Singer, Actress, Hopeless Dreamer

    26 Jun 2013

    Most of you may know by now that I’m writing a musical with my best friend. Our musical is about the untold stories of bullying. On sunday 23rd June 2013, we debuted one of our songs from the show in London and this is how it turned out.

    The song is sung from the perspective of a mother who is being abused and bullied by her teenage daughter. Everyone keeps asking her if she’s ok and this song is her saying ‘They keep asking and I keep swearing everything is fine’ but deep down, she knows there’s a problem but she cant see a way through it.

    Let me know what you think of the song?

    17 Jun 2013

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    On Sunday 23rd June 2013, some of London’s best young musical stars bring you an evening of stripped back musical theatre, premiering new work and reinventing well-loved classics. Performers including Michelle Cox (Singer for the Pre-Show party at this years…

    It is the debut gig from Always Love, my new non-profit organisation. This means a lot to me, if you can make it, please come along or reblog this to get the word out. Money raised goes towards our musical which tackles (amongst other issues) cyber bullying and teen suicide

    30 May 2013

    Dad’s Birthday!

    It’s my dad’s birthday tomorrow (30th May) and I have no idea what to get him!!! I live away from home so won’t be seeing him till the weekend so have a few days to get something but have literally no idea!

    Help! He likes the following things:

    • Trains as he works as a signalman
    • Cars (what dad doesnt eh)
    • History
    • Chocolate
    • Books
    • Lots of SciFi shows
    • Theatre shows

    And just most general dad stuff. Any suggestions?

    3 May 2013

    Important…

    So we’ve pulled our indiegogo for a few weeks. A few people were saying it was too close to the Starkid, Buffering, and other campaigns so we decided to take it down for a few weeks in the hope that when we run it again, we’ll get more interest.

    It’s a shame, I really think we have an incredible concept, great story, heartbreaking characters and it’s just a shame I can’t get everyone as excited as Tanja and I are about it.

    It really is going to be amazing and we’re raising money for Stonewall, the AntiBullying Alliance and a few other relevant charities. Let’s hope more people get behind it when we relaunch. 

    30 Apr 2013

    Intesa - Untold stories of bullying


    Please help us fund our new original, hard hitting musical about the untold stories of bullying. Click here to contribute to our project. Please like and reblog to help get the word out there. One of the stories in our show, is inspired by Tumblr so it would mean a lot to us if we could get funded :D

    Synopsis of the Musical

    INTESA - UNDERSTANDING IS THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE

    We are not born mean, or homophobic, or racist or sexist. It’s the environment and influence of those closest to you. We are taught the behaviour we have. 

    We are so busy with our lives, that we never take time to notice anyone else. Sometimes, people just need an ear to listen. People are so quick to judge others, but what would you think if you really knew their story? This hard hitting new musical tackles the untold stories of bullying from the people you’d least expect. The mother who’s being bullied by her teenage daughter. The businessman who’s hiding his pain, while every day he gets taunted at his workplace. The girl who is just trying to fit in with her friends. The homeless guy, not really living, but surviving. This show takes you on an emotional roller coaster as we discover just how bullying and intimidation affects even the strongest of people.

    The name of the show derives from the Italian language. The word ‘Intesa’ means ‘Understanding’. If people understood what others went through, would they still turn a blind eye? 


    Short Summary

    Always Love was created by friends Michelle Cox and Tanja Hansson after they decided they wanted to find a way to work towards a better world. Their aim is to help those in need, through a variety of mediums from live theatre and charity concerts, to random acts of kindness. Michelle has previously owned another theatre company where she raised over £3000 for various charities. Tanja has worked closely with human rights campaigns across the world and is very passionate about equality.

    We decided we wanted to try and raise money for organisations close to our heart. So we set about writing our own musical. The issues we address in the show are ones often overlooked when discussing the topic of bullying. Having both been bullied at a younger age, the project is very important to us, to try and get the message out there that they don’t have to deal with it alone.

    With your contribution, we will be able to give more of the final sales from the show, to charity and make a difference.

    What We Need & What You Get

    How will your money help us? Your contribution will make the show as big as it deserves to be. We will be able to pay for the theatre, which means all of the box office sales will go to charity. If we manage to raise a little more than our target, then we can market the show even more and hopefully change a lot of lives with our story.

    We have some great perks for those who are kind enough to contribute to our show including signed scripts, backstage VIP meet and greets with the cast, exclusive Always Love merchandise and much more.  

    The Impact

    The stories of bullying we are telling are those of people often overlooked by society. The homeless man, cyber bullying, the mother being abused by her daughter, the middle aged business man and for once, hearing the bully’s story. Our aim with the show is to try and raise awareness of these often taboo subjects. To make people stop and think about the way they are and the way they are treated. To spread the message ‘always love’. (See what I did there?)

    Between us, we have previously raised over £15,000 for charity through theatre shows, fund raisers and campaign work.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    If you feel you can’t contribute, don’t worry! You can still help us by getting the word out there for us about our organisation and the campaign. We want to try and make sure we have a sell out show so we can raise a large amount of money for these charities, and bring to light these issues.

    You can help us by liking and promoting our facebook page (www.facebook.com/alwayslove.uk)

    or

    Follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/alwayslove_uk)

    or just help us share this campaign with the world!

    Together, we can beat bullies :)

    20 Mar 2013

    Bullying

    So I’m looking to do a bit of research. If you’ve been bullied or have been a bully, tell me your story.

    I want to know how you felt, how people reacted, what you think could have been done……everything you want to tell me. I’m looking into as many forms of bullying as I can: cyber bullying, gay bullying, bullying in the work place………anything.


    Inbox me, I’m not here to judge, just research for a new project. You can submit anonymously here. No one else will see these, just me. It’s going to be for a hard hitting play that I’m putting on in London, to show people that something small that you do, can affect others in a big way, and you may not see it as bullying, but it is. It’s an eye opening new drama, but I need as much real and honest research as I can get.


    SPREAD THE WORD!

    15 Nov 2012

    8 Nov 2012

    My heart swelled with pride the other day for the beautiful act of kindness I witnessed on the train. An elderly gentleman had obviously fallen over on the platform and a young guy picked him up, grabbed his luggage and helped him onto the train. He had a cut to his face where his glasses had bit into him when he fell, a little blood was running down his face. The young guy seated him, placed his luggage in the rack and went to get help from the train conductor. Frustratingly the conductor had no bandages or plasters for the gentleman so the young guy went and wet some tissue to clean the man up. They then sat chatting like old friends, the younger guy talking about his gf to whom he reffered to as ‘my young lady’ which was so cute and then the young guy offered to accompany the man to his destination so he could carry his bags. I sat there with a happy feeling in my heart, to think that one young person had the respect and decency to help someone in need. It gives me hope for our generation

    My heart swelled with pride the other day for the beautiful act of kindness I witnessed on the train. An elderly gentleman had obviously fallen over on the platform and a young guy picked him up, grabbed his luggage and helped him onto the train. He had a cut to his face where his glasses had bit into him when he fell, a little blood was running down his face. The young guy seated him, placed his luggage in the rack and went to get help from the train conductor. Frustratingly the conductor had no bandages or plasters for the gentleman so the young guy went and wet some tissue to clean the man up. They then sat chatting like old friends, the younger guy talking about his gf to whom he reffered to as ‘my young lady’ which was so cute and then the young guy offered to accompany the man to his destination so he could carry his bags. I sat there with a happy feeling in my heart, to think that one young person had the respect and decency to help someone in need. It gives me hope for our generation

    19 Jun 2012

    Self-Acceptance is the first step

    30 Apr 2012

    HELP!

    So I have some chords written down for a song, but my guitar playing is not great yet. Does anyone fancy recording them for me? Its nothing too hard but the song is so so so beautiful and its called Never Alone. I just really want to record it for my album but I need someone who is good at guitar to lay the track down for me. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Reblog or send to anyone you think can help me. Thank you

    25 Apr 2012

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    23 Mar 2012

    My friend wrote this and its perfect. It’s what I have been wanting to say for a long time on the issue of people cutting themselves. Please read, its inspiring :)

xbumblebee:

Project Create: Day 12 - To Find The Way Out
I am definitely not sure if I even should post this at all. I don’t know who’s gonna hate on me after that. This is just something I thought about and this is how I would help in this situation. I’m not saying this is the resolution and this is how it’s gonna be. It’s just a suggestion. Simple as that.This is basically something I wrote in my journal this morning based on events from yesterday and the quick drawing is just something I did in addition to all of this.
This is about people who cut themselves and friends who wanna help.I myself have no experience in this whatsoever. I’m not a cutter and I don’t have real life friends that do but with the Internet and social media you meet a lot of people from different countries with different stories and problems. You meet a lot of people that cut and first it was a scary thought and I just wanted them to stop because it breaks my heart but I came to realize that telling them to stop isn’t the solution. I know people do that because they care but I don’t think it does any good. It’s an addiction. It’s not something to get over with from one second to another. You can’t just quit. It would be awesome if you could but you can’t. It’s not that simple.I realized yesterday that instead of telling them to stop tell them to face the reason for the cutting. There’s always a reason and as long as there is they won’t stop. They need the WILL to stop. They need to face their fears, face the problems.If there are people in your school or life in general that tell you that you are useless, worthless, waste of space, stupid, that you should kill yourself…well screw them. They don’t know you. They don’t know how those words affect you. they don’t know your past. They don’t know what they do. You have to face them. You have to stand up to them and tell them to beat it. You have to find a way to gain back your courage. let them talk but don’t let their words get to you. NEVER listen to a word they say. Never believe it’s true.If you wanna stop cutting you have to WANT to go the journey. You have to go your journey step by step. While stopping to cut is the very last thing on that journey. You have to realize that this journey will take a while and you have to keep fighting. Start with little things. Start facing the reasons for your cutting. Start building up your courage. As long as you get crushed by things, by people, you won’t stop. Face them. Don’t let anything get to you anymore. Work on that. Slowly step by step kill the reasons for the cutting. When youg et to that stage you will get tot he cutting. You will realize that there is no reason anymore for you to cut. You will gain enough courage to stop. You will tell yourself “Screw it! I won’t let this rule my life anymore. I’m not gonna do it!”You will try to stop. You will slip many times but you will start over again and you’ll try as long as you have to. It’s a long journey bhut if you try really hard you can do it.And to everyone who has friends that cut, don’t tell them to stop. Help them to go the journey. Help them to face the reasons for the cutting. Let them know you support them. No matter what.This is just my opinion. As I said, I don’t have experience with any of this but this is how I see it. You may agree or disagree. I don’t care.I KNOW how it is when people tell you mean things, hurt you with words, hit you. It crushes you, it makes you cry. A lot of people experience this but everyone is dealing with it differently. Some are stronger, some less. For me it was JUST that. Other people have to face way more. Problems with family, horrible stuff that happened in the past, parents/friends that don’t accept/approve of you or things you do. It adds up, it get’s to much at some point. I get it. I know its hard to fight but I hope everyone is having enough luck and strength to get over with it eventually. If you believe in yourself and if you have enough people to support you, to remind you daily, you WILL do it. Just have faith and never give up. Fight for it, fight for the future, fight for your dreams. =)

    My friend wrote this and its perfect. It’s what I have been wanting to say for a long time on the issue of people cutting themselves. Please read, its inspiring :)

    xbumblebee:

    Project Create: Day 12 - To Find The Way Out

    I am definitely not sure if I even should post this at all. I don’t know who’s gonna hate on me after that. This is just something I thought about and this is how I would help in this situation. I’m not saying this is the resolution and this is how it’s gonna be. It’s just a suggestion. Simple as that.

    This is basically something I wrote in my journal this morning based on events from yesterday and the quick drawing is just something I did in addition to all of this.

    This is about people who cut themselves and friends who wanna help.

    I myself have no experience in this whatsoever. I’m not a cutter and I don’t have real life friends that do but with the Internet and social media you meet a lot of people from different countries with different stories and problems. You meet a lot of people that cut and first it was a scary thought and I just wanted them to stop because it breaks my heart but I came to realize that telling them to stop isn’t the solution. I know people do that because they care but I don’t think it does any good. It’s an addiction. It’s not something to get over with from one second to another. You can’t just quit. It would be awesome if you could but you can’t. It’s not that simple.

    I realized yesterday that instead of telling them to stop tell them to face the reason for the cutting. There’s always a reason and as long as there is they won’t stop. They need the WILL to stop. They need to face their fears, face the problems.

    If there are people in your school or life in general that tell you that you are useless, worthless, waste of space, stupid, that you should kill yourself…well screw them. They don’t know you. They don’t know how those words affect you. they don’t know your past. They don’t know what they do. You have to face them. You have to stand up to them and tell them to beat it. You have to find a way to gain back your courage. let them talk but don’t let their words get to you. NEVER listen to a word they say. Never believe it’s true.

    If you wanna stop cutting you have to WANT to go the journey. You have to go your journey step by step. While stopping to cut is the very last thing on that journey. You have to realize that this journey will take a while and you have to keep fighting. Start with little things. Start facing the reasons for your cutting. Start building up your courage. As long as you get crushed by things, by people, you won’t stop. Face them. Don’t let anything get to you anymore. Work on that. Slowly step by step kill the reasons for the cutting. When youg et to that stage you will get tot he cutting. You will realize that there is no reason anymore for you to cut. You will gain enough courage to stop. You will tell yourself “Screw it! I won’t let this rule my life anymore. I’m not gonna do it!”
    You will try to stop. You will slip many times but you will start over again and you’ll try as long as you have to. It’s a long journey bhut if you try really hard you can do it.

    And to everyone who has friends that cut, don’t tell them to stop. Help them to go the journey. Help them to face the reasons for the cutting. Let them know you support them. No matter what.

    This is just my opinion. As I said, I don’t have experience with any of this but this is how I see it. You may agree or disagree. I don’t care.

    I KNOW how it is when people tell you mean things, hurt you with words, hit you. It crushes you, it makes you cry. A lot of people experience this but everyone is dealing with it differently. Some are stronger, some less. For me it was JUST that. Other people have to face way more. Problems with family, horrible stuff that happened in the past, parents/friends that don’t accept/approve of you or things you do. It adds up, it get’s to much at some point. I get it. I know its hard to fight but I hope everyone is having enough luck and strength to get over with it eventually. If you believe in yourself and if you have enough people to support you, to remind you daily, you WILL do it. Just have faith and never give up. Fight for it, fight for the future, fight for your dreams. =)

    26 Jan 2012

    When you’re feeling down….

    Stop. Look down at your hands. Look how they work, how they move, how you don’t even have to be conscious of how they move to make them move. Then take a breath. Realize that you are alive. You are a living being with your own choices, your own will and your own soul. You have your own unique dreams, your own unique style, your own real personality. You have emotions. You feel for other beings… and they feel for you.

    You have power.You are powerful, and you can change the lives of those around you if you wish. You can leave an impact on this earth. Now go do it. Stop feeling bad for yourself and become a role model for others. Show them you are confident in your abilities. Show them you are as much of a human as they are. Show them that you are alive.

    13 Dec 2011

    Born this Way Project

    Thank you so much to those who have already contributed. It means so much to me and I admire your bravery! To those who would like to participate in my ‘Born this Way’ Video, my deadline is Friday so if you can get your photos to me before then that would be great. If you have no idea what I’m on about…..check out the information below xxx


    I would like you to take a photo of yourself holding up a piece of paper with one of your insecurities on or just something that you’re proud of. It is for a video to put on the projection screen to play during ‘Born This Way’ during our Glee show! (E.G. I could hold up a card saying ‘insecure’…we dont have to see your face if you dont want to)  - please send them to michelle.cox@live.com 


    Here is an excellent example of what I am looking for:


              

    12 Dec 2011

    Can you help?

    Can I ask everyone a favour? Can you take a pic of yourself holding up a piece of paper with one of your insecurities on or just something that you’re proud of. I need some people to put on screen for our Born This Way video to play during the Glee show! (E.G. I could hold up a card saying ‘insecure’…we dont have to see your face if you dont want to)  - please send them to michelle.cox@live.com