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Six videos, trying to explain to the readers of my blog, the incredible work of Jacques Lecoq.
Yep… I have been accepted to do the professional course at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq!
I moved to Paris last week, left my old life behind, and decided to fully invest in my future vision.
Jacques Lecoq’s work is expansive: from physical theatre, to clowning, to the deep analysis of human behaviour, to mask work, to comedy… one way to resume it is that EVERYTHING starts with movement.
Dancers, gymnasts, circus artists, theatre directors and actors train at the school. There are no boxes artists are stuck in. The technique is a whole.
I set up a crowdfunding campaign to help me cover the costs of my tuition fee.
It is a private school. With the support of over 100 people, I was already able to raise over £4000! Yet, I need £7125 to finish the year.
Only 24H left to make a donation towards my crowdfunding campaign.
I made a few short video clips – a mix of videos and documentaries I found on Youtube – trying to explain how rich and groundbreaking Jacques Lecoq’s approach to theatre is.
The first time I entered this historique place… the studios of the Jacques Lecoq’s school, I felt home!
The training and the quality of the teachings brought me to tears. It was calling me.
Imagine this kind of knowledge being available to more Hiphop, Dancehall and Krump Theatre artists.
That’s what you’ll be investing in, in a bigger vision.
Thank you for your support!
What happened to me yesterday is totally crazy.
Would you believe me if I told you that:
I was moving to Paris, but had nowhere to go.
Still looking for accommodation. I packed just one bag with the bare minimum, the time to sort myself out.
I arrived in Paris by bus on Sunday at 11:45am. One suitcase full of dreams.
In a city known to be worst to find property to rent, I found a room at 12:47pm.
And the flat is 22min walk from the school.
Actually let me rewind a little bit…
because it gets even more crazy!
Since I received a spot at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq, I have been on a mission called abundance! The tuition fee is high and moving country comes at a cost.
Making money, and fast, has been my priority number one over the last 8 weeks.
From reciting positive affirmations to creating a crowdfunding campaign, to taking jobs right, left and centre… I haven’t had much sleep.
Both working hard, and not being physically present in Paris to do any viewings, I had no accommodation planned.
I was performing on Saturday night. Last job before the big day.
I arrived home and it was only around midnight that I sat down searching for a hostel.
My coach to Paris was leaving in a few hours and a dorm would do. Anything would do.
I tried a few websites, and every time I tried to make the payment, internet was crashing. By the time I logged in again, the dorms were full.
I took it as a sign.
I was exhausted. I had not been sleeping much for many days.
I needed rest, space and focus to start the course.
No way a dorm was an option for this new chapter.
A private room through Airbnb, at least for a few days would be much more suitable.
Even though it’d be more expensive, I needed proper sleep for a few days.
Most cheap rooms were already gone at such short notice.
There wasn’t much choice left.
Again, as soon as I tried to make the payment, the internet was crashing.
Time was ticking.
I still needed to pack my bag, and I had to wake up at 4:30am to catch the coach to Paris.
Finally… at 1.29am… the Airbnb website was back on.
I now just needed my request to be accepted.
The lady messaged me straight away… apologising.
My heart sank. She had made a mistake.
The room wasn’t free and she forgot to take the dates off the website.
She also sent me a message offering me to stay on her sofa bed in the living room for half price. She was so kind, she didn’t want me to be stuck.
I accepted. It was better than changing dorm and hostel every day of the week to come.
When I arrived at the flat, we had a bite and a cup of tea.
The landlady was so dynamic, joyful, and so kind. I told her my story.
She promptly said I was welcome to rent the room until January if I wanted to.
She hadn’t advertised it yet, and she was about to travel for family and business purposes.
She didn’t want the stress of having Airbnb guests during that time period.
She took a liking in me. She showed me so much care. I was speechless.
And so… this is how I am starting my new life chapter in Paris!!!
Moral of the story: develop trust.
Trust in your purpose, trust in your gut feelings, trust in your intuition.
A FEW DAYS LEFT TO DONATE to the crowdfunding campaign
I can finally make it official!
FAITH Drama Productions is giving me a £500 Development Grant in support to the training & research I will be doing at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq in Paris!!!
« We believe it is important to invest in powerful artistes whose talents will make a strong impact on communities around them. »
– Gbemi Ikumelo
Thank you so much for the support, recognition, encouragement and the belief you have in my work!!
I can’t wait to share my new knowledge & skills with the Faith Drama team / members in the very near future. So so grateful.
My crowdfunding campaign is still ON.
20 days left for those who would like to contribute and make a difference:
It was not “I am not good enough”….
“I am not important anyway, and nobody cares”.
wow… I got 73 people waiting for me to succeed…
I thought “I wasn’t important anyway”, that I was gonna walk down the aisle of shame cause nobody would even pay attention to my posts.
YOU are important and people care.
And remember we need more artists like you partying in this world.
To anyone who ever found excuses not to live their wildest dreams:
I thought I was pretty good at catching myself when making excuses until…
Until I hit a wall.
The wall of unhappiness.
I felt unfulfilled, stuck.
I was “busy”.
I had 2 business coaches, tried a whole bunch of new things.
I was still MISERABLE.
My creative self wasn’t expressing itself to its highest potential.
Professionally, I was stagnating*
(*more in another post)
But there was one place where I still felt home, at peace, alive, and creative: Jacques Lecoq.
Yet, I gave myself 5001 excuses NOT to study at Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Moving there for 1-2 years?!?!
I talked myself out of this dream for a LONG TIME.
My EXCUSES were:
“I am too old.”
“It’s too expensive I can’t afford it.”
“I can’t put my career on hold now. Stop the non sense.”
“Tell theaters you’ll be gone for 1-2 years… and all the hard work you done so far will go to the bin.”
“Everybody will forget about your existence if you leave.”
“Leave the dance scene for a year and you’ll be back to square one. Forget it.”
“Euh… what you gonna do in Paris?”
“People will laugh at you. They ain’t gonna understand the concept of professional development. They gonna think you were an imposture for all those years.”
“It’s too late.”
“You wanna become a better theatre director, choreographer and blahablahblah… who the F&^$$K cares?”
I wanna grow. I wanna fullfill my highest potential as an artist. I wanna stop playing mediocre and raise my game.
I had to remember that it is MY LIFE, and I CARE.
And that’s not a bad start if you wanna be happy.
Inner voice: “So… what you gonna do about it Cindy?”
I got tired of my own inner talk.
I hated the wall of unhappiness I had hit.
I spoke to a 55 years old woman living her theatre dream and felt soooo silly. My excuses crumbled.
I applied – extremely last minute.
Got onto the waiting list.
(Just getting on the waiting list was high in emotions, I cried. It was as if my soul said “YES GIRL! IT WAS ABOUT TIME!”)
Three days later, I got an email saying I go a place to start in October.
The next day I created a crowdfunding campaign for my tuition fee.
Now I am planning the move, following the path to happiness.
I trust that all the resources I need are already on its way to me. Blessings come as a full package.
So, too anyone who ever found excuses NOT to live their big dream… look the wall in the eye, and say “you are about to crumble down my friend” 😉
I am currently fundraising.
To support and make a donation towards my tuition fee to study at Jacques Lecoq:
Ladies and gents… drum rolls please…
I have been offered a place at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq (a pioneer in physical theatre, physical comedy, and more). This is… insane, a big deal, a rare opportunity, a true blessing!!!
I will be temporarily relocating to Paris for this incredible opportunity.
I am asking for your HELP TO COVER THE COSTS OF MY TUITION FEE.
REWARDS for those making a contributions!
Full info – click here