Wrapping up First Year!
Production Exposure: Recording Department
The week after Pecong closed, me and two actors from Group 48 were assigned to the Juilliard Recording Department during our quarterly "Production Exposure." We got to see the people behind the cameras during Juilliard shows and events and how they work their magic. At the end of the session we got to play around in front of a camera and they showed us how they edited the audio and lighting of a sample video like this:
Poetry Open Mic
In the morning of our last day (May 13, 2016) we had a Poetry Open Mic to culminate the year by sharing one of the poems we've selected out of the many poems we've submitted for Poetry class during the first year spring semester. The entire Drama Division community was there to support us first years.
This was the poem I wrote and shared for the event:
I did not ask for my
Everybody thinks I’m supposed to
rescue the fair-skinned woman
And live happily ever after.
That was what we were all taught to do.
Why can’t she save herself?
Don’t eat a red apple from a witch.
Don’t prick your finger with a glowing needle.
Don’t give up your voice to an octopus.
Get out of your fucking stepmother’s house.
It is you,
not a true love’s kiss
It is you,
that will break
Regina De Vera (May 7, 2016)
It is difficult to answer questions such as "how was your first year?" or "what have you learned?"
How does one encapsulate in words a journey that is fundamentally altering and revealing? The deepest changes I've seen in myself consist in how I perceive my own life and my own journey. The idea of a "finished product" once dominated my process and how I saw myself in the context of the work and how I perceived the different phases of my life. What is more important now are the questions, because facts and information always change. The questions that remain within me are no longer viewed as representations of what are "missing" in my life so much as they are puzzles that I allow to come together when they are ready to come together. It is a continuous unfolding. And there will always be puzzles to figure out and grapple with and that is okay. I would take this ongoingness of my life, this continuous going towards something and wouldn't exchange it for a plateau, a desert or quiet Sunday afternoon ever again.
I am a Graduate Drama student at The Juilliard School from Quezon City, Philippines.