Anonymous asked: you know the dearman edit that is on your pinterest board.... the one where Lou is G and E... how did you do that? what software/app did you use?
I use Photoshop for all my edits!!!
lostinherphrasebook asked: THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL RAINBOWS OUT THERE!
Aww Bless you hun!! Thank you so much, glad I could be a rainbow to someone! Massive hugs!!! Xox
Chloe Hart - is incredible - this is so powerful.
A piece from a new show by Thomas Sutcliffe called ‘The Mill on the Floss’ @FlossMusical
So two year’s ago, Louise Dearman (Glinda at the time) tweeted saying “Toss Toss your Pancakes peeps!” which sparked me to make the original Glinda graphic, but now as Louise has come back as Elphaba, I thought it time for an addition to the poster. Hope you like it guys! If you’re having pancakes, enjoy! I’m off to make mine now.
Yesterday on my way home from visiting my closest friend who is currently in the midst of the biggest storm of her life (internally, not a real storm, i’m not speaking about nature today people) & I checked the ‘Quote of the Day’ at the tube station as I do everyday, looking for a bit of inspiration.
“Be a Rainbow in someone’s Cloud.”
This struck accord with me, due to the fact that for the last month all i’ve wanted from people is for them to be my rainbow, and the people around me who’ve been struggling, i’ve just wanted to be theirs.
I’m the first to admit that I am not the most positive person in the world but it’s taken me 28 years to get to a point where, whilst i’m possibly the saddest i’ve ever been (due to losing people I care about & my friends losing people they care about), I don’t feel depressed, because frankly I don’t have time to let those dark thoughts take over my life when I need to be stronger than i’ve ever been to help others be their strongest.
I’m getting increasingly frustrated & frankly angry with what i’m seeing every day on social media (mainly Twitter, because i’m not on here that much). Again I will admit we all have our days where we just want to say something & have people actually listen & respond, so Social Media is an amazing tool for that but at some point someone behind a screen who can not see your face & actually see your pain is not enough, especially when they are giving you good advice over & over & you say you’ll take it in & then you go right back to doing the thing that makes you saddest.
If something makes you sad, CHANGE IT! Only you can change your destiny & your mental attitude. You can’t ask other people to give you PMA (Positive Mental Attitude - Thank you Michelle Pentecost for bringing this knowledge nugget into my life).. it doesn’t work like that, it’s something you have to fight to muster within yourself. It’s a daily INTERNAL battle where instead of looking at what’s shit in your life, you think well (and this is how I do it… each to their own) actually it could of been worse, so i’ll take that, put it in a bottle & throw it out to sea.
Indulge me in a wee example…
“Oh shit I broke a nail…. well i’m lucky it could’ve been a bone” - slap on a smile & get on with my day. Now i’m going to make a big & painful jump here… for the next example, to attempt to get to my point!
“Crap my parent’s won’t let me do this because they say…..” if you turn that round you can tell yourself… “I’m lucky they are here to care about me & talk to.”
If you are lucky enough to have parent’s who make you mad with their constant love & support or even if your relationship isn’t good with them.. just stop for a moment & think how you’d feel if you lost them tomorrow - because the harsh reality is, that there are people your age who are dealing with that impossible hurricane at the moment.
Get back on track Amanda…. “Be a Rainbow in someone’s Cloud.”
We’ve all got clouds over our heads, some bigger than others but we all feel them deeply, but if everyone in the world made it their mission to brighten someones day, be their Rainbow, we’d all be a lot a happier, at least that’s what I think anyways. When you post images or quotes about giving up or being so angry at the world, you’re actually helping to make not only your clouds darker, but those of the people around you, darker too. Wouldn’t it make more sense for yourself & for those whose day’s you’d like to brighten, to post something about fighting & being strong?
In the last month I lost one of my best friends, she was the strongest young women (only 25) i’ve ever met in my life, she fought her battle valiantly & without ever wanting to bring anyone down, half of the people that knew her didn’t even know about her most severe illness… she instead turned her pain around & used it to give advice & be an ear & example for others suffering with Crohn’s. Whilst keeping her hardest battle close to her chest, never wanting to ‘burden’ others with having to worry for her. In fact she spent all her time building people up & worrying about her friends, nothing that made you hurt, physically/mentally or otherwise was ever irrelevant to her. I think I felt more comfortable talking to her than anyone in my life, I could genuinely tell her anything & she knew just what to say, but also just talking to her was so inspiring to me because here is this woman, struggling for every last second of her incredible & painful life, never ever wavering or giving in to those demons that would be so easy to listen to…. I’m getting off topic, kind of, so going to reel myself back in….
We all have our demons/clouds but it’s how we face them & let them affect us that truly make us as human beings.. It breaks my heart to see so many young people struggling through severe internal pain, but not helping themselves to find ways out… my closest friends are most likely screaming at me right now about going to the Dr for my physical issues, but i’m talking about emotional pain at the moment guys, lecture me later please. Or don’t because this month I will finally get a GP, I promise. Yes way’s out… for starters if you know you are falling down a deep dark well & you can not seem to find day light anymore… that is not Ok, and it’s not something you should have to face alone, there are people close to you who are telling you every day that they love you & they want to help, you may think they are nagging or being annoying, but no they CARE & they want to help you, so instead of screaming for help indirectly on Social Media to the people who often times can’t physically get anywhere near you.. stop, take a deep breathe & say….
“I Need Help!!!” After you’ve said that to your friends/parents/guardians… take yourself off to your Dr/Counsellor & repeat “I Need Help!!!” If you can’t ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ (points for singing that), then you need to find coping strategies & that is what people train their whole lives to do, so that they can pass these knowledge nuggets on to you. There is no shame in asking for help, especially not when it’s from the right people. In fact it takes a hell of a lot more strength to ask for help than it does to continue at the bottom of that well.
I’ve been there, I know it’s hell, but with recent events punching me in the face with perspective, I also know, sitting at the bottom, going over & over in your mind, telling yourself the same negative things about yourself, just going round & round in circles is a complete waste of time….. I am ashamed that i’ve wasted so much of my life NOT asking for help & sitting at the bottom, when really i’m one of the luckiest people on this earth because i’m breathing & i’m here & I can change my life… and do you know what, dammit… so can you!
As I said earlier, my best friend is struggling through a horrific hurricane, the hardest battles of all for a young person, she’s 19 for crying out loud & she just lost the centre of her entire universe, her Mum, and every time I see a flippant comment about how hard something is, it kind of slaps me in the face, on her behalf, so I can’t imagine how hard it must be for her to read them…. just seeing comments about parents even when happy, my heart aches for her.
I’ve been trying so hard this month before putting stuff out in the world, to really think & ask myself, what if someone else who see’s this is suffering & I make them hurt more. I’ve got to be honest in the last month even the silliest of comments about friends/pain/parents have left me in tears & that is the last thing I want to do to anyone else… I of course have had many a weak moment but i’m trying & I just keep seeing so many people who seem hell bent on giving up & I genuinely want to scream at you, FOR YOU! Life can be shit, but if you’re willing to fight, it can also be incredible. Your incredible life is waiting for you just round the next bend/behind those clouds that you’re letting build.
I really hope I don’t sound like i’m saying your pain isn’t important, because that is so not what i’m saying, what i’m saying is, your pain can be lifted if you’re willing to do it & if we all tried with every fiber of our being to be someones Rainbow, we could all smile a little more & some of those clouds can dissipate.
Please if you’re hurting, go & tell the people you love & ask them to help you get help, so that you can change your world around & make it brighter & then go and be someones Rainbow. Smile at a stranger, make a friend laugh, tell the people you love that you love them more than you can put into words. Live, Love & Look on the bright side, it’s not always obvious, sometimes you have to hunt for it, but it’s there, somewhere, I believe that, I have to!
Right rant done, I apologise for this, but I also needed to get it out, because I care about you & i’m not the only one & it hurts me to see you suffering & clearly screaming for help but not actually saying it. (This isn’t aimed at one particular individual, it’s aimed at ANYONE reading this).
Fight for life because it’s more precious than you know.
Rest in Peace Hannah you angel & Rest in Peace Janet, I’m here for your daughter & I know that because of the strength you gave her, we’ll get her through this.
“I Can Sing” – “It’s Time” Louise Dearman Tour 2014
The search has begun!
This is your chance to show Louise Dearman and your town your talent.
We’re looking for the brilliant and exceptional voices around the UK to join Louise on stage for a song during her 2014 UK tour
An amazing song. Fore I Cry from Like Me. Performed by Louise Dearman and written by Garry Lake.
Check this out then go book your tickets for Water Babies at The Leicester Curve Theatre.
This song is just so lush!!!
I still believe in summer days.
The seasons always change
and life will find a way.
I’ll be your harvester of light
and send it out tonight
so we can start again.
Louise Dearman releases her 3rd album It’s Time on December 2nd you can pre-order your copy here: http://louisedearman.tmstor.es/
The album is comprised of ten solos and one duet:
Home - The Wiz
The Perfect Year - Sunset Boulevard
I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables
Falling Slowly (feat. Shayne Ward) - Once
Astonishing - Little Women
Send In The Clowns - A Little Night Music
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Wizard Of Oz
What I Did For Love - Chorus Line
A New Life - Jekyll & Hyde
People - Funny Girl
St James Theatre, 13th October 2013. It seems only appropriate that my first proper blog post would be about the incomparable Rachel Tucker, as she (along with Louise Dearman) are the original two …
Just sharing my thoughts on Rachel Tucker Live @ The St James Theatre the other night.