“Colourblind Casting Prevails” (Joy’s interview with Tony Ayres in this month’s MEAA magazine)

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Interview with Remy Hii (Marco Polo, Better Man, Neighbours)

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Remy Hii is an Australian actor. He attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art for three years and appeared in various theatre productions before being cast in television. Hii starred as Van Tuong Nguyen in the miniseries Better Man and was cast as Hudson Walsh in the soap opera Neighbours in 2013 and currently starring in Marco Polo. Hii was born to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an English mother. His early theatre work was with The Emerge Project an arm of Switchboard Arts. There he performed in a number of original productions in Brisbane by local playwrights between 2005 and 2007. From 2009 to 2011 he attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney where he graduated in 2011. I was lucky to interview Remy who’s currently filming for Marco Polo.

1) When you were growing up who were your role models on Australian TV &    Film?

I actually grew up as a young kid in Papua New Guinea; we didn’t have television reception out there so my grandparents in Sydney would send out the TV guides from back home, and I’d highlight the shows I wanted to be taped, and they would mail back VHS tapes for us to watch. Gary Sweet in Police Rescue was a pretty big part of my life back then. Sadly looking back to my younger years, I don’t recall there being many faces of colour on our screens to look up to.

2) What made you want to break into Australian TV / Film?

I’ve always been motivated to succeed in this industry, as an artist, to be able to tell stories that excite me and in turn excite others. To get people passionate about Australian stories again. My friends and I always bemoan the often heard line “It was good… for an Australian film”. Somewhere along the line our storytelling stopped connecting with the audience: it stopped reflecting the country that many of us are living in; and yet there is a strong push now for new voices to be heard and that is something I want to be a part of.

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3) How did you get started in your career?

A fantastic co-op theatre company in Brisbane run by Dr. Errol Bray allowed me to hone my craft as a young actor and recognise the importance of new writing in Australia. It was through performing there that I was asked to audition for a new play at the Queensland Theatre Company – The Estimatorwritten by David Brown. It won the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2006 and I was playing the title role to sold out shows for an extended season. It was a wonderful induction into the industry, and cemented for me the idea that perhaps there was a place for me as an actor in Australia.

Coming from theatre in Brisbane, Film and Television seemed like this unattainable and mysterious thing. I found myself being sent for roles like Asian Gambler in East West 101, Asian Nerd in The Strip, and Asian Ladyboy in SeaPatrol. It wasn’t until I graduated from NIDA that other options started opening up for me, and chances to play interesting characters who were more than their skin colour or racial stereotype started to present themselves. Looking back, I’m kind of glad I never got the part(s).

4) Do you see a positive change to colour blind casting in Australian TV / Film and Theatre?

This is a really tough question to answer, as I can only speak from personal experience and sometimes it seems like we’ve really made it and sometimes it feels like we’re back living in the 50’s. I think we are making baby steps towards a place that  reflects the wonderful variety that is our nation. It’s slow, and there’s a long way to go but television is no longer the same as when I was young and diversity on our screens meant the other variations of white like Greek and Italian.

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5) What changes would you like to see in the TV & Film industry?

More risks. Some of our countries greatest runaway hits have come from projects that the commercial networks would recoil from. Shows like The Slap, Please Like Me and Redfern Now have all found success and audiences here and overseas, and they refused to be safe – from casting to themes and subject matter. Rather than being afraid of what makes us different, we should be embracing it.

6) What more do you want to achieve in the future?

I feel like I’ve barely even begun! I’ve been working for the last few months on the second season of Netflix’s Marco Polo. It’s a very big budget, action heavy production requiring hundreds of actors and extras, hours and hours of physical training, fight choreography and punishing hours on set. It’s an incredibly rewarding process, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it, but I’m looking forward to coming back home and getting back to the theatre. Just a stage and that magic connection between the actor and the audience.

Photos courtesy of Remy Hii and Australians in Film 

Q & A with Australian screenwriter / producer / director Tony Ayres

Tony Ayres (born 16 July 1961) is a Chinese-born Australian screenwriter, director in television and feature film. He is most notable for his films Walking on Water and The Home Song Stories, as well his work in television –The Slap and teen adventure series Nowhere Boys. He’s Executive producer on Maximum Choppage (a six part kung fu comedy series for the ABC starring Lawrence Leung) and The Family Law (six part comedy series for SBS based upon the memoirs of Chinese Australian journalist, Benjamin Law).

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Q. When you were growing up who were your role models on Australian TV & Film?

Tony: When I was a kid, I actually avoided Australian film and TV.  There was nothing that I watched, except for getting the occasional guilty glimpse of “Number 96” or “The Box”.  Perhaps it was because I felt a typical Australian cultural cringe?  Or perhaps because there was no one on the screen who represented “me”?  Or some weird amalgam of both.  The shows I loved were mainly American TV shows.

Q. What made you want to break into Australian TV / Film?

Tony: I had always loved words and wanted to be a writer, but half way through my university degree, I realised that academia was killing my passion for literature.  I ended up changing to a visual arts degree at the Canberra School of Art.  If I had found a creative writing course, I probably would have done that.  Film and TV for me was never a driving  passion, more a logical deduction.  Words + plus pictures = screen.  It was only when I started getting into the area that I grew to love it.

Q. How did you get started in your career? 

Tony: After film schools (both VCA and AFTRS), I started work as a TV writer, and was fortunate enough to get work from the start.  Lucky, because I entered the industry relatively late (my late twenties).  Those were the days when SBS was starting to produce scripted drama, and there was a greater appetite for multicultural stories.  I wrote a number of TV plays for a number of anthology series- “Under the Skin”, “Six Pack” and “Naked-  Stories of Men”- which gave me a grounding in writing drama.  As well, I started directing documentaries and short dramas which gave me a taste for directing.  I feel like I was at the right time at the right  place because I was able to make an early career out of the marginal identity politics which I was personally grappling with-  being Chinese, being gay, being Chinese and gay.  I think that’s harder to do these days.

Q. Do you see a positive change to colour blind casting in Australian TV / Film and Theatre and do you incorporate this method of casting in your own productions? 

Tony: Honestly, whilst I think the rhetoric has evolved, in the scripted area  I don’t think that there has been a substantial change in terms of colour blind casting.  Every few years a non-Anglo actor will do a significant film or TV role and in the press junket raise the question of diversity as a public issue.  There will be a flurry of associated articles, and these days a bunch of “likes” on Facebook, but soon after the status quo will settle again.  The network mental “default” will still to be to white.  Non-white cultures will still be massively under-represented.  It will be just as hard for non-Anglo actors who attract attention through a breakout role to sustain their careers.  Diversity for the Australian entertainment industry is like “gay marriage” for Australian politics.  A lot of people believe in it, but few people are prepared to cross the floor to vote for it.

For there to be substantial change, I think that it’s about the people who are genuinely invested in the issue of diversity (ie people from diverse backgrounds themselves) becoming the decision makers, the commissioners, the network executives, the makers.   I guess I’d look at my own work as an example.  Diversity is important to me because I have personally felt the effect/damage of growing up Chinese in a white culture.   So, it’s one of the determinants of what I do.  My kids show, “Nowhere Boys” has a recurring role for a Chinese Australian actor (and the actors playing his family).  I’m currently executive producing “Maximum Choppage” (six part kung fu comedy series for the ABC starring Lawrence Leung) and  “The Family Law” (six part comedy series for SBS based upon the memoirs of Chinese Australian journalist, Benjamin Law).  And I’m also EP’ing a feature film, “Ali’s Wedding”, a Muslim romantic comedy.

Q. What changes do you want to see happen in the entertainment industry?

Tony: In terms of diversity, I’d like the Australian government funding bodies to take this issue seriously enough to create some kind of quota system in terms of representation.  The US and UK industries have both found relatively benign ways to legislate for diversity, and I don’t think it’s harmed their products or their share of the world market.

Finally what projects are you currently working on? 

Tony: Aside from the shows listed above, I’m also executive producing a new show for ABC Drama called “Glitch” which is the ABC’s first supernatural TV series, and EP’ing and co-writing the feature film version of “Nowhere Boys”.   There are some exciting new projects in early days as well, yet to be announced.  But a recurring theme of diversity can be traced through them all.

Q and A interview with Benjamin Law about diversity

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Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, and has completed a PhD in television writing and cultural studies. He’s also member of M.E.A.A. as a freelance writer.

Benjamin is the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)—and the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. Both of his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards.

Benjamin is also a frequent contributor to Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age).

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What made you want to write your story – The Family Law?
I’d been writing personal columns for frankie for a while, and I noticed the ones that made reference to my family – especially my mum – got a great response. Which isn’t surprising, really – my mum is pretty hilarious, unique and baffling, in the way that only mothers can be. And after I wrote longer pieces for an anthology called Growing Up Asian in Australia, my now-editor approached me, asking if I had a book up my sleeve. Part of what motivated me to write The Family Law was this idea of writing a book I wish I’d read as a teenager. One with a hilariously dysfunctional Chinese-Australian family.

 

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After writing your story, what steps did you take in order to get your story / screenplay seen by a network or producer?

I didn’t actually seek out screen options myself. I think my publisher would’ve had chats with production companies, and the book was also on people’s radars after a certain point. But when I heard Matchbox Pictures and Tony Ayres – whose work I’d admired for years before we even met  – were interested, I knew they were the ones for me.
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Your screenplay will obviously open doors for diversity…however will your screenplay also be open for “colourblind casting?” 

I’m only on the show as a writer, so I don’t get to call those shots.
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Can you reveal how many roles will be Asian? 
What I can say is that roughly 90% of the cast is explicitly written as Chinese-Australian, so we’ll need the majority of actors to have Asian faces. There are a handful of other roles which are specifically for Eurasian actors, and some roles are definitely white. As for the other roles, I reckon that can and should go to as many different actors as possible!

 

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When you were growing up in Australia, who were your role models on television and / or film and why? 

 
There weren’t a huge number of Asian faces on telly when I was growing up. My family and I used to point at the TV and scream in excitement if there was an Asian on TV: “THERE’S AN ASIAN ON THE TEEEE-VEEEEEEEE!” But there was definitely celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong, on Good Morning Australia, and Dr Cindy Pan on sex/life, and I remember seeing Clara Law’s beautiful feature Floating Life, which affected me a lot. But I’d usually look overseas for Asian representation on screen. I mean, I watched The Joy Luck Club A LOT. But it’s getting better nowadays, and reality TV has done heaps to reflect how diverse Australia actually is. You see a lot more Asian-Australians in local comedies and dramas, but not nearly enough.
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What are you looking forward to in the future on Australian television?
I’m really looking forward to Lawrence Leung’s kung-fu comedy Maximum Choppage on ABC2 next year.
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Joy House Film Festival – why we need “joy” and “diversity”

On the 21st of September was the second Joy House Film Festival and there was definitely “joy” in the air.

Everyone was given a fun “joy” show bag courtesy of our sponsor Bendigo Bank and we showcased the best short films from Sydney and overseas. With the ongoing theme of “joy” displayed in every film, uplifted our audience. The purpose of this film festival is to have an hour and a half of family entertainment with the public feeling more positive afterwards.

The Joy House Film festival also proudly supports diversity. Our Diversity sponsor, Aardvark Casting director – Barbara Harvey, says “It’s so important for film makers to embrace diversity throughout the entire creative process from writing through to casting and with your influence we will naturally see diversity on our screens.”

Together we can make a difference having a festival like this which is proudly supported by Actor’s Equity Australia’s Diversity committee.

“We can make a change for the better and we’ll continue to pursue this vision so eventually in time we’ll see positive results in our culture #Diversity on all our screens. This is a platform for emerging film makers wanting to portray a positive story or message!” says founder and artistic director Joy Hopwood.

 

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Hannah Klassek Winner of National Storage Artarmon’s Best Film Award.

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Paul Boykos ( Bendigo Bank manager ) congratulating

Josh Lorschy on winning Bendigo Bank’s Youth Award.

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Joy Hopwood presenting Mansoor Noor with the

Aardvark Casting’s best Diversity award.

 

 

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Sukhmani Khorana, Indigo Willing with programming director-

Amadeo Marquez Perez.

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Authors Walter Mason and Pam Newton at this year’s Joy House Film Festival

How to do Crowdfunding Successfully

Today’s Vivid Ideas event, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) was about crowdfunding –How We’re funding Creative Work Now.

Sponsored by The Walkleys and Actors Equity / M.E.A.A.

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This was a great session for anyone trying to successfully build a crowdfunding campaign. There were four fantastic speakers who’ve built successful campaigns.

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DAN ILLIC (A RATIONAL FEAR)

Dan spoke of the importance of having a successful pitch to start off with. His goal was to make satirical comedy online and he needed 50k to do this. Dan firstly made a pitch video which he stresses has to be of decent quality. As your pitch video reflects the quality of your campaign and your end product. Dan also had unusual, eye-catching rewards :

$200+   ( You’ll be a V.I.P. and gain access to every live show)

$500+  (You’ll be a V.V.I.P. and have access to every show and a drink with a      member of his team)

$1000+ (You’ll receive a t-shirt with the words “I paid $1000 for this” printed on it)

$2000+ (We’ll do a show just for you!)

$5000+ (You’ll get to have coffee with him on his dinghy boat)

Getting key, influential people on board helped Dan’s campaign as he got Ed Coper (from GetUp) who helped him spread the word and he instantly got 12K overnight thanks to Ed.

TOM DAWKINS (StartSomeGood)

Tom’s StartSomeGood takes on any project that likes to make some good for the world. He said that crowdfunding isn’t new, in fact, crowdfunding helped build the Statue of Liberty in New York. Even though crowdfunding is easy money, you have to plan your campaign and most successful campaigns take approximately 90 days. (30 days in planning – leading up to your campaign, 30 days for campaigning and 30 days fulfilment followup). He stresses that your crowdfunding starts with your immediate community – friends, family, relatives, peers, (i.e. the yellow part of the circle) and it builds outwards, tribes – associates, work colleagues (i.e. the red part of the circle) then to crowds – social media connections, crowds etc (i.e. blue part of the circle).

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An important part of your campaign is your story. Ask yourself, who are you selling your story to? Know your audience. He gave us some interesting facts:

SUCCESS RATES OF OTHER CROWDFUNDING PLATFORMS

Kickstarter has approximately 44% success rate

Pozible has approximately 50% success rate

IndieGoGo has approximately 9% success rate

He stresses that crowdfunding isn’t about “crowds” and when you list your campaign on one of these crowdfunding platforms, you can’t expect them to be like the whitepages where you list your event and expect the site to do the work for you and your audience will magically appear. No, you must use it only as a tool. Use your event as a reward for reaching your goal. You will fail if you don’t have a good pitch or you don’t have a community to pitch to or you don’t have any great offers. You will know if you have a good campaign if people share it with others. For example they will share it on social media – like Facebook or Twitter etc. If people don’t share your campaign, then this is a good indication that your campaign or pitch is of poor quality because people aren’t spreading the word.

Motivations why we part with money:

* to get more money

* purchasing / shopping for an item

* positive social outcome

* express relationship – we want to support a friend / community.

Your campaign must successfully connect with people.

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NATHAN EARL (PLONK)

Nathan successfully aligns crowdfunding with brands. He successfully teamed up his web series The Plonk with Tourism (e.g. Tourism N.S.W.)  He made 22 episodes in 28 days. Each episode is 3-7 minutes. He spent 9-10 months speaking with marketing teams and companies. He was the one in power, making sure corporate companies were of a good fit to his show. He didn’t give out the desperate vibe of “please back my show.” Nathan was in control and he stressed the importance of brand integration and distribution of his web series. Once distribution is in place the first time, it will then be easier for him to make a second series.

DINO DIMITRIADIS (APOCALYPSE THEATRE COMPANY)

What is important for Dino is to build an arts community around theatre and to make sure artists (actors) are paid. His story pitch is – Artists need to be paid, artists should not work for free. Dino said the conversation needs to be bigger than the pitch. (I totally agree with Dino and his pitch for this was powerful, ETHICAL and convincing, as I always like to pay / reward / feed my actors). He says so often actors end up doing Co-op / profit-share which often works out to be nothing, some artists are lucky that their transport costs are covered. Artists need to be paid. Dino’s first campaign was 5K for 15 days. He exceeded his target because his conversation was about paying ethically. He blogged about this regularly to his audience and shared his story on Facebook. He said once his vision was endorsed by key people at M.E.A.A. (The Media, Entertainment, Arts, Alliance) the message then spread like wildfire. He made sure his story was also featured in magazines, pin up boards, posters etc.

This session was highly informative and useful. Like always I like sharing things I’ve learned. I hope you’ll find the above information useful to build your next crowdfunding campaign. Spread the joy!

10 Super Budget Ideas (for creatives, families, pensioners, singles, students etc)

Just in time for the Federal Government’s 2014 Budget announcement. Here are some super saving budget ideas for creatives, families, students, parents, pensioners and some ways to make extra money. Some of these ideas I’ve tried and they’ve helped me, others have been recommended to me. I hope they can help you too!

 

1. FIVERR is a great website for creatives who are either looking for a service or would like to list their service of expertise, for a minimum of $5. They include Graphics / Online Marketing / Writing & Translation / Video and Animation / Music and Audio / Programming and Tech etc. You may need someone in one of those fields to do a job for you, like I needed a graphic designer. Or you may like to advertise your creative skills to get more $$ income.

Check it out-  www.fiverr.com

2.  Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for travellers looking to book accommodation around the world, online. It also allows you to list accommodation if you have a spare room which you’re looking to rent out for some extra $$ income.

Check it out- www.airbnb.com.au

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3.  Extras work. If you’re wanting a taste of the entertainment industry, or you’re looking for some extra $$, why not list yourself with an Extras agency. I wish I did when I was starting out and was studying at university, instead of juggling three part time jobs in sales and hospitality. You’ll be paid around $25 an hour. It’s fun and a rather easy to make money. The only drawbacks – long waiting periods between scenes and the days are often ten hours long. Bonus – easy way of making a living and you may even meet your favourite actors on set!

4. Freecycle.  This service has been recommended to me by set and prop designers and stylists I’ve worked with on film jobs. I haven’t tried this service yet, but it’s on my bucket list. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own communities. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers and membership is free.

www.freecycle.org

5. Child Care services at home and shared nannies. Some of my friends with children belong to various child home care services which they find more economical than commercial child centres (because the number of children in this service is small – (five) or they share a nanny. For more details contact –

www.Careforkids.com.au

www.share-a-nanny.com.au

www.lullabynannyshare.com.au

Or if you have experience caring for children, can provide a warm, secure and family focussed environment, and want to build your own successful home based child care business, Family Day Care Australia can give you all the information you need to become a carer.

www.careforkids.com.au

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6. Toy Libraries (and book libraries)  Toy Libraries Australia (TLA) has over 160 toy libraries in Australia. Many friends of mine with children belong to this service and find it very economical. Like book libraries, you can fill out a request form asking for the latest toy released. Downfall – requesting for the latest release isn’t a guarantee and there may be long waiting periods for popular toys.

www.toylibraries.org.au

(You may also like to start your own Toy library and all your purchases could be tax-deductible – speak to your accountant.)

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7.  Aged Pensioner Discounts and services. I’ve only just recently learned that some supermarkets (like IGA) offer special discount shopping days for elderly pensioners. In Perth, IGA has 5% off for elderly pensioners on Tuesdays! Please note- Not all IGA stores offer this but some do. Also some Health Food stores offer special discounts for elderly pensioners as well. Some councils offer special services for elderly pensioners (recreational services), so I highly recommend for you to call your local councils, stores, restaurants and supermarkets and ask if they offer any special discounts /services for elderly pensioners.

8. Price Match.  Many department stores (like Myer, Officeworks, Dick Smith, Toys R Us, Kmart etc ) and some Airlines (Jetstar, Flight Centre, British Airways etc) offer price matching. They can match the price, and some may offer a slightly cheaper price for you if you have proof – catalogue / newspaper article to show.

9. Foodies Saving Ideas. My friend Lo has shared some of these great food saving ideas with me. Some of them I’m yet to do, but they’re on my bucket list! 

– A left over roast chicken carcass can be used to make chicken stock. You can boil the carcass with some vegetables (onion, carrots etc) and then freeze the chicken stock for future use.

– Brown bananas can be used for smoothies / bake banana bread.

– Old bread can be put into a food processor to make bread crumbs / cut into squares to make croutons.

– Freeze unfinished champagne, red wine, lemons, limes etc into ice-cube trays to be used later for sauces etc. Champagne cubes with orange juice.

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10. Creative recycling / Garage Sales etc. Many odds and ends can be recycled and made into creative things. For example, I’ve turned an old pair of jeans into book bag. I’ve also turned an old canvas bag into an outdoor plant pouch. Old jam, wine and mason jars can be turned into candle holders, paint brush holders, flower vases and so on. It’s just a matter of using your imagination and creativity. If you have a lot of junk which can’t be recycled, why not have a huge garage sale or attend a car boot sale.

It’s a great feeling  to spring clean your life, you’re also cleaning mental clutter and renewing your mind and soul. Give it a go and enJOY!   


10 Creative Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 


 10 Creative Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 11th. I wish my mother was still here so I could make and give her these handmade gifts.

Here’s some creative ideas I’d like to share with you. A lot of love and thought goes towards making your own Mother’s Day gifts….so show your mum some love with these creative gift ideas for her to treasure forever!

  

 

Chime bells made from decorated terracotta pots via Nûby Australia

 

 

Photos printed on cups and glasses. Found on sortrature.com

 

 

Cupcake flowers Via QVC

 

 

Fruit basket display of chocolate coated flowers Via Tammy Speed

 

 

Painted family hand prints to make a family tree. Found on indulgy.com

 

 

A hand made card. Found on tiffkeetch.blogspot.com

 

 

 

                                         Make a button clock. Found on blogs.babble.com

 

 

 I love you pop out card. Found on weibo.com

 

 



Hand printed mugs. Found on 4.bp.blogspot.com

 

 

Hand made mice pin cushions. Found on flickr.com

 


 

enJOYing Life with Meaning

 

2014 started with a burst of inspiration!

With all the work that I do, there has to be a life message or

my work has to benefit others, hence my new project

– Don’t be a LOSER campaign #racismItstopsWithme

#anti-bullying

 

After reading reports of bullying and racism

on buses and online, I felt that there’s a great need

to educate children, at a grass roots level, in order

to stop these incidences from occurring.

 

 

I felt inspired to write an awareness campaign using

The Wong Side of Life puppets and produced a catchy

music video, under the direction of Pearl Tan.

 

We’ll be launching the video at Darlington

Public School on the 20th of June. Here I’ll not

only be showing the video for the first time but I’l also

be doing a motivational speech about my personal

experiences of racism & bullying and workshopping

with children.

 

I’ll then be touring schools in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

I feel that the more schools and venues this video is shown to,

there will be less racism and bullying. Instead a sense of

understanding, tolerance and respect for others in our

community will grow.

 

This is a project I’m passionate about and it gives me great joy to

make a difference for the next generation.

 

 

Christmas Joy

 

Christmas is coming up shortly and it’s the time of the year where I reflect the

year – 2013. I always write a short list of things I’m grateful for.

 

1) Family and Friends

2) The success of The Wong Side of Life, The Joy House Film festival

and that my short film, Colour of Change – selected for film festivals,

(which means my life messages – of “joy” and “not judging people unless

you’ve walked in their shoes” & importance of diversity – will continue to spread.

3) Being able to help / contribute to charities I support – The Cancer Council

& Mission Australia.

4) Being continuously creative

5) selected for the City of Sydney’s “Crossing Boundaries” show for 2014

6) making new friends.

7) being part of the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance’s Diversity Committee.

8) The privilege to have a lorikeet lay an egg on my balcony.

I’ve never had a pet before, so it was an amazing experience.

I’ll miss Little Don. My Christmas wish would be for him to

fly and visit me. That would be the best gift. Then I’d know

he’d be ok.

 

Christmas is also a difficult time for some people, as they may not be in good

health or they may have lost love ones and therefore it may be a time of

loneliness. It’s important to be mindful of these people and try to help in

a small way.

 

Every year I give books to my local Children’s hospital and give Christmas

left overs or my clothes to the homeless – a small gesture of kindness can

mean so much to people.

 

CHRISTMAS FOODIES IDEAS

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Pinterest www.lovethispic.com

 

adventuresofabettycrockerwannabe.blogspot.com

 

Pinterest www.rileyrecipeblog.blogspot.com

 

 blogs.lasoo.com.au

 

CREDITS:

Moje Wypieki, indulgy.com, http://www.lovethispic.com/image/48714/diy-food-christmas-trees,

chickabug.com, http://rileyrecipeblog.blogspot.com.au/ ,  Newfoundland Memories Of Home’s Page ,

http://www.lovethispic.com/image/42356/christmas-santa-strawberries,

http://blogs.lasoo.com.au/tag/christmas-

tree/, http://www.etsy.com/, http://craftori.com/,

http://etsylush.com/, https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-

a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/227961_429493270441099_640727145_n.jpg,

 

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