Let’s Chat! // Performing, Music Festivals, and Some Encouragement

Hello Ladies and Gents!

I’m here, I really am, and today I’m just here to chat and bring you up to date with a couple of the happy, fun, or interesting things that have been going on in my life! (I also am going to talk to you about a Bible Verse that has encouraged me greatly.) Yes, this is finally a sit down, writing post. At long last, I am not only posting videos and photographs. I am very happy with my photography work right now, and the direction that it’s going seems to match almost exactly where I want to go with it. I am exhilarated — I want to share it! Also, my videos will probably be becoming more frequent, and I am quite okay, and happy with that decision. I hope you guys are too! My hope is to post videos on Monday (“Music Monday’s!”) and Wednesday Vlog Videos. (The plan for Wednesday videos are up in the air, but I am planning on doing anything that I feel creatively ready to share. I enjoy being creative, and if I have an idea that I think needs to be out there…well…let’s just go with it! Plus there are some really fun tag videos, and popular “Favorites”, Beauty-Guru-Eseque videos that I plan on doing. You might even see some more DIY contact.) Look forward to that! I have to warn you though that I might not be able to post a video of me playing music on the ‘morrow, as I am currently sick. Last Monday’s video of me singing “Rude” you could hear it creeping into my voice, and right now I’m even more stuffed up then I was then. We shall see. Either way, if you don’t get a video tomorrow, you will (hopefully) be receiving one on the Wednesday!

Other news: I am signed up for a Music Festival!! Ah! This music festival takes place in April of this year. I will be dancing, and this will be the first time I have danced a proper dance in front of an audience in, oh, uh, at least two years. Crazy! I am so very excited. It’s going to be a Contemporary Dance, and it is choreographed to the song “Safe” by Britt Nicole. (I will link it into this post for you to listen too.)

I love this song, and I am quite pleased with how this dance is progressing. I am choreographing it, and I am a little nervous because when performing in dance in past I have always worked with a choreographer. This time I am taking up both jobs, as the choreographer (the person with the vision), and the dancer (the one that shows the world that vision.). It is rather exciting coming up with the moves, the costume, and seeing all of it slot into place…it is also scary, with a lot of pressure. I am scared that I have packed on to much on my plate for this year…ohwell, I’m going to try not to worry about that right now!

I am also doing “Speech Arts” in this music festival. I have never performed, or even seen, anyone perform speech arts in a music festival before. There is a first time for everything though — this happens to be my “first time” in this. I will be performing as “Puck/Robin Goodfellow” from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”. Taking on this role is quite big, and taking up a character from Shakespeare is a bit of a big deal, and I hope to portray Puck properly. It is especially nerve racking as I currently don’t have a speech arts teacher, and I haven’t really seen many speech arts performances in Shakespeare. I’m looking for a teacher currently, and I am super excited! I chose Puck’s “epilogue” where he apologizes to the audience. It was my favorite of Puck’s monologues, it can be fun, serious, or playful. It definitely “spoke to me” and my (non-existent) acting ability. I just hope to do William Shakespeare’s work justice.

I am also doing a poem by Emily Dickinson. It is called “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.” I am not worried about the portrayal, but it is put under the “lyrical” section of poetry. This means that it is to be portrayed with voice only, with little or no movement, I am a very dramatic person, and it is not uncommon for me to communicate with hand gestures, and facial expressions. This will be very different from what I am used to performing.

The last thing I am performing is a poem called “Simplicity”. I wrote it about a year ago. It is about stepping into adulthood, and leaving your childhood behind you. Some of the lines are not entirely applicable to me personally, but it felt right to write them, and it will apply to someone out there! (Hopefully.) I am not going to post it now. Sorry! I would rather dedicate an entire post to that. Another time — soon!

I am looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone of performing. It is rather exciting.

Also, today, I would like to share a Bible Verse with you! This is a verse that has encouraged me for a long time, and I feel like sharing it with you today. It is Roman’s 8:28.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28 

I would like to take this time to encourage everyone who might be going through something, whether it be big, small, or medium. Whatever it is to you, I would like you to know that God is out there, and he has a magnificent, incredible, miraculous plan for your life. I know it is sometimes hard to understand, but it is true. It will work out, and make a wonderful story. You’ll be okay. Here is a song to go along with this message of encouragement I have for you. Almost everything is better with music! Love you all. ♥

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!
Your Girl,
JENESSA JOY♥

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