Vogue, or voguing, is a highly stylized, modern house dance originating in the late eighties that evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the sixties.
It gained mainstream exposure when it was featured in Madonna's song and video "Vogue" (1990), and when showcased in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning (which went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival). In its modern form, this dance has become a global phenomenon that continues to evolve both stylistically and demographically.
For 65 years, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the famous Rockettes, has been an annual tradition. Over one million patrons attend this show every year, making it the world's biggest live event.
The Rockettes launched in 1925 as the Missouri Rockets, a Follies-style dance troupe out of St. Louis. Creator Russell Markert got the idea after he was impressed by the UK precision dance troupe in 1922’s Ziegfeld Follies. “If I ever got a chance to get a group of American girls who would be taller and have longer legs and could do really complicated tap routines and eye-high kicks,” he once said, “they’d really knock your socks off.”
Located in historic Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is one of the largest indoor theaters in the world. Since it opened in 1932, the Music Hall has welcomed more than 300 million people to enjoy the many events and shows available – that’s more than the population of the entire country. For nearly five decades, the Music Hall entertained the public with a movie-stage format. When the movie business became unprofitable, plans were made to tear the building down. After a great public outcry and signed petitions from all around the country, the building was renovated and re-opened in 1979. Today, it houses stage shows, concerts from top performers, special television events, etc.
I used to think it was a real thing, but now I don't.
The secret to getting unstuck is to DO.
Once you are doing, then you get stuff done. (Wow! I know, I was born this smart.)
This sounds simple but I struggle with doing every. day.
Some days I stop myself because the negative voices in my head (cue the new Ashley Tisdale song *see below ) are telling me how horrible what I'm doing is & how much I suck at doing things.
Some days I don't even start because I think, what's the point, I'm not gonna make anything worthwhile.
In Hindsight, some of my favorite random creations have started on days where I stopped myself part way through making it. I should have just done it! Focused on finishing or getting to a good place & overcooooooming it hunny! (I have never said that but it was fun to type so I should try next time I'm on the street.)
I wonder what would have happened on those days when I didn't start at all?
I could be Einstein by now. Or a member of BTS. I should be! Ugh instead someone else is enjoying all my unfinished glory.
Another way to get unstuck is to go back through your old work & do revisions.
Oftentimes you find the spark of inspiration hidden in something you've already started. You find the passion you had for a minute before you turned on instagram or facebook or some other soul sucking device. Or just stopped because you were criticizing so hard. When you're looking back at old stuff you also find some really Baaaaad creations and you realize, wow , I'm so much better then dumb ole me.
Exercise is a great way to reboot your brain if you're feeling stuck.
Lately, swimming has really worked for me.
I also take a ridiculously large number of dance classes.
I can now say I WAS the worst dancer in my high school show choir. I used to start out in the front *cuz I'm cute* and end up in the back *cuz I was a horrible dancer*. Dancing of all kinds would terrify me. It was my Achilles heal. Facing that fear and showing up regardless of how I felt has really made me feel a little bit like Cardi B. or RBG! (I'm trying to do cool references to expand my horizons ok?)
Walks in nature are always a good idea.
Anything that switches up your routine or helps you see differently. So good for those brains of yours.
Museums, Parks, PEOPLE WATCHING. (my fav.)
Make a list of your favorite things to do & DO them. Especially when you're in a bad mood.
Get out of the house.
Step away from your screens. Put it on airplane mode. Stop taking selfies of yourself with a cool filter that is interactive from a very certain angle that took you a really long time to perfect.
Catch up with a friend.
This is not a drill. You are alive and you are going to die. Just in case you missed that memo.
If you're not on a deadline & you don't feel inspired then go take a break.
Sometimes washing dishes or doing laundry are where your best ideas are hiding.
Create because you love to. If you forget you love to create look back at your artistic beginnings and find that love again. Find your purpose for doing! what really lights ya up!
If you are trying to make art/creation your profession figure out who you are creating for.
(Seth Godin www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/ &
Ryan Holiday ryanholiday.net are great people to look up if you need help on this.)
Review your goals regularly and readjust your aims.
(Derek Sivers talks about this a lot sivers.org)
I love any Tim Ferriss anything. (for the most part)
Always come back to the present moment & enjoy life as much as you can.
It's a gift! Look around you & smile.
Goldie Hawn once told me to focus on that feeling when you're about to laugh. Remember how that feels and try to feel like that all the time.
She didn't just tell me that it was at a huge event. But she did kiss me on the cheek when I went up to her and told her I watch all of her movies with my mom. ;)
& Remember if the Tis (Ashley Tisdale) can do it, so can you!