Marcia marches on
Having made it as a singer, Marcias next challenge
is the theater
By Chris Betros
When people ask Marcia what nationality she
is, the 36-year-old Brazilian-born singer and stage actress
says simply that she is a citizen of the world.
Born in São Paulo, Marcia first came to Japan in 1986
after winning a singing contest in Brazil. She spoke no Japanese,
but she did have an adventurous spirit and 17 years later,
Marcia (who now has Japanese citizenship) is making her mark
on TV and in the theater. There are chances every day
in our lives, and I want to try as many different things as
I can, says Marcia, relaxing in her dressing room after
finishing a segment of Fuji TVs morning talk show Kotaetecho-dai,
on which she appears every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:55-11:25am.
On the show, panelists discuss issues and dispense advice
to viewers who have sent in requests.
Having successfully made it as a singer, Marcia says she is
enjoying her newest challenge in the theater. She has done
Jekyll and Hyde and is currently finishing a season in Les
Miserables. Next month, on June 23-24 at Tokyos Sogetsu
Hall, she and comedian Sayaka Aoki will stage their two-woman
comedy and dance show, The World Exists for Us. Its
my first attempt at comedy, and since Im not really
a comedian Im a bit anxious, she admits. Marcia
says the theater appeals to her the most because it is live.
No two performances are the same. When I go out on stage,
I dont think of myself as just playing a role, but rather
I try to give actual life to the character, she explains.
The challenge is to stay mentally sharp night after
night. I find the best way is to leave my work at the theatre
when it is done and think about something else.
When she is not keeping to a busy work schedule, Marcia devotes
as much time as she can to her 7-year-old daughter. Her day
begins at 6:30am so the two can have breakfast together. My
daughter is my best partner. Even though she is still young,
she understands me very well. I just wish I could be with
her more. Its hard, sometimes, in the evenings when
I am working. Despite the nonstop schedule, Marcia looks
pretty good, which she attributes to eating and sleeping well.
She has very little free time, but when she does, youll
find her at the theater or doing yoga. Fluent in Japanese,
Marcia speaks a little English, perhaps more than she lets
on. Thats one of my next goals, to get better
at English, she says. Actually, I think I have
only accomplished 50 percent of the things Id like to
achieve in my lifetime.
Design Festa Vol.
Biannual creativity extravaganza staged in Odaiba
6,000 artists, designers and musicians showed off their
talents at Tokyo Big Sight. The next event, Vol. 22, takes
place Nov 26-27. www.designfesta.com
photos by Jon Siegel
Everything happens by D-Zign
Former US Marine Joseph Mackey, from Queens in New York City,
is making advances in another battlegroundthe Japanese
market for information technologywith his own company,
How long were you in the Marines?
From 1980-1994. I saw combat in Panama and Desert Storm. My
last posting was Okinawa.
What did you do after getting out?
I worked for several years for different companies, usually
as IT director or help desk manager. I started D-Zigntec in
2003 with a US military contract.
What services do you offer?
We provide staffing for infrastructure application services,
deployment, IT consulting, software application development,
systems integration and application management.
What frustrates you about doing business in Japan?
I dont like it when I have already been summed up without
having had a chance to speak. They think I am either a basketball
player, military or a jazz musician.
How do you like to relax?
Golf and PlayStation. Or I might hang out at Café Anniversaire
because of the view. Youll catch me there on Saturdays
and Sundays. At night for clubbing, I like Lounge O at the
Orbient and Heartland in Roppongi Hills.
Whats the craziest thing you have seen in Japan?
A salaryman on the platform at Shinjuku station dressed in
a fluorescent one-piece green womens swimsuit with regular
shoes and socks. I thought it might be a TV show, but there
were no cameras. CB
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