Posts Tagged ‘school’

He’s an Actor, I’m an Actor

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

This is James. Our paths first crossed when I was encouraged by my acting professor at Regent’s to go and see Romeo and Juliet at The Rose Playhouse. He played Romeo. The energy, truth, and brilliance he brought to the stage was simply awe-inspiring. I was amazed. I was moved. I was inspired. Sure, I was utterly inspired, but I also witnessed him entrance the audience as a whole. I knew I wanted to include him in my photography project, The People Who Inspire. And, so, I could not help but reach out to his agent shortly after the showing. To my surprise, I did not receive a response from her. Instead, James replied to me personally and we arranged a meeting and a shoot. We met for tea at the BFI Southbank and chatted about his story, his past, and his journey to becoming a working actor. I learned a lot about him, and I also learned a lot from him. It is conversations and meetings like these that give me the confidence to pursue my dreams. As people, we are all tempted by our dreams, our deepest desires. Many of us settle for security and what makes us feel safe. When I meet people like James, who were not afraid to follow their dreams, I remember that I have the power to pursue mine as well. He was Romeo. He is human. He is an actor. And, I am an actor.


Should I Study Abroad?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Yes, yes, yes, and, again, yes! Please, do capitalize the opportunity to study abroad in college. It will change your life for the better. Your college education will become something you could never imagine it to be, in the best of ways. You will learn to understand the world in a new way. And, you will discover a lot about yourself and the differences you want to make in the world. I am writing from Edinburgh, Scotland, a long ways from home. I have seen nearly ten different cities in the UK now and traveled to Stockholm, Sweden. I have learned so much already, and I have barely scratched the surface. I almost didn’t come to England. I was so close to staying home. I thought it would be better idea to stay in Duluth, focus on my acting and my studies, but I was so wrong. The best thing I could of done was this: get on a plane to England, and study in a far away place, somewhere I no longer felt ‘at home.’ I, now, feel the most at home I have ever been, especially with myself. There are so many places calling your name from afar, asking you to come learn, to come see, and to come experience the world. The College of St. Scholastica offers a lot of options and help to make these things happen for students. I chose England, but students have traveled to Ireland, Germany, and beyond.


My Footprint on the World

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

We all leave a footprint on this earth, far and wide. What does yours look like? I know mine is an ever developing, intricate design of passion, love, and life. I hope to leave behind a mark of kindness, a mark of care, and a mark of effort. I have learned a lot of great lessons in my time at The College of St. Scholastica and in my study abroad program. I have learned to love the Earth more deeply through my involvement in Outdoor Pursuit and becoming a kayaking guide. I have learned to love the art of education thanks to my brilliant professors who have brought such passion, trust, and guidance into the classroom, sharing their wealth of knowledge and perspectives. I have discovered the path meant for me, and I have left behind the one that I thought was the / right / way, through the liberal arts requirements, which allowed me to open my mind and heart to other areas of study. I have learned to love the individuality of humanity and the specific people who surround me through the friendships and experiences I have pursued, especially in England. I have learned to accept myself as a writer and photographer, through the building of my skills and confidence in coursework and beyond. I am so grateful to The College of St. Scholastica. I am heading out into the world with much more than a college degree. I am leaving with a new perspective on my life and the world.


The People Who Inspire

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

And, so, it begins. I have officially launched my second photography project, The People Who Inspire. Throughout the journey, my goal is to dive deeper into the world of portrait photography and continue building upon my skills as a photographer. The vision I have involves morphing my passion for music/performance photography and portrait photography in a new way. I will be photographing people who have inspired me, mainly, but also those who I have seen inspire the world. There are several individuals who have agreed to work with me, they work as actors, fitness instructors, musicians, and beyond. I am planning to include a project page on my website that will be accessible to all. My hope is that The People Who Inspire will help spread the importance of following your passions and the importance of recognizing the individuality in those around us. Every human soul has something beautiful to contribute to the world, and we can all learn something from those around us if we are willing to open our minds to who they are.


The Path Less Traveled

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

I am walking the path less traveled. It is my truth, and it is my plan. It is my future. Most college students will graduate with their Bachelors degree, apply for jobs, and begin their journey into what we all accept as reality. However, I have decided to craft my own version of the real world, and it looks considerably different from what is typical. I am graduating early, by one semester. I am done with finals, and I am in Europe. I have no job lined up, instead, I have three months of travel around Europe ahead of me. I have planned for life of world experience rather than immediate job security at this point in my life. I will not generate my living from one 9-5 career or corporate employer, instead, I choose to pursue all of my passions and generate my living through them all. I will be based in media, writing, publishing, or the music industry (I hope). In addition, I will teach yoga, I will manage my photography, and I will write all along. My college education from The College of St. Scholastica and Regent’s University London has prepared me to be successful in whatever path I choose to walk, but I am, oh, so confident that these two universities have given me something else unique and special, something that has prepared me to be successful in this, in my own way of life.