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Submit your questions for a new Issue Time on transgender body positivity! 

You can submit questions here until Wednesday 2/22. Answers will be posted on Refinery29′s tumblr Saturday 2/25. Anyone is welcome to participate, but we especially want to help transgender and nonbinary people of all genders.

And now, meet our panelists…

Rylan Jay Testa, Ph.D., Psychology Professor

Dr. Rylan Jay Testa is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Rhodes College and the Director of the Health Behavior and Disparities Lab. Dr. Testa is a clinical psychologist and transgender man whose research focuses on understanding and preventing self-destructive health-related behaviors, such as suicide, eating disorders, and substance abuse in marginalized communities.

Daniel Friedman, Founder of Bindle & Keep

Daniel Friedman is founder of Bindle & Keep, a NYC-based custom suit company serving all gender identities. He also costars in the HBO film SUITED which follows the stories of five gender nonconforming people in their journey to wear clothes that accurately reflect the way they feel. 

Justice Roe Williams, Executive Director of BodyImage4Justice & Fitness Coach for JusticeBodies

Justice Roe Williams is a published poet originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey.  He is a founding Director of BodyImage4Justice (BI4J), an holistic wellness and fitness program for the LGBTQ community that primarily focuses on Trans Bodies. Prior to his work at BI4J, Justice organized to free political prisoners for low income communities and young people in the South End, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury areas of Boston.

Aydian Dowling, CEO of Point5cc and Point of Pride

Aydian Dowling is a Transgender Activist and Entrepreneur, owner of Point5cc Clothing and President/Founder of Point of Pride, Non Profit. Aydian has documented his transition since 2009 via his Youtube Channel, ALionsFears, and is most commonly known to be the first Transgender Man on the cover of the worlds biggest mens magazine, Men’s Health.

Precious Davis, Diversity & Inclusion at Columbia College Chicago and LGBTQ Activist

Precious Davis is lauded nationally as an award winning diversity professional, social justice facilitator, and educator.  She currently is the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago, her alma mater from which she received a BA in Liberal Arts. Precious currently implements and oversees the Campus Wide Diversity Initiative and is the first woman of color to hold this position.

Davis finds deep meaning in engaging individuals in conversations surrounding bias, bigotry, and prejudice in their communities on the basis and belief that humans can coexist with one another positively through the embracing of each other’s differences and the celebrating of  each others human diversity. With over 15 years of diversity training, leadership development, and social justice education experience Precious is a highly demanded speaker and panelist who has been featured at: The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The University of Michigan, The Chicago Community Trust, Reed College, Hampshire College, and Loyola University Chicago.



Skyline Chess NYC

Skyline Chess is a company founded by two London based architects, Chris and Ian.They take iconic architecture from around the world and reimagine it as pieces on a chessboard, allowing you to play with your favourite cities and pit them against each other. The concept was first conceived when they shared a flat together and would play chess in the evenings. The idea grew out of a conversation about whether they could replace the classic pieces with our favourite buildings.

The second image from the top includes the pieces from both the London and NYC sets.

Check out this Kickstarter!

scary-boi  asked:

Heyo I know you have no reason to believe me, but tonight I met the location supervisor (Elizabeth Wright) for Godzilla: King of the Monsters at a showing of Skull Island, and I couldn't resist asking her some questions, and I did find out 2 things: The symbol on the woman's head in Skull Island is a tentative design for Mothra's new symbol, and Godzilla: KotM is gonna be set on the east coast, mostly in "Boston," (AKA making Atlanta look like Boston).

Well, guess we’ll know if the second part is true in a few months. Boston would be a fairly novel location for a kaiju attack; certainly the reduced skyline (versus SF/LA/Chicago/NYC) would make Godzilla and company appear even more massive.

anonymous asked:

Could you elaborate on the finance side of theatre. How do you make a sustainable living doing mainly theatre and side jobs? How often do you audition? Sorry this was a bunch of questions but I'm just a curious cat :) Thank you!!!

I would love to!  

  • Side Jobs
    • Likely one of the most important things that you need to decide for yourself as an actor.  Yes, even you need a side job.  Every actor has periods of time when they aren’t working, and they need something to sustain their life while they audition for another job.  
    • Side jobs can come in all shapes and sizes.  Most common would probably be working in a restaurant, but it’s not the only options.  Here are some other options:
      • Retail
      • Coffee shop
      • Becoming a teacher
      • Becoming a substitute teacher
      • Photography
      • Certified Nursing Assistant
      • Accompany
      • Bartend
      • Babysit/nanny
      • Tutor
      • Massage therapist
      • Lifeguard
      • Voice teacher
      • Working in an office
      • Fitness instructor
    • If you have another skill, utilize it!  That being said, be reasonable and know that your knitting skill may not be able to get you a full income.  That’s when we see actors “cobbling” together their income, as I like to call it.  That is, you can utilize many of your skills to create a full income.  Yes, you may end up working five jobs at once and still auditioning, but it’s another option.  
    • So what do we look for in a good side job?  Well, we need it to be flexible, because auditions happen at all hours of the day.  So do rehearsals!  Some jobs that we take won’t be so flexible, and we’ll need to quit them in order to audition, which is an unfortunate reality.  But ideally, if you can find a job that has maximum flexibility, but also high reliability.  You need to know that you can consistently get an income from this job.  
    • Sometimes you need to pay to gain another skill in order to make money–for instance, many actors get their bartending license, which will cost you money, but it is a great job in terms of consistency.  You can find a bar everywhere in the country!  
  • Money
    • Budgeting is your friend.  Budgeting is going to be the best thing that ever happened to you, and it will save your butt when it comes to finances.  Knowing how much you make and how much you spend is so vital to keeping yourself out of debt and able to save!  I highly recommend getting yourself a budgeting app ASAP.
    • I’m not going to tell you that you’re never allowed to go out and treat yourself as an actor, because you need every cent of your money.  I mean, yes–you have to learn how to live frugally–but you’ve just got to become conscious over what you spend your money on and what your money is worth.  If your morning coffee really is a part of your daily routine and you feel that it is really necessary to your life, then I’m not going to say you’re not allowed to do that!  But see if you can find ways to lower that expense–make your coffee at home, get an espresso machine so you can make your drinks at home, skip a day a week in order to save a little money…Find ways to lower any and all expenses you can.   That’s because…
    • You never know where your next paycheck is coming from, and you never know if you will have another acting gig after your current one.  You want to be saving as much as you can and living under your means so that when you have less of a steady income, you don’t feel like you’re having to scrounge for money.  Plan ahead.  
    • Know that you will likely have to pay your own quarterly taxes, because many theatres do not set aside your taxes for you.  That means you need to be on top of your expected income.  Essentially, each quarter you calculate what you think you will make for the entire year, calculate the taxes you owe off of that, and then pay ¼ of that.  The next quarter, you will adjust how much you think you will make and continue the process.  If you don’t do this, you will get penalized in April and pay more, and potentially get audited.  If you’re confused, it’s understandable, so get yourself to a tax expert and sit down to talk to them about your income!
    • And on the subject of taxes, you must pay taxes on your side jobs.  Yeah, I know it seems silly, but you do not want the government coming after you.  I pay taxes on all of my voice lessons, even though I don’t work through a company.  Ever 20 dollar lesson, I add into my income and pay taxes on.  It adds up, and the government gets suspicious if you somehow aren’t really paying any taxes at all, but seem to be living just fine.  
  • The Business
    • Because theatre is a business, at the end of the day.  They are making money.  Yes, it’s art, but art can’t pay the bills.  So you’ve got to rewire your brain to think of theatre as a business, and your work as a product.  
    • How much you audition depends greatly on where you live and what your plans on.  In NYC, you could audition every day, all day, without fail.  Here in Minneapolis, some weeks I have 4-5 auditions, some weeks I have none.  We really do have an audition season here, so during the spring and summer months, I’m much busier than I am in the fall/winter months in terms of auditioning.  The going number professors usually say to go by is, expect 1 job out of every 20 auditions.  In NYC, a major casting company who casts a good chunk of the Broadway shows said, expect 1 out of every 100.  
    • This is a discouraging number, but what I recommend you try is to make yourself a journal.  Journal about every audition you had, how you think you succeeded, what could be better, and really keep track of the companies you come in contact with.  Get yourself in front of people, get yourself out there.  And then mark off the jobs you do get, and start to get a sense of what your city’s numbers look like.  Journal about the classes you take, and the connections you make, and the plays you read, and the shows you see.  It will help when you are feeling discouraged and feel like you haven’t accomplished anything in a while…You can look back at your journal and see just how much you’ve accomplished!
  • Your Personal Life
    • One of the toughest things is going to be managing your boredom and feeling productive when you don’t have work.  When I’m not in a show, I do voice lessons, but I spend most of my day feeling like I’m wasting time.  And so finding ways to stay productive and continuing your growth between gigs is really vital.  
    • Don’t let yourself stop growing just because you’re out of school.  You’re never done growing, you’re never done learning. There is always farther to grow.