Out Of Your Comfort Zone

You need to step
out of your comfort zone
to learn
and to progress
in life.

Comfort zone news from my side:

I am freshly involved in an independent German feature film – Die Kämpfer (Fighters). I was originally asked to be the cinematographer in it, and I was thrilled to get the chance to learn more about professional equipment in such a long-term setting. As it turned out though, what the writer/ director/ producer Heiner Hänsel had also in mind, was to suggest me to act the supporting role in the film.

I am used to be on stage, as I was an active dancer throughout my youth. But talking and acting in front of people, and more intimately so of a camera, is something I have never done and was somewhat afraid of. And as if acting itself wouldn’t be challenging enough for me, it was all to be done in German, a language that I am not so fluent in.

Well, I read the script and decided to take the leap. I knew that I will have an amazing crew by my side to help and support me along the way, so I thought there is not a better time to try this out.

We have now shot the first few scenes, and let me tell you, I’ve learned so much being on the other side of the camera. I know more about what actors go through during the whole process, from learning the lines and finding the character to focusing on set and delivering the best they can. I know now what is needed on the other side. What I can also say – acting is an extremely complex art, so shout out to all you professionals – you are doing an incredible job!

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What this experience has also given me, is the realization how many prejudices I have had for myself. Acting was always like a taboo for me, I thought it was not my thing. So I never tried. I was mostly sure that I could not memorize any lines, but turns out, I am actually pretty good at it.

My personal interest lies more on the other side of the lens, but as I jumped in front of the camera, that zone is not so uncomfortable either.

What is the zone you will conquer next?

Creating New Comfort Zones,

Satu

Realize The Moment You Are In

Moments of self doubt and periods of feeling unsure of your decisions. Life is full of ups and downs, also those days when you feel lost one way or another.

It has been such an adventure to live in Berlin so far, to attend incredibly exciting events and meet all the lovely new friends, but the city gives also a great deal of anxiety of various things, such as finding a permanent place to live and the hecticness of life.

The overwhelming amount of possibilities throw you easily off track. I have come now to the same realization that many warned me when I moved here. It is really hard to focus and be strong enough to remind yourself constantly of the reasons why you made the move in the first place.

THIS POST by Lindsay Lohan that I saw the other day gave me goosebumps for my current moment, mainly because as a young girl, I used to love her presence on screen. It stated:

“When life stops you from going ahead,
Only in the eyes of the little girl you once were
Will you find the strength to start over.”

This sums up my thoughts in the past few weeks. I visited my home Finland over the midsummer, and got a good reminder of my roots again, the roots of that young little girl that once dreamed to be where I am heading at the moment in Berlin and elsewhere. This gave me the needed little push to keep on working towards my dreams and feeling good about the present moment. The way to the destination IS the life.

I am working on few of my own projects at the moment, which I will tell you more about in a later stage, but to start with, let me introduce POLYMER MOVIE – an interesting short film I’m privileged to be involved as a producer. Please click THIS LINK to start following our making-of and behind the scenes on Instagram as we work towards the final product.

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Berlin’s vibrant film network, especially the one of women, has really helped me to get into making, also into this previously mentioned project. The biggest shout-out goes to Women’s Film Network Berlin, which I’m proud to be part of. If you are interested to join and in the city later this month, please come and share the vibe in Volksbar the 25th of July! To check the event on Facebook, CLICK HERE!

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REALIZE THE MOMENT YOU ARE IN.

Remember where you started at and came from. Appreciate all your hard work along the pathway that made it possible for you to be here. Here is now. And your strength of knowing it all will bring you to where you want to go next!

Creating the New Next,

Satu

Focus Back To The Basics

Whatever the subject, focus is something I personally need to remind myself often about. I need to focus to focus.

The hardship in focusing has become an increasing issue with overflowing content of social media, and it is not the easiest task to keep focusing unless you shut it all off. Endless messages, event reminders, likes, news… The list goes on.

Similar difficulties I always experience in hectic cities. While being now here in Berlin can be an amazingly enriching and helpful experience towards my future artistic goals, the never-ending possibilities to attend various events can also drive my focus to completely another road.

How to focus then? How to stay on the road you had planned?

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Reflections to reflect // Toledo, Spain

I flew to Spain last weekend, and the trip pushed me back to the basics. Amazing hours in a beautiful town of Toledo gave me the same chills of life than my home country Finland does in endless summer nights. It brought me back to the nature, to the thoughts that are important. It is crucial to find inner peace within you, regardless of what you end up doing. Once you calm down, you see clear – and can focus as well.

Do the exercises that help you to center yourself. Whether it’s meditation or boxing, music or baking, or sitting by a lake, do it. You will find yourself having more time for your own development and the projects you want to pursue, because you will start focusing on focusing.

Keep Your Basics Strong,

Satu

3 Dreams On My Map

Oh boy and girl, how many ideas and dreams pop in my mind. All the time. Especially during these quiet times of the winter.

I haven’t put my dreams and thoughts on a map physically in a long time, and they have changed quite drastically since that last time. Either I have made those dreams come true, or then realized they were not something I wanted after all.

Well, as we know, the key to make anything happen, is planning. So finally, this calm moment up in my Nordic home gave me time and space to plan and do my new map. Here ‘the making of’ in few pictures..

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1. Expressing myself with my art and words – from my roots Finland to the world.
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2. Creating my own piece of culture in this world – with a big heart.
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3. Uniting the people and places around me and building it to be my cozy home.

All the points on the map of my dreams have been growing in me past years, and I see myself realizing them step by step. The concrete map will help me to keep my path and give me the needed strength.

As much as you have ideas and dreams in your mind, they will stay only ideas and dreams, unless you put them on paper and make a plan.

DREAM, PLAN, DO!

 

Creating New Dreams,

Satu

PS. Also, saying your dreams out loud helps them become reality.

PPS. Keep your maps away from those legendary cats and dogs..

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Why Is The X Factor So Popular?

The X Factor. We all know it as an entertaining TV-show. But why is it so attractive to us and draws all our attention to it as a show?

Anybody who knows me a little bit more personally, has heard me talk about Saara Aalto. She put on a massive fight in last year’s The X Factor UK 2016. I cannot lie, I have gone through every emotion from amazed to embarrassment to pride while following her journey.  But what made me a follower, is her relatability to me. She is a woman from Finland, trying her wings abroad and fighting her way to do what she wants.

You might love a person such as her because your inner motives really support the behaviour of a fighter to reach for her dreams, as I did. You might be frightened by the same reasons. Or you might feel anger and irritated, and she might not have any relatable sides of her to you, so you choose to follow another contestant’s path.

This might be the answer why The X Factor TV-show is so entertaining. We love to see the X FACTOR within a person come alive and make them shine. Most of all, we love to see this happen to a person that we can relate to and live those feelings through. As we want to boost our own courage, we want to see the successful story after taking that leap.

We all have unique presence in this world and within our societies. Experiences in life, points of view and deepest desires are what form us the way we are today. And what we want for tomorrow.

Obviously, The X Factor is not the path for everyone. But it is about the relatability to it. It is all about becoming vulnerable in front of people to fight for your passion. And that is ultimately, what makes us proud of ourselves. Through a show like The X Factor, we get a little taste of that. So follow those relatable people to you, get the courage and make your dreams come true as well!

Satu

PS. This is just my stream of consciousness, and if and when you have another point of view or more knowledge, please comment and discuss. Always interesting!