How Your Friends Can Help You, Based on Their Hogwarts Houses

How Your Friends Can Help You, Based on Their Hogwarts Houses

When you need support from your friends, here’s what to expect based on their Hogwarts house.

Whether it’s a big passion project, or figuring out a personal funk, it’s useful to know what kind of support you need.

Do you want advice or support? Once you’re clear, consider your friends’ Hogwarts houses when seeking it.

If you have to ask a Hufflepuff for Slytherin kind of support, keep in mind their tendency to help in their way, and be clear on what you need from them.

How Your Friends Can Help You, Based on Their Hogwarts Houses

For hands-on help, look to Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws.

You can’t do everything on your own. When you need to delegate, Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws will happily oblige.

HUFFLEPUFFS will want to get involved behind the scenes. 

They will help you stuff party favour bags or fold programmes for your play. They will help you pack boxes when you’re moving. Hufflepuffs believe that labour is love, and want in on the action. 

When Justin Finch-Fletchly felt vulnerable, his fellow Hufflepuffs formed into a physical barrier to guard him from the Heir of Slytheirn!

RAVENCLAWS will want to help you figure stuff out.

Count on them for bottomless brainstorms, when you feel stuck or confused. They will help you identify options, and will deliver you pages of notes and stacks of library books to aid you. They will give you extensive feedback, and are eager for the excuse to do some research for you.

Ravenclaws are always seeking explanations. Luna often offers diagnoses for her friends’ problems with magical creatures’ interference, such as wrackspurts.

For unconditional support and confidence, look to Gryffindors and Slytherins.

If you’re not looking for a helping hand so much as someone to tell you you’re great, Gryffindors and Slytherins have got your back.

GRYFFINDORS will be your loudest cheerleaders.

If you have something to promote, count on us to help spread the word. We can’t wait to brag about our awesome friends. We love the sound of our own voices anyway, so give us a message to share! If you’re looking to fill seats at your event, your Gryffindor friends will come, and bring all their friends as well.

Lee Jordan is the spokesperson for all Quidditch matches, and can’t help but bring his Gryffindor bias. Often, Professor McGonagall doesn’t even bother to neutralise him because, well, she’s a Gryffindor too!

SLYTHERINS will provide the ultimate pep talk. 

They are your ‘real friends’, according to the Sorting Hat, and will take your side even when you’re wrong. They will defend and motivate you because they believe you’re excellent – or they wouldn’t waste time being friends with you! A Slytherin enemy is a force to be reckoned with, but a Slytherin friend is an invaluable supporter.

For Slytherins, emotional support is no joke. Let’s face it. Crabbe and Goyle aren’t useful for much, but their presence is what counts for Draco. 

What is your Hogwarts house? Does it align with how you most often support your friends?

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My Secret Sauce for Facing Fear

My Secret Sauce for Facing Fear

What if I told you that I was practicing for job interviews since I was 7-years old?

Okay you would probably say that’s a bit much.

But it’s not like I did it on purpose.

A useful side effect of being A Theatre Kid is being in a lifelong rehearsal for some pretty practical skills in The Adult World. 

Growing up going to auditions prepared me for putting myself out there in front of strangers. It normalised that ‘writing a résumé’ ritual. 

They say that public speaking is most people’s greatest fear. 

Well sure it’s scary when you slap a formal title on it like that! 

Theatre has taught me a little secret about facing these scary things in life, and I want to share it with you. 

My Secret Sauce for Facing Fear

When you approach work from a place of PLAY, suddenly it’s an exciting kind of scary rather than an inhibiting kind of scary. 

I have a recurring, theatre-related nightmare that I’m in a play, but I didn’t learn my lines. The funny thing about this is that I’m more frustrated than anxious, because usually it’s a great part and I wish my dream self were more prepared to enjoy it!

Theatre has given me confidence, poise, and a crazy determined work ethic – all on accident.

When you play with this stuff, it becomes much less terrifying and much more natural. I don’t want to say ‘easy’ because it is hard work, but I can promise you that play makes the process more enjoyable. More playful.

I have to say, I’m surprised to find myself calling my courses ‘professional development’, and yet so many students have told me they made career advancements as a result of taking them. Professional development? no way. That’s serious stuff. This is fun! The beauty is, that you can go to Leading Lady summer camp to play, and earn a promotion or start a business as a result. 

I’ve broken down my 19 years of experience on the stage into 8 weeks of confidence bootcamp, where we look at fear and go:

LET’S NOT CHASE HIM AWAY
LET’S FACE HIM AND SAY HEY PUNK LET’S DANCE

(that’s from Legally Blonde: The Musical, and in context, isn’t referring to fear, but it’s what rolled into my head.)

I have a bold claim. I bet you’re holding yourself back.

What is your actual, unfiltered dream?

In high school, my English teacher asked me where I wanted to go for college, and I told him with confidence that I wanted to go to the school with the best study abroad programme in Oxford. This felt like a pretty bold dream, and I felt proud of myself for stating it. He pointed out to me, though, that what I wanted to do was skip the study abroad and go straight to Oxford. 

You’d think I would have learned my lesson from that one, but it took a few more tries.

In my final year of Oxford, when a career counsellor asked what I wanted to do, I said “Well, ideally I would run my blog for a living but I know that’s realistic. So … something … like that?” 

I was handed some uninspiring handouts on PR, which I proceeded to recycle. I applied, was accepted to, and got a visa for a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism, because that was “kinda like blogging”, only to arrive and realise that I was still avoiding my truth. 

I don’t want that to happen to you. 

I want you to derail you from that track we call normal, and help you build your own yellow brick road straight through fear to your actual idea of success. 

I promise to help you figure out what that is, how to get there, and how to show up for the task. 

Ready? Let’s do this.

P.S. Registration for Leading Lady closes on Wednesday! I hope to see you in our ensemble.

Dressing the Part: A Free Webinar with Kitty Cavalier

Dressing the Part: A Free Webinar with Kitty Cavalier

I used to detest dressing up.

As a child, dressing up meant scratchy Sunday school tights. 

As an adolescent, in the Mean Girls era of fashion, dressing up meant short skirts and belly tops, and the misconception that I couldn’t be “fashionable” if I didn’t wear these things. I thought that feminine came in one shade, and I didn’t like it. 

Becoming more in tune with my personal style has helped me own my identity.

Setting boundaries in my wardrobe based on what I want is excellent practice for identifying what I want out of life as well.

In my Leading Lady summer camp, each week is inspired by a step in the theatrical process, and so of course there is a week dedicated to getting into costume! My lessons are accompanied with interviews with performing arts pros, and who better to speak to about this topic than Kitty Cavalier, author of Sacred Seduction, burlesque performer, self-proclaimed lipstick ninja, and one of my personal heroes.

Working with Kitty has got me spontaneously dancing in my living room [this is literally part of her teaching]. Hers is a voice that is refreshing and liberating on the personal development scene, and I can’t wait to talk to her about beauty and its necessity. 

We’re recording our mini salon on Wednesday, and the recording will be tucked away in the Leading Lady armoire.

Join us live for a taster of the kind of topics we feast upon in Leading Lady! We’re talking about:

🌟 How costume can help you be yourself – not mask yourself

🌟 Where to find your signature style

🌟 How to incorporate dress into your daily rituals

Sign up to join us live on 12 April at 3pm EST, noon PST, 8pm GMT!