Skills

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I am going to talk about skills today which I don’t real want to talk about… I don’t really like listing the things that I’m “good” at because I like to think I am always learning so putting a label on something you find stimulating is weird. I don’t know, I think its weird. Oh well! Here goes nothing

1.) Acting!  It is my most passionate love. My romance with the theatre is everlasting. I have been very fortunate in my life time to have been given the gift of an education in theatre, that rocks my socks!!

2.) Cooking! I come from a big latin family and food is an art. I bonds us all together and is so much fun. ( Also extremely delicious!)

3.)Criticism! DON DON DON!! I take it really well. People are just trying to help and they don’t need to sugar coat it. Getting straight to the point is probably the best way to get better.

yup that’s all I really want to talk about today. This is actually really hard :(

C’est la vie

Elevator pitch attempt

Do you ever want to change something? Or live in someone else’s shoes? Seriously do you ever think what it would be like to be the Queen of England or President Lincoln or Meryl Streep? Discovering what they see and dealing with external forces the enter their lives. Hi I’m Leslie Ballart and I am studying Theatre with a specialization in Acting at SMU. Acting is kinda crazy right? But it is in all of us. Whether we say “yeah this is great!” when eating a burnt meal your friend made or “thank you! I’ve always wanted a bedazzled jean jacket!” When grandma gives a gift. It’s Universal. I work hard and create something that makes people see something normal as something completely new. Let’s discover and live. Heres my business card.

Motivation

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This week is all about motivation! Oh yeah! That’s right my peeps!

What gets me motivated is a weird combination of external and internal forces driving me to a goal. Unfortunately this week I am so sick. That’s right, the SMU plague has got me good. So I am not really motivated to do anything but blow my nose and sleep. But the show must go on. Lately I am really struggling to find some internal motivation but I have found that music and a some sort of visual will motivate me. Still I get so distracted by other people and electronics its a miracle I get anything done. Although I do worry about everythingI… I don’t know I’m strange. I guess I’m still figuring it out.

 

Values

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This blog post is going to be all about values. I value many things like honesty, loyalty, and acceptance. But upon truly questioning myself and my values, I have discovered that I have a lot of values that I would like to get rid of. For example money, I have recently found myself talking about it a lot. Money is currently being exchanged for my education, food and shelter. Money is sacred idol in our society and I feel as if I have been programed to value it. Please don’t think I’m some intense money obsessed teenager. Nope, that’s not really my main value but it’s up on the list and I’m sort of disappointed in myself because of it.

 

But enough of that! When working on a project, a scene, play, etc., with someone else I value slightly different things. I value determination and dedication. I can’t tell you how many times I have worked with someone who truly doesn’t care about the piece, therefore they slack. Showing up late or not showing up at all.  Giving up on a character because it’s time consuming and hard. Not knowing lines the day before the performance. Even showing up under the influence of various substances to rehearsal and performances. It shouldn’t happen but it does.

The one thing I value the most in a fellow actor is vunerablilty. It is an extraordinary gift to watch and/or partake in vulnerability. The freedom and honesty that fills the piece currently in progress is hypnotic. I value vulnerability because of it’s difficulty. It is so scary to remove the wall keeping you “safe”, but it is so exhilarating and worth the risk. Risk! Another important value in a scene partner. That courage and trust to openly take risks is so crucial in a piece. It makes the rehearsal process rich with choices and opens doors to new discoveries.

All in all I value many things even though I only mentioned a few. Our values help us better understand ourselves and our lives. Yay values!

Work Habits

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Today is all about the work habits. Oh yeah!

In all seriousness my work habits seem to be changing and molding all the time. Especially now( studying at a university). Lately I have discovered some weaknesses that I need to cure. For example I stress over everything which isn’t healthy in the slightest. And I have a need to be perfect which is clearly impossible. I am so scared to mess up that it used to affect the work I produce. Over the years I have been letting that bad habit go. I have discovered that plunging head first into a project could be the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself. And even if you fail it feels better to have tried than dwell on what could have happened.  But the most bitter pill I have had to swallow is that not everyone to going to like your work. It sounds like an obvious statement but it can really affect the outcome of your work. As long as you work to the best of your ability, and those important to the project are pleased, you have nothing to worry about.

Usually when I start something new I develop a strong work ethic, by discovering my good and bad work habits I can solidify my new routine. After looking over the reading, there were a couple techniques that could help cure those nasty weaknesses. For example, exercise and yoga to relieve stress. Or positive distractors was something that really caught my eye. I never really thought about taking small breaks to increase positivity. The toughest yet simplest one I read was giving yourself second chances. Now that is going to be a little bit of a challenge for me but I am desperate to change this perfectionist mindset. I just need to give myself a break once in a while.

I am really excited to put these techniques to work.

 

My History

My name is Leslie Anne Ballart, I was born in Miami, Florida to a Cuban father and Colombian mother.

Lately I have been trying to figure out, accept and love every part of my self. I am in a constant state of discovery and I’m jumping into this all head first because I want to learn.

I want to become a person whom I can be proud of. Someone who took risks and made something of herself that no one thought was possible. I want to tell the truth and live on stage and film. I want to make a mark on this world.

My parents enrolled me in an afterschool drama program in pre-school, I was rather shy and they thought it would open me up.  Since then the Theatre has been a massive part of my everyday life. It has been my salvation and sorrow. I attended magnet programs in elementary, middle school, and I recently graduated from a performing arts high school. When you truly love something, you are willing to put the time, sacrifice and commit.  I struggled in school for a time, because one only has a certain amount of hours in a day, so what does one sacrifice?  Sacrificing my school work was not an option and I could not give up what I love.   The answer was simple to me; you give up your personal time.  I lost some friends along the way, but I have some amazing friends who understand me and my commitment. They supported me and have caught me not matter how far I’ve fallen. They love me and I love them. I am also incredibly lucky and blessed with parents who support and love me unconditionally.

During the Summer of 2011and 2012, I was fortunate to be part of The New Play Project created by The Company Company which is a non-profit student run theatre company which raises funds in support of the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.  This experience opened my eyes to how I could use something I loved to help others.  I could use something I love to do, to help others, whether its performances to raise funds for a cause or bringing truth to the stage.  That’s why I am planning on continuing to pursue this in college and beyond.

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