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I rise when I rise with dreams lucid and exoteric. I record my dreams with my non-dominant hand, since my left hand in this case, seems to have direct access to whatever was doing the dreaming just moments before. If there is any morsel I can pick up and use during the day, I do. By actually playing the song I woke up singing, or by wearing the necklace I fantasized I was donning, I am practicing “living my dreams” and any chance I can symbolically or literally live that ritual is an opportunity I shan’t miss.
I lie in bed as long as I do listening to the birds. They are such creative creatures with a real sense of play. They remind me how to be free and I begin my day.
After a rapid ambidextrous skin brushing, I take 1/2 liter of ionic mineralized water. Water is one thing I’m serious about. I have two 5 gallon glass water bottles filled with reverse osmosis, restructured with ionic minerals, a mineral wand hand-packed with rock dust from my friends at http://remineralize.org, a solar-charged quartz crystal and a living water mandala created with intension by the magickal artist, Ollin of http://r6xx.com. I attach their websites here solely because they are specialists in a rare metier.
After giving myself water, I give my plants water as well; wheat grass, sprouts, germinated nuts, orchids, succulents and other air purifying beauties that cohabit perfectly with me in Hollywood, this massive metropolitan area that always seems more like a tropical paradise than a city to me. Especially on Sundays when I go to “church”, aka: the farmer’s market. Oh! Southern California provides the organic produce for the world and here it is exchanged with a smile from the farmer herself to me.
I throw my favorite song onto the iTunes wireless home stereo and commence abdominal workout that includes crunches, Pilates and dancer floor barre. To do core training with proper technique one must “work from one’s center”. Finding my center before the rest of the day is wise indeed.
My food intake is liquid for the first 3/4 of the day. A shot of noni, later a shot of home-grown wheat grass (juiced in my human-powered juicer), later a shot of thawed algea. Next I squeeze fresh, local oranges mixed with spirulina and home-fermented kombucha to make a raw mimosa (served in a champagne glass, of course). Later, blend up a smoothie in my human-powered blender with a banana, local strawberries, MSM, spirulina, flower pollen (it’s not a bee product) and apricot kernels on top. I serve this in a wine glass. There’s something to the ritual of presentation, as well as preparation.
I then rock out on my Powerbook answering emails and submitting myself on the industry casting websites for an hour before I’ve got to get out of the apartment.
If the audition is in Hollywood, I ride my pink flamed Electra cruiser to the casting call. Maybe I’m acting a controversial scene in a feature film, maybe I’m delivering a one-liner for a television episodic. Maybe I’m cracking bull whips or spinning fire poi for a commercial casting, or maybe I’m learning 6 eights of choreography for a music video. If the audition is too far away to bicycle, I drive my waste vegetable oil-fueled Jetta and sing at the top of my lungs.
Every day is entirely different, so acting like I know what I’m doing is just an illusion anyway. I most often read scripts I have been offered or read about elephants instead. I’ll visit my agents and my manager to remind us I’m alive, or I’ll visit the park to practice knife throwing (also a great reminder).
I eat lots of kale salads and local, organic fruit. The occasional Maya Bar, Go Raw pumpkin seeds or Manitoba hemp treat.
No matter what I eat though, I always get a good 2 hour work out in. Being a vegetarian pro dancer for most of my life, I’m most often asked, “From where do I get my protein?”. Honestly, lack of protein is not causing obesity or fragility in developed countries – lack of exercise is. Raw fooders are not exempt. So I take two dance classes or a Bikram yoga class. I take every stair case two (or three!) steps at a time and I use a theraband and free weights while I chat on the phone.
My favorite way to work out without feeling that I’ve worked at all, is unquestionably a nite each week at the Goth club or the Drum and Bass party. Dancing is a potent emotional, social and physical exercise. I am well traveled and consider myself fortunate to live in Hollyweird, host to the best dance club scene I have found in the world. Amen.
Whether it is 11pm or 4am, there is time for a dechlorinated bath soak to resolve my day. With hand-poured palm wax candles and a final read from that elephant book, I become clean and languid, allowing the water and the day to dissolve down the drain.
Finishing the day as I began, with one last glass of water and the ritualistic placement of a DIY reused paper journal on the bed stand, I urge myself into one organically sheeted king sized bed. There, I can finally find horizontal, sleeping until rested, perchance waking with vision so I can “live my dreams” all over again.
http://tonyakay.com makes available the mysteries of Tonya Kay’s artistic career. http://kayosmarket.com makes available the first ever published Raw Nutritional Analysis: A Month On Tonya Kay’s Diet, as well as Tonya Kay’s instructional fire/poi spinning work-out videos.
Originally published in Get Fresh Magazine
The Lalas Burlesque on Lifetime’s Little Women LA!
Classic cars, dangerous dames and pinup pole dancers – all your favorite things in one place! Find out more about our 1955-1965 vintage event with retro-burlesque, champion pole dancers, nostalgia films and rockin throwback soundtrack, Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show http://pinuppoleshow.com/. See you at our next cruise-in and show!
produced by Tonya Kay http://tonyakay.com
filmed by Johan Johnson and crew http://johanclicks.com
edited by Marti Matulis http://martimatulis.com
featured models and cast members: Tonya Kay, Monica Kay, Brynn Route, Janell Burgess, Kate Bera, Tara Phillips, Kimberly Stebbins, Meggan Marie, SuzeQ
show cars: Voodoo Disciples, Tweety Bird Hot Rod, Disco Station, Grape Space Coaster and more
sponsored by: Platinum Stages, The Federal, Red Dolly Swimwear
thumbnail photo: Tim Hunter
Legless Corpse finds out how I was cast in horror film, The Butchers (aka Death Factory overseas), what it was like to work with full bleed-out special effects and what’s next!
Recently we here at the ‘Corpse had a chance to speak with actress/dancer/activist Tonya Kay. Having enjoyed her performance in last year’s The Butchers, we were proud to have the opportunity to chat with her about that role and her other endeavors.
LeglessCorpse: How did you become involved with TheButchers? Conceptually, it’s a pretty cool idea for a horror movie; what were your thoughts when you saw the script?
Tonya Kay: I auditioned for The Butchers, but for a different role than I was cast in. STAR, the rebellious Goth lover, was perfect for me and I’m lucky Debbie Sheridan Casting spotted me and production supported it, even though my hair was very blonde and not stereotypically Goth at all.
I read the script and immediately started researching serial killers. I hadn’t even been offered the role. I was compelled. These deviants are documented and there’s a lot of police reports and detail. As an actor, it’s the research that turns me on about the creative process; that’s when you learn everything about the person, mannerisms, era, styles, beliefs, fashion, music, society – everything. The Butchers research made me a little batty, I confess.
LC: What was it like on set? Any memories that stick out in your mind? Read full Tonya Kay with Legless Corpse for The Butchers interview here.
A horror film my fellow vegans may even relish! This is my next starring role, THE ARTIST, in The Art of Murder feature film presented by Seraph Films. But guess what … I’m producing this time, too! Our trailer is live – please support our work and share with your friends.