Archive for the 'Reality TV' Category

Reality TV Ya’ll- Shakespeare Style

June 1, 2009
PHOTO BY WILLIAM MARSH

PHOTO BY WILLIAM MARSH

I happened to catch a program about the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  It was fascinating HIGH CLASS reality TV in that it showed the audition and rehearsal process of putting up Shakespeare in six weeks.

The auditioners talked about how the actors auditioning spent hours upon hours auditioning and then how they had to show all of their work in two minutes.  One actor said after an audition he would go back to his one bedroom apartment and eat ramen wondering what the hell he was doing with his life.

I’m at that crossroads everyday and especially right now.  I’ve been VERY heavily leaning towards saying “to HECK with you, Acting!”

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America’s Top Model Season 8

March 22, 2008

I’ve been watching a lot of television lately. It’s something that I’m trying to wean myself off of as my sickness starts fading away.

I’ve been watching America’s Top Model from last season and didn’t realize that there were a few moms who ended up being the finalists! This made me happy.

Renee

How did Renee get that belly back into shape like that? I don’t think she had Heidi Klum’s money to get back into shape. It gives me hope.

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Natasha

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I have this theory about successful people that most of them come from humble beginnings and have a strong desire to succeed (Michael Bloomberg, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Chung Kyung Wha [violinist], Albert Camus, Biggie Smalls, Morrisey). I don’t mean destitute to the point where one loses all hope and sinks in to depression. But just enough hardship that fills them with a burning to desire to move beyond their given station in life.

The last three finalists from this particular season all seemed to come from situations that were less than ideal. Two of them weren’t even native English speakers. They might not have been the most conventionally beautiful but they had fight within in them which made them winners.

I know it’s a stretch to compare Ben Franklin and Albert Camus to reality TV models, but it does say something about having hunger for success.

Top Chef

March 19, 2008

J and I were psyched to watch the newest installment of Top Chef. After seeing Mark, J started cracking up like crazy and said he couldn’t stop thinking of The Flight Of The Conchords. That ruined it for me. Now when I see him I hear a girl’s voice say: “Oh wow, New Zealand, I love your accent. My cousin went to New Zealand.”

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