American in Paris. On Vocal Media I explore my personal experiences and interests. I am reader, writer, coffee drinker, and volunteer.
Become a Showgirl for One Day
Become A Showgirl For A Day If you don't try, you'll never know! Meet Emma Castel Readers first met Emma Castel as her in this article sponsored by Cabaret Diversity. She is back again and aglow with good news.
Paris ShowGirls Sensual & Professional
Meet Enny Gmatic, "Some people think that it's just entertainment but it is so much more!" This interview is sponsored by The Cabaret Diversity Network - a network that nourishes, celebrates, and advocates for the legacy of diversity on cabaret stages throughout the world!
Most Remote Island on Earth
This story happened on a luxury liner cruise ship, with the wealthiest of wealthy as passengers and the poorest of poor as crew.
My Uncle Who Retired
My Uncle Who Retired My uncle is a cowboy who kept his drinking under enough control to hold down a job at the rocket factory for 25 years. Before that, he ranched or ran cattle throughout the Southwest United States. He prefers vacations at Arizona golf courses situated in dry desert valleys, nestled near forgotten mining towns. When I was little he taught me how to play poker and let me pack the tobacco in his pipe.
Re-building Your Mindset
Listen to the Audio Commentary while you read! It was the first week of the covid-19 shutdown in America. Amber Ivers was among the first dancers I knew to teach over ZOOM, create a viral dance challenge, and host live yoga on Instagram and Facebook. Honestly, while she was zooming, I was still in shock; Ruminating over the shattered pieces of my life. Like millions around the world, I had big plans for 2020. Career moves! A dream job in my grasp! Yet, by March 2020, we all watched in stunned silence how each and every hope for 2020 dissolved into nothingness. What I didn't know, was how deeply my friend Amber Ivers was also affected by the industry shutdown.
The Unsettling Reality About 4 Dancers Graduating During the Pandemic of 2020
Upon graduation, the world is at your feet. But what happens when you graduate in worldwide industry shutdown caused by a pandemic? I asked 4 recent dance school graduates to share their experience about graduating during the 2020 pandemic. Without a doubt, we shall be looking back at this crucial moment, so let's meet the dancers who lived through it:
Eyes on Us: Interracial Couple in Paris
Are you with me on this? Hello 2020! Welcome to metropolitan Paris where nationalism is rising along side populations of immigrants. Interracial couples dot the streets of Paris as often as bakeries and baguettes. Since entering my own mixed coupling, I have begun gravitating towards these couples. I feel just one step away from asking them on a double date with me and my African beau! I have been accosted with a sense of 'other' since stepping outside as an interracial couple. I want to explore why this relationship has me backed against a wall of pressure, stress, and doubts I have not faced in same race relationships. Let me start from the beginning...
Haters Going to Hate Success
After years of hesitating and enduring the judgement from peers (not to mention my inner critic!), I made the best decisions of my career: the switch from fine art dance companies into entertainment.