VA & CAS

Hi there, I got this little space for free when I subscribed to WordPress, and apparently there is no way to remove it from my site. So, thanks to WordPress, i’ll give this blog-writing-thing a go. Sometimes someone has to push you! 😀

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My name is Cassandra, and for as long as I can remember I am a huge nerd who loves nothing more than creating new stories and telling them to anyone who’ll listen to me. At the moment I am directing and writing for Purple Pill  (purplepill.io). With a cool team of nerds and creatives we develop Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality projects. For one of these projects I was looking for the right actors, so I visited Kemna Casting and someone there asked me if there is such a thing as a training program for acting in VR/AR. We all know about Andy Serkis and his acting school, which is a bit in the same field, but I felt like there were so many more possibilities and challenges.

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On my way home  – cycling of course, like a proper Dutchie – I suddenly thought about opportunities and got lost (which I still do, although Amsterdam is my hometown for two years now). I stopped at an unknown place and bought myself a beer. I was sitting there for hours and my plan for Virtual Acting arose in my head. I got so excited about this new concept that I couldn’t sleep. So I spent my nights and weekends shaping Virtual Acting, I talked to entrepreneurs in my network about this idea and discussed my plans with my colleagues at Purple Pill and the partners of our company who helped me realize these trainings on Virtual Acting.

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Why VA?
I’m not really sure how to label myself. What I do know is that I love nothing more than to direct, act, write and produce and that I was as happy as a child when I finally put on the Xsens suit for the first time and saw my uncoordinated moves translated to a digitally animated character. I wasn’t born as tech-nerdy as I am today. In fact, I used to be a little bit afraid of my nerdy side because I feared it would interfere with the things I love, like books, theatre and movies. But as I got more and more used to technology, I discovered that it actually opens countless of opportunities. That’s what makes it so addicting to me. The only limitation left is the limitation of your own imagination.

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We are probably only at the beginning of ‘life 3.0’. I believe all traditional art forms can learn so much from these new technologies. On the other hand we can improve hardware and software by using the input of creators. I’m really looking forward to all the new questions that we are going to ask ourselves, and the ethical and philosophical debates that will come with it. There is so much I like to do, but since I need some sleep every once in a while, I can’t do it all at once. That’s why I’m starting with the passion that I’ve had since I was five: Acting!

I really hope to meet many people who are as excited as I am. Let’s bring the industry a little bit further.

See you soon!

Cas.

 

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