Hello, My Lovelies! :)
What a magical Monday it is, because, look, here we are! Welcome to Vagabond et Virtuosa - a blog I've been dreaming about launching for the last year, and the day has finally arrived! Yipee, Huzzah, oh happy day! So what exactly does this blog/vlog/portfolio-esque thing entail? Well, my darlings, let me give you the scoop!
Vagabond et Virtousa means, inititally, an artist who travels - and kitty cats, that's exactly what I am! An artist ( a female one [hence the 'A,']) who has travelled around the world and I don't plan on stopping until my dying day. The beginning of my adventures took flight (hehe punny) when I was on my first school trip to France and Spain when I was thirteen years old, and since then (ironically) I have been to thirteen countries and counting and 30 different states! I'm 22 and you best believe my journey doesn't stop there! I've gained so much valuable experience for a girl my age in regards to culture, observation, people, community service, perspective, and so much more that I can't wait to share with you! Now, for the artist part - what's that all about?
I started reading and writing (not very well as you can imagine) children's books when I was three years old. I continued on throughout my childhood and teenage years with writing short stories, articles, painting, photography, singing, a little bit of acting and illustration - you name it! I was an artist skilled in many different platforms (a happy virtuosa, indeed) and these sporadic talents are what landed me at film school in Downtown Los Angeles in 2014! For the last four years I studied directing and screenwriting, and all the while have worked as a freelance artist in both, as well in modeling, acting, illustration, singing, authorship, and photography! I was paid to do all of that fun stuff?! What a privilege. How fudging cool is that?! I've gained a lot of knowledge of Los Angeles and what different stepping stones to take to make way into the Entertainment Industry, and boy, it's a whole different world out here! In fact, all that I have learned and lived through here is what lead me to creating this blog, and without further adieu...
In Vagabond et Virtuosa I want share my experiences and advice in traveling the world and being a hyphenated artist in Los Angeles, and prove to my lady artists (or everyone, really) that you can travel the world, become a professional (and paid artist), and create some bomb masterpieces along the way! You don't have to live out in Hollywood to make your dreams come true. If you want the world to see your art, you make your way around the world, showcasing whatever it is you do, wherever you go, and by being your beautiful self!
My overall mission is to make it known that it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, what people say, or what your circumstances are - you can create and impact the world in your own beautiful and unique way - and the first step is being yourself, connecting to other people, looking and listening with everything you have - and overall, becoming the best human being and artist through this experience we call life! I can't wait to begin this journey with you where we can build and grow together! Stay tuned my lovely, loves!
Love you always, my home slices!
Your friendly neighborhood Vagabond et Virtuosa
(AKA Mary Gabrielle Strause)