Monday, 26 November 2012

Que Sera Sera.

Snapshot 16

Tomorrow is a rather important day for me.

I turn 24.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this yet, I mean, I know I have no choice about the matter! I don’t mean it like that… What I mean is it’s not a mile stone birthday or an important year as such. It’s one of those ‘odd years’. I found turning 23 odd too. Is that just me? Well either way, I’m determined to make turning 24 a blast. It will be an excellent year for me, I’m sure of it.

When turning 23, I had all these plans and so much enthusiasm for the year ahead. I had been working consistently, I had a partner & everything was moving in the right direction. But during this year, all those things I worked so hard for seemed to disappear one by one, quickly making this year, horrid and unbearable (apart from the last two months, I may add). I’m very glad to be leaving it all tomorrow; I’m not letting this happen again. For me, turning 24 is kind of like my ‘New Year’. I have all these resolutions for myself and I just need to fulfill them…

And before you even think about it… No, none of them are about going on a diet.

Nothing extreme! Just things I want to succeed in, plans I've been making but actually getting off my bum and doing them! Not just say I’m going to do them, and never end up doing anything about it.

Since my tour finished on the 16th, I've been desperate to get back into work and although I've got an understudy job which only takes up a day of my time unfortunately. I’m using the time sufficiently, rather than moping that I haven’t got any full time pantomime work… Which is what I’d normally be doing, I’m not going to lie… This year is different. I have a lot of goals I want to achieve and hopefully they’re achievable ones!

Expecting things from myself that are either ridiculous or impossible, wouldn't be an unusual thing for me!

So I’m going to enjoy tomorrow whatever happens, and here’s to being a fabulous 24 year old.

Peace & Love.
Ginny x  

Sunday, 7 October 2012

What happens on tour, stays on tour. Except when I post it on blogger...


Snapshot 15.

Well, here I am. I’m sat in my beautiful accommodation (for the week), in the stunning countryside of Lincolnshire (near Grimsby to be more precise) and it’s suddenly dawned on me that I’ve already been on tour a week.

The rehearsal week seemed to take forever, being that it was split in two. But there’s nothing better than having complete freedom on the road and knowing now the show is all down to you and you can mix it up. Well you’re not really supposed to, but it keeps us on our toes! You’ll be happy to know I’m getting on really well with my team, which is good considering we've all come from different places and backgrounds.

Matt is a 30-something year old from Liverpool, with years of experience in this industry and has a family all of his own, which comes in handy as all he’s done is look after me so far (bless him haha)! That’s because for the first time in my life, I’m now the baby of the group! Rachel is from Manchester and fresh out of drama school. Then there’s me! Kind of the middle person (apart from being the youngest!) I've been doing this T.I.E thing for a couple of years, didn't go to drama school but determined to get where I want to be.

So… There’s my team!

Our first week went pretty well, we've already been dubbed ‘The Dream Team’ by Claire Bird (she’s the road safety officer of E. Lincolnshire… And she knows good places to eat cake hehe!!). So, fairly happy! Most of the schools we've been to this week have been amazing and very receptive towards our play…. However, there’s always the odd school were you just want to kill them all and let the ground swallow you whole *ahem*.

But hey! Cést la vie, eh?

I’m going to enjoy myself, watch 'Downton Abbey' tonight, have a glass of wine & have a lovely day off tomorrow! Yes. I have a day OFF tomorrow.

Hope you all have a good start to the week ^.^!

Peace & Love.

Ginny x

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Suitcase Kid.

Snapshot 14.

I simply cannot believe I’m back into work on Monday!

It’s taken long enough to come around, but now it’s crunch time I’m second guessing myself. Thinking all the time “Am I ready for this ‘living out of a suitcase life’ again?” And I know what the answer is….

HELL YEAH I’M READY. 

Touring theatre. Many people hate it, as it’s not much of a ‘life’. There’s no stability, no feeling of ‘going home after work’… You’re kind of living your life very much ‘up in the air’ and you never know where you’re going to be travelling to next. But at the moment touring theatre is my life and has been for quite some time & in the big wide acting world it’s really all I know.

And you know what? I LOVE IT! Hehe.

Oh! Before I pop off, here’s a lovely little quote that’s really inspired me lately:

If we discover a desire within us that nothing this world can satisfy, we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world” – C.S. Lewis

Peace & Love.
Ginny x 

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Next Chapter...


Snapshot 13

So, 13? Unlucky for some?

Well, I think it’s fair to say I’ve had my own share of bad luck in the past month or so… Hence my absence. Unfortunately, one week in July I lost my Auntie and I broke up with my boyfriend of 4 years. Tough, right?

You have no idea…

My auntie was such a wonderful person, she had the most infectious laughter and her smile could brighten up even your darkest day! She’ll be greatly missed, but her laughter will echo in my mind forever. 

My ex-boyfriend… Again, he was such a wonderful person. But we both had different plans for the future ahead; and although all of them included each other, the plans couldn’t have been further apart.

But with change and great sadness, light must emerge from the darkness… Mustn’t it? Well, you’d be right about that!! As if some grand miracle had come from out of nowhere, I then received 4 auditions in one month (and leading up to this point, I hadn’t an audition in 8 months!!) then subsequently got offered a job with one of those companies!!

When Charlie Chaplin famously said “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles” I know now that he was right. 

I’m now very hopeful for the future. A new acting job and the meeting of new people, the chance to move to London next year, and above all getting what I want out of life. A teacher once wrote down in my leavers book “Remember, life is what YOU make it”, and she couldn’t have been more right and I’ve now got the chance to make it amazing.

As long as you’re happy, you can do anything.

Peace & Love.
Ginny x  

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

"At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry" - Les Misérables


Snapshot 12.

Where does the time go? Seriously.

I’m super excited! I’ve been given something to look forward too! I received the best news the other day, that I’m invited to one of my best friend’s wedding in July!! Excited doesn’t even cover it!! Out of my entire university class, a few others and I got invited to go; I have never felt so privileged.

Although, this does mean I have to get a new outfit, as I certainly wasn’t planning on going to a wedding this year! But I do get to go back to my beloved Wales and see some of my wonderful friends that I have seen since I graduated in 2010!

Talking about friends I haven’t seen in a while… I had the best time last month when I was lucky enough to see two of my greatest friends, at the same time I was visiting my boyfriend. We met, shopped, got drunk and ate greasy food. Ah, it was exactly like old times. Well isn’t that what university was all about, apart from the studying? Yes! Yes, it was! I can honestly say I needed that.

It reminded of being at home and trying so desperately to get a job that I was forcing myself to grow up, be responsible and have no fun. Although no one at home expected that of me, in the slightest. I was still expecting that of myself. I’m like that… But being in that company I felt like a teenager again I didn’t have a care in the world. Yes things had changed, but we hadn’t.

Friends are so important to me; it does worry me sometimes to lose contact with them for just a month or so, as one month can turn into six and so on. You’ve just got to hope that others are willing to keep in touch as much as you are. It is difficult; I’m not going to lie! I find it much easier to stay in contact with my wonderful friend in America, than I do with a friend who maybe only lives in the Midlands! Crazy, eh?

Do people still write letters anymore? I still get excited when I see some cute stationary in WHSmith! I’m easily pleased, I know! I must admit getting a handwritten letter through the door addressed to you is still one of the greatest feelings in the world. That someone took the time to sit down and write you something. It’s a huge novelty these days.

Why not get in touch with some old friends & make someone smile this Mayday bank holiday!









To inspire you, here are some photos of
my wonderful friends & I!














Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Saturday, 14 April 2012

"O Hero! What a Hero hadst thou been!" ACT IV, Scene i

Snapshot 11.

How important is it for people to have a hero? An inspiration.
I was talking about this with my mumsy the other day… I think we all have people we look up too in our lives i.e. family members. But I’m focusing more on those we may look up to with a ‘celebrity’ status or who are just ‘well-known’.

For me, these kinds of people have always been pretty present in my life. I wish I could tell you why, but they just are.


My biggest inspirations are Barbra Streisand & Liza Minnelli 



Barbra Streisand in my favorite musical of her's 'Funny Girl'. 
Portraying the fabulous Fanny Brice!

Liza Minnelli in one of my fave film's 'Stepping Out'

My mum will you tell you over and over how much I adore these women.


Do you think it has an effect on how you grow up or who you grow up with when you’re little? I mean I’ve been surrounded by musical theatre ever since I can remember!

Not to mention that these women are such strong role models. Independent women, who got want they wanted by going out and getting it. They may sing like angels but honestly I wouldn’t want to mess with them when it comes to business. For these reasons girls growing today will probably look up to people like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. I can see why, they do the same thing as my heroes do. It’s just a change in the times…   

And yeah they probably did affect my life in a huge way, being that they’re very prominent actresses who are incredibly skilled at their craft and who are well respected today. And that’s exactly what I want to be!

Hmmm, Who are your heroes?

Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Day Of Mothering.

Snapshot 10.

I do sincerely hope all you lovely mother’s out there had a wonderful day and that your families spoilt you rotten hehe.

I also hope my beautiful mum had a lovely day too!

She’s fantastic she is. Her support is completely second to none; she is always the one pushing me to do better because she just knows that I can do it. She has that wonderful sense that all mothers seem to have when they just know that something is wrong too XD. She always and I mean always puts others before herself. And I know a lot of people say this about their own mum and I’m absolutely no exception… My mum really is my best friend.

I could talk about her until the cows come home, I really could!
She’s amazing.

But anyway, I bought her a lovely (if I do say so myself! Haha) bunch of flowers and a necklace. Then thought I’d love to make my mum a mother’s day cake! …. Well my mum and I ended up making the cake together, which was lovely as it was nice to have that quality time making something together. Which we haven’t done in years!

However….. The mixer broke…. Well it started smoking and burnt out. But all in all, a lovely experience together XD. It was interesting!   

Here’s the joint effort, strawberry and vanilla mother’s day cake. 

Yummy!


Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Dude, where's my boyfriend?

Snapshot 9

So I’ve been extremely lucky this week as I’ve had my amazing boyfriend to stay. It’s been nice to finally see each other, if only for a week. As on the 17th February it was our 4 year anniversary and not only that but I missed him a huge amount since the last time I saw him was New Year. So we got to celebrate our anniversary with a day out and a lovely meal together, which was sweet. Then I’m going to see him later this month as it’s his birthday! Yes. I know. 4 years together and we’re still visiting each other. Oh the joys of having no money! Flat soon please? Anyone? XD 

I must admit. It’s hard. Living far away from each other and not being able to see each other as much as both of us would like. But I’m sure we’re not the only ones feeling the same way. I can understand, it can be heartbreaking at times. Especially since me and my boyfriend have previously lived together at university and to go from that to not living with each other at all. It’s awful… Eugh.

But…Got to keep positive!! Yes. You can’t keep thinking negatively, it’s a waste of time and energy and it won’t help at the end of the day. So for all you couple’s away from your partners, it’s ok.

It’s weird writing all that with my boyfriend beside me… O.O

Well, apart from that! I’ve got a few other updates. Found a couple of jobs to apply for, this is always good! Finally got a space on Spotlight (which is the big books for actors to be featured on i.e. people like Judi Dench are on there), so hopefully that’ll help me get some potential auditions, fingers crossed! And also, I saw The Muppet’s at the cinema not so long ago and for any Muppet’s fan it is a must! Although none of the Henson family were involved it was certainly done well and with justice! Check out the songs, they’re fantastic!   

Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Take a picture, maybe it'll last longer!

Snapshot 8.

HALLELUYAH!!

I finally have them, after a good couple of weeks debating over 90 pictures I have my final 5 headshots. Here’s hoping these will up my game a little bit in getting a job! Hope you all like them. I’m really pleased with them and I’m proud at how the photographer has been able to capture my different looks.






 















[All copyright goes to John Nichols Photography]



But please, I would love some feedback! What d’ya think?

Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Janine, John Nichols & I

Snapshot 7.

Hurrah!! I did it. I have my headshots; well I have a contact sheet of around 90 photos. Now here comes the hard part… Narrowing them down to just 5!! Yes, you heard me correctly. 5. You have no idea how difficult that is!! When you have to take in consideration: your facial expression, clothing, eyes, hairstyle, the overall shot and could you potentially be booked from that shot. Argh! Help! Luckily, my amazing Mumsy (Janine) is always on hand to offer a good outside opinion and at a stage like this I really need and appreciate it!

The photographer I went to (John Nichols) was fabulous! He captured in my photographs exactly what I wanted to get across. But he did it in a way that actors would understand (kinda like Jay Manuel does when he artistically directs a photo shoot on ANTM). Rather than just standing there and simply taking a photo, he sets up different scenarios to go with your costume on what your certain character would be doing and during all of this he begins to take your photo as your going through the scene. It was a very clever way of doing things and I loved being a apart of it.

When it came to viewing the results, it did show that I was able to take direction and improvise well in front of a camera- which I suppose is a great skill to have, right? So I was very happy with the whole process, and I discovered a few things I didn’t know about myself too. I would recommend him to any actor in the UK seeking a headshots photographer!  

Also, I’m glad I did well because with my Mumsy being present I didn’t exactly want to let her down!! Haha XD.  

But all in all the day was a success! Until we got to the train station to return home, that is XD. Let’s just say a lot of incidents around the country, weather and delayed trains turned our 3hr journey home into a 5 ½ hr journey home!! Tragic -_-. Thank you, Mother Nature, thank you!

Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Headshots, Shoulders, Knees & Toes...

Snapshot 6.

It’s all been about preparing myself, this week. Basically, I’m getting some professional photographs taken tomorrow, to help boost my acting career. Not only that, but the last time I had some photos taken it was 2010! You forget how much you change in a year; even if it’s just slightly cutting your hair in a different way- you must keep updating your headshots. This is because when we send someone a headshot for a job, they expect to see that person standing in front of them and if you show up to an audition looking different to that photo the client is going to be like “WTF!?”.

So all in all, they’re really important.

So tomorrow I shall be going to the John Nichols Studio in Manchester to have my headshots taken. I must admit I’m really excited, if not a little nervous that my Mumsy is coming a long as it’s the first time she’ll see me interact with a client and essentially ‘do my job’ haha. But I’m looking forward to seeing the results! And no doubt will post a couple on here!

On another note…

I don’t know if it’s just me, but is anyone really struggling to go shopping for clothes at the moment? I just cannot seem to find anything I like! It’s that typical in between season feeling I’m getting, I cannot wait till the spring pastels come flooding in!  I really need it after giving half of my wardrobe to charity >_<. However, one thing that made me extremely happy was the cute offer on Barry M products in Boots! If you spend over £6 you get this extremely lush red colour lip-gloss, which is worth about £5! Bargain, eh?

 You can see how well the red colour shows, and the shine on the gloss is fab! 
Also tastes pretty nice too XD.

My purchases that allowed me to buy the lip-gloss, 
I bought nail varnishes 'Raspberry' & 'Lemon Ice Cream' yummy! ^.^

So go and nab this deal while you can!

Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Beach.

Snapshot 5.


I haven’t updated in a while, I do apologise! 

I’ve really been meaning too, but time has just escaped me recently… But here we go again!! A lot has been happening recently, with a family member in hospital (they’re fine, they are just waiting to come home now ^.^), plus I’ve not been feeling too great and thus my blogging has gone a little downhill. But I’m back with a vengeance!

Ok, so to keep you updated… I’ve been feeling a bit down with myself lately and I’m not a sad person (at all!); it’s just with searching for work and not getting any replies, it’s easy to just start second guessing yourself. You know, things like “is this the right career for me?”, “am I actually good enough?” and the doubt then just buries itself deeper. Then the crying starts. I’ve just been one big emotional mess! Luckily my amazing mum, (mumsy as I like to call her) has been on hand to give me huge hug and to keep telling me to “keep the faith”. I’ll never get sick of her saying that! As it does the trick. She definitely has the power to snap me out of whatever soul destroying mood I’m in XD, that’s for sure.

But before that wee meltdown occurred I was going to create a snapshot about a day I had a week or so ago, which was about the beach.

I do adore the beach. It’s just such a beautiful place to be. It’s all natural, and every time the tide comes in & washes everything back to sea. It’s as if everything is forgotten and life starts again. I had a lovely tranquil day just taking photographs while my Mumsy was running an errand- it helps pass the time doesn’t it? And what a place to spend it! I even got approached by lovely old man who was very interested in what I was doing and happened to be a photographer himself. He then went on to show me his fabulous camera… I was a little bit jealous. I’m not going to lie! But all in all I had a lovely walk and to be honest I could have done with that little peaceful venture this week with everything that’s been going on in my little head.   

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the photos I took….






My beach my not be the most attractive at times. But you cannot deny, it has charm.



Last little note to self: When emotions are extremely high. Do not watch the last episode in the second series of BBC’s Sherlock, as you may cry like a little girl, eugh. Not good. 

Sunday, 15 January 2012

A day out with the black & white stripes...

Snapshot 4.
  
Today has been utterly lovely. I really mean it. One of those days where you talk about anything and everything and the time just seems to vanish and you realise that if you don’t leave soon you’ll probably miss your train, and be stranded in Newcastle… Not good really >_<. But it’s a day I really needed.

I met a good friend of mine today, Becky. I met her during my time with the children’s theatre company (I mentioned before); although we’ve never officially worked together we’ve stayed firm friends since. She’s one of those people who will always find the good in everyone she meets, an absolute gem she is! I think we talked just about everything today- family, the future, musicals, jobs, and we ate a lot of food! Plus a starbucks. Always good by me! Hehe.  

It was also nice to talk to a fellow actress who’ll be in the same position I’m in now. The scary prospect called the unknown. Not knowing where the next acting job is going to be, whether to go back to the same acting company (or not) just to be secure and having the confidence to try something different & actually try and achieve our dreams. It’s a nice feeling that we both know where we’re coming from. I suppose we’ve got to help each other make our dreams come true, haven’t we? 

Ok. Corny, I know!  

I’m glad I took the opportunity to see her though, as I don’t know when the next one will arise. And I know I’m a terrible pen pal. I’d like think I keep in touch with people quite well, but you know how it is; it can become difficult at times trying to keep up with everyone you know. Especially when you have friends from all over the country, one in Finland and one in New York. Blimey!    

So we wandered and talked for the whole day (and also got some pretty nifty goodies from HMV too), I miss getting lost in time like that and it’s sad when you know you have a train home that you can’t miss. Hopefully another catch-up will be on the cards soon.

So I round a lovely day off by watching ‘The Reader’. So far it’s an incredible, well acted movie. I can see why Kate Winslet won the Oscar for her role, let’s just say that. 

Becky & I. Starbucks - Newcastle. 15/01/12.


Peace & Love.
Ginny x

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Ulcers, and glands, and tonsils. Oh my!!

Snapshot 3

Beware: this is such a woe is me card I’m playing today.

I’m so bogged down today.
I’ve been battling this tonsillitis thing ever since I finished my last tour and it seems to have flared up something rotten at the moment -_-. Eugh. It kills me even more that I can’t get cwtches off my wonderful boyfriend.

Also, I have such a wonderful day planned for tomorrow, in which, I’m seeing a lovely friend of mine that I haven’t seen for a good couple of months. I think a lunch date & a shopping spree is well-needed; so regardless of this illness thing, I’m going ^.^.

I would also like to plan a little outing to go and see the movie event of the year…. Until ‘The Hobbit’ comes along, that is!! But yes, I’m planning to see ‘The Artist’ this week. The new silent film, yes, I said SILENT FILM. How amazing? Apparently it’s about to take all the movie awards by storm, I’m not surprised here ^.^. Very exciting stuff!

So, my only solace today has been downloading some bits and bobs from itunes I’ve desperately been wanting. Including some music from the incredible series ‘Downton Abbey’, now everyone I know… apart from my daddykins >_< likes Downton Abbey. Honestly! What’s not to like? Period drama, gossip and not to mention it’s set in my locality XD. Other music I’ve been downloading (legally, I may add!) are pieces that are featured on adverts, c’mon we have all heard an advert in the past and discover little gems that we wouldn’t mind having for ourselves! Mine just happen to be things like the track from the Dior ad and the epic music from the British Airways ad. As a girl whom ‘high kicks’ at the thought of an epic piece of ‘trailer’ music or movie score, haha, then advert music might as well be added to that list too!

I really hope that these germs will leave my body soon -_-.
I intended to have some new headshots done soon, but there’s no point emailing the photographer if my throat looks as though I have got something stuck down there. I might as well wait until it settles.

Does anyone happen to know of any great home remedies that I could try?

Peace & Love.
Ginny x   

Friday, 13 January 2012

a change of scenery...

Snapshot Two.

Ah, here we are again.
I gave a snapshot into my acting life yesterday & here’s another one for today…

Oh gosh, I’m so thankful!! I now have a project for the next month or so. My lovely family & I have decided to decorate my room!! It’s been a long awaiting process, but it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time! I’m just grateful as it’s something to keep my mind off looking for acting work and as my wonderful mumsy says “Something will crop up when you least expect it” and she’s right… I think.  Well, now I’ll be able to put her theory to the test XD. 

Ok, so my bedroom has needed a fresh coat of paint & especially a new bed for about 6 years (give or take). Mainly because I’m sick of a single bed, I’m a girl who can’t help but sprawl out haha! And I think a 4ft bed will help this situation. A bit of luxary? Yes please!! Also, half of which I’m decorating my room is too help my wonderful parentals. I’m 23, I have a wonderful boyfriend (of almost 4 years!! ^.^) and will soon be moving out (it’s going to happen, it’s inevitable) and with my room looking like a West End & Broadway haven, I doubt they’ll want me leaving my room in the state it’s in… As they’ll probably use it as a storage space *sigh* haha. Plus I will want to take all my memorabilia with me XD!

Anyway, my room is already green & green being my favourite colour. All I’m going to do is change the shade to ‘Pure Green’ from the B&Q range of paints, and work around that colour to incorporate other shades of green & different elements of white into the mix. I just want my room to look fresh but warm & cosy at the same time… Hmm, is that possible? XD

However, I did get a beautiful landscape canvas to put on my feature wall. So not bad progress for one day, eh?

Also, I’m interested in the art of quilting at the moment and have started to look at different materials, I heard across the grapevine that ebay was the cheapest. But I’m a little unsure on how to get started >_<. Anyone got any tips on how they started or websites? If so, I’d be very grateful!  

Ah, it’s such a lovely feeling when you realise you’ve had a productive day.

Peace & Love.
Ginny x   

Thursday, 12 January 2012

The first of many...

Greetings bloggers ^.^.

So here it is... I’m Ginny Quinn. I’m a struggling actor from North Yorkshire…. Ok, so I haven’t been struggling for very long. But I’m in desperate need of a job right now. Mainly because I don’t like sitting on my bum for too long! I graduated from University with a [BA] Hons Degree in Acting in 2010 & I was with a children’s touring theatre company that travelling across the UK performing to primary schools. I’ve done 3 tours with them and have decided that’s enough. I need a new venture. Otherwise, if you stay with one acting company- how are you supposed to broaden your knowledge of what we know as ‘The Craft?’ & further your experience?

So… Now that you’re up to speed on my little life, I’m basically starting up this blog to give me something to do XD! I have way too much time on my hands (as my parents keep reinstating) while I wait for an acting job to pop up that I’m suitable for- so I’m going to blog my way to the top (if that’s even possible)!

Any other actors out there struggling at the moment too? I’d love to here from you. How do you pass the time?

Peace & Love.
Ginny x