When it comes to creativity, culture can never be underestimated. We should know; our international community comprises no less than 60 countries. As one of our new Screen Acting students wrote of her first impressions of dBs Berlin, “I feel like I’ve travelled across the globe in just 8 hours… I might study acting but in a way I study 50 different cultures too!”
New Screen Acting tutor Cavana Hazelton is right at home, having made diversity her speciality. Passionately promoting authentic expression and cultural awareness through music, teaching, voiceovers and consultation, her work is all about giving individuals and groups the support and orientation they need to become better global citizens.
Just a couple of weeks into the new school year, we caught up with Cavana to learn more about her fascinating philosophy.
“I look forward to accompanying people on a courageous, adventurous path of becoming better, more powerful artists.”
Welcome! What are you doing at dBs Berlin?
Hi! Thank you! I’m part of the Screen Acting circle. I am here to help students make the most of their vocal talents.
What were you doing before you came to dBs Berlin?
I did so many things. I can’t name them all, but here are a few. I grew up in a musical family, so I have been travelling the world and going on tour since I was an infant. I was raised in the traditions of improvised jazz and ran workshops with my parents, various musicians and dancers. The focus has always been on integration, inclusion, development of social skills and expression. These workshops have been held for children, adults, refugees – pretty much anyone who wants to develop a bigger comfort zone in their environment.
It is hard to say when I started singing; it has always been a part of my life. I started performing my own music in front of an audience when I was 12, with a girlfriend. We had also choreographed our own moves! I studied to be an actress in New York City, earned degrees in English Philology and a Masters in Education here in Berlin, and became an intercultural specialist. I love travelling and getting things done, so this list could go on. I have a hard time sitting still, so I have kept things interesting by collaborating on all kinds of cultural projects over the years.
dBs Berlin has a value system which I find really progressive. I’ve worked in schools before but it felt like the learning part was secondary. I like that dBs Berlin supports coexistence and challenges everyone in the community to shape their own learning environment. I am impressed by the quality of everyone in their field. This is a place where I see that creative development is a priority. I like that.
What impact do you hope to have at the school this year?
I hope to connect the learners in my vocal sessions to their own vocal talents. I hope I can get people to follow their curiosity and overcome the hurdles in their way. Everyone has a unique perspective and it is amazing how one’s own fears can disrupt expression. I look forward to accompanying people on a courageous, adventurous path of becoming better, more powerful artists.
What do you recommend we watch, see or listen to this weekend?
If you have Netflix, GLOW is a favourite of mine. Warning: tough not to binge! I also recommend you see as many live performances here in Berlin as possible. It doesn’t matter whether it is music, comedy, dance, or anything in between. This city harbours so much talent, and you can learn a lot by watching others. What to listen to is hard; it changes with every mood. But, if you don’t know Kamasi Washington or Flying Lotus, I recommend their various projects and albums.