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Of costuming, careers, and companions

Show's done, was a resounding success. I'm not quite done; still have to do laundry again and sort everything to go back where it belongs. Then I am so not doing this (i.e. being The One In Charge) more than once a year, at least not while I have a full-time day job.

However, y'know what's good for a designer's ego? Actors saying goodbye to their costumes during strike. :-D

Am in the throes of my periodic circling back around to the notion of finding a good ASL interpreting program, getting state certification (assuming Illinois has such a thing), and moving to that as my day job. The idea keeps getting discarded/deferred because it involves a commitment to going back to school, which is incompatible with doing theatre while also working. But the more I think about it, the more I'm realizing that it would be worth doing no theatre for the duration of a good certification program, because it will lead to that actor-friendly job that keeps eluding me. So long as I'm hamstrung by the Monday-through-Friday 8-to-5 with rather strictly limited time off, there will always be exasperating constraints on what I can do theatre-wise. Interpreting will be much more flexible, and will probably (especially if I get certified for specialty interpreting like legal) come with better hourly pay. Now that I'm committed to no theatre for the rest of the summer in order to pay some attention to the house, I may have to investigate extending that for this purpose.

Sometimes it's all about the order in which we do things. I'm holding out less and less hope of finding a solid full-time job in a costume shop; and a more flexible other job could also allow for doing overhire for the Marriott or the Goodman, both of which have said to let them know if I'm ever available for same.

Watched "Curse of Fenric" last night for the first time in a while. I had forgotten that they were shooting exteriors on video at that point -- quite startlingly odd-looking on DVD! Also forgot just how spookily Ace resembled Ingrid Bergman with the 1940s hair. O_O

Need to dig out a couple of Fifth Doctor stories (from the Scary Videotape Closet that we have yet to organize since the move), especially "Terminus," in order to feed a Whofic plotbunny that's been bouncing around my brain for the past several days. It's all mrv3000's fault. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. May be asking for beta volunteers shortly.


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Jun. 27th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
If you want to do legal interpreting, when you get certified, I can give you the names of a couple of places that do certified legal interpreting. :)

And if you feel like watching Fifth Doctor stuff, give a holler, maybe? If you're in the mood for company. I think Adam would like some Doctor Who geeking out.
Jun. 27th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
I can give you the names of a couple of places that do certified legal interpreting. :)

Interpreter agencies, you mean? 'Cause that would be awesome.

And I'll give that holler if I'm going to be watching them in the living room. Right now I'm hoping to get some of my old shows (as the most irreplaceable of the tapes) converted to DVD while brainiacfive is out of town. So if I watch Who this week, it'll be up in the office while that's going in the living room.

However, if I don't get to it this week, we'll see what happens. It'll be pretty spontaneous, but you are only a few minutes away.
Jun. 27th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yep, interpreter agencies. I can pull up two or three names at the drop of a hat.

And cool, thanks on the Who!
Jun. 27th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Legal interpreting would be an awesome gig for you. Speaking as a person who put creativity on hold for the two years of my paralegal certification program, it's frustrating, and you'll miss it, but it'll be so worth it if you manage to get a little freedom at the end. Break a leg.
Jun. 27th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Ace is one of my favorite companions, perhaps my most favorite. (Except maybe Turlough, but I totally had a crush on him, so I don't know if that counts.)

Sometimes I can tell the difference between video and film, but not always. Of course, I've also almost entirely given up on "watching" movies, instead just listening to them while trying to do ten other things. :)
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I can tell the difference between video and film, but not always.

I wasn't in the habit of noticing until almost the end of DW's original run. I think I was already in college when I found out about the video for interiors/film for exteriors paradigm. Probably around the time they switched to all video for some Seventh Doctor stories.

But it's almost impossible not to notice on DVD.
Jun. 27th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
I think you should go for the certification. You clearly enjoy it, and would most likely enjoy working as an interpreter more than a "regular day job." Not to mention the fact that you'd be great at it. :) ::hugs::

And you could still maybe feed the creative side by occasional open-mike nights, or the odd (one-off)costuming job, or something...?
Jun. 27th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
just found this: http://www.rid.org/

which is a Registry of interpreters for the deaf. There's a section on finding training programmes, and about a national certification. :)
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
Thanks! I knew the organization existed, but had never got round to tracking down their website.

Hmmm. Must make ASL/Deaf culture icon, methinks...
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
:) Glad to help-- I look forward to bragging about you to all my friends. :) (Not that I don't brag about you all ready, but... ;)
Jun. 27th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on a job well done with your costumes!!!! :D
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yay on the costumes!

Re: interpreting, yeah, Illinois and the RID have gotten very demanding and very expensive.

Waubonsee College has an interpreter training program (it's where Husband went) and I think there's one other in the area. I'd check out Waubonsee's web site and ring them up for wherever the other one is to see what's closer.

Jun. 27th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks! I hadn't gotten as far as figuring out where I needed to look, so this is very helpful.

Do you have any Fifth Doctor stuff among the DVDs you've borrowed? I'm pretty sure you have mostly Fourth, but figured I'd check. I also need to revisit some late Fourth (i.e. early Nyssa) stuff, actually.
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
re: looking...one of the things you'll want specifically to look at is whether the place you're investigating has a solid ASL portion of the program. An exceptional interpreter, of course, should be able to modify amongst ASL and more English-based sign depending on the client's preferred dialect, but the ASL is the harder to find good educ courses in.

I have "The Five Doctors," but I think that's the only Five I've got. OH! And, while rewatching same, I watched teh scenes with Sarah very closely (surprise, surprise) and when K9 is trying to get her not to go out, she takes him seriously until he says, "My sensors indicate the Doctor is involved." That's when she says, "Well, now I KNOW you're imagining things," with that Sarah-annoyance tone, and that's when she dismisses him and goes ahead out.

I don't think I have anythign Nyssa here at all except the few things I've got somewhere on tape.

Miss you! *hugs* Perhaps I can come over for some DW stuff one evening or Saturday when I can get off of home duty and we can hang out or watch stuff or I can help with the house or keep you company. :-)
Jun. 27th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Good point. As far as general signing, it's actually the more Englishy stuff I need to learn -- my PSE is eccentric at best, and my SEE nonexistent. But being most comfortable at the ASL end of the spectrum, I definitely want a program where I can train for that in interpreter-specific terms.

Oddly enough, that Sarah clip was in the Peter Moffatt interview I watched last week (one of the DVD extras on "The Visitation"). :-D I had forgotten all about it too! So she had already decided he was never coming back...

Saturday I may or may not be doing some overtime. But if I'm not, it would be a great day to hang out. (Assuming I'm not babysitting the house painters while they do our doors, since Guy In Charge forgot that Jack is out of town this week that they've run over into...) Even if I do work, I could come over in the evening (and maybe even hang out until morning and fetch brainiacfive from the airport). I would LOVE to babble at you about the plotbunny.

Otherwise, I'm free evenings except Thursday. Tomorrow I need to take rental stuff to Batavia, but that won't take long (and may get put off to Saturday, depending on when the box of bowties and armbands worn by the orchestra gets located...). Tonight I need to get further with the show laundry/sorting, and I'm currently leaning toward Friday for the Great Belmont Kimono Quest. But really, any night other than Thursday is feasible. Saturday we'd have more time, tho, if you can get it. :-D
Jun. 27th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Watched "Curse of Fenric" last night for the first time in a while.

As one of the very last episodes in the original program run, this was when Doctor Who was finally getting really good again. Obviously I don't remember the backgrounds as it isn't as obvious when watching original runs, but it's an interesting point.

I have to say that to me Ace was really "just another companion" rather than anything special. She was certainly better than Mel, and Peri had that rather annoying voice. She did work well with Doctor #7 though, which was nice to see. It's a pity that the show went through those crappy years. I guess I'm more nostalgic for Tom Baker and early Peter Davidson than anything else.

And with Terminus, all you have to remember is that Nyssa finally took off her court clothes and walked around in her underwear. Or so it seemed. ;)
Jun. 27th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Ace on her own merits would probably be "just another companion" to me, but her chemistry with the Seventh Doctor is particularly notable. As I noted to mrv3000 recently, it's the exception that proves the rule re: my pet theory about companions who see the Doctor through regeneration crisis tending to have a greater impact on him. But that regeneration was a bizarre situation anyway, what with the Rani doping him up and impersonating Mel. O_o

all you have to remember is that Nyssa finally took off her court clothes and walked around in her underwear. Or so it seemed.

What "seemed"? She was literally in her slip after ditching the leper's robe they gave her. (Yes, leave it to a costume designer to automatically process the logistics of clothiing changes. Even a 15-year-old costume-designer-to-be...)

That would be all I had to remember if I weren't (a) trying to get her growing-up process back solid in my head, and (b) needing to recall the infrastructure of the planet/station to figure out how to get her from that point to where I'm planning to put her 15-20 years later.

And actually, she had ditched the velvet some while before. She was in the striped outfit at that point.
Jun. 27th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
I think Snakedance was the last time we saw the velvet. Tegan was running around in the shorts and tube top combo, so I suspect she got shoved into something more revealing (now that Adric wasn't round to make her look like a child).

And she ditched the skirt whilst walking around with Olvir, who was vaguely appreciative, but also highly disturbed.
Jun. 28th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Yup, you're right. And now that I think about it, I think "Snakedance" was actually the only story for the striped outfit. She switched to the blue-grey jacket and skirt in "Mawdryn Undead", and those were the pieces she stripped off when she was getting sick and feverish in "Terminus."

And yeah, I think you're spot-on about Olvir's reaction. Most of the disturbed was probably "oh, crap, she's got the plague," but I suspect some of it was "ummm, how old is this girl?" Sarah was 21, but I've always pegged Nyssa at 16 in "Keeper of Traken," which would make her about 18 when whe left. So technically legal, but with a very protective guardian who happened to be an alien of unknown power.

I suspect she got shoved into something more revealing

You don't have to suspect -- it's documented fact. The producers were apparently blindsided (presumably because they thought of her as a kid, while Tegan was supposed to be the sexy one) when they kept getting letters asking for the return of the fairy skirt and Sarah's legs. According to Sarah when I saw her once at a con, getting her down to her slip in her departure story was a bit of an in-joke on that.
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