Dear 2013, I already love you!

Happy New Year!  It’s going to be a great year!  I am focused on my career and making my dreams come true.  Right when I got back from my Nantucket holiday with the family, I had an audition for an Indie short film.

Audition 2

^ Audition sides. Headshots.

Audition 3

^ Audition “selfie”.  Sorry. Had to.

Audition 4

^ View from Siren Studio balcony.  Waiting for audition.  Hollywood sign.

So did I get the part?  No, I didn’t.  BUT the producer called saying that he and the writer/director would LOVE to write and produce another short with me as the lead!  HOW EXCITING IS THAT?!? I am looking forward to collaborating with them.  This will be a great opportunity to be apart of the whole production process.  Brainstorming, script writing, casting, producing, scheduling, production, editing, marketing of the final product… maybe some film festivals!  One of my dreams is to eventually have my own production company.  I love being apart of a project from beginning to end.  Building something from nothing.  All very exciting!  I am so grateful to have this opportunity.

A New Year

A New Year

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In 2012 I…

  • Made the decision to start a blog of my own
  • Got bangs
  • Was accepted into my dream college
  • Graduated high school
  • Learned the capitals of each state and where each state was located in the US (I missed that unit when I was living in Australia)
  • Moved out to Malibu, California to attend Pepperdine University
  • Gave up my coffee addiction
  • Became addicted to tea
  • Decided I want to be a wedding planner when I grow up

In 2013 I will…

  • Actually launch my blog (check!)
  • Go to New York for Spring Break
  • Break the habit of clenching my teeth
  • Drink more water each day
  • Move to Switzerland for a year with Hannah and Natalie for a study abroad program
  • Get up at the sound of my first alarm
  • Take more time to celebrate the little things in life

The First Day of My Second Semester at Pepperdine

After a fabulous break of seeing my friends in Georgia, celebrating Christmas, bringing in the New Year, and watching endless amounts of Gossip Girl with my sister (we are addicted!)…I am now back at school and excited for the brand new semester! Yesterday was my first day back and I don’t have one complaint about my classes or my teachers. I think I really lucked out! There is one class in particular that I enrolled in and after the first class I have already given it the title of My Favorite Class I Have Ever Taken. And I think it will be very hard for any other class to steal that title.

My professor is Tom Shadyac. He was the director for the movies Ace Ventura (one of my favorites), Bruce Almighty, and Liar Liar…just to name a few! I’m struggling to find the words to describe him…so I’m going to let my friend, Ellen DeGeneres, tell you a bit more about him and the amazing things he does!

On the first day of class, he handed out a syllabus…like almost every teacher does on the very first day…because he said Pepperdine required that he do so. But, his syllabus was unlike every other teacher’s. It reads as follows:

Silly-bus (He thought it was stupid that he had to do this)

Course Title: Storytelling and Life

Class meets Monday evenings from 6-9; the best pizza in LA is served around 8:30; snacks will be provided at the start of class.

Course description: To use movies, media, video clips as an access point to talk about life. Your life. And to begin to answer the question, Who are you?

Teacher: You.

 Course requirements: 1. It’s better to give than to receive. 2. If you want to find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.

Course Theme: “Rethink all you have been taught in church, or school, or in any book.”

Required reading: None.

Suggested reading: the stars, the tides, the seasons, your own heart; an Emerson essay or two wouldn’t hurt (consider Self-Reliance, Compensation, The Over-Soul); any Mary Oliver, especially Anthologies 1 and 2; The Essential Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks; The Gift, Hafiz, translations by Daniel Ladinsky.

Expectations: Let go of those things, they get you in trouble…

This “silly-bus” alone wins him the award for My Favorite Class I Have Ever Taken.

After discussing the syllabus, he showed us two video clips that really…and I mean really…get you thinking about life. I posted the videos below just in case you wanted to be challenged to think about your life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L_cGjQSR80

In the midst of our busy lives, constantly beaten up and shaped by society…it is easy for us to lose sight of the most important things in our lives. So, I am thankful that Tom did trade in his lavish lifestyle to shine the light on those important things and challenge me, as well as 399 other students, to truly figure out who we are and who we want to become. Needless to say, I already can’t wait for next class!