Posts Tagged ‘dance’

Birth of a Troupe

Six years ago, my friend Aureen and I talked about how great it would be to start our own comedy troupe. I had mentioned to her about how much I loved sketch comedy and Kids in the Hall. She completely understood and shared my views. We discussed pulling together some of our friends and creating this group someday and we could have our own shows and tour. Ah, what a fantasy that was.

Fast forward 5 years, our networks grew bigger, our resources got richer, and our creativity became stronger. Due to our curiosity of all things creative, we began dipping our hands in film making and fell in love. In 2011, we approached 3 of our friends to help us build a troupe and make comedic videos. We called ourselves “Granny Cart Gangstas.” Unfortunately, the 5 of us became so busy that we allowed our ideas to remain on paper, undeveloped and never fully realized. By May of 2012, Aureen & I had a moment to talk during a film shoot. We were discussing with another friend, Roczane, about wanting to have an all female comedy troupe. And thus began a snowball of activity into giving the troupe a life. Aureen & I began pulling together all the ingredients we needed to have a successful troupe to do our film making and eventually culminate into doing live shows in theaters. A month later, we had our troupe. Six months later, we completed our first project, a music video parody of Beyonce’s “Run the World.”

Enjoy!

Inspirecreational Weekend

This weekend has been full of inspiration, recreation, and creativity all rolled into one. I am losing sleep each night and my schedule is going insane. Obviously, filming is going well. We shot a bloody killing scene on Saturday where we ended up spraying fake blood all over someone’s van. That was a serious cleanup job. It’s made of corn syrup so imagine syrup all over your vehicle’s interior. Imagine that? Yeah. Afterwards, I got to see my friend dance in a show called “Tagabanua” at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. It was a beautiful show with great moves and some kick ass indeigenous Filipino music. Very inspiring, I have to say. It made me want to play kulintang again.

And Sunday, we shot a music video for the band, Seeking Empire. It was on their song “Fairytale.” I haven’t shot a music video since 2007 when I helped with Kiwi’s “Imagine” video so it was fun. This time, it was a lot different though because of all the extras that were there. I’ve never really been around so many model-type women and punk rocker dudes. The band was fantastic and the venue we shot the video at was fabulous too! I got to meet Paul Thomas, the bassist from the band Good Charlotte, so that was cool. I can’t wait to see the video when it is done being edited.

On Monday, I got to play a different side of me. I dressed up in goth to celebrate a friend’s birthday at a goth club called Death Guild. I’ve never seen myself look this way before. It was nice to hear that everybody loved my outfit. I have to admit, I loved it too. I wore a short black dress that had tulle for the skirt part. I wore a wide belt that had a corset pattern on it. I also had a lacy bolero on along with a black headband that had a black flower on top. I painted my nails blood red, wore dark cherry lipstick, fishnet thigh-his and as my guy friends would call it, a pair of “come fuck me” heels. I looked like a Goth Lolita. Overall, I had a blast playing dress up. It cost me a fortune though. I think I spent over $200 on everything but I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish so all is right in the world. I would upload a photo except it’s in someone else’s camera and I don’t have it yet.

Reflection: I never thought I would see the things I see in my life. I know I’ve said this before but it’s truly amazing what one can accomplish if you maintain your focus, passion and dedication. I think my only problem is thank there are too many things I want to do. Sticking to one thing doesn’t seem to be my shtick, given my history. I’m a jack of all trades and things can only get better from here. Thank you, Lord! I am feeling truly blessed to be.