The chakras are wheel-like, spiraling energy centers of the subtle body. The seven major chakras are aligned along the spine. They connect the body and mind to higher awareness and are physically associated with various plexuses of the body and the endocrine system.
As a professional dancer and actress, being conscious of the food I put into my body is an important part of my job. Early on, I discovered a whole food plant based diet works best for me. Subsequently, I went on to study nutrition with Dr. T. Colin Campbell and earned a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from his school, The Center for Nutrition Studies.
Over the years, I shared my nutrition tips with many of the dancers and artists I worked with. I truly want to help people end their struggle with their weight.
It’s about turning up the volume on body positivity and making healthy choices that raise your vibration!
I truly want you to know, “Eating more whole plant based foods can set you free from trendy diets and endless calorie counting!”
You may be thinking, do plant based diets have all the required nutrients?
Whole food plant based nutrition is nutrient dense, low in fat, high in vitamins & minerals, high in antioxidants, high fiber, and supports overall health. In addition, whole plant foods do not contain cholesterol or high levels of saturated fats which are linked to disease and obesity. Current research conducted by T. Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., supports that consuming a diet rich in whole plant foods has been shown to lower your risk of disease and is endorsed by the American Dietetic Association. Learn more about the American Dietetic Association’s stand on Vegan diets here.
Can I lose weight on a plant based diet?
As mentioned above, plant based diets are low in fat and provide your body with optimal energy derived from complex carbohydrates. You will lose weight safely and naturally, while consuming delicious, healthy foods. Overtime, you may notice that you no longer are driven by unhealthy food cravings.
How does it work?
As you begin to detox your body from unhealthy food, you will begin to notice you have more energy and your digestion improves. As a result of the weight loss, your body will feel lighter. Your physical endurance will improve and your workouts will be more effective. Additionally, many people who have blood sugar issues find that plant based diets help stabilize blood sugar and aid in establishing a healthy metabolism. Also, you may notice that once you stop consuming meat and dairy your skin clears up and has a healthy glow.
Why buy Organic Foods?
When shopping for whole plant foods, try to buy organic when possible to avoid pesticides which have been linked to disease. The list below names the fruits and vegetables that contain the highest pesticides, therefore try to buy these foods organic.
Buy organic to avoid pesticides in the following foods: Apples, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Hot Peppers, Nectarines, Peaches, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet Bell Peppers, Kale/Collard Greens, and Summer Squash.
Transitioning to a Plant Based Diet. – An article we wrote for Natural Awakenings
Many conventional personal care products contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health, cause allergic reactions or respiratory issues. While many of us think about detoxing our bodies from unhealthy food and substances, we may not think about what we are putting on our skin each day. To help get you started on cleaning up your skincare routine, I listed ingredients to avoid in my free eBook, Grace Spirit Beauty.
You may download it here Download my Clean Beauty Book
A few chemicals to avoid are:
Once you toss your old products out, you will probably need to purchase new, clean beauty essentials. Below is a short list of skincare and makeup basics.
For a lovely selection of clean beauty products, visit credobeauty.com!
Makeup Expiration Dates
Your makeup and skincare does not last forever! To keep your skin healthy and vibrant, pay attention to expiration dates and throw away your expired makeup and skincare.
Below are the standard expiration dates:
Actor self-tape – Create your best impression
Congratulations! You have submitted yourself for a project or your agent did and the casting director is interested in meeting you! Your next step is to submit your actor self-tape! For the beginners out there, below are few ideas to improve your self-taped auditions.
It’s important to know as much about your character and the plot. Thoroughly read the character breakdown and sides or full script if it’s available. Determine the arc of the story for your character and the arc of the individual scene. For shows that are currently airing, watch a few episodes to get a feel for the show. Once you have a better understanding of the project, refer to our blog on Script Analysis to further refine your choices.
If your scene includes speaking to multiple characters, make sure you have a specific place and eye line for each character.
Memorize your lines:
We realize sometimes you do not have enough time to memorize multiple pages, but if possible, try to be off book. Obviously, having your lines memorized allows you to be more relaxed and prepared.
Present yourself in the best possible way. In general, a natural makeup and hair look for woman. Yes, you guys may need a little foundation to even out your skin tone for the camera.
Of course, you want to look like the character you are auditioning for. This does not mean you need to dress in costume, but wear something that makes sense for the scene and gives the essence of the character.
need to see you clearly. A properly lit acting self-tape can also add to the
professionalism of the end product. In addition it conveys to the viewer a
sense that you are a serious actor committed to your craft. By going to a professional self-taping video
establishment you can benefit from multiple lighting sources which presents the
actor in an attractive three dimensional look.
If you choose to create your own acting self-tape at home you can purchase all-in-one lighting kits that, while not ideal, is a definite upgrade over general room lighting. Here is a link to B&H Photo, an excellent online photo and video resource, of a kit that includes a light, stand, cell phone holder and accessories for less than $70
Choose a solid color background. Grey looks great on all skin tones.
from patterns as they are distracting and draw attention away from you.
If you are shooting at home you can also shoot against a plain painted wall. You can also invest in inexpensive backdrops; either paper or fabric.
Casting Directors also need to hear you. Similar to lighting, sound is equally important to the overall quality of your actor self-tape. Professional studios usually offer high end microphones placed on boom stands to ensure that your lines are clear and loud enough. A great vocal recording enhances the overall self-tape and will draw the viewer into your video and performance.
Creating a self-tape at home with a phone is a typical choice. If you have editing capabilities to improve the video quality and enhance the audio your end product can be quite adequate. Remember that audio coming from a cell phone can often be very low quality to the small, digital internal microphone. Another home option is to use a separate audio recorder placed alongside your phone/camera. You will need to import the separate audio with some editing software. Adobe Premiere Elements involves somewhat of a learning curve but is inexpensive and allows you to improve both the video and audio elements of your self-tape:
B&H Photo – Adobe Premier
B&H Photo – Zoom Recorder H4n
Doing self-tape production yourself is a definite option however it does involve an initial investment, learning curve, and will likely produce a good product but not to the level of a professional studio.
Slating is often uncomfortable. Try to think about it as if you are introducing yourself to a new person. Smile; say your name and any other details that were specified. Relax! Be pleasant! Be yourself!
We hope that helps!
Audition Preparation and Script Analysis
Breaking down a script for a project or an audition can be a daunting task for beginners. It requires refining your acting technique in order to create realistic characters and to serve the story you are telling.
To get started, it’s a good idea to answer a few simple questions, listed below, that will help you discover the truth behind the words and create full, rich moments.
Truly knowing what your characters are talking about and why your characters need to do what they are doing will bring urgency, life, and reality to the scene. Each moment and choice must be specific. Give this process 100% of your energy and you will uncover clear and unique choices.
Once you have broken down your script and are ready to rehearse with other actors, be sure to stay present and open, moment by moment, and actively listen to the other actors. Truthfully connecting to other actors in the scene is the key to organic authentic human behavior.
Audition Preparation & Script Analysis I: Begin by answering these questions:
Audition Preparation & Script Analysis II: Add more specificity by integrating the following:
For tips on actor self-taping best practices see our recent Blog Post