I’ll be turning 30 in the not too distant future 😳😳 and as I look over those years I’ve had on this earth, gotta say there are some pretty epic experiences. Let me share some of them with you.
Being examined by a Performing Arts legend
If you aren’t into performing arts, you won’t have heard of Christopher Huggins. A world class choreographer and dancer from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.
For my 3rd year project in collage (Cape Academy of Performing Arts in Cape Town, South Africa), I was required to present the life of a famous person in history on stage. I chose one of my favourite authors of all time, Jane Austin. What a wonderful woman who was very much out of her time. With the project we were required to provide a journal about the choreographic journey and the research done about the person we chose.
Following performing my final exam for the examiners, including Christopher Huggins, I received the most jaw dropping of moments. A man who is legendary in the dance world said to me that I had inspired him to go away and read her novels because of how well I had depicted her life and spiked his interest in her as an author. That day I received the highest mark from him in the whole collage, a 92%.
Getting to be on TV
Having grown up in the performing world, it was always my dream to be on TV. When I came to the UK, the opportunity presented itself. I joined an extra agency and got to be in a BBC mini series called The Secret Agent.
A mini series based in the late 1800s, my first experience wearing a corset (OMG I am so glad they got rid of those #cannotbreathever). Getting hair and make up done by a professional, feeling like a proper movie star, costume fittings and then long days of walking up and down and in and out of scenes.
It may sound silly to most but it was a dream come true having never been able to do it before.
Meeting an actual movie star
If you are anything like me, you grew up loving Harry Potter and it’s magical world. Much like most, one of my favourite and beloved characters of the franchise was always Dobby.
The Secret Agent happened to be starring none other than the actor who brought Dobby to life, Toby Jones. There was a group of us waiting in line to get food and he walked passed and we all froze. One of the guys could resist whispering ‘Dobby must save Harry Potter’ and he just smiled. Later in the day when we were getting ready to shoot a scene in the center of Edinburgh, he walked passed me, caught my eye and I had to say how much of big fan I was and he smiled and said thanks. It was just amazing!! Not what you would expect from someone as famous as him, he is actually pretty quiet.
Black water rafting in New Zealand
You will have heard of White water rafting, I’m sure, but have you ever been Black water rafting?
It was one of those adrenaline filled memories we all have. Black water rafting is done in the caves in Rotorua New Zealand. We absailed 40ft down a hole in the ground into the caves and then with our tubes, launched ourselves into the freezing cold water where we ‘sailed’ through the caves, sometimes slow and leisurely and sometimes at top speed 🙌.
Such beautiful sights within the caves to enjoy as well. The glow worms were up front and center showing off their abilities. Fun (or should I say funny) fact for you, did you know it’s actually a glow worms poop that glows not their body 🤣. Nothing like glow in the dark poop 🤣🤣. The end of the adventure had us climbing up a small waterfall and back into the sunlight. It was truly an epic experience.
Some of the best experiences in life can be small. What are your favourite memories and experiences?
Until next time…