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If you are a fan of @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew and you love acting, theatre, and film - you will LOVE this video (and the affection and respect they have for each other is so endearing!). These two brilliant men have so much wisdom to impart in this video. You laugh, learn, and love. xo Maya p.s. I edited this video. 

This is one of the most hilarious/creative music videos…I have ever seen. Watch it, you won’t regret it! xo Maya

DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down for What

humansofnewyork:

"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?""I’d tell them the same thing I’d tell one person. That if you understand failure, you won’t be afraid of it anymore. Failure isn’t diving on your face, or hitting rock bottom. That’s just being human. You only fail when you decide to not try again. So it’s entirely in your control. Once you understand failure, it’s impossible to fail."

So good. And so true. xo Maya

humansofnewyork:

"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"I’d tell them the same thing I’d tell one person. That if you understand failure, you won’t be afraid of it anymore. Failure isn’t diving on your face, or hitting rock bottom. That’s just being human. You only fail when you decide to not try again. So it’s entirely in your control. Once you understand failure, it’s impossible to fail."

So good. And so true. xo Maya

Rejection Letter: Tim Burton
This Disney editor didn’t consider Tim Burton’s first children’s book, “The Giant Zlig”, marketable enough. Burton took the feedback to heart and feverishly honed his skills. Just a few years later, he became an animator’s apprentice at the company. He went on to become involved in films like “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and “Alice in Wonderland”.
That’s why you never give up on your dreams! xo Maya

Rejection Letter: Tim Burton

This Disney editor didn’t consider Tim Burton’s first children’s book, “The Giant Zlig”, marketable enough. Burton took the feedback to heart and feverishly honed his skills. Just a few years later, he became an animator’s apprentice at the company. He went on to become involved in films like “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and “Alice in Wonderland”.

That’s why you never give up on your dreams! xo Maya

Rejection letter: Andy Warhol. 
In 1956, artist Andy Warhol gave one of his pieces to the Museum of Modern Art - for free. And they still rejected it. Obviously, Andy’s luck turned around pretty fast. On top of having his own museum in Pittsburgh, the very museum that rejected him now features 168 of his original works.
Never give up on your dreams. xo Maya

Rejection letter: Andy Warhol. 

In 1956, artist Andy Warhol gave one of his pieces to the Museum of Modern Art - for free. And they still rejected it. Obviously, Andy’s luck turned around pretty fast. On top of having his own museum in Pittsburgh, the very museum that rejected him now features 168 of his original works.

Never give up on your dreams. xo Maya

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama. xo Maya 


"For me it always goes back to what my mother taught me and my sisters. That all women are beautiful and we should embrace each other. True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others. Beauty should not be culturally relevant, it should be universal.” -Alek Wek

Photography by Herb Ritts for VOGUE. xo Maya 
"For me it always goes back to what my mother taught me and my sisters. That all women are beautiful and we should embrace each other. True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others. Beauty should not be culturally relevant, it should be universal.” -Alek Wek
Photography by Herb Ritts for VOGUE. xo Maya 

"It just shows you how important it is represent everyone in our profession." (x)

Beautiful! And yes get me some tissues!
Xo - Maya

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Beautiful. Transcript of Lupita’s speech at the Oscars tonight. xo - Maya

"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.

Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life. [Tears, applause.] I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.

Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into Solomon, telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much. You were my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. Sean Bobbitt, Kalaadevi, Adruitha, Patty Norris, thank you, thank you, thank you — I could not be here without your work.

I want to thank my family, for your training [laughs] and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one’s for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you’re my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family.

When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.” From The Washington Post.

Beautiful. Transcript of Lupita’s speech at the Oscars tonight. xo - Maya

"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.

Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life. [Tears, applause.] I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.

Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into Solomon, telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much. You were my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. Sean Bobbitt, Kalaadevi, Adruitha, Patty Norris, thank you, thank you, thank you — I could not be here without your work.

I want to thank my family, for your training [laughs] and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one’s for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you’re my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family.

When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.” From The Washington Post.

Written by 8th Grader Jordan Nichols. 
Amazing and beautiful. xo - Maya Contreras

Written by 8th Grader Jordan Nichols. 

Amazing and beautiful. xo - Maya Contreras

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