Celine Dion Biography

Celine Dion hails from a small town called Charlemagne in Quebec. Celine is the youngest of 14 children. Celine's family owned a pub and on weekends the whole family would perform for their customers. Celine started singing at the young age of five and by twelve, Celine, her mother, and brother wrote a song, which changed the course of her destiny.

Rene Angelil, currently, her husband and manager, heard the song. Celine's voice captivated Angelil and knew instantly that there was a major talent here. In 1981, Angelil mortgaged his house to invest in her first album.

International recognition came about when Celine was awarded the Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo and concurrently, the much sought after Musician's Award for Top Performer. As well, in 1983, Dion received a Gold Record in France, the very first Canadian to do so. Moreover, Celine was awarded numerous Felix Awards and had many platinum albums, culminating in 1988 with the distinguished Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin Ireland. Celine sang live before a 600 million-television audience throughout Europe.

Celine's career escalated to one of a pop icon known worldwide when she recorded the title song for Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Celine has one of the world's superlative voices mastering her craft with hit after hit. She is an international superstar.

Celine is currently married to her manager, Rene Angelil and has one son, Charles Rene.

Catherine Kenyeres is a freelance writer and publisher of [http://www.best-4u-tickets.com]. Catherine has written numerous articles on entertainment.

Japanese Pottery With Sophisticated Naturalness

Japanese Pottery can be both rustic and elegant, defining your style as both natural and sophisticated. Pottery from Echizen is some of the greatest quality pottery in Japan.

Echizen is the old name for Fukui prefecture, which is just north of Kyoto on the Japan Sea. Fukui has established a pottery village that gathers various potters to live there and create there.

This is my wife Satomi's hometown in Fukui prefecture, and whenever we visit, we stop by the potter's places to see what their latest works of rustic Japanese pottery are. We always try to negotiate a good price, but overall Echizen ware is on the higher end of Japanese pottery.

We have come to respect these artists and the time and dedication that they put forth in creating each and every work of art. However, combined with my wife's and my sense of artistic style and what we think you would enjoy we handpick every work of art that we bring to you. My wife Satomi was born and raised in Fukui, therefore we periodically visit and search out the best works of art for the best price we can.

This Echizen pottery tradition began in the late Heian period (794-1185). The majority of styles are made from clay that is rich in iron, which gives it a darker, reddish-brown color.

This rustic look is the quintessence of what they call wabi-sabi in Japanese, which is a concept of perfection within imperfection and impermanence. The beauty stems from so-called accidents that occur during the firing, when a myriad of colors can emerge to form a one-of-a-kind natural art piece. They are left in their natural form without glazing or polishing the exterior. The artists ultimately determine the price of their artwork, but we see it as our job to find the best or most interesting within a wide variety of price ranges.

My family and I have enjoyed walking around the outdoor art park as well as participating in their hands on workshop. Needless to say, appreciating beautiful natural works of art and creating them are not always the same. The Pottery Park is definitely a place you should add to your travel plans if you are in the area. There is a lot to see and do as well.

We have tried the hands on workshops they offer and I've come to realize that although I am an artist, I lean more towards the painting and music side of the arts. It has taken awhile but have reached the level of being able to sell these items to you. Similarly, our deep appreciation for Japanese pottery and aesthetics gives us confidence that we can select the very best pieces for you.

We hope we could share with you some of the simplistic beauty of Echizen pottery. The high degrees at which the kilns are set make for only a few successful pieces with an in interesting color pattern to emerge. The serene simplicity which stems from the convergence of mother nature and an artist's creativity is unparalleled. To gain an appreciation for the rustic Japanese pottery of the Echizen area, you should definitely add Fukui to your list of travel destinations.

If you are interested in seeing examples of this type of natural and sophisticated Japanese pottery you can visit Serene Gardens.
Joshua M. Smith, PhD., is the owner of Grand Island Serene Gardens, a website and store dedicated to both traditional and contemporary Japanese gardening, culture, and art. He received his PhD in Japan at Osaka University and researches various areas of Japanese culture, such as Japanese music and Japanese gardens.

Some Movie Casting Tips

It is very important for aspiring performers to participate in as many good stage productions as possible. Not only will the experience be noteworthy on your resume as prior experience, but it will also get you noticed. It does not necessarily have to be high budget productions, but could be college, community or Equity-waiver or showcase-code productions. Showcase code or equity-waver productions is a legal term in the entertainment field, used for shows performed in theaters having ninety-nine seats or less. Union membership is not required purpose of these productions is not necessarily to get paid for performances, but to practice and showcase your craft. They offer a great opportunity to be seen by agents and casting directors.

Some acting schools and workshops showcase their students periodically, and it can serve aspiring performers well, since coaches and mentors may have contacts with agents and casting directors. The best choice with the most potential, could be a professional showcase. Screen Actors Guild (SAG) offers these showcases for their members. Some well known and reputable theaters that will present about 15 three-minute scenes during the lunch hour in industry people will normally invited. The audience is valuable to performers, because it gives industry personnel the chance to see new talent in a very short time.

A word of caution, is that you should not attempt to participate in such showcase until you are confident in your abilities or until your have reach or approaching the professional level. These showcases can be costly, and they operate on the premise of auditioning prospective participants first. You must be an accomplished actor with some credentials to be accepted. The showcases are undirected and you are on your own. The scene that you select should be one which you feel you can master.

    * Keep the scene within the allotted three minutes, which should be more than enough time to show your ability.
    * Get straight to the point in the scene that calls for the strongest reaction. Grab the viewer as early as possible.
    * Avoid heavy dramatic scenes. Short upbeat scenes will be better at catching attention.
    * Find something relatively new and unknown.
    * Select a character suitable with your personality, and within your are range.
    * Avoid stretching to demonstrate range,do a scene in which you can be comfortable and have fun.

If you are struggling in the beginning of your career, it can be the best time to develop and promote your personae. Postcards and headshots must be sent repeatedly, as well as a continuous search for casting calls. The business is extremely competitive, but the more contact you make, the greater your opportunities.