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

Father’s Day Special: Interviewing My Dad

I interviewed my Dad on Thursday night, and to say it took a lot longer than expected was an understatement… Let me know what you thought about this silly interview, it was so so so much fun to do and gave me a chance to get to know my old man a little better.

I’d like to add, before we get started, that throughout the entire duration of this interview, my dad was wearing a face mask. I would put picture proof in this post, but I love him too much to subject him to such bullying.

Brace yourself… And enjoy!

Okay, Dad. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

….. What? What do you mean tell you about myself?

I mean tell me so I can tell the people who don’t know who you are!

Oh! Right. Okay. I’m fifty… (at this point he looked at my mum, who was sitting in the room with us, for help).

Mum: Four.

Four, thank you. I am married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren and… I’m a professional assassin. I’m not really. I’m a sales director for an electronics company.

Mum: And a landlord… Shall I do this interview for you?

Umm.. I’m interested in music, theatre, art, science… Liverpool FC. But not necessarily in that order.

Where were you born?

I was born in Liverpool in 1962 at the start of Beatlemania.

What brought you to Brighton?

I was brought up in Lincolnshire and came down to Brighton Polytechnic (as it was then) in 1980 to do my degree in Combined Sciences: Biology and Computer Science.

How old were you when you got married and had kids?

I was just 20 years old, just over one month after my 20th birthday when I got married, and by the time I was 21 my first baby came along.

(At this point, a debate broke out between my parents over EXACTLY how old Dad was when my older sister was born. He was, as it turns out, 21…)

If you could go back and do something differently, what would it be and why?

The key for me would be to only do 3 A-Levels. Because if I’d only done 3 A-Levels, I would have joined the RAF, become a fighter pilot and be an astronaut. In that particular order.

Do you have any advice for young men who are about to get married?

Whatever age you are, be sure that the person you are about to marry is your soulmate. It doesn’t matter what age you are really. And stick at it, because it won’t always be as easy as it was on your wedding day.

In a similar thread, do you have any advice for young men who are about to have children, whether they are planning on starting a family, currently trying for a baby, or expecting one soon?

Do some babysitting before you have a child of your own… Because changing your first nappy is quite the experience and it’s probably better if you already know what you’re doing! And I guess the other things is, go for a few nights without any sleep before you have babies. To see if you can cope with it.

What’s your favourite way of showing people that you love them?

Probably… Doing jobs for people. Like favours, or treating them, or doing something for them. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that that is what you should do. They might want time, or they might want gifts or quality time together or something. They might have a different love language to you, and so I shouldn’t assume that because that’s what I want to give to you, that that’s what you want. You dig? (You can actually put that in by the way. That I said ‘you dig’. I feel like Bill Nighy when I do that.)

If you could only do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I’d listen to music. I’d listen to music all day and all night. I never get bored of listening to music. I also never get bored of… Did you only say one thing? Well, I also never get bored of looking at the stars, or sunsets, or walking along the boardwalk in Maui, or holding hands with my wife… There’s lots of things. My one thing ended up being lots of things. So I guess I have to stick with music.

Do you have any regrets in your life, and if you do, what are they?

I worked too hard, and for too long when I was younger, and I didn’t get to see them as little children and growing up. That’s one regret. Another one is that I never learnt to play the drums. And of course, I regret turning down the marriage proposal from Heidi Klum. But then I think anyone who turns down a marriage proposal from Heidi Klum would regret it… Would it help if I told you that I don’t actually know who Heidi Klum is?

What is it like to have creative children/theatre kids?

It is… The best. And I’m going to tell you why. My dad was born in 1930 in warn torn Liverpool, and was the brightest of the 1840284 children his parents had. He was so bright that he passed his Eleven Plus, which meant he could go to grammar school. However, his parents couldn’t afford to send him to the grammar school, so he never went. He had an ordinary education, which meant that when he had me and my brothers, he wanted us to have the best educations we could get. Because of my education, I ended up with a degree, highly educated, but working in a job that I wasn’t that bothered about or interested in. So, when I had kids, I thought that education would be a great idea, but wouldn’t it better if they also ended up doing what they really wanted to do because I never did. So that’s what me and your mum did, and because we’re both very creative, that’s what you’ve all ended up doing. So I’m really chuffed that my kids are educated but they’re also engaged in living out their dreams and doing what they really want to do.

Long answer isn’t it.

How have you supported their creativity?

I’ve tried to encourage them to do that, to follow their dreams, because they are creative types and creativity can be a difficult and personal journey because it involves taking risks and being vulnerable and being open to criticism and therefore being strong. So I’ve tried, and often failed, to support them in their creative aspirations whether that be playing the guitar and being in a band or being a performer on stage. Sometimes that’s involved literally investing money into them, so paying for education or buying tickets and lessons. Often, with more difficulty, I have to give time.

How would you advice people to follow their dreams?

The first thing you have to do, of course, is find out what your dream is, something I only found out in later life. Spend time finding out what things inspire you or make you come alive, will give you some indication of what your dream is. Once you’ve found that, the next thing is to find out a way of doing it, with or without education, with or without opportunity and with or without encouragement. Some people assume the only way to be a singer is to get on the X Factor and find someone who is willing to pay for you to become a star. But if you really do want to be come a singer, just sing around the house, sing on the streets, sing in pubs, be a singer. Y0u don’t have to be a star to be a singer.

What’s marriage like?

Marriage is… a word, not a sentence. No, don’t put that in. Erm… You get less for murder. No don’t put that in either. Marriage is the most enjoyable and sometimes the most challenging thing you could ever do but it is the most rewarding thing you can do if you’re willing to put the effort into it. It’s one of those things where the results from it directly relate to the effort you put into it.

Does marriage change over the years? If so, how?

Yes it does. The biggest danger with long term relationships is that they can become regular and ordinary and routine and the biggest challenge is actually making it not become those things, making it as exciting and fun and enjoyable as it was at the very start. So yes it does change, but at another level, it gets better because you understand your partner better over time and therefore it becomes a much deeper relationship because of it as time goes on.

If you could have a conversation with one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Alan Carr. Dead.

Dad. I’m not acceping that as an answer. Please try again.

Okay, in that case… Leonardo di Vinci. Alive. I don’t want him dead. Otherwise it would be a very boring conversation. He was literally the Reinassaince man, he straddled science and art without compromising on either. He didn’t understand the restrictions or the division that we put between science and art, and was able to become an expert in everything he put his hand to whether that be sculpture or art or scientific engineering. I find him fascinating.

There are quite a few more questions by the way Dad.

That’s okay, I’m just getting warmed up!

Can you pin point one or possibly a few of your happiest moments?

Yes, I can.

… Would you mind sharing them?!

Oh I see! Okay, one that comes instantly to mind is sitting in a park with my fiance about 3 or 4 weeks before our wedding, in the sunshine, holding hands and talking about our future. The birth of my, well all of my children, but especially the first one because you remember feeling the burden of responsibility having your first child.

If you could give something to your wife, what would it be?

It would be much more quality time. Away from the pressures of life, away from the pressures of work and away from the pressures of the world. I would also buy her an all expenses first class holiday to Bora Bora. Only because I don’t know where it is… But it sounds exotic.

What was it like to watch your children go through tough moments in their lives?

First of all, it’s difficult because children are different when they are children from when you were a child. So it would be easy to assume that the answers would be the same as the answers were when you were a child, but it’s not the case. It’s also quite hard to watch them go through things and not to assume that you have all the answers and to allow them to go through so that they can learn and grow. It’s never easy to see your kids go through difficult times under any circumstances. And part of you wishes that you could wave a magic wand and it would all go away. But the most important thing is to stay in relationship with your children, to make sure that you don’t ever break that relationship no matter what they go through and no matter how they feel or no matter how they treat you.

Has anything changed with age?

Inside, I still feel exactly the same as I did when I was 18 or 2o – I still feel really young. I’m much more tired now, I don’t have the energy I used to have and my body doesn’t do the things it used to do when I was 20 years old. So it can be quite frustrating. The most frustrating thing is that when you look forward you know it isn’t going to get any better! Therefore all the things you could have done when you were 20 you can’t do anymore and all the things you’d like to have done when you’re 20, you’re not capable of anymore. So that’s a frustration too. However, you are wiser, you are more relaxed and you’re a lot more confident in who you are.

Is there any one thing in particular that you wish for your children or grandchildren?

I want them to be fulfilled in everything that they do, not just being happy because happiness comes and goes but fulfilment is based upon the joy of life. And I want them to become great contributors to society, and to make a difference in their life or community or whatever it is that they put their minds to.

(Before conducting this interview, I took to my personal Facebook page for reader questions. The results varied.)

Okay Dad, it’s time to answer the questions I was given on Facebook. Let’s start with the 3 questions that I have from Dave in Brighton. His first question is: How do you always smell so amazing?

By using a cunning blend of Givenchy Apres Rasgase Pour le Homme and Patchouli oil, which is an essential oil which has been used by hippies forever. And I now have a perfumer in Paris who blends patchouli oil for me. Which is cool, but don’t put that in, because it’s not completely true. It’s a bit true.

His second question: Is it embarrassing to be funnier than everyone?

I don’t know. You’d have to ask Dave.

His third question: What is your favourite cheese?

Havarti.

Mum: When have you ever tried Havarti?!

I’ve never tried it. So I’d probably say Emmental because of it’s nutty crispness. And because, like Dave, it goes so well with apples.

Our second reader question is from Sharkey. He asks: How do you keep you hair so “tame and lush”?

I think he thinks I’m somebody else. I have never had tame or lush hair. It’s a ridiculous question so I feel like giving it a ridiculous answer.

Clemmie asks: Is it hard to be funny 24/7? 

Oh Clemmie! Bonjour! Errr… Yes. It’s exhausting. The most important thing is to maintain a certain jour de vive (she’ll like that) whether you’re funny or not.

Moving overseas, an international reader Chris asks: What is your technique when interacting with regular, un-cool dads?

What is my technique?! Okay, Chris, brace yourself. I’m about to reveal my deepest darkest secrets. I practise my techniques of ways to interact with un-cool dads simply by talking to myself in the mirror. So that should give him some idea of how I develop my techniques. I don’t consider myself to be cool. At all.

I don’t consider you to be cool either. A late mid-interview entry now, from Mrs Khan who asks (very broadly): What makes you happy?

My word! What makes me happy?! Errrr… the smiles of my grandchild, seeing my children accomplish great things, being outdoors, travelling and experiencing new cultures…

Mum: ME!

Yes, my wife, hearing the kops singing You’ll Never Walk Alone, the Last Night of the Proms, a pan of Scouse, good coffee…

Mum: (starts pointing at herself frantically)

Yes, I’ve said you!! Okay fine, pointing at my wife… Spending time with my children, feeling like I’m close to God… But I only said that because I knew that Pastor Khan asked the question.

Cheryl asks: How do you stay calm when everything around you is going crazy?

I use the duck approach mainly. You know how when you look at a duck swimming on the water, it’s all lovely and calm, but underneath the water it’s legs are going like crazy?! I think most of the time, people are calmed by having a calm leader. Or a someone who just appears to be calm. So a lot of the time, it’s an act. I’m not calm at all, I’m just as terrified as everyone else. I don’t have all the answers or all the solutions…

I’m letting out some serious secrets here.

Another last minute entry, from your wife this time. She asks: Can you put the bins out?

Yes, I know I can. I’ve been doing it for 34 years.

Mum: Not true! I did them this week!

Finally, your eldest nephew asks: Who let the dogs out?

Sam?

Is that your answer to the question?!

Yes. Sam let the dogs out. No, I mean Baha Men, obvs.

Do you have any final thoughts before I ask my very last question? 

Make sure you vote in the Referendum. And always wear fresh socks daily.

And finally, before we go, the question everyone has been waiting for… Who is your favourite child? Bearing in mind I’m the one in charge of the publishing of this post, and will edit for clarity…

Erm… I can’t remember. Either the oldest. Or the youngest. Or the one in the middle.

Mum: Probably whichever one is making you a cup of tea at the time.

Yeah, that’s good. Put that in.

Thanks Dad! You were great.

That was rubbish, wasn’t it.

Birthday Treats

It was my mum’s birthday last week and I got the entire day off work which was lovely. We had such a great day in Brighton and I wanted to share the day with you all!

IMG_2616We started the day by going out for breakfast. In Brighton, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast because there are some amazing places to get it. We wanted to go to a place called Silo which is in the Lanes, but for some bizarre reason they don’t serve breakfast until 10am there?! Unfortunately, we were on a time limit so we decided to try Silo out another day.

We walked downProcessed with VSCO with hb2 preset a little farther and went to a family favourite: Bill’s. You can always depend on Bill’s to deliver a great meal and experience and they did not disappoint! I got a standard Bill’s Breakfast with extra baked beans and hash browns. Very yummy!

We went back to my parents’ house and my niece, nephew and sister in law came over for birthday cake and presents. It was a lot of fun playing and messing around with the two kids, but my nephew got a bit tired so my sister took him home.

My mum offered to look after my niece for the afternoon, and because it was such a nice day we wanted to take her out somewhere nice. We decided to take her to Steyning, which is a small village in West Sussex.

The coffee shop was, as always, absolutely lovely and because it was such a sunny warm day, it was the first time this year that I’ve gone out without a coat! We had some afternoon tea in the world’s sweetest coffee shop, had a wander around some charity shops and then found ourselves in a little alley way of shops that felt like something out of Hobbiton!

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When we got home, I settled down in front of the TV and wrote a blog post about Temple Spa (which you can find here). I had a couple of hours of down time before we were due to go out for dinner but as always, I managed to laze around and then end up rushing to get ready! Because of this, I wasn’t that happy with my makeup or hair, but I loved my outfit because I kind of looked like an extra from The Breakfast Club or Heathers!

I did a really standard face for dinner, nothing special at all because I didn’t have enough time. Products used: From Rimmel, I used Fix & Perfect primer, Match Perfection Processed with VSCO with f2 presetfoundation, Glam Eyes eyeliner, Scandaleyes mascara, Wake Me Up concealer and Kate Moss lipstick in shade 48. (I didn’t realise until just now how much Rimmel makeup I own and use everyday!) I also used Collection Mosaic bronzer, Essence All About Bronze eyeshadow palette, Savvy eyebrow kit, Essence Soo Glow! highlighter. I set my makeup with Superdrug Vitamin E Refreshing Tone Mist.

I didn’t feel like straightening or curling my hair so I just put it up in a pony tail, but wanted it to be a bit different from my everyday hairstyle so tied some black lace in a bow around the hairband.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetI hadn’t felt well all day so wanted to wear something comfy but still special so went for an old favourite of mine, my black velvet jumpsuit from Topshop that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago. I paired this with a super old belt from Urban Outfitters, my denim jacket from Topshop, a sweet clutch/shoulder bag from H&M and instead of heels, I went for my lemon yellow Nike Blazers.

For dinner we went to a popular Brighton restaurant called Chilli Pickle. I’m not crazy about Indian food but it was an absolutely lovely meal. The staff are all very friendly and really know what they’re talking about.

I ordered a peach bellini because I love cocktails with champagne or prosecco in and it was absolutely gorgeous. To start, I got a vegetable samosa topped with chutney and yogurt and pomegranate seeds. My dad and I swapped starters half way through because his duck dumplings were especially yummy and mine was a little bit too spicy for me.

For my main course, I got a seafood green curry. I was a little apprehensive about it because I really can’t handle spice, but it was mild enough for me and was delicious. It reminded me a bit of a Thai green curry. I couldn’t quite deal with the clams in it though… There’s something about food that arrives in a shell that I really can’t be involved in! If you like Indian food, I can’t recommend the Chilli Pickle enough, it’s got a lovely atmosphere and is fairly cheap considering how good the food is.

So, after a long day we all called it a night and went home. My mum had a lovely day and I think a lot of it was down to how much Brighton has to offer for a special day.

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xxxx