The incredibly talented @matthofmann.media has started @thefaceofcomedyproject capturing stunning portraits of artists from all corners of the comedy scene while also raising funds for a great cause.
I'm in love with this one he just posted of me, taken early one morning during @melbfringe
Check out @thefaceofcomedyproject for more #photography#portrait#comedy#character#cabaret#headshot
Two things you guys...
1: this is me miming the shape of the clitoris 💖
2: @fringewivesclub just announced the first dates for our 2018 tour and it's @woodfordfolkfestival babeeeee ⚡️✨🌈👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻
Proud doesn’t even cover it...
Kicking off with @abbieeelouiseee presented her 1st EVER show for @melbfringe BLINDFUL secured successful funding from two grants, covered her costs (what!?!), grew from a solo into a two hander AND went and WON Best Emerging Producer which has secured her a 6-month free mentorship with the one and only total boss @milkeproducer
@lafrew wasn’t doing a show at this year’s Melbourne Fringe but you wouldn’t have been able to tell because every time you went into the festival club she was either hosting, choreographing or performing! I feel like she stepped up to a whole new level this festival and it’s only the begining.
@doubledenimcomedy hosted their first ever kids show ‘Express Yourself’ at @artplaykids
Which brings us to @michellebrasier who IS IN A BLUTTY MOVIE YOU GUYS! Michelle has been gigging and writing up a storm as per usual but has also just been cast in the brand new Australian feature film ‘The Merger’ written by @damiancallinan and is heading out to the shoot in the next few weeks.
Did someone say feature film? Because old mate @ezldrk is premiering in his first one this month as well. In ‘Innuendo’ he plays theatre geek Tony, the film has already won best film at the Fine Arts Film Festival in Venice Beach California and will have it’s first Australian release this month at Cinema Nova.
@hannahcryle just returned from touring the US and is/was in Melbourne for about 2mins to grab a new pair of trainers before shooting off to the Floraide festival in Canberra and heads off to London later this year to get amongst the street show scene at Covent Garden. & wow oh wow talk about new kids on the block world @travellingsisters have arrived. They were the talk of the town during Melbourne Fringe and created a hilarious Noo Sho directed by @kimberleytwinercomedy and seriously levelled up on their last show (Nom’d for Best Newcomer at MICF don’t forget) and took out not one but TWO awards; @nzfringe Tour Ready Award which sees them touring to Wellington in March and BEST COMEDY!! Not only that they have just teamed up with afore mentioned total boss producer Milke for their Australian/NZ tour
I mean right!!!
Before I launch into ugly crying and emotionally praising all the incredible things that happened in September for my mentorees I want to give you a backstory to how this whole thing came about. Yesterday/Today (timezones whatevs) was World Mental Health Day & I can’t let it pass without paying respect to a very important person. This gets sad so self care warning skip the rest of this post if you need to x **********
So nearly exactly a year ago a wonderful, insanely talented, kind & compassionate friend died while finishing up a tour in Melbourne, me and three mates were there to pickup the pieces and to this day it is the hardest, saddest thing I ever had to do. One of the first things her brother asked me when he arrived from Portugal, as we were just landing with one another in all the confusion and grief was ‘What kind of support is there for young artists in your industry?’ and I was hit in the gut with the reality of the serious lack that existed. After they had taken her home and I had had some time to process things (ongoing if I’m honest), I was left with an overwhelming sense of the love and light my friend had brought to her life and that instead of just remembering her, I wanted to carry her energy and spirit forward. Then the amazing @AbbieMadden a young dancer and circus artist I had met in Berlin and had a brief but brilliant conversation with over floury hands and home made gnocchi got in contact to say she was moving back to Australia and would I consider being her mentor. It felt like the perfect step, to work with artists I admired who were near the start of their careers and help them to grow, not only professionally and creatively but also on how to integrate self care into their practice and see it as equally important, to look out for them, open doors for them, encourage them to keep going and be the total badass bosses I know they could be. So this month & to be honest this entire operation is dedicated to my amazing friend Filipa Braganća who continues to inspire and ground me everyday. Love you woman! ❤️ Keep making art, keep looking after yourself, keep looking out for one another xx