For the past year I have had the honour of making science interesting for local Christchurch children in an after school Science programme.
With a background in performing arts and limited Science knowledge, this job was set to be challenging for me. I have no worries performing for audiences, but speaking infront of a class of children who probably know more about science than you do - it was really intimidating at first.
But as the classes progressed and I got to know my students, they became less intimidating, and my knowledge of science was growing everyday.
The shift happened for me when I began performing for the kids - and I don't mean by being a false person. I used the skills from stage performance to bring life to the topics I was teaching - and they started to respond in a super positive way.
Every week I have to learn a new topic to teach them - as I'm not coming from a science background, I have to understand the scientific concept in a way that is interesting to me, and I think this is the key to getting them stoked on what they are learning.
I had to make a decision a few weeks back, and it was with a heavy heart that I chose a new adventure for myself. Telling my science kids that I was leaving in 4 weeks was heart breaking. They are the sunshine in my day!
I have 2 more weeks of lessons with them, and I'm starting to see the impact I have had on them. I'm being showered with gorgeous pictures and words, and it's making the whole process a lot harder for me.
I have taken for granted the beautiful energetic audience that I have on a daily basis for the past year - these smiling souls will only be in my daily life for 12 more working days. Their smiles will be with me forever, and I hope to catch up with them when I can.
So I end this with some advice for whoever my replacement will be - 'Be true, be yourself and be Interesting! Keep the fire of their learning alive and appreciate each of these kids for who they are and what they bring to you!'
Good luck :)
At the beginning of every month I write myself a wish list for the month ahead.
When writing my Wishlist, I like to include things that will improve who I am as a person, and add in some new goals for myself (some serious - some just for fun).
In my May wish list I added a random wish - Remember to Breathe...
One thing I have become aware of when doing auditions or any acting work, is that I forget to breathe. I know that sounds stupid to some, but when I get nervous I seem to forget to centre myself with breathing.
I was very fortunate to take part in an Audition Workshop, run by two amazing women - Andrea Kelland and Vicky Yiannoutsos when I was up in Auckland.
This was a fantastic experience for me, I learnt so much and developed friendships with some very awesome women.
So during the workshop there was one word that kept coming up - BREATHING!
Hey - I'd put it out to the universe in my wish list so I shouldn't have been so surprised that it became a focal point for me ! So I did remember to breathe - inhale and exhale, and what a difference it makes to your performance on camera - who knew?!
Today is the last day of May and I'm happy to say I have succeeded everything on my wish list!
Looking forward to tomorrow - because I get to write a new one :)
BEC'S MAY 2015 WISHLIST
Achieve everything on my 'Wishlist'... ✔
Embrace Auckland and its weather✔
Avoid TopShop until payday/don't spend any money at TopShop✔
New job ✔
New and exciting acting opportunities ✔
Fit everything I need into carry on suitcase and meet the weight limit✔
Be thankful, be grateful✔
Remember to breathe✔
Share the love✔
Be the best me I can be ✔
Love, love, love ❤✔