we are engaged in making the world better, one dog at a time

The Wonderful Companionship of Dogs

Hello all!

Hope you are all doing well under the circumstances and finding time, place, and new ways to keep your Art and work going.

Today I want to talk about something that might seem unrelated to the Performing Arts, but in reality, affects our lives – personally and professionally – more than we are aware of: Dogs!

We recently posted on our social media and website statements that from now on we are engaged in making the world better, one dog at a time. Of course, we wish we could help all animals, the whole environment, people in need, etc., but unfortunately there is only so much we can do, and so we are focusing on dogs. Why? There are loads of reasons. The general and scientific are well-known and briefly described on the link above. But in this post I want to talk about my own personal reasons.

Ever since I can remember I wished with all my heart to have a dog and nagged my parents to let me have one. The closest I got was when we had a couple of German Shepherds to be guard dogs at our small farm. I loved them, but unfortunately only saw them on weekends at most, which wasn’t enough for my “dog needs”. Then, one night, when I was 12-years-old, the surprise finally came, out of the blue: Dad said I could have a dog at home and should start looking for him/her (in retrospect, I find it he gave too much trust and responsibility to a 12-year-old! But it turned out well, as you will see). I was beyond myself in happiness and couldn’t believe it was finally true. Fast forward some months searching for a puppy, we found – or she found us – a gorgeous yellow Labrador we named Pepita. My memory is usually not the best, but I still remember vividly the day she moved-in with us – what I was doing, the game I was playing on the computer (Ange of Empire II, green colour, Celtic civilisation – what a surprise!), the first time I looked at her face, the first time she stopped being shy and started playing and running.

I was a very shy child and didn’t have many friends, and the other kids in school were quite hostile – the term “bullying” didn’t exist back then, but that’s what was happening. So Pepita became my best friend, cheered me up, played with me, gave me attention, gave me someone to talk to and, most importantly, with no judgement whatsoever and endless love.

This relationship helped me gain confidence and put myself out there throughout my adolescence and young adult life. I wonder if not for her, I would have chosen another career, more introspective and away from the limelight? Probably not.  

Pepita passed away at almost 15-years-old – and that was only because she got and infection her body couldn’t fight. Otherwise we believe she might have lived for a couple more years. We were all devasted of course, and my parents vowed not to have a dog again, for the pain of losing them is just too hard. I definitely agree with the latter, but I believe that all the happiness, love, and good moments that dogs bring offset the grief of losing them, and all the memories serve as a comfort. This happened again with my Rottie cross Magnar and will once more with my another yellow Lab Fionnuala Ann, but I can’t imagine living without a dog.

This is why I find dogs so important and hope you will join me in appreciating and sharing their wonder! Our plans are to engage and partner with animal welfare organisations to assist with fundraising, awareness, fostering and adoption. If you have ideas to engage dogs in our Arts world, please email us at dogs@anahassett.ie, and please do follow our sister Instagram page!

Until next month!

Ana

Irish Museum of Modern Arts
Career Planning Online Course

Career Development in the Performing Arts. Why?

This is a question a get a lot. Unfortunately most lay people – and even worse, professionals – often wonder about the need to bother with planning (worrying!) about the career.

Well, it is pretty obvious. Performing Arts careers are no less important than other careers, particularly the so-called “traditional” or “mainstream” careers. Those have an extensive support in college in terms of development, preparation for the job market, even etiquette, then why is it that the we are pushed aside and taken for granted to busk and earn hand-me-down cents or performing for “exposure” is OK? To be completely honest if infuriates me. We work very hard, rehearse, study, and give our best. We deserve recognition and an honest earning.

This why career planing is important. It helps us navigate the bureaucracy and difficulties in out field, thus making us prepared to succeed.

If you who doesn’t know where to start, feel free to take this course: https://anahassett.ie/product/career-planning-for-performing-artists/ It is very good value for money, as I wish to reach as many performing artists as possible and straighten out industry. Alternatively, you can book a private consultancy https://anahassett.ie/get-in-touch/. Come on, let join forces and win this!

FitrWoman App

Now this is a very handy app particularity for athletes, including performers of various fields, as well as active women.

This app tracks you period, keeping you in tune with them and understanding the best days and types of trainings for best performance. It also gives many tips on nutrition, physiology, medicine research and many more. Although you can trace your symptoms daily, it is too bad there is no overview so you can have a clear monthly picture and clearly identity your symptoms with your period cycle. Nevertheless, it is worth checking!

Know more and download on https://www.fitrwoman.com/

Join your local library now and start taking advantage of these resources to enhance your repertoire! There is nothing like a well-informed, creative and up-to-date performing artist ;)

Join Your Library

You might be aware that membership to all Irish public libraries is free. However, your lib memberships can give you online accesses that you might not know of, such as e-courses, books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers through these apps:

Press Reader: national and international newspapers

BorrowBox: eBooks & eAudiobooks

RBdigital: magazines and Transparent Language Courses

Universal Class: Online courses

Join your local library now and start taking advantage of these resources to enhance your repertoire! There is nothing like a well-informed, creative and up-to-date performing artist 😉

Listen about the cultural aspects of certain fashion accessories or clothing

Articles of Interest Podcast

Another fascinating podcast! Of course, I am biased since I love fashion (Fashion and Costume Design are two of my specialisations from my Undergrad in Design) and obviously culture, as I rambled on in the previous post. This podcast is very engaging and easy to listen to, e.g. while you are showering or cooking. It talks about the cultural aspects of certain fashion accessories or clothing that you might, or not, have wondered about. But when you know why they are what they are and what they symbolises you go “Huh! Who would have though?! That is bloody cool!” As performing artists, our clothes and costumes say a lot about our performance and personality.

Listen here.

Let your kids discover all the magic, physical and psychological benefits of Circus practice

Circus for Kids

“Molly O’Brien and Lucy Warmington have been friends at Cloughjordan Circus Club since they were 9 years old! Rising through the ranks of plate spinning, juggling, hula hooping and uni-cycling, together they have now developed a special talent- the tremendous, daring art of pairs acrobatics!”

(from https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/my-creative-life-homeschool-hub-podcast/id1505305020?i=1000477286126&fbclid=IwAR2G0_pbKRPsue9Klwf0tjY0Pj92kQ2nmwwQbQtbkq5J8EUBWc5-ShcSVrQ)

Let your kids discover all the magic, physical and psychological benefits of Circus practice! Listen to the Podcast here.

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Archaeology and Anthropology are essential to humankind. They explain what it is the be human, what is inherent and instinctive to humans. Why we do what we do.

Old Bones Podcast

I know, this apparently has nothing whatsoever to do with Performing Arts, or events for that matter. However, I always had a huge fascination with the past, especially Archaeology (my dream as a young girl was to be an archaeologist, but you know, life takes you to places you never imagine). I actually got a bit close to it while studding Anthropology, but my focus ended up being Ethnochoreology, which is pretty related to Dance Anthropology. So, I am not that far off (makes me happy to feel that anyway!)

But enough about me. I would like to share this very interesting Podcast. Hosted by Andy Earnshaw, archaeologist from Durham University, the cast talks about different historical periods in a storytelling way, very understandable to non-specialists and engaging.

I firmly believe that both Archaeology and Anthropology are essential to humankind, no matter the individual’s background or line of work. They explain what it is the be human, what is inherent and instinctive to humans. Why we do what we do. So yeah, it is relevant to us performing artists too!

Listen to and learn more about Old Bones Podcast here.