Beauty is a Curse that all Artists understand

When people receive hurt, they hurt others. That hurt does not go away but merely grows exponentially.
But real artists do not pass on this hurt. They contain it. They transform it. And hopefully, if they survive it, it is transformed into an energy of healing for this world.

With so much pain and suffering in this world today, it is no surprise to me that more and more great artists pass on.
Real artists take their responsibilities seriously. They refuse to send out that hurt.
They accept the hurt – willingly – so that they can translate it into something beautiful.
They then send that beauty out into the world – pain purified through their time and effort – their poetry, music, films, paintings, sculptures, dancing, cooking, and many other art forms… delivered to this world, accepted or not, taken for granted or not, but which ultimately heal this world, little by little.

Art is nourishment for all the souls of this Universe.

For some artists, there is only so much hurt they can take.
For the rest of them, they try their best to survive day by day, getting better, translating better, and hoping to purify this world of hate and hurt.

So, to all the artists out there – I want to say:

Thank you.

Take care of yourselves!
You are loved. You are cherished. You are gifted.
Do not be afraid to take a break once in a while.
Yes – Art is seductive; Art is addictive; and Art is beautiful.
And ultimately, it is your Art that you will leave behind that will transcend all dimensions of the Universe.

But Art takes time to be Beautiful.

Beauty. A Curse. A Blessing. A Gift.
One which, all artists know very well and will not trade for eternity.

With Love,

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The Fleeting Day

On little fly, don’t be so blue.
Open your eyes to the world before you.

Every corner you see is painted with beauty.
Your heart is alive as red as it bleeds.

You take in love. You take in sorrow.
You feel today like there is no tomorrow.

Walk forward to a new day.
The light of dawn will shine on your brave.



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Piano Practice at the 5th Annual Fancy Pants Pub Crawl

Two nights ago I attended the 5th Annual Fancy Pants Pub Crawl event held in Anchorage, organized by a few friends. In the spirit of the event, a bunch of us get dressy in fancy clothes to pretend we are rich for one night, and then go downtown and visit several bars.

I always get excited when I see a baby grand piano at a venue. I get even more excited when it is a Yamaha.

Luckily for me, our second destination for the night was Whale’s Tail at the super-classy Captain Cook Hotel. I’ve always wanted to play a baby grand piano wearing a Qi Pao, and on this night, I got my opportunity.

Here’s me playing “Rose” (a.k.a “My Heart Will Go On”) piano music from the film Titanic, composed by the late James Horner. Much thanks to my good friend and talented Film Director Carl Weber for filming this.

It was nice to get lost in the music and let my soul sing through the instrument.

I hope you like it.

With Love,

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It’s Okay

It’s okay to try.
It’s okay to fail.
It’s okay to cry.
It’s okay to be frail.

Society will make rules.
Society will judge you.
Society makes you a fool.
Society tests what’s true.

Beauty is a curse.
Beauty is a blessing.
Beauty gives birth,
To what is missing.

Blessed are the meek,
Who can withstand the strife.
Blessed are the weak,
Who continue to survive.

But only you can choose.
Only you have what’s yours.
You can sing the blues.
Or you can open the door.

Growth is not without pain.
Forward is not without loss.
Rainbow follows the rain.
In sunlight you walk across.

It’s okay to accept joy.
It’s okay to atone.
It’s okay to enjoy.
It’s okay to walk alone.

Life is beautiful.
Life is hurtful.
Life is bountiful.
Life is eternal.



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Chance and Rachel Scene from Chance 2017

I am happy to share with you a scene from the feature film Chance (2017) that was filmed in Alaska by the talented team at Bizzay.

In this scene, I (Rachel) play opposite talented actor Tristan Heil (Chance). This scene was such a joy to film because the acting was intensive, and both of us had to summon a lot of different emotions to make the scene authentic. I am proud of what we achieved artistically. I hope you like it.

With Love,

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