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My life choices in regards to people have never been about money, or even art really
My life choices about work have never been linked to money really – I never thought ‘I want this item so I better get money so I can have it’ – I always just wanted to feel as though I belonged….that I was part of a community larger than just me. What I have realized in acknowledging that is that those smaller groups in which we define ourselves are not really anything but an individual taking control to create a context for people to come together in association of environment. In stepping in to that context you are surrendering your own personal needs to adhere to one persons’ vision for a group which doesn’t necessarily really correlate to your sensibilities as a human. Stepping back though, we can observe that these groups aren’t really necessary to feel connected. That if we just connect to ourselves we can be connected the world which is the most important group that we all belong to inherently. Our birth right as humans. Our Human Rights, one of which is to acknowledge that we all are humans and that doesn’t divide us, it unites.
I have lived in a special building in Chelsea for 3 years now where I have been living next formerly homeless and otherwise disabled NYers under the Common Ground Organization. Here I have found the most loving and diverse community in all my years. While I thought perhaps after leaving the corporate world that in a short term provided for me finding independence as a lease holder in NYC, it was not sustainable and the relationships I happened into during that time were taught, and fraught with an underlying dismay and discordance. The complex creature that NYC is has been a study of mine for years. The Humans, while not as easily disseminated like the HONY of popularity, in my data is of course, OF me within it, not just a spectator, and so my data is sometimes skewed, but I’m part of it affecting it with my presence. The cosm. SO much recently I have been questioning why I have stayed so long, and what I am doing in the city when my superficial goals were not met……but just like my ancient SCTI designs proposing the existential question “HOW do YOU measure SUCCESS” ??? ECHOS in my brain now. If we constantly compare ourselves to others which we HAVE to in this HYPER competitive market and island of ever younger denizens, the battle has to stop. The acceptance has to come from within. I know I will NEVER fit the mold of any of the arenas I have danced into, for to be a Renaissance woman is never truly become because you are always being born again. And to be born again means learning to walk and talk to your specific environment to assert yourself. AND my karma points will go up and down, but the more I take the time to check in with my soul and my OWN ruler……my own ruler of SUCCESS….. (insert work samples) the taller I stand, the more I grow, the more honest, my notches are.
I’m looking for collaborators! I feel inspired by some of the new comics I have seen including the Portlandia ilk, Nick Kroll show and In Bed with Joan Rivers to name a few. I’m open to smart, savvy people! New Media Baby!
Go figure. Humans are always seeking form and figures (numbers) to make sense of our surroundings! Beginning in April I started going back to dance class hard core so I could get my “core” back (in every sense of the word). Dance is the best way for me to connect with me. And everybody, let me tell you that I’ve found being connected to yourself is THE BEST WAY to connect honestly with everyone else you meet. Serve your needs first so you are clear as to what you have left to help others with. SO after my FIAF winter class concluded (the worldly connecting start) I returned to STEPS ON BROADWAY, that Upper West Side staple since my NYC summers at SAB where we would steal away on weekends for some extra ballet for PLAY> usually with the dry like Russian vodka humored Alex Tressor. I’ve been bumbling through, first, some Jazz classes just to sweat and connect to the music along with some slower ballet classes to tap into my childhood technical pursuits. Now I’ve branched into contemporary to work through every pore and I find myself itching to get back to musical theater to get back to story telling/entertainment. I have always loved dance, but it’s such a personal art form experientially. In fact most artistry is really a deeply personal thing, but I have always loved theater for the story. The community of a band of people working together to tell a story to an audience. A story that takes them away from their problems and teaches them something in an exciting, surprising and fun way. It’s bigger than just one person. Anyway, I hope I keep making great strides, and I look forward to getting back into my voicelessons again and even some acting classes just to meet other people with similar interests. Also, trying to stay abreast of the art and design world and hoping they can connect to their corporal being too! Movement is truly for ALL>
So that is where I am in this 6th month of the 2013 year. And coming………
So you wanna be in pictures was never in the childhood dreamline, but since NYCB boat sailed, and Broadway hasn’t happened yet, the silver screen is it! I’ve been having fun toying around in the background for Hollywood hoorahs and occasionally standing in or photodoubling with some stunts (on the Winter’s Tale movie for Downton’s Jessica Findlay Brown). Here are some pictures from this past year on sets around the NY metro area!
I have been standing in for Darlene Hunt, the show’s creator who is appearing in the fourth season on camera. It has been a great and rewarding experience to build relationships with the cast and crew. They are currently wrapped, but it was a project I won’t soon forget! On y va!
Dana Marie most recently was featured on the CBS series UNFORGETTABLE
Unforgettable, Season 1, Ep. 19 “Allegiances”
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