Claudia Kastellanos - Maverick/Entrepreneur/Unorthodox/Cryptic/An enigma of your imagination/Intergalactic Space Rebel.
Welcomes to my blog of personal ponderings/beliefs, film, acting, perspectives in and out of things, things I'm fond of, art, comics, video games etc.
I have a history of fundamental experience working behind the scenes as a Grip, PA, AC, setting up/hauling film equipment, a bit of lighting, and sometimes work with sound on various productions. I've also been building up my credits in front of the camera lately acting. Check out my IMDb and LinkedIn page sometime. :)
Ethnicity: Greek/Irish/Sioux Indian
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Egyptian Astrology: Seth
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Gifts: Acting/Astrology/Psychology/Politics/Belly Dancing/Guitar/Modeling/Graphic Design/Xbox360/Jewelry Design
Interests: Acting, Star Wars, Metaphysical Subjects, Independent Thought, Filmmaking, Liberties, Justice, Inner Freedoms, Space, Dr. Who, Individual Rights, Video games, Architectural Design, Modeling, Paper Art, Comics, Astrophotography, Numerology, Martial Arts Films, Infrared Photography, Astrology, Music Theory, Indie Films, Conspiracies, Geekery, Shamanism, Existentialism and Philosophy.
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"Knowledge gives you power, but character: respect." - Bruce Lee
A discussion came up today on a friend’s Facebook wall regarding "Do you consider a Movie/TV Extra an Actor?" Many people had much to say, some extremists, some non-bias, some easy going about artistic expression.
To some people it is considered acting in some cases and to some it isn’t. There’s nothing set in stone that it is or isn’t. I don’t hate on whether somebody is in a silent role or speaking role or facial expression role or non-glorified pantomiming vs glorified pantomiming etc. I love it all! I love the art.
Acting is Art - Art is Acting. It’s also sort of like….I have many friends who paint/draw beautiful landscapes, portraits, abstract pieces, and murals - If they are not published in a magazine somewhere for all to see, and are unknown to many/some this does not mean they are dubbed/categorized “NOT an artist” - They most definitely are an Artist. #Art #Artists #Acting #Modeling #Expression #Freedom #Beauty #Elitism
What is “Grown-Up”? How can you tell?
Adult/Grown-Up/Mature mean different things sometimes to different people. Adult can be a physical appearance, a responsibility, a way/perspective of life, psychological understanding, inner freedom, level of happiness, moral/ethic principles, a house, car, baby etc. Sometimes people equate maturity with a number - Age. Although, some can be considered old in the physical but young in the realms of mental or spiritual and vice versa. Being mature/grown can be cyclical.
What was “adult” or mature to you 10 years ago might have changed and evolved since then. How is it that we can do adult things and still feel like kids? Some of us carry on a child-like wonderment as we explore the world in discovering history’s mysteries they make us feel young inside.
Discovering how the definition/meaning of growing up varies from one culture/persons to the next around the globe somehow makes it easier to understand and accept that it’s changed so much from one generation to the next. There’s no inherent “right” or ultimate answer to this life question.
The definition of “Adult/Grown-up/Mature” will evolve and adapt and fold to fit varying economical and cultural circumstances.
Don’t equate “Grown-up” to the material world. Being grown/mature is bigger than that…
Because someone does not own a car does not mean they are not grown-up, because someone went to a lesser college than you or took a different route does not render them not grown-up, because someone does not have kids does not mean they are not grown-up, because someone does not have healthcare does not mean they are not grown-up. Grown-up means more than those material things - it means more than that on deep inner levels of your being.
At a certain age in school usually, we all get the question of “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” Or “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Kids start naming what they want to be/why. It’s a lot of pressure on a kid to ask such a big thing and a life path like that in-advance. Who cares if little Suzie or Jimmy says “I don’t know yet.” It’s not like they receive an F for the day if they can’t answer, but many children do feel pressured and answer for the sake of answering. It takes a lot more courage to say that you don’t know, and especially for children. Some love the perks or feel of thinking they know everything already - They want that gold star sticker from the teacher or just stick it on themselves. (I sure as hell am not doing whatever I said I wanted to be or do when I was a kid. Haha.) Sometimes their might not even be a glamorized title out there for what you wanted to do - So, you go and invent it. Invent yourself.
After all, Life is not about finding yourself but rather creating yourself, right?
I think that when children are young and they start noticing economic differences between friends/families and if they feel that they are pretty high on that economic pyramid they tend to have more confidence to answer what they wish to be/do when they grow-up with varying extravagance vs. an economically underprivileged child. Inferiority/Superiority sets in and judgements/respect levels based around economic standards starts to happen.
Leaving Home - Historical Perspectives:
"From at least the latter part of the Middle Ages until the second half of the nineteenth century or the early years of this century, it was common in rural England for young adults to leave their parental households to work as agricultural servants in other households for a prolonged period." - David Sven Reher "Family Ties in Western Europe: Persistent Contrasts"
"The history of home-leaving in the U.S. since 1880 largely reflects changes in social conventions, family relationships, and individual characteristics. During the Long First Half of the Twentieth Century, one of the most important factors in the rising age of home-leaving was declining adult mortality, which led to declining rates of orphanhood. High rates of immigration into the U.S. up until the 1920s also influenced the age at which young people left home, because young adults who immigrated by themselves during the peak years were necessarily away from the home of their parents. Finally, social change that led to decreased child labor and increased schooling in the first decades of the century led to later home leaving." Another element – parental life expectancy increased, so that involuntary home-leaving also went down." - Thomas W. Pullum "Three Eras of Young Adult Home Living.."
In the U.S., “Economic opportunity in the community also influenced when a child left home. A young adult who could not find a way to contribute to the family economy while remaining at home might leave to look for work… . The change was due in part to technological advances in factories and legal reforms requiring children to be in school. New cultural perspectives also contributed to the change. One result was that while middle class parents viewed urban or non-family related work as damaging to young people, they believed that labor involvement in a family farm or small business was morally and physically wholesome.” - Thomas W. Pullum (Three Eras of Young Adult Home Living..)
Sometimes people block out their childhood/ways growing up because they are bad memories for them or when wars in religion and politics were going on…
"When I was born, the Chinese Communist Party had been governing China for several years. I grew up with the idea, instilled in me by the Party, that my childhood was happier than that of the children in pre-communist China. If this is true, the children in pre-Communist China must have been very unhappy indeed, since my childhood wasn’t a happy one; in fact, I feel like crying whenever the memory of my childhood is brought back to me." - Yafei Hu "My Youth in China"
In Ancient civilizations of long ago like Greece, India, Rome, Egypt etc. “Growing-up” occurred even earlier in age and was more pressurized than today…
"When a Greek child was born, the father could decide whether to keep the child or not. If the child appeared weak or was a girl, sometimes the father would abandon the child. Once a child was accepted by the father, he or she was treated well. Greek children had toys and spent the day playing games. When boys became seven years old, they started school. They learned math, reading, and writing. Sometimes they would also learn a musical instrument. When they got older they learned how to debate. Girls did not go to school. Children were considered adults by the age of 13." - Ancient Greek History for Kids: Daily Life
Sometimes becoming adult/the person you want to be in life can be hindered in certain cultures regardless of religion/race but by numbers: Age and number of family members…
"Growing up in India can be hard, especially if you’re part of a large family. But in my experience, it’s nearly impossible for girls growing up in India to become the women they want to be. I was born and raised in Andhra Pradesh, a state on the south eastern coast of India. My family was Catholic – in a state where 90% of the people are Hindu and 8% are Muslim! But the culture of mistreating girls pervades everywhere in India, even into Catholic homes. I know that if I hadn’t fought hard for my education, I would have ended up married off right after secondary school, living in a village in Andhra Pradesh with a husband I didn’t love. " - Viva - Together for Children: Growing Girls in India
Growing up means different things to different people and come with many obstacles for many in obtaining it all around the world.
So, What does “Grown-Up” mean to you in this day and age?