|Maria Tran and Nancy Trieu at the Primordial exhibtion. Picture: Simon Bennett|
Thursday, February 21, 2019
|Maria Tran at Kings Cross and giving the 'birdie'|
At the beginning of the year of 2019, I found a swallow fledging at Kings Cross, Sydney on my way to a “Soul Power Workshop” run by Diane Bellchambers. The year started in a very metaphysical way and the introduction of a baby swallow bird was just another addition.
|"Phoebe" the birdie meets "Happy" the dog|
|She's sleeping on the chopstick|
|Her new home|
In the following three weeks, she ventured with us to our production company in Fairfield, watching us edit, eating loads of meal worms, singing and playing peakaboo with us. She brought myself and my team members great joy and she represented many attributes that we as humans strive for; resilience and overcoming adversity.
5 Things you learn when face with death:
1. Death Is Inevitable
2. Time Is Extremely Limited
4. Health is Wealth
5. Do What You Can, When You Can
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
|34 y.o in 2019 is a year of spiritual awakening|
Today is my birthday. I'm 34. I don't mind telling you my age, as it is just a number. I'm very proud of my achievements but more so, what is on my mind for the future.
My birthday, is a day where I focus on giving back to 'me'. I started the day waking up at 5am. It's been 30 days straight and another daily ritual I'm keeping. Waking up at 5am means that you are ahead of 95% of the world's population, meaning you get extra hours to be productive and reflective on your journey.
I then did some decluttering as I gave to charity 8 garbage full of "stuff" and clothes and things I just don't need in my life and have had them around because I worried that I might need it in the future.
By lunchtime, I drop by my Phoenix Eye office to share a birthday moment with my work colleagues with a fresh, wholesome lunch and my very own homemade, vegan, sugar free, gluten free, paleo, keto chocolate birthday cake! Yes....it tastes great!
|100% Vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, keto, paleo Chocolate Cake|
|Yes I'm in love with this cake because I made it from scratch!|
Also, I would like to celebrate me being a vegan for the past year! I definitely don't miss the meat, cheese, milk etc... as I've started to meal prep and plan all my delicious homemade meals. Once you learn how to cook, there's no need to eat out.
Some of you may say, that's a social life killer, but for me, I love being me, and have amazing people that gravitate towards me on the majority of days and our work at Phoenix Eye is so much fun and fulfilling that we don't feel like it's work.
|Phoenix Eye & PYT Fairfield are my loves|
Some of you may be reading this and thinking, "Maria's gone a bit hippy", but trust me, it's an amazing feel and state when you are free from the constraints of social expectations and mundane reality.
Freedom from the fears, anxieties, pain, judgement & negativity and it all starts from your mind. How simple is that! But of course that requires you to believe in yourself (skills & abilities) and at the same time, look beyond 'yourself' and how 'you' will be able to 'serve' the greater good. Majority of people will do things to 'serve' themselves first. But to be able to 'serve' others first, you also 'serve' yourself as a by product.
I've only started this practice the last 30 days, and it is something I'm keeping for the rest of my life. Meditating at the 160 year old tree is very special as I can literally feel it's energies charging me up like a battery and coursing through my veins.
Then I hopped on the train and headed to the Redfern Acting Studio to drop in to watch a Meisner class run by Hunter McMahon to keep my mind open to what I'm trying to excel in for 2019 - Acting. It was a great class and Hunter was an in tune trainer.
I feel like I am both learner and teacher in one and it is my duty to spread this awareness through my many interactions with other people, there are many things I can learn from them as they can learn from myself. I hope everyone's birthday is enlightening. I wish you all a special day -- everyday!
Monday, September 25, 2017
25 Sept: It's been a while since I've blogged (a couple of years so to speak) but for my journey and reflection, I shall share my insights and knowledge. I'm currently casted as "Mai Ngo" on a training video and had a fair bit of lines to chew. I must admit, I'm use to being an "action" type of actor but am proud to be able to get in the actor zone, spit out the lines and feel comfortable with the range of emotions.
26 Sept: Great day on set and acting with Lyn Collingwood (13 years on "Home 'n' Away"). She spoke to me about the lack of diversity on screens and her experiences on acting on Australian TV. She started out acting during her university days. She loves being able to create characters and learns lines well when she's able to grasp the narrative and belief in her lines. Great actors take directions well and hits the mark first/ second time. She spoke about working with Chris Hemsworth and seeing his detail and professionalism.
So where does that leave me? Well I'm still on my path to becoming an all rounded one day memorable actor with great skill and range. I stumbled into it in 2007; a time when acting was just pulling faces, but I'm now constantly pushing myself onscreen and behind. Time moves fast and forward and I have to keep up the momentum and energy despite opportunities (or lack of) in the film ecosystem. Onwards and upwards!
Thursday, April 2, 2015
So what's new? Well the biggest thing to date would have to be owning your own space. Trung Ly, my engineering prodigy of a partner of mine had taken the leap and bought up 1/10 Childs Rd, Chipping Norton. This is a fabulous hidden gem, only 12 mins from Cabramatta and a now transformed martial arts, tutoring, arts creative, film screening space where the diverse Asian communities can get together and jam their ideas till their hearts content.
Throughout the years, I've outgrown my mother's 2 bedroom unit, my father's make shift D.I.Y sun room and even an ancestral shrine at Dong Tam. Now, I get my very own kick butt multimedia space where I can conduct all my meetings, screenings and training. The great thing is, it is a shared space and I'm quite to opposite to the artist in solitude. I love people's developments and transformations and being able to view it from my window as I edit the latest project, is rewarding.
Speaking of projects, "Maximum Choppage" ABC2 6 part TV series has just finished airing. Most definitely an interesting project, one that provided great insights towards how projects are made in accordance to the Australian film industry. There were definitely great friendships and memorable moments during the behind-the-scenes and seeing it all on Australian television felt like a great achievement. However, it doesn't mean the fight for on screen diversity stops here. It's just the beginning and in fact, great fuel for my own personal fire to get my own shit up and running.
Similarly "mychonny" a.k.a John Luc have broke ground when he got "My Chonny Moves In" through RK Pix and Screen Australia. John wrote and directed the series, some one say his humour isn't their taste, but wait a minute, how many views has he generated? 200,000 views, 10,000 likes and 500 comments, now that's the spirit.
Hence, that is where the next generation of content creation is veering - where the demand is.
Anyhow, so late last year I was whiffed away back to China to make another action movie called "Death Mist" (sounds ridiculous huh?), and it was great to be reunited with the same cast and director (Antony Szeto). I'm not sure when it's hitting China theatres but one can say your craft expands when you put it into practice more and to be honest, in Australia, it's a hard slog. 95% of my showreel is made from independent projects that I either wrote/produced/ directed. The 4% of that is my overseas work and 1% is when I play the common shop owner or prostitute on mainstream TV. That's the reality of it my fellow Asian actors, there's no consistent work in this country and if there are roles, they are simply written by white people or hardcore bananas who exoticise our stories to be oh so "chopsocky". I for one, am over it, over pretending to be that nice little Asian girl who is ever so obedient and efficient. Rant. Rant. Rant.
Finally the end of the year saw me commissioned to make 37 "Foodielicious" clips for Fairfield City Council, which I found unexpectantly doing quite well on the online world. Who would know that food porn is popular? This is has now led me to today and on the road to making another 37 as well as 5 mini docos that explore Asian cultures. Neat! Then, about a month ago it hit me, what it I make a TV show hosted by Asian-Australians called "Yell-oh! TV". A phone call to Foxtel and the next thing you know, it's on its way and scheduled production in September. Gotta be a go getter and fearless to get what you want.
Then there's the other side of my work plate where I'm working on the photo collection of a 5 metre wall in Cabramatta that will hold 300 photos printed on tiles for the next 20 years, in parallel to a documentary project that I'll be directing in July called "Vietnamese Mosaic: 40 Years Settlement in Australia". And did someone say "Quest for Jackie!"? Lol...who knows when that finishes when there are other things kicking off that has the bling, bling attached.
I'm going to leave it there now.