100 Days of Happiness Challenge Day 3

Posted in 100 Days of Happiness, Eclectic Musings, film, Life, sascha cooper with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2015 by sassysash

#100happydays Day 3 :) Although it’s been a mixed day despite it being mum’s birthday, a lot of good things came out of today :) But a bonus to kickstart the morning was a free cup of tea from the pasty shop next door to work as they were renovating! Result! :D

Ok, so bad points to start with:

1. Our boiler has been revealed to have been an illegal botch job and a new one needs to be installed
2. Having to work on mum’s birthday and not being there for her mentally whilst all this was going on
3. Slow shop day whilst covering for the manager

But here are the good points that outweigh everything:

1. Being appreciative of this extra day so I can pay mum and dad back quicker
2. This wonderful bonus of a cuppa!
3. My hen party agency expanding into new territory so that more diverse work is offered -:including corporate work, children’s dance Disney parties, 50 Shades parties and more funky pop songs including Spice Girls and Take That
4. Finding out that a fringe show I’m in acting and directing wise next year has been confirmed in a gorgeous central venue
5. Going on a training course for the 50 Shades parties in January
6. Spending the evening with mum on her birthday before I begin to make a beard for a character in a film i’m the hair and makeup artist head for at the weekend

But there you have it! It’s amazing what can happen over a tea!

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100 Days of Happiness Challenge Day 2

Posted in 100 Days of Happiness, Christmas/Yule, Life, sascha cooper with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2015 by sassysash

#100happydays Day 2 :) Today has been made much brighter on receipt of a gorgeous Yule package from one of my closest friends :) thank you :)

See here’s the thing…I have an intense week ahead of me – gutting and tidying my room and making good progress on it, covering a manager at the shop I do the readings from, my normal reading day and making a beard for a film I’m the head makeup and hair artist and acting in. I got delayed by a friend of mine from school going through a hard time today via a long phone conversation and did a bit before I got this unexpected bonus :) although I knew I was receiving it, after the day had today, receiving this was the best thing that could have happened :)

It goes to show that no matter whether you speak to close friends on a regular basis or not, the fact is you know when they come through unexpectedly :) Kassie I have known for a long time and can safely say we’ve grown mentally together for the best. Her son and fiancée are lovely and I can see how much she has changed with being a mother – a beautiful one at that! Thank you for just being you and am honoured to be doing your hair and makeup at your wedding next year :) I hope you love your package too which will be sent in the week :)

To end this blog, I’ll leave you with this…friends are also family :) love and be good to each other :)

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100 Days of Happiness Challenge Day 1

Posted in 100 Days of Happiness, sascha cooper, Spirituality, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 1, 2015 by sassysash

#100happydays Day 1:

Feeling extremely grateful today for having a wonderful family I can count on :)

I’m 34 and live with them still and am happy with this situation :) Being a self employed performer, dance teacher, psychic medium and hair and makeup artist with a varying income, having this situation is something not to be sniffed at. Feeling particularly grateful as they have helped me out financially for the first time in a very long time and are happy with me paying them back in installments :) As mum said to me, better to lose face and come to us rather than being in trouble with bills.

Whilst many may turn their nose up at this situation and say why are you not independent? My reaction is actually, I am! I have food, shelter, love, warmth, protection and security. I see so many people who go all out to be fiercely independent and get themselves into a lot of trouble when they cut off all contact deliberately. Some even end up on the street because of pride sometimes. Obviously I acknowledge the fact that there are other reasons why homelessness occurs too!

But to all who are cutting their teeth for a genuine reason rather than a pride aspect, I admire you! I will however add that being grateful for those who brought you up will also get you places :) you never know, one day you might have to swallow your pride and go to your families for help. 9/10 it’s better to go down this route and swallow your pride to get yourself out of debt.

Above all…keep chasing your dreams! Don’t survive, live!

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Yuletide musings

Posted in Christmas/Yule, Future, Life, sascha cooper, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by sassysash

It’s that time of year again and much has happened since my summer update :) A good mixture of good and bad, but enough to be grateful for.

It’s funny actually with that term of being grateful…I have my boyfriend to blame for this post in a way as we’ve been talking about it. He was saying how this year has really opened his eyes to the fact that Yule/Christmas does not have to be all flamboyant gifts, just having each other, family and friends in our lives is all that is needed. I think we tend to forget this a lot! Sometimes it takes just the smallest thing to make us wake up so to speak :)

Since the summer I had a feeling something would happen that would mean me in dead lumber financially, so I took on a second job in a call centre to get by. Little did I know that the teaching job would end in November, so my gut instinct was right to go for another job. Ok, it’s not what I want to be doing, but it at least has kept me going whilst doing my other creative outlets and going back to college! Yes! A student again! I now have the added bonus of topping up the writing skills I have, but also have been given the chance to study basic beauty and media make up as well as web design skills :) these I start next year as the writing course is finished now :)

For the beauty course, I am grateful to my grandmother and my parents for helping. Sadly my grandmother passed away on 1st October this year, so sad that she won’t be able to see my creative training finally complete and making more of myself than I am now. But am grateful to have known her :)

Working in a shop on Sundays reminds me how much I love interacting with people and testing my organisational skills too :)

I guess the point of this post is to say how much the past year has taught me how strong I am as well as finally being shown I can finally be complete in all I do :) Crimson Horse may have gone quiet, but it’s been a good process to stop for a while and get the energy back to write, act and direct again too.

Plus the fact that I am ready to take on different challenges next year is a good sign. Last year I was broke, broken hearted and generally lacked lustre. Now I feel I’m back with a vengeance and it’s all due to my family, friends and my love Jack that have helped me get back on my feet! I am so thankful to have you in my life and couldn’t do all I do without you :)

What things are you grateful for this Yule/Christmas? :)

Summer Lovin

Posted in Life, sascha cooper, theatre, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by sassysash

I love my life when it comes to summer :) not only does it start to slow down, but surprises keep coming out of the woodwork – like two paid theatre gigs for instance :) Both one offs, but they fit in very well with a few themes going around – steampunk and goth in particular :)

It’s also a time for writing and plotting whilst work slows down. Currently I’m adapting a ballet to a stage play – Petrushka. The story of an odd love triangle between puppets that come to life – the clown loves the dancer, but the dancer loves the moor…fatal consequences occur…ok, that’s the simple version! However the point is that there’s a subplot which I think the ballet doesn’t touch on a lot…the puppet master’s role! Why is he bringing the show to the fete? What’s his purpose there? And why is the mayor constantly lurking in the background? Also…were Petrushka and The Moor close friends before the dancer came into their lives? All these questions and much more will be explored in this brand new adaptation of Najinski’s classic.

But I guess summer for me is a blessing for what I have right now with the warmth comforting me generally. Especially where love is concerned :) It seems to be blooming :) It’s been a month and 2 weeks now and loving it a lot :) This man in my life is Jack Chandler – a fellow actor! He is my puppet master! Lol :) Hey, director’s prerogative ;)

Teaching is going well too :)

Acting wise I’m currently involved with a new devised piece dedicated to Clara Bow the silent movie actress from the 1920s. Believe it will be an ensemble as well as media based :) I take on the challenge of lesbian film director Dorothy Arzner in the piece :)

Enjoy the summer xxx

General update! Eventually! ;)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by sassysash

It’s been a funny year so far…so far I was part of Audioburger as a presenter and was using this blog to promote the shows, but recently got the boot as they were going in a different direction as to when they first started out.  However this has given me a very strong drive to try some new things for radio stuff generally.  Although I cannot talk about it at the moment, let’s just say that there are plans afoot for some new things coming ;) Watch this space ;)

Enjoying working with Crimson Horse too (my theatre company) – we did our 6th production of Grimms Fairy Tales last month and despite a lot of setbacks, we saw it to the end and are now working with a new team set up to shake things up a bit.  We’re currently planning a huge fundraiser for the end of the year to ensure that the funds are there to put on a new season of plays within a set theme…Twisted Love!  If you want to follow all that is going on with that side of things in more detail, then you can follow the Crimson Horse blog on here too :)

In terms of the acting, it’s been a great year for that also.  Currently I’m playing Gloriana – a female version of God in a new piece of work called ‘The Great I Am’ written by new playwright Natalie Audley.  This is part of the Brighton Fringe Festival and we have already received two glowing reviews from Broadway Baby and the Sussex Express.  The fact it’s a brand new company with a lot of promise makes me feel privilaged to be part of it, plus the fact that I’m playing a daring controversial character is amazing.  Audley and Co are looking at taking this production on tour in the spring next year, so watch this space for more exciting developments :)

Today I also got confirmation of yet another amazing character for a brand new company being set up in Brighton…those of you who have heard of the 1920s silent movie actress Clara Bow will be interested to hear that her life story is being written for the stage in a very creative and daring way which is not always done on stage…deliberately mixing media and stage scenes!  So some will be silent movie style footage for real as well as those that need to be filmed due to a lot of the original footage from that time being lost.  There was a significant woman in Clara Bow’s life who was demanding, controversial and very clever…her name was Dorothy Arzner…the very first female film director in Hollywood who was a lesbian!  Yours truly got her role today!  A very challenging role, but like God, this is something I will truly relish and enjoy :) The fundraiser for that show will be in June, the show itself will be towards the end of this year.  Will keep all updated for more details.

On a personal scale, I am enjoying life a lot at the moment :) That’s all I’m going to say for now, but on a paid working scale I love teaching LAMDA to kids in Horsham every Saturday morning :) Plus have been doing quite a bit of writing this year play wise :) Being a poet usually, these last 3 years have been very significant when I found I enjoyed play writing a lot!  I’ve obviously adapted one Grimms tale to the stage, but I have finished my first original play and am currently writing a new piece which is based on a ballet which has disappeared into the ether…it needs a voice and I am giving it a new lease of life :) Watch this space!

That’s me for now in a nutshell :) Will be doing some more reviews on here for books and films soon too :) Hopefully start doing some theatre reviews again for relevant publications as I deliberately took time off this year to concentrate on other things, so maybe will start doing them again from next month :)

I also know I keep saying this, but I will endeavour to keep this blog up to date too :)

Last in season 2 of Night Owl

Posted in Audioburger, film, gothic, Night Owl, Radio with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2013 by sassysash

Dress and tech for Grimms today, then Night Owl on http://www.audioburger.com from 10pm-12am :)

Post your requests here or message me and I’ll try and get them played :)

Final show of season 2 this evening! Modern horror films conclude the horror films theme for this season :)

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