Life 2.0: The Week of Independence

PublisertOnsdag, 9. juli 2014 - 20:22-OppdatertOnsdag, 16. juli 2014 - 23:59
Chronicle #22. While I was already on that wave from last Sunday, I started this week with some hours in the gymnastics gym.

Maybe this need to fly through the air doing twists and flips is actually a subconscious metaphor – cause emotionally, I am definitely a real circus. In any case, nothing helps my mood more – and it turned out I needed that more than I knew.

To keep running off my mental agonies, I joined my buddies in a soccer match at the nearest park – which is now going to be a regular Thursday thing. I’m ashamed to say that my team lost, but I’ll throw in that I scored three goals – and that considering the rest of the week, it became a foreseeing allegory; it is a lot better to fail as a team, than to go for the victory alone.

Friday was namely the celebration of the American Day of Independence. But looking back, this whole week has been a celebration of independence for my part – even though (as a shameless immigrant) I didn’t really care too much about their special day.

I guess it made me think about the concept in general – so the whole week became more of a Consideration of Independence for Mr. Egge. The American spirit might have gotten to me, cause I was about to break up from everything I’ve held on to.

Why are we (that includes me, big time) so hung up on independence? In this era we live in, our whole lives are supposed to be this constant celebration of our uniqueness – what separates us from everybody else. But why do we want to cut off our ties to everything and everyone, in order to be so called «free individuals»? We believe so immensely in «finding ourselves» that we lose sight of the world around and what it is really about.

What acting school has really taught me so far, is that despite what one might believe, acting is not at all about going into ourselves – but about opening up and taking in. The more I connect to others, the stronger my emotions become – and thus, so does the acting.

It sure seems like life is about ourselves, when we’re taught to spend all of it looking inwards. But maybe what we all need, is to find a little bit more of each other. For my own part, I know that the best thing I ever found in the middle of my desperate search for myself – was somebody else. And the most valuable I’ve gotten so far through this Hollywood journey – are the ties I established before I left.

Ironically, the celebration of July 4th is a big day of coming together for the Americans. Neither did I spend it independently, but with a bunch of good friends. Starting with pancake breakfast for my bro’s while we all watched the world cup, inner troubles were brushed off and I was ready for the big pool party at our friends’ place. After a long, wet afternoon/night/morning, the party was finished off on the roof watching fireworks over my new home city.

Drawing on my independence dispute, I realized I could see this as a beginning or an end. And once again, I found that as a person who tends to seek solitude in times of internal turbulence (which is often), repair is rather found in others, than in myself.

Life 2.0 is one of Khrono’s blogs, and will be presented with new blogposts every week. Petter Egge is a former student from HiOA and journalist at Khrono.no. He has decided to do something quite different. This is his stories.

July 2th 2014:
Chronicle #21: The Upswing

This week started with a Q and A session with casting director Chris Devane, which might be described as a rather tough start.

The whole chronicle #21 here.

June 17th 2014:
Chronicle #20: The Circle of Life

Ok, this is a hard one, folks. So please bear with me. This week, I circled halfway around the earth to catch the circle of life at its closure.

The whole chronicle #20 here.

June 10th 2014:
Chronicle #19: Back to business

Life 2.0 - the chronicles of an emerging actor facing Hollywood: After a really nice visitor, the company has left and Petter Egge is feeling a different kind of alone.

The whole chronicle #19 here.

June 3th 2014:
Chronicle #18: The Life of the Party

After one week off from school Khronos blogger Petter Egge is heading for semester two at the New York Film Academy in Hollywood.

The whole chronicle #18 here.

May 20th 2014:
Chronicle #17: The Life of the Party

This week, I got a whole new understanding of the fact that I now live and breathe the LA-life.

The whole chronicle #17 here.

May 15th 2014:
Chronicle #16: The Leap From Sanity 

After San Francisco, the way back to reality was just a little too short. From a weekend in heaven, I hit the ground in a pile of papers to write, finals coming up, and most of all – our final showcase at the Victory Theatre.

The whole chronicle #16 here.

May 8th 2014:
Chronicle #15: The Escape 

This week I thought I was up for an easy ride. Not many film projects in sight, and a long–awaited trip to my favorite city San Francisco – where I left my soul when leaving UC Berkeley two years ago.

The whole chronicle #15 here.

April 29th 2014:
Chronicle #14: The Aftermath

No journalists called me this week, and my phone has slowly managed to find peace; now it is only buzzing about twice as much as before Ellen (yes, there will forever be a «before» and «after Ellen» now). The number of followers on Instagram has eventually stabilized, and though my twitter profile is more busy with visitors and followers than ever before, the threat of an explosion seems to cease.

The whole chronicle #14 here.

April 23th 2014:
Chronicle #13: The Tribute


Out of his good heart Petter helped a person on the street, and suddenly life turned around for a couple of days. When this week started, I was at the bottom of a deep valley, weighed down under a number of concerns. The ones about my economy had already bothered me for months, as frequent readers would already know, but now my worries included another area of much bigger importance.

The whole chronicle #13 here.

April 16th 2014:
Chronicle #12: When words do not suffice

There are times, even for a writer
when written words become empty signs
Times when a writer don’t want to write
cause there’s too much between the lines

The whole poem-blog here.

April 9th 2014: 
Chronicle #11: «
The School of Life»

Life is a funny little thing. It is for sure a trembling rollercoaster, but also a splash of water in your face and missing ground under your feet. It has its ways – mysterious, inscrutable – of surprising me, not just when I thought I had it all together, but even more often when I’m already out of balance.

The whole chronicle #11 here.

April 2th 2014: 
Chronicle #10: «
The Decennium»

From waking up scared of an earthquake, to not take notice at all. So: I’m happy to announce that I might already be a real Californian.

The whole chronicle #10 here.

Mars 25th 2014: 
Chronicle #9: «The Wake Up Call
»

They say you’re not a real Californian until you no longer notice the earthquakes. This week started with something of a wake up call. As mentioned in previous posts, sleep is quite limited for me over here due to lack of time. That one night when I finally managed to enter deeply into those psychedelic lands of dreams at the right time, with no alarm set for the next morning – THE EARTH decided to shake me out of bed at 6:25 AM with a 4.4 magnitude earthquake.

The whole chronicle #9 here.

Mars 18th 2014: 
Chronicle #8: «So You Think You Can Act
»

Do you know how to walk? No, you don’t. Can you sit, crawl, or lie down? No, you can’t.  You can’t even lift your arm up in front of you. I know you can’t believe it – neither could I. But every day here, I am proven wrong.

The whole chronicle #8 here.

Mars 11th 2014: 
Chronicle #7: «The walk of Shame
»

Ever had the feeling that your duties seem to pass by like a super fast train and you just can’t catch up with it for the life of you?

The whole chronicle #7 here.

Mars 4th 2014: 
Chronicle #6: «Teaser»

I was a journalist, a gymnast and a musician. I had everything I needed – except what I wanted. Thats why I decided to quit my job, say goodbye to my friends and family, and leave for acting school in Hollywood. The Video presented in this blog is a small taste of what life has been like the first few weeks.

Here you can see the video-blog.

Feb. 25th 2014: 
Chronicle #5: «In a cold sweat
»

For a guy who has lived all his life by the rules and routines of a gymnastics regime, there is no doubt that life here is a tad more divergent. Having nothing to do at one moment is just as shockingly unfamiliar as it is to run from a film shoot to my roommates’ baptism in the next. At any point earlier in my life, the degree of variation stretched from sleeping, through eating and practice, to toilet visits, school and back to sleep. The circle of life has definitely taken a new shape.

The whole chronicle #5 here.

Feb. 18th 2014: 
Chronicle #4: «The Proposal and the V
alentine’s»

Real life, as we will know it the next eight months (though dreamy it may still seem to me), is about to blossom. As the hassle of settling down slowly dies out, challenges of school is coming to life, growing over the heads of its students.

The whole chronicle #4 here.

Feb. 11th 2014: 
Chronicle #3: «
Life’s a like a box of chocolate»

As we still can’t seem to get friendly with our apartment (at least our rent), it took my roommate and me no more than three days to decide to move out again. Already stretching our comfort zone with one bedroom, we are now downgrading to NO bedroom.

The whole chronicle #3 here.

Feb. 8th 2014: 
Chronicle #2: 
Move-in Day and monologues

When gas, water, power and insurance companies got back in to business on Monday morning, Murphy’s law did the same; what could go wrong – well, you know. For the landlord to let us move in, they needed confirmation letters faxed from all of the above – which should be no problem, since we asked them all to do so when opening our new accounts. After half a day of waiting by an empty fax machine, we dared to call them back with a friendly reminder – only to discover that they’d forgotten all about us. When they eventually faxed it, only one name was on the paper – and we’d really prefer that both of us could move in. 

The whole chronicle #2 here.

Feb. 5th 2014: 
Chronicle #1: 
«I need a dollar, dollar is what I need»

Ok, just to make it clear right away: I am NOT a blogger. Since the dawn of the blogosphere, my prejudices have kept me far away from its kind. But as we all know, the first unwritten rule of a struggling actor in Hollywood is that «Everyone must accept some kind of prostitution in order to survive up until the big breakthrough.» So, I could have fulfilled the stereotype of waiting tables between my auditions, or I could do a «Sylvester Stallone» – but instead I am now spreading trivialities about my still-to-be famous self. Oh, the irony.

The whole chronicle #1 here.

Ved å melde deg på vil du jevnlig få nyhetsbrev fra Khrono på epost.

Tips oss gjerne om aktuelle saker på tips@khrono.no.

Vennlig hilsen Tove Lie,
ansvarlig redaktør, Khrono

Nyhetsbrev

Meld deg på vårt nyhetsbrev og få oppdateringer rett til din e-post!

Fra seksjonene

Siste

Debatt

Karriere

Campus

Samfunn

Mest lest

Debatt

Meninger · Rektor. Her kan du lese Ole Petter Ottersens programerklæring for rektorjobben ved Karolinska Institutet i Stockholm. Ottersen tiltrer 1.august.  
Meninger · Byråkrati. Regjeringen kutter i bevilgningene til helseforskning i et forsøk på å kutte i byråkratiet. Det kan bli et dyrekjøpt forsøk på effektivisering, skriver fire forskere fra Folkehelseinstituttet. 
Meninger · Humaniora. Humaniorameldingen fortjener mye ros, men den går ikke godt nok inn i noen av de vanskeligste temaene der tydeligere politisk styring kunne være ønskelig, skriver Camilla Serck-Hanssen, Terje Lohndal og Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund  

Campus

Samfunn