Summer’s here, the Summer’s heeree! Summer is finally here and even though the English weather can be a whirlwind, there’s plenty of sunshine and activities to take advantage of. Our lovely Daniel Anderson has collected a list for our newsletter of some of Play Actors favorite things to do in the Summer, at home or around London, so we thought we’d share them with you.
His main tip is intermittent fasting. He usually skips breakfast and lunch in the Summer months. It allows him to have a big dinner and dessert (he loves dessert), whilst still hitting his nutritional targets. And it keeps him sharp during the day, so he can get a lot more done in the hot weather. Our Peruvian actress Pepa is also focusing on physical targets this Summer. It’s called HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). She manages to fit in sessions wherever it’s convenient for her, as they are not long. This helps her gain the stamina she needs to be productive in this weather. Here’s one you can do at home that only takes 24 minutes.
Staying on the physical tips, but moving a little bit more into the mindfulness, both myself and Enya are really enjoying Yoga with Adriene on Youtube. She has hundreds of videos and tutorials and you can opt for some of her long-term sessions, for example her 30 day journeys. It’s a great way to stay grounded and calm in a stressful city over Summer – and all year around. Maya continues with tips down the mindfulness path, as she likes to spend her Summers meditating – especially on the tube, where it’s easy to get stressed out. She listens to podcasts a lot and Here’s a link to her favorite one this season.
Moving on to something just as important to keep your cool, is food. Our Calin really enjoys a good picnic, and who doesn’t with the abundance of beautiful parks around London. Amongst Calin’s essentials are a decent sized blanket, a cooler and a natural bug repellant. He suggests citronella based repellants. For me, a nice, chill sparkly wine or two are also picnic necessities. Swiss Charlotte agrees that food is a priority these months – she enjoys an ‘Apéro’ and she agrees with me that a sparkly rosé is a must. She also has a recipe for a delicious guacamole with broccoli instead of avocado. Recipe here. She even suggests a specific park, Primrose Hill. Which is also my absolute favorite, with a gorgeous view over the London skyline.
On a more cultural note, Lory always uses Timeout Free, when she has a bit of spare time. It’s a list full of suggestions of things you can do for free in London. I also like to take advantage of TodayTix, for last minute theatre tickets as well as the social media account Secret London. It’s always booming with pictures of beautiful places in London, less known to tourists.
One of my favorite Summer events, if you’re a little more into the party type of culture, is Notting Hill Carnival on the 25thand 26thof August. A great carnival that takes over the streets of Notting Hill and celebrates all sorts of cultures, but mainly the Caribbean. It’s been taken place since the 1960’s and is a great way to spend a cultured, fun bank holiday weekend.
Let us know if you take advantage of any of the tips from our international actors. And let us know if you have more tips on how to best enjoy the Summer, in London and internationally.
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The Voice Café website was first launched in 2009 in response to requests from students about where to find authentic examples of accents to practice with.
The Voice Cafe is an interactive tool for learning accents & dialects that enables you to Explore Accents from, Britain, America and around the world! Each accent has approximately 30 minutes of native speaker recordings, plus a self-record My Voiceover Practice area to help monitor your progress, and even save your best samples for a sketch voice reel or oncoming presentation draft. You can make a one time purchase for (each dialect pack costs £2.99) and includes lessons for vowels, diphthongs, monologues etc. and also has some useful information and tips about the accent you’re trying to learn.
Calin has used it to brush up on his RP (modern) and says that “you can’t deny the usefulness of the app when you’re not a celebrity who can hire a voice coach yet.”
Where to find more information: The official Website
When Daniel had a pretty bad case of stress-related insomnia about two years ago he decided to finally give mediation a go. And it changed his life. Meditation helped him to be more present (very beneficial for actors), become more self-aware and helped him develop a less pacey, more focused and centered mindset from which he has since benefitted in all areas of life. He just finished Deepak’s 21-day meditation experience. He releases a new one a couple of times per year and you can do it for free. This was his fourth one. He strongly recommends you give it a go!
In the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Oprah and Deepak guide you on a free online journey to enjoy the life-changing benefits of meditation in an easy and inspiring way. Each 21-Day Meditation Experience focuses on a unique theme, offering deep wisdom, practical tools, and refreshing insights to help you grow and evolve each day. Inspired by the notion that it takes 21 days to create a habit, each 21-Day Meditation Experience offers: Daily audio meditations, motivational messages, thought-provoking journal questions to anchor the day’s teachings, articles, videos, and tips to help create a thriving meditation practice.