Did you ever wonder what is like to be an actress? No, not a Hollywood movie star, just one of the remaining 90% of the players... Here, you're gonna find the answer! Welcome to my life, Umberta, actress not (yet) a star!


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2.01.2016

Cours Florent - Concours Classe Libre


^ Here when my living room becomes a rehearsal room... ;)

I've been practiced for the Classe Libre audition at Cours Florent. I'll have my first audition in a couple of hours *fingers crossed* !

Cours Florent is a very well known acting school in Paris. They have a special program called "Classe Libre", that is a 2 years program, completely free for the 20 (over the around 2.000 applicants) lucky actors who will be admitted.

Many working French actors came out from the Classe Libre (and attention: they came out from the Classe Libre and NOT from the Cours Florent normal classes).

Anyway, I'm not really stressed. As I'm quite close to the limit age to be admitted, I don't really think I have a real chance to get in. As a result, I'm going to the audition really relaxed, that eventually is the best thing. I'm gonna do my stuff, have fun and then we'll see what happens next! ;)

Ok I'm gonna take a shower, get dressed and I'm gonna go! :D

Have a good day everyone! :)

1.27.2016

New year - new play !


So to well start 2016, I've been chosen for a new play! :)

It's an interesting and slightly different than usual project : "Le Gazouillis des oiseaux" is a play written by Dinu Grigorescu, an Ukrainian playwright, well-known in his country.

This is the play with which he made his debut in theatres in 1978, but the subject is still quite modern. 
The first time the play was staged in 1978, some of the best Ukrainian actors took part in the project and it was a big success... so let's hope to keep up with it! ;)

And now Christine Romero, a French director, decided to adapt the play in France and this is the first time the text is translated and played in another country.
More info about the project here.

There are 6 other actors in addition to me, we met for the first time last Sunday and everyone seems nice :) We also had a first reading on Sunday and it was a good job. 

I'm happy to be back at work and can't wait to be on stage again ! (though it won't be until October or something like that).


1.02.2016

Live for yourself : the best resolution for 2016


Live for yourself. This is the only good resolution you need for 2016. Cause life is too short to live it for others. And no one is going to live for you. 
And besides, who else is gonna be with you every single day of your own life, but you?
Lots of persons have so many good resolutions at the beginning of each year, only to end up frustrated at the end of the year.
But in the end, what we all want is to fully live our lives and be fulfilled.

The only way to achieve such a fulfillment, in my opinion, is to live for yourself. I'm not saying to become egoist - well, maybe a little - or to stop worrying about others. I'm just saying to be true to yourself, stop lying to yourself and act in accordance to what you really feel.

I'm now pretty good at that, but I haven't always been. Until not so long ago I was doing things for others instead that for myself. Either because I didn't want to disappoint people or either because people made me feel guilty.
And then one day I said stop. It wasn't easy at the beginning.
But I reconnected with myself and I listened to what I truly wanted.
Although I was good in maths and economics, I quit my job in finance to finally pursue my acting career full time - and I can tell you my family wasn't (and part of it still isn't) delighted by my decision...
But I know it was the right thing to do and I do feel good about it.


My other strong desire is to explore the whole world. But I don't always have the companions to travel with me. So one summer, after a long hesitation, I went to India to travel alone. Again it wasn't an easy decision as my family was totally against it and made me feel very, very guilty. I took all my strength and followed my deeper desire. I boarded the plane that was taking me to Bombay almost crying... But I'll never forget the freedom I felt. The sensation of doing the right thing. Of being true to myself. The happiness as I landed in that unknown land. If I close my eyes, I can feel all that right now.
(And for the record, it was one of the best journeys of my life and I met so many cool and interesting people that I've never been or felt lonely).


And that was the moment I knew I finally freed myself from all bonds. And I was finally living the life I wanted to live. I was being the person I wanted to be. I was doing what I was supposed to do.
And no matter what, I know that I'll always be there for myself.

Sometimes it's easier, sometimes I'm a bit lost. Sometimes I still do things that I don't really wanna do for others. But when it's too much my inner self reminds me of my deeper, true feelings and I can reconnect with myself.
If my life should end tomorrow, I would be sad as there are still so many experiences I want to do... But I wouldn't be disappointed with myself, as I'm living the life that is right for me.
I'm fully living life the way I want and that makes me happy.
And for this new year I wanna do it even more. I have many ideas and projects swirling in my head. I'm gonna put some order in it, forget all my fears and jump into life!


And that's all I wish to you : to listen to you inner self and be true to yourself. It's the best gift you can make to yourself and the best way to live a fulfilling life.
Sometimes we convince ourselves that we're doing the right thing, but deep inside - maybe very, very deep - we know that we're lying to ourselves.
When people try to stop you, they're not being mean, they really think they're giving you good advice. But only you, can really know what is good for yourself.

If your job isn't right for you find, a way to change it (again it wont be easy, perhaps you'll need to take some classes back or have two jobs at the same time - in order to play I need to have a side job - but it'll definitely worth it) ; if you dream to travel, jump on that plane ; if you dream to live in another country, don't let people at home hold you ; if you want to learn a new language, take the time for language classes ; if you dream to take ballet or belly dance classes go ahead ; if you want to change the way you dress or the make up you wear go fort it ; if you want to loose weight be sure it is for you and not because the way others look at you, and only then, go on a diet ; if you feel you wanna go to Africa to help less fortunate people ; if you want to stay at home with your children... Whatever it feels right for you, go for it! Don't let society, family, friends stop you just because you're supposedly too old, too fat, too thin, too responsable, too smart, too stupid, it's too difficult... Just go! 
And you'll be your best friend and life will be a happy place!

Happy 2016! Love <3


12.05.2015

Rococo night

The only thing that I miss when traveling or working too much is some good time with my best friends! 

You know when you just spend time chilling, chatting, gossiping, drinking wine and laughing...

That's exactly what we did, Paolina and I the other night :)


In a freezing Paris, we went out for drinks and dinner. We wanted a cozy and warm place, preferably serving tapas and not to far... We really weren't hoping to find all that in one only single place, but we actually did ! 


We walked by this new bar, Rococo, which opened recently and seemed really nice : warm and welcoming atmosphere, lovely decoration, nice people, but not too crowded... 


We gave a look at the menu and when we saw they were serving tapas, we obviously decided to give it a try, and it turned out to be a very good decision ! In addition to all that, the food was amazing and service really nice !


^ Scallops, rice arancini, camembert fondue and a mixed meats and cheeses platter.

Everything was super yummy... 

 

But the camembert fondue definitely won the first prize !


We had such the nicest time ! :D


12.01.2015

Paris...


We arrived back in Paris two weeks ago, after spending one month in Australia... It was our wonderful honeymoon!!
We've been so happy, we discovered such beautiful places, view all sort of animals, met super nice people... it was a dream!
I was so excited to share all this and much more (I still have to share SO many travels and events from last year...).
But we arrived in a shocked Paris, we weren't there during the attacks, and thankfully all our loved ones are safe. But we still could felt the shock, the incompréhension, the unbelievable that was real... 
I was scared to go out, the streets and the cafes were oddly empty. People were watching to each other strangely... 
But now life is hopefully taking back the city again.
I felt lost, I didn't really know what to do...
I had previously accepted a role in the French web series "Les garçons de chambre" and shooting was last week. I drove to the set with my own car, I didn't feel to take public transports yet, I went to the make-up and hair corner, I wore my costume and I start feeling someone else... 
Here a picture of me as the character :


I took a coffee, chatted with other actors, talked with the director, everyone was so nice and passionate... It felt good to be surrounded again by people like me, with the same dream and moved by the same passion... And then we went to the location. It wasn't an easy shooting: it was super cold, can't tell you where we were (I'm not allowed, to avoid spoiling the plot) but there was no heating, I was wearing a very revealing and short dress, it was raining, at the certain point the lights went off... But I was happy. And alive. I forgot everything else, I was just there, I was this other woman (can't tell you who - still not allowed to spoil the plot) and everything felt just ok again.
And now here I am, ready to embrace life to the fullest again, even more hungry than before!!



8.19.2015

Waterlilies pond



Sunday calls for adventures! So Sunday morning (*noon), after a good breakfast, we jumped in the car and headed to Giverny, a picturesque, little town in Normandy. Giverny is mostly well-known as the impressionist painter Claude Monet had his home and above all his famous gardens there, and one can still visit both.



This is something I've wanted to visit for a long time, so I was more than excited, reaching Giverny.
The place was, unfortunately, fully packed with tourists and I highly recommend you to purchase your tickets online in order to skip the long queue!
Once you enter the garden, you're welcomed by all species of plants and flowers in an incredible burst of colors and smells!





Monet's house is in the middle of the garden, surrounded by flowers. No wonder that with such a view, Monet was so inspired...


Claude Monet house Giverny


^ The view from the window of Monet's bedroom...

Claude Monet house Giverny

I wish I could have the same office and desk!

And the interior of the house isn't bad either...


Claude Monet house Giverny


Claude Monet house Giverny

Claude Monet house Giverny


Claude Monet house Giverny

Claude Monet house Giverny

Claude Monet house Giverny

Claude Monet house Giverny

Isn't this white and blue kitchen a dream?

And by the way, the whole house is pink!!! I guess Monet and I share the same taste... ;p



We kept wandering among the flowers...




Claude Monet gardens Giverny




Claude Monet gardens Giverny

Claude Monet gardens Giverny

Until we arrived to the waterlilies pond, that was just too beautiful!! 
Not even all the tourists could disturb the beauty and the calm of the place... 


Claude Monet gardens Giverny

Claude Monet gardens Givenry

Claude Monet gardens Giverny

Claude Monet gardens Giverny


Claude Monet gardens Giverny

I could have been sitting there watching the pond for ever... If it wasn't for my stomach that started noisily remembering me it was lunch time...
So we left the kingdom of Monet, we grabbed the picnic that we prepared the morning and we walked around until we found a little park where we had lunch and a little nap!



By the way, Giverny is a very touristic place (much more than I expected) and it's full of bar and restaurants. But I still prefer have lunch in the sun, feet in the grass... 
In the afternoon, we visited the Museum of Impressionism and its garden. The museum is currently hosting an photography exhibition, in which 5 contemporary photographs give their vision of Monet's gardens through their pictures. I was really glad to find a photos exhibition!
The museum's garden is very beautiful too, it's composed of several little spaces in which flowers are "organized" by color. It's very pleasant to walk around.

Museum of Impressionism Giverny



Museum of Impressionism Giverny

Museum of Impressionism Giverny

Museum of Impressionism Giverny

Museum of Impressionism Giverny

Museum of Impressionism Giverny

musée des impressionnismes Giverny

Museum of Impressionism Giverny

Museum of Impressionism Giverny

And just for the record, the garden is free entrance (not the museum).
We really had a beautiful day in Giverny! Just how Sundays are meant to be! :)


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