give me some feedback.
This is going to be interesting and challenging, making the readers easily visualise the film as they read the screenplay. If I can do that then my script is a success. That’s why I work so hard day & night on my screenplay to achieve that. I never get tired of it. As soon as the sun comes up I jump out of bed, make my coffee, and start writing straight away. I just have a good feeling about it. That it is going to be a good manuscript, exciting, interesting, unique, etc. Seeing the story come to life is one of my motivations to completing the screenplay as soon as I can.
I have a busy day today. Just got home and had my lunch, actually breakfast. Then, I am on my way out again for another production I am working on at the moment. It starts getting cold now and snow and all that. Well, maybe not too bad. Winter here is like summer or spring in Denmark which is good for me.
I will relax a little bit before I go out again. Then I also have some monologues I have to prepare for new auditions. But if I had nothing to do tomorrow, I would try to finish the Act 1 of my screenplay. After coming home tonight, I will work a little bit more on it.
Then this weekend, I will clean my studio and throw some old clothes away. I like throwing old stuff away once in a while, to clear my home & my soul. I just put them in a bin bag and go give them to a charity shop. Yes, if your home is messy you can’t think clearly either. It just blocks your productivity. And that’s why I try to keep my flat fairly spartan. What I have in my home is what I really need. Things I no longer need I get rid of them. If I do need them later on I will acquire them again, it’s as simple as that.
After cleaning my studio, I may even buy some flowers for my flat, to add some freshness to it, something beautiful to look at, to feed my soul and to increase my creativity.
Now I will get ready to go out again. I hope, it’s going to be a fun day. I look forward to it.
Time to take a break from writing and listen to music instead. Music helps me relax. I like Coldplay, which is one of my favourite bands. I also like Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, The Rolling Stones, for instance. So, whenever I have a writer’s block or too tired to continue to work on my script I stop and listen to music. And it helps to some extent. I’m even thinking about going to a singing class, not to become a musician, but to improve my vocal which is also vital for actors. I don’t know, yet. But it’s a possibility.
I’m running out of milk. I can’t drink coffee without milk. And it seems, it will be a long night for me today since I plan to finish revising Act 1 today, or get Act 1 done as much as possible. And I need lots of coffee to be able to stay awake. But no milk. So I don’t know how it’s gonna work? And I live in a village. There are no shops nearby. There’s a few shops about 20 minutes walk away. But they closed at 8pm already, so. I will try to drink just black coffee, then.