Dayna Moses is a bright, visionary filmmaker, writer and actor. She not only creates and edits her own video montages, starring a fanfare of colorful characters, she gets up on stage and plays these characters in front of a live audience. Here are three reasons to be inspired by Dayna Moses.
She embraces the awkward, the quirky, the offbeat.
Dayna creates characters with idiosyncrasies and imperfections, and has the courage to play them on stage and in her videos. In her film “Blind Date,” a girl is talking into a mirror, having a conversation with herself, as if she is on a date. There is a sense of broken reality. Is this character playing out a scene in her head? Or is it really happening and the audience is only privy to the scene by the mirror? Either way, Dayna isn’t afraid to act out emotions that can be at times, uncomfortable to watch. As her character in “Blind Date” rummages through her makeup bag, adjusts her short blonde bob and re-applies her blue lip gloss, conversing with an invisible companion, she leans in for a kiss, with the mirror!
For Dayna, there is no half-way. She boldly makes a statement with her films - she makes you think.
“Part of my intention is to merge the unfamiliar with the familiar,” she said. “How we go about our daily motions, our daily routine. I want to make something happen that might not actually happen in your entire life. In the end, these characters are more microcosms of moments or things that go unsaid, vulnerabilites that we all experience.”
She uses a unique method to portray her characters.
Dayna’s mission with her films is to draw in her audience and challenge the notion of what film can be, beyond the local movie theatre. What thrills her is the idea of portraying her quirky characters and bringing her niche of film to a wider audience.
“That’s one of my struggles, in a good way, in a challenging way,” Dayna explained. “I want to make people think outside of the box and experience something new.”
One of her earliest film inspirations was “Requiem for a Dream,” which she first watched as a junior in high school. This is where Dayna got the idea for her style of performance. The split-screen method of filming within “Requiem for a Dream” absolutely fascinated Dayna. Her live videotheatre production involves film that Dayna created, edited and acted in, which is projected onto a wall or screen. Dayna then comes onto the stage and interacts with these characters on screen. A feat of timing, concentration and numerous wardrobe changes, Dayna portrayed 12 characters within 50 minutes in her show “Pulses,” in August of 2012 at The Tank in New York City.
She makes time for herself.
On the regular, Dayna sets aside time to relax and meditate. This is often when she taps into ideas for her next film project.
“Coming home and lying down, not having to interact with people, you really hear yourself,” she said. “I think hearing your own thoughts is the best way to relax. I make sure when I come home, I don’t touch my computer, I try not to touch my phone. I’m in touch with my own humanity at that moment.”
To learn more about Dayna’s work and to receive updates for her upcoming shows, check out daynamoses.com.
Photographs provided by Dayna.