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Hooray for Leo and tired artists everywhere!

Artists don’t become artists overnight. I hate the phrase, “overnight sensation” because it’s a lie. I remember when people were amazed at the talents of Christoph Waltz in “Inglorious Bastards.” When he won the Oscar many referred to him as an “overnight success.” The actor who’d been acting since his teens and staring in German westerns since the 70’s laughed. He credited his success to persistence saying, “That it was worthwhile sticking it through. That it was worthwhile to develop it.” I’m sure today Leonardo DiCaprio is saying something similar.

Way to go Leo! For years we’ve watched his talent grow in roles wondering when he would have his time to shine. For me he didn’t take home the coveted Oscar for his role in “The Revenant.” While the role was deserving and impressive I think of his win as being an applause to his amazing career to date.

Congratulations to Leonardo DiCaprio and hardworking artists everywhere! Credit: Getty Images

Congratulations to Leonardo DiCaprio and hardworking artists everywhere! Credit: Getty Images

It takes a special kind of person to be an artist. Most things we do go unnoticed and unappreciated. Few of us get recognized in the grandiose way that Leo did but it’s a life that suites many. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. While I’m published in non-fiction and have over 5,000 freelance articles to my name I’ve been working towards publication in fiction for over five years now. I’m also a dancer who choreographs two shows a year and runs a successful dance studio in the Middle East.

Art is what I do and I do feel lonely and unappreciated in what I do except for times of motivation like today that came from Leonardo DiCaprio’s win. He’s worked long and hard and can easily demonstrate the attributes of an artist: someone who is persistent in their craft and obviously has a passion and drive for it. In his attempts for acting’s highest honor he never stopped taking risks and going after challenging roles. He gives everything he does his 100% effort and even in the light of rejections he handles himself with poise and class.

Today is a day that all artists, no matter how hard they work with little appreciation, should stop and acknowledge our fellow artist Leonardo DiCaprio. He is proof that time and hard work do payoff. Now with that in mind, back to work on this WIP ☺ Happy writing, dancing or whatever form of art you passionately do.

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A preschoolers top ten Academy Award Moments

There are many interesting things about living in Saudi Arabia but one is how we must watch popular American television moments such as the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards. A major thing to note is the time zone difference. Because there is an 8-hour difference we had the Academy Awards on very early in our morning. Luckily since the biggest awards of the night come at the end our three-year-old daughter was up to watch it.

That’s right. I actually was allowed to keep the Oscars on rather than switching to Disney Junior! I do credit our dog, who’s name is Oscar for his assistance. I simply told Baby Markey that Oscar had to watch the Oscars. She agreed and I was able to keep saying that Queen Elsa was going to sing. When in the States Baby Markey missed out on seeing most of the Oscars due to bedtime, which is a shame because her commentary is priceless. Here are some of my favorite Baby Markey Oscar viewing moments in no particular order.

1. “Mommy they also can take a selfie.” Yes apparently Ellen and I are both talented in this form of photography!
2. “They’re eating pizza at the show!” Of course then Baby Markey wanted pizza for breakfast. Thank you Ellen.
3. “What a beautiful pink dress! What Disney princess is that?” Obviously my daughter has not seen The Wizard of Oz or is aware that there are movies out there that don’t begin with a castle logo.
4. “I like that song. We should buy that new song.” Sorry Bette Midler but to my daughter your “Wind Beneath my Wings” is new.
5. “She sounds like Queen Elsa but Elsa is better.” Sorry Idina.
6. “That song has no words. Why?” I will say that Steven Price’s score to “Gravity” was breathtaking and it DID have vocals at the end!
7. “He looks so happy mommy.” And Matthew McConaughey had every right to be happy!
8. “There are a lot of people in those seats. When does their movie start?” Yes, it took a while to explain that this was one big award show for all the movies of the year.
9. “Yeah they did it! They crossed the finish line! They’re the winners! U.S.A.!” Yes, we watched a lot of the Olympics and apparently Baby Markey is still in Olympic mode though she was very energetic in supporting the cast of “12 Years a Slave.”
10. “Her dress is so red. It’s like pretty lipstick.” And there you have it. My daughter’s take on Jennifer Lawrence’s lovely red dress.

At least won at the Oscars. Our house is happy!

At least won at the Oscars. Our house is happy!

It’s tempting to tune our kids out when we want to hear something. I know this because I’ve sadly been guilty of it. Of course I wanted to hear Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech. I tried to listen but his words were drowned out by the sweet and persistent voice at my side. I’m sure his words were great but I preferred Baby Markey and my conversation about the happy man. She says the most adorable, hysterical and true things and it’s important for me to take it all in.

Don’t forget to listen to your kids and see what they come up with. I know by now that there are many articles out there picking apart Oscar moments, reading into what each person said in their speeches, analyzing each item of clothing, etc. But the best take on the show (to me) was what my daughter had to say. Do you listen to your kids? I encourage you to sit back and enjoy the “show” they provide. I bet you’ll find it to be Best Picture worthy in your book.

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Finding inspiration from the Oscars

I love the Oscars! I love seeing all the fashion and seeing people live their dreams. I was thrilled for Anne Hathaway and loved her quote, “I had a dream…and it came true.” We all have dreams. For me, seeing others accomplish their dreams further inspires me to push for my own “dream come true.”

I may not write screenplays but writers are writers. With every movie I see I think, “Someone wrote that.” Every story began with a not so pretty rough draft. Sometimes I look at my disorganized drafts and wonder if anything pretty will come of it. Everything must get a little dirty before fluffing up to become “dream” material. I’m sure all of this year’s Oscar winners went through periods of doubt. Would they ever win an Oscar? Many of the nominees are still thinking just that. This industry is full of long waits and doubts but we see the payoff, if not in our work yet then through the work of others.

Hearing the acceptance speeches and seeing the tears makes the reality that dreams do come true easier to believe. Anything really is possible through hard work. So with that being said, do the Academy Awards inspire you? Do you think, “that can be me” when others achieve success? I do. So enjoy this brief interview by the now, Academy Award Winner Anne Hathaway. We all have dreams, no go make yours come true!

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