Michelle Kei Ishuu

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Michelle Kei Ishuu

By Norman K. Plummer

By Norman K. Plummer

Michelle Kei Ishuu

By Abigail Cuevas

By Abigail Cuevas

Michelle Kei Ishuu

By Abigail Cuevas

By Abigail Cuevas

Why any company would be lucky to hire a Performing Artist

By:
Robert Aaron Taylor &
Michelle Kei Ishuu Taylor


We’re some of the most determined people you’ll ever meet
Artists are accustomed to rejection. We put ourselves out there every day in an attempt to get gigs. That’s how we pay the bills. We are the product we’re selling, so every rejection is personal. Yet we persevere! We get back on the horse and keep trying until we get a “yes” and then we go out and try some more.

We’re highly educated
Performing artists are Renaissance (Wo)Men. In order to understand and communicate the plights of the characters we play on stage, we must do copious amounts of research on the various details of many cultures and periods in history. We often speak multiple languages. We build our own websites and do our own taxes. We read… a LOT! Usually it’s literature but we also keep up with current events. We like to stay on top of trends and new technologies and we talk to each other about ways we might adapt them to improve our performances.

We value tradition, but embrace innovation
Most artistic traditions have stood the test of time for centuries, but that’s no excuse to let things stagnate. We happily embace innovations that work in harmony with and improve the quality of our performance. Every performer is on at least one social media platform and we all have videos that we’ve uploaded to the web. If we can reach a broader audience by using an iPad as a prop instead of a quill and parchment, then why not use the iPad?

Creativity is our business
Thinking outside the box comes naturally to us. No artist is ever satisfied with the explanation, “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” If there’s a way to improve a concept or process, we’ll find it. Oftentimes, the moment of inspiration hits us when we’re in front of an audience and we’re able to seamlessly adapt it into our well-rehearsed performance. Your colleagues think you’re a genius and those in charge make it a permanent part of the show. It’s just another day at the office for us creative types.

We work well under pressure
You know that horrible feeling you get right before you step out to talk to a big group of people? It’s like your stomach is turning summersaults and there’s a voice inside your head screaming at you to run away as fast as possible. Well, that’s where we artists shine! We’ve learned to put that nervous energy to good use. Pressure is just another part of the process, and it helps us do some of our most inspiring work.

We thrive in the spotlight, but don’t pull focus when it’s someone else’s time to shine
A good performer knows how to own a room. When we turn it on, you just can’t look away. Luckily, we have an intensity adjustment for our charisma, so when it’s a colleague’s turn to take center stage we can fade gracefully into the background. We’re still there to give them our full support because this is, after all, a team effort. We all have to cross the finish line together.

We save the drama for the stage
Most people think that artists are moody and dramatic all the time, but that’s just not true. We get our fill of death, deception and melodrama on the stage. We don’t need any of that in our daily lives. You’d be hard-pressed to spot an incognito performing artist out in public. “Why is that?” you ask. It’s because we’re just normal, witty, unpretentious people who like having fun with friends and who do our best to have a positive impact on the world. We portray villains and their helpless victims too often to not want to be a force for good in our own communities. If you give us a chance to show you what we can do, you’ll truly understand why performing artists make the best employees!

This list is by no means exhaustive. Have something to add? Leave it in the comments section below.

About the Authors:

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Michelle Kei Ishuu Taylor, a charismatic leading lady on the stage and in the office, is in great demand for her contagious positivity and her ability to organize, energize and mobilize. If you’re looking for someone to help reinvigorate a stagnant work environment, you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Robert Aaron Taylor is a Performer and Business Owner who is transitioning into the corporate world. A creative and confident Problem Solver and Strategist, he offers a natural ability to dive deep and craft innovative solutions to complex problems. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email him at robertaarontaylor@gmail.com .

Go Purple!! #PaintItPurple

Around the world March 8th was International Women’s Day.  In the United States the whole month is Women’s History Month!!

Purple Butterfly and Flowers

Birthday Flowers Photo by Michelle Kei Ishuu

As the International Women’s Day website explains:
“From 1908, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the color scheme of purple, white and green to symbolize the plight of the Suffragettes. Purple symbolized justice and dignity—two values strongly associated with women’s equality. The three colors were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.” #PaintItPurple, #MakeItHappen, #IWD2015, #internationalwomensday.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Emma Watson, United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador and representative of the organization’s HeForShe Campaign, a movement that calls for both genders to advocate for equal rights, participated in a Q&A with the Facebook office in London to stress, how vital it is for both women and men to build a unified movement in order to fight for gender equality. 

Emma Watson highlighted numerous issues facing female gender worldwide, including violence, wage discrimination and stringent gender roles that are ingrained into society.  Also stating that these roles are also imposed on the male gender, and addressing them is an important step toward creating a world in which both genders are treated as equals.  

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Getty Images

“It’s not about men saving women, and I think that’s a misunderstanding. Women are already in the club. We’re already in the club because it’s our movement. It’s not a men’s club. It’s an equality club for both genders.”

“We’re never, ever, ever going to be able to fly as high unless we’re both in support of each other.” 

“If you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you, you’re a feminist.”  

HeForShe Campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all. A Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality.

St Gallen, Switzerland: Abbey of St Gallen Cathedral and Library

The monastery of St. Gallen was the heart city by the same name in the valley near Lake Constance. As the story goes, in the year 612, an Irish monk name Gallus, stumbled and fell at the edge of the Steinach River. He saw a bear eyeing him, hungrily. He offered the bear some of his bread and, in return, the bear brought him a log to help him build a shelter.

Many churches in Switzerland are depressingly plain, thanks to the Protestant reformation, but the Cathedral at St Gallen, built between 1755 and 1766, shines as a rare example of late Baroque architecture.

The high nave is opulently painted and adorned with elaborate stucco reliefs. The rich painting of the dome portrays Paradise and the eight Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount. The tomb of St Gallus, containing a piece of his skull, is in the east crypt. Look for the seated figure of St Gallus, always seen holding his bear.

Library of the Abbey of Saint Gallen

Library of the Abbey of Saint Gallen

Even more ornate in style and of perhaps more historical importance is the Abbey Library, one of the oldest and most stunningly beautiful in the world. Located in the west wing of the former monastery, the library was built between 1758 and 1767 to house the already priceless collection of manuscripts from the early and later middle ages. In addition to the religious manuscripts are documents from the Renaissance and later from the history of arts, music, literature and medicine. Containing 150,000 volumes the library still serves as a scientific and religious research center, but for tourists the main attraction of the library is its elaborate, richly molded main room, one of the most beautiful rococo interiors in Switzerland and perhaps the world.

An inscription in Greek over the entrance reads “Medicine of the Soul”. A couple of curious attractions in the library are a 7th Century B.C. Egyptian mummy, in her wooden sarcophagus, and a giant astronomical globe, reconstructed from an earlier one (at a cost of over a million francs). Manuscripts on display change from time to time, among them an original of the legends of the Nibelungen, which inspired the ring fantasies of both Richard Wagner and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Abbey of St Gallen

 

 

The Beautiful world of Teufen, Switzerland

The Teufen municipal Coat of Arms.

The Teufen municipal Coat of Arms.

Teufen is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland.

Teufen was first mentioned in 1272. By 1300 the place consisted of only five farms. In 1525 the assembly ruled that each parish could decide whether or not to remain Catholic. This led to the division of Appenzell in 1597.

In 1841 Teufen offered their new school building as a present to attract the government of the canton. The assembly refused the present.

Weaving was important for Teufen and the Swiss economy. Around 1820 a new loom was invented in Teufen, allowing embroidery in one go. This led to a large boom in the embroidery industry, particularly between 1880 and 1890.

Switzerland has the best maintained hiking trails.  It is very easy to do a daily hike around the neighborhood and farms.

Day hiking in Switzerland after the first snow = muddy.  Walking through the cow pastures = interesting smells.  View of the Alps = priceless

Day hiking in Switzerland after the first snow = muddy. Walking through the cow pastures = interesting smells. View of the Alps = priceless

Birthday in Vienna, Austria

Had the wonderful birthday in Vienna Austria, with my love.  We even continued my favorite birthday tradition.  An art museum and out for a bite to eat.  This year we got to go to the Kunst Historisches Museum in Vienna.  Next Cafe Central for cake and a Melange.  Finally ending with the Rathaus Christkindlmarkt.  Great day for both of us.

Vienna, Austria

Nothing puts you in the mood for the coming Holiday season like the beautiful Christkindlmarkts in Vienna.  It is so amazing to be wandering the local streets in the cold, with a warm mug of Glühwein, as you look at all the beautiful homemade or handmade gifts.

Europe Again!!

Arrival

Arrival

An eventful first week.

It’s been just over a week, and so much has happened already!

The weather has been quite nice in Switzerland, and I have had plenty of time to get out and enjoy.

I have met some of the local musical community by attending a couple of rehearsals of the St. Gallen Choir. And I have made a few new friends while getting out and getting to know the local arts scene.

Auditions are looming in the near future here in Europe.  So keeping focused and diligent with my rehearsal process is a must, but I must say the view around me is like, “Heidi-land”.  Last night I enjoyed my first snow of the season.  I guess this happens when you are so close to the Alps.