50 Facts About Me

I was tagged by my dear friend Clare to do this, so here goes!

  1. My full name is Keziah Israel Price
  2. I’m 20 years old
  3. My birthday is the 22nd of May (which makes me a Gemini)
  4. I have 2 nieces and a nephew
  5. I have a keen interest in astrology and star signs, but I have to admit… I do sometimes think most of it is rubbish…
  6. I love being on stage, either singing or acting
  7. I am a very proud member of Brighton Little Theatre, who put on between 8-10 plays a year
  8. I have only been in 11 shows in my life (City of Angels, Les Miserables, Epsom Downs, a devised piece of theatre called Shafelia, Oh What A Lovely War, Rent, Grease, High School Musical, A Little Night Music, Hairspray and One Man Two Guvnors).
  9. I own at least 75 different lipsticks (!)
  10. My all time favourite play is Constellations (READ IT IF YOU HAVEN’T!!!)
  11. My all time favourite musical is Last 5 Years
  12. I have lived in Brighton for all of my life and cannot wait to move away and explore the rest of the world!
  13. My favourite thing to drink is Diet Coke (some might say I have a slight addiction to the stuff…)
  14. At a pub I either order red wine or Jack Daniels and coke
  15. At a coffee shop I either order a soy vanilla latte (so very Brighton of me!) or a double espresso with vanilla
  16. If I don’t make it as an actor, my three other career goals would be either a professional body piercer, an area manager in retail or a prosthetics and makeup artist
  17. My favourite TV shows are RuPaul’s Drag Race, Gossip Girl, Him & Her and House
  18. My favourite drag queen is Adore Delano (party!)
  19. I don’t think I ever want to have children or get married, but seeing as I’m only 20 that is subject to change!
  20. Overall I have been pierced 26 times, but the most piercings I’ve ever had at one time is 21.
  21. I have 5 tattoos (a dragonfly under my chest, a robin on my foot in memory of my Grandmother, the word “pookie” on the side of my ribs, a camouflage paw print on my bottom and my best friend Jimmy’s initials on the inside of my ankle)
  22. I only ever wear black nail polish and haven’t worn any other colour in 5 years!
  23. One day I’d love to follow in my sister’s footsteps and write my own show and perform in it
  24. I’m still searching for the perfect drag name for myself…
  25. I cry over nearly every dog I meet because dogs are the most wonderful things on this planet
  26. I live with my parents (neither of which want a dog) so I am longing for the day I adopt a long haired dachshund and name him Boy (just like Sharpay’s dog!)
  27. If I could play any character from any show (regardless of my gender or appearance) it would have to be Frankenfurter from Rocky Horror, Nina from In The Heights or Matilda (damn you Tim Minchin for writing it when I was far too old!)
  28. If an item of clothing in any store is black and velvet or camouflage, you can guarantee that I will pick it up!
  29. My 2 favourite perfumes are J’Adore by Dior and Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier
  30. My two favourite bands are Arctic Monkeys and McFly
  31. The best day of the year is definitely Halloween (do not try to convince me otherwise!)
  32. My favourite animal is, and always has been, zebras
  33. If I could do anything differently, I would have never quit ballet when I did
  34. I used to be able to speak Spanish well enough to hold a conversation (but I didn’t keep it up so I’m pretty terrible at it now!)
  35. My biggest phobia is slugs and snails… I have no idea why but they absolutely terrify me!
  36. My all time dream role is Cathy from Last 5 Years, but from week to week it varies as I become obsessed with different musicals all the time. This week it’s Althea from The Light Princess!
  37. I have set myself a goal that by this time next year, I will have enough copies of different plays to fill my bookshelf
  38. I don’t really have the attention span to watch an entire film so I’m definitely more of a TV show kind of person
  39. If I could change one thing about the world, I’d bring Australia closer to the UK so I could see my sister and her family more often
  40. My favourite name is Elsie
  41. My biggest fear (other than snails) is that one day I’ll look back and have huge regrets so I’ve always tried to do what makes ME happy, and not live my life for other people.
  42. I absolutely suck at shaving my legs so I rarely bother doing it
  43. I would eat pasta for every meal of the day if I could!
  44. I’m a very sentimental person, so I like to keep mementos from significant moments in my life and I take lots of pictures wherever I go
  45. My proudest achievement to date is the review we received for High School Musical where my performance of Sharpay was described as “star of the show”
  46. The most life changing decisions I’ve made in 2016 are audition for One Man, Two Guvnors (which reintroduced me to the world of Brighton Little Theatre) and volunteer to help backstage for Frankenstein.
  47. I hold a Grade 8 and Diploma in Musical Theatre Singing
  48. If I could only keep one of my piercings I would keep my nose piercing because it’s the one I wanted for the longest before getting it done
  49. If I could go back and relive one moment in my life, I’d want to relieve the week we spent in Cornwall at the Minack performing Frankenstein
  50. And finally… If I could only keep one item of makeup I’d have to keep my Ruby Woo Mac lipstick because I couldn’t live without it!

Goodness… What a load of facts!! Hopefully you enjoyed getting to know me a little better, I had to seriously rack my brain to come up with some slightly more interesting facts that you may not have known about me!

I’m going to tag The Brightoner to do this next because I know she’ll come up with some brilliant facts!

Thanks for reading!

xxxx

Retiring My Piercings

As you can probably tell from the title, I’ve started to retire some of my piercings!

This came about because I’ve been wanting to take my eyebrow piercing out for some months now, and finally did it a couple of weeks ago. I am currently working as a Junior Makeup Artist on a touring production of Frankenstein, and so my hands are more often than not covered in purple, brown and green face paint. I think my body has developed an aversion to cheaper metals because recently, my piercings have been reacting badly to stainless steel in particular. My eyebrow piercing had started to give me a bit of grief for putting a stainless steel bar in it during the second week of the show and every time I itched it, I’d end up having a big makeup smudge on my face! In the end, I decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle and removed it there and then at the theatre. (My theatre mum Patti was particularly pleased about it!)

After the hole had healed over and completely closed, I realised just how distracting of a piercing it had been. I don’t think it suited me as much as it does for some people, and I liked having it, but I think I look better without it. I’m especially pleased that I can actually shape my eyebrows properly now too!

Taking out my eyebrow piercing inspired me to get over my fear of retiring some of the piercings I have that I’m not in love with. I took out the studs in my third lobe piercings a week later, mostly because I couldn’t really see the point in them anymore. I never wear anything special in them, and the studs I had were 4mm balls which are too big in my opinion. I think they distracted too much from my tunnels, which are probably my favourite jewellery in my ears.

Finally, the night before I left for my holiday, I decided to take the plunge and take out another piercing: my second nose ring. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know that I had 3 nostril piercings, two on my right nostril and one on my left. I took out one of the rings on my right nostril to see what I’d look like, and I realised that my face was completely symmetrical without it, so I didn’t bother putting it back in!

I’m still getting used to not having so many piercings, but I finally agree with what people have told me before: less is more. I don’t regret a single one of my piercings, but as I’m not a teenager anymore I think it’s about time I start looking like an adult! I know that in a years time if I get into drama school, I’ll most likely be asked to take them out anyway so I may as well do it now because I want to and not because I’ve been told to.

I probably won’t take out anymore in the meantime because I love the rest of my piercings, but I’ll keep you all updated! I think the next body mod to go will sadly be my ear tunnels, as my skin coloured plugs are too obvious on stage and I can’t be bothered with the faff!

Let me know what your experiences of retiring piercings has been like!

xxx

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RIP Eyebrow Piercing: Nov 2015 – August 2016

 

 

 

 

July Favourites

I haven’t done one of these before because I so rarely mix up my beauty and skin care routines, but I went out on a limb this month and tried some new stuff out so I thought it only fair to share it with all of you! I’ve included some lifestyle favourites too!

Beauty

This month, I’ve been loving 4 products in particular.

Mac Highlighter in Soft and Gentle

Okay, I know everyone in the beauty world has already covered this, but I cannot get over this highlighter! It’s so perfectly subtle and gives such a gorgeous glow when it catches the light. I love putting it on my cupid’s bow just before applying lipstick because it really makes my lips look fuller.


Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer

I got this in my June Birchbox and although I was completely cynical at first, this product is a life changer. I’ve tried Benefit’s They’re Real mascara before and was a bit underwhelmed, but this lash primer does exactly what it says on the tin and more. The applicator doesn’t collect too much product, so it basically coats my lashes and makes them so long and full. An extra bonus is that when I apply my black mascara over the top, the primer prevents it from making my lashes at all clumpy so I just look like I’m using the world’s best mascara!


Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Gel

I am new to the whole brow game as I’m suffering from PTSD from the awful brows I subjected everyone to at the age of 17. However, I branched out and tried a drug store brand brow gel after hearing lots of beauty bloggers’ reviews of brow gels, and I must admit… It’s changed my brows for good! Not only do I now find it easier and quicker to do my brows, but I also have more fun with them because they look so much nicer. I never thought I’d say this, but my brow game is pretty strong these days thanks to this gel!


Nivea After Shave Balm For Men

My parents were incredibly confused when I asked for this for my birthday 2 months ago, but I just knew I had to try out the latest beauty craze, and I’m so glad I did! NikkieTutorials (a super famous beauty YouTuber and blogger, for those who don’t know) was the one to discover that this after shave balm is potentially the world’s BEST primer, thanks to it’s high glycerin content. I must admit that I was dubious at first because I’ve always been a bit cynical about primers, but it really does keep your makeup on for longer – I’ve worn it under my makeup on nights out, and all my makeup is still intact the next morning when I inevitably fall asleep with a full face on! Plus, it’s an absolute steal if you buy it when it’s on offer, so it’s perfect for someone as stingey as me!


Fashion

Okay, I never thought I’d be the one offering fashion reviews, but I couldn’t resist sharing this one with you all.

I found these shorts in Primark when I was on a hunt for work clothes, and they are probably my most worn item of clothing this month! I am very much the type to get home from work and get straight into some comfy clothes, and with the weather being as scorching as it has been I just couldn’t stop myself from bunging these shorts into my basket full of boring black socks. I’ll be the first to admit that I was probably originally only drawn to them because they are in my favourite pattern, but they’re so comfy and light that I’ve barely taken them off since I bought them. I doubt I’d ever wear them out (unless I was going to the beach) but they’re perfect for wearing around the home.

Music

I went on a bit of a Spotify adventure the other day and created a playlist full of random songs from random musicals that I’d never heard before and forced myself to listen to them all. I found some absolute crackers in amongst the pretty average ballads!

  • Ring of Keys from Fun House – I’m convinced that I’ve heard this song somewhere before, but I can’t figure out whether it’s because I’ve heard someone sing it in a concert or whether someone’s made me listen to it, but regardless it’s a beautiful song that I can’t get enough of. It’s a perfect cabaret or audition piece, especially for younger singers!
  • Burn from Hamilton – I am such a huge fan of In The Heights that I have found it hard to really get into the Hamilton hype, but this song has really stood out to me as the best song on the soundtrack. It’s got beautiful lyrics and a refreshingly unusual melody. If Hamilton wasn’t as popular as it is then I’d suggest it to any mezzo as a perfect audition piece, but I think it will become overdone in the next year or so, so my advice would be to cover it on YouTube or Soundcloud and avoid putting it in your repertoire!
  • One Perfect Moment from Bring It On – This. Freaking. Song. I am obsessed. If you haven’t listened to it, do it RIGHT NOW. It is beautifully sung on the soundtrack and has become one of my most listened to songs on Spotify in the past month! It’s the perfect song for any mezzo with a high belt, and it’s made it’s way right to the top of my repertoire. Give it a listen, would you?!

Lifestyle

For any of you Brighton based readers, I have become obsessed with 2 pubs this month. I know they’re really popular pubs, but I am in love with 2 of the menu items I’ve tried.

  • The Tempest Inn – The pineapple margarita. Get yourself one of these beauties, sit outside in the sunshine (while it lasts) and be reminded of why Brighton is such an amazing place to spend your summer. (Top tip – order a side of shrimp while you’re there. Oh my goodness. Heaven.)
  • The White Rabbit – If you like halloumi, beer and burgers, then I couldn’t recommend this pub anymore. I went to The White Rabbit with my dear friend Frankie and while he ordered the world’s biggest burger (which was heavenly, by the way), I ordered the very fancy sounding halloumi and fries. The halloumi was beer battered and just on another level of sensational food. I would very happily have it for every meal of the day!

That’s all for this month folks, let me know what you thought about me doing a monthly favourites post and I’ll see what tickles my fancy in the next month!

xxxx

Being Sharpay

As some of you may know, at the end of February I played Sharpay in Apollo Production’s youth production of High School Musical On Stage. Needless to say it was an absolute dream come true and an experience I’ll never forget.

I auditioned last July, the day after closing night of a production of Hairspray I was in. At the time, I was in a show with the director of High School Musical, as well as the girls who ended up playing Gabriella and Taylor, and the guy who played Coach Bolton. I was over the moon because I got to audition with my best friend and surrogate little brother Jimmy, which was already a dream come true. We’ve compared ourselves to Sharpay and Ryan for the 3 years we’ve known each other and just getting to do one song and one scene together was amazing! We then got cast a few weeks after a recall, and to this day, I still can’t believe we were given that opportunity.

The rehearsal period was obviously hilarious, stressful and full of memories I’ll never forget. I got to spend time with my two best friends, Georgia (the brightoner) who played Gabriella, and Jimmy, as well as making friends with a huge group of people that I’d never met before. As with every show, you end up becoming so close to every cast member and this show was no exception. I particularly enjoy blocking rehearsals, so whenever I knew I was doing a scene with Jimmy or Georgia I was incredibly excited!

 I think the moment I felt most intergrated into the cast was when we performed in a fundraiser concert at the venue where we were going to do High School Musical. We were only in one song and the finale so we had loads of time to mess around in the dressing rooms and get closer. This was also the first time we’d all been in costume, even if they weren’t the ones we ended up wearing, but it was super exciting to see all the boys and girls in their basketball kits and cheerleader outfits!

Show week was obviously the highlight. Despite being absolutely knackered because I had to work during the day, it was a dream from beginning to end. I have certain pre show rituals that I’ve been doing for a while, so I always like turning up nice and early, hours before the usual call time, because rushing to get ready for a show is, in my eyes, a really bad omen! I’m not a very superstitious person but I care so much about having a good show that I daren’t risk not following my routine just in case it means I have a bad show!

My favourite part of getting ready for each show was surprisingly enough, putting my wig
on. I loved how much it transformed me from my normal self with fairly normal makeup for me, into a completely different person. I personally think it made me look a lot like my older sister, because she is also an actor and has written her own cabaret show where she plays Adele. In the show, she wears a ginger wig, and I think my Sharpay wig was the same only straight and blonde! I created a timelapse of me putting on my wig on my Instagram, so go check that out.

As I’ve already mentioned, Georgia played Gabriella, which meant that we got to share a dressing room. She is absolutely incredible at doing makeup, both her own and other peoples, so instead of doing my level best at makeup (which isn’t bad, but needs improvement), Georgia offered to do my eyeshadow and eyebrows for me every night. She is the opposite of me and likes to turn up to the theatre with hair and makeup already done and so she could take her time doing this. I tried to get a good picture of my eyeshadow each night but the lighting wasn’t the best in our dressing room so you’ll just have to take my word for it!
My favourite scene was one that isn’t in the film, where Sharpay and Ryan are rehearsing for their call back and they have an argument. There was one moment where Ryan tells Troy where to find Gabriella and when Jimmy turned around to face me, smiling, he saw a face like thunder. We are such a silly pair in real life and for the rest of the show that for both of us to keep a straight face and not laugh was near impossible for months! We ended up having to run our lines again and again until we got used to keeping a straight face, and of course, by show week, we could nail it every night.

There were so many fun things that happened both backstage and onstage every night, but I’m planning on writing a blog post about this at a later date.

It was definitely a show I’ll never forget, and one I am so so so grateful to be part of. Like I’ve mentioned hundreds of times, just to play Sharpay and Ryan with Jimmy made it all worth it for me!

A massive thank you is due to the lovely Katy Markey, director of High School Musical and company director for Apollo Productions – how she managed to direct the show, whilst running a theatre company, with 2 other shows on the go, be a full time mum and teacher AND put up with mine and Jimmy’s antics for 6 months I will NEVER know!

And of course, thank you so much to the rest of the cast for making it a completely unforgettable experience. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!

xxxx

Welcome!

Hello!

Firstly, thank you so much for actually taking the time to have a look at my little blog – I’m completely new to this so I’m not really sure how it’s gonna go, but I’m sure as I get used to it my posts will get better so please bear with me while I figure it all out!

I was going to start a blog after my friend Hannah suggested that I review eyeliners, as I am an eyeliner fanatic and I’ve found that in the past I’ve been asked what eyeliner I use, how I apply it and how I perfected the coveted eyeliner wing! However after chatting to my best friend Georgia (who has her own blog here: thebrightoner.com) she encouraged me to write about more than just eyeliner, as I have a lot of passions, eyeliner being just one of them.

Thus, my blog was created! As crazy as it sounds, the things I love most are musicals, piercings and tattoos, so these are the things I will be focusing on the most, as well as eyeliner reviews.

So bear with me, I’m sure no one will be completely interested in every aspect of my blog but I hope there will be something out there for everyone!

I’ll hopefully have my next post up in the next couple of days, thank you for reading! xxxx