y name is Laneth, and I’ll be your guide and host on this site.
I’m a nerdy 30-something from Melbourne, with interests that fall generally under the ‘arts’ umbrella; acting, singing, writing, watching animé and comic/fantasy/sci-fi-related films and TV shows. Those are the main ones, and while I do have others, they tend to take a back-seat to these more prominent pursuits.
Two things, however, that could be used to describe me outside of the interests listed above, would have to be:
I’ve always had a hard time writing ‘about me’ pages, so please hang in there while I dust off my writing fingers and give this a red hot go!
A little history…
It’s taken me almost my whole 30+ years to come to terms with who I am and where I am headed, so it’s only now that I can confidently describe myself as an actor. It’s something I’ve incorporated into my life from a young age, partly as a coping mechanism for the hardships of my upbringing but is mostly just my most honest means of expression.
I’ve always had a penchant for the dramatic, infusing drama into everything I do. It’s only natural that I thrive on stage or in front of a camera, and it is my most heartfelt desire to pursue a career as an actor moving forward as I grow older. It’s never too late to start!
I am also quite a philosophical person, taking a view on the world and life that incorporates the viewpoints and ideas of many religions and ideologies, both from the real world and fiction; being eclectic allows me to keep my mind as open and questions as it can be. My biggest philosophy and life-lesson learned revolves around Truth and how it can indeed set one free; my life is an open book, and I share my story willingly to any who seeks to ask me about it.
What I do
At any given time during any normal week, you can find me doing these things:
Starting in 2006, I embarked on a journey into Australian Corporate Compliance as it relates to Tax and the formation of companies, trusts, self-managed superannuation funds, and a whole lot more. When my brain decided to play up in late-2012, requiring surgery, I stepped away from the almost-seven year career I’d built and into what I could come to call “The Dark Times”.I’ve now recently stepped back into corporate work, only this time working in an accounting firm and flying solo instead of being part of a team; the challenge so-far has been great, and I’m proud to say that I’m rising to meet it! I was initially worried that I’d crumble under the pressure of not having a more experienced corporate secretarial colleague to lean on and refresh my memory, especially as I’d been out of it all for almost four years, but I’ve found my knowledge to have come flooding back with each day that has passed!
Despite it having been perhaps my only real dream since a young age, I never believed enough in myself to even try pursuing acting in any real sense. This is due, in part, to the overwhelming criticism and condemnation from my parents, coming frequently enough in my younger years to instil the lack of self-belief that would carry forward until I passed 30.After hitting one of the lowest points in my life in 2014, I finally had the epiphany I so desperately needed, telling myself that I was good enough and that I should actually listen to those all around me that kept telling me to do it. It wasn’t going to fall in my lap, and the lack of ‘qualifications’ and training meant nothing; I have a natural ability to act, and I’m now no longer denying it!
Despite having initially started studying Mandarin in the first half of 2006, I’ve always had a deep-seated fascination and respect for the Japanese people and culture. It most likely came at a young age when I began to study Japanese Ju-Jitsu, taking on board quite deeply the Bushido teachings and honour-code, and having it form a definitive part of my psyche.As I grew older, my connection to the Japanese culture only grew stronger, though like acting I ignored the pull and focused instead on building up a life I ultimately did not want.Around the same time as I was recovering from my brain surgery, I found the resolve to begin studying the culture a little more closely, and decided that it would be my first proper overseas holiday destination. Now in late-2016, I’ve made the decision to begin properly learning the language in the hope that my holiday will become an extended stay, with the intention being to teach English and seek out potential voice acting in animé
Shortly before I left home at seventeen, I began sporadically working on a fantasy novel concept that would ultimately not see a whole heap of progress until closer to 2016. That fact aside, I was hit with a bolt of Awen (inspiration) and wrote out some concept drafts for what would become pivotal scenes in the book.In late 2015, I had the final idea for how the story would end, but there were several very important factors to the story that I just hadn’t figured out, and since I wasn’t in the best headspace at the time, I only managed to hang onto the detail of how it would end, not why or when.Around my birthday in 2016, the final pieces slid into place at around 6:30 in the evening, and I sat at my computer with notebook and iPad spread across my desk, writing and note-taking and planning until almost 4:00am the next day! Progress has definitely been made since, but my writing moods are few-and-far-between, so it’s still slow going!
Where I’m At Right Now
I’ve been working on writing a novel since I was sixteen, but only recently had the final pieces of the story click into place; I only have to write it now!I have a keen interest in learning Japanese and travelling there soon, so I’m going to track my learning of the language here;and I’m judging my cooking skill here because it’s something I love and am pretty proud of, but obviously need to improve!
That’s enough for now, my friends.
As I said earlier, my life is an open book. Feel free to get in touch with me to have a chat and get to know me, if you feel so inclined. I can be found lurking on the following social media channels:
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