Job Hunting

Well I have been back in Chicago for about a week and half now. I am in the major job hunt mode. I came here with a theater gig for the summer, but I have to find a day job because that pays practically no money. I hate looking for jobs. So far I have been unsuccessful, but hopefully things will turn up soon. Why does finding a job have to be so hard and stressful??!!!

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My Graduation experience

So after 3 long years, I finally graduated from Grad School. I now have my MFA in Stage Management! I am mainly creating this post for my family because they were not able to come. They have been to many graduations throughout the year, but a CalArts graduation is like none other. There is absolutely nothing traditional about our graduation (although you can say that about anything related to CalArts). I guess you could say it’s like one big party (and an even bigger one to follow).

A lot of graduates stay in the LA area because of the amount of connections they make here and they are able to get so many jobs because of it. I, however, am moving to Chicago. Therefore, I was feeling rather sad because I was saying goodbye to many people that night. I went kind of picture crazy with all of my friends.

These are the 2 other stage managers that graduated with me, Hope and Jules.

Here I am with Barb Edwards. She’s been with the theater school for many years and is now leaving. I’m glad I don’t have to go here without her.

This is me and Cameron. A really good friend I made while I was here. I was lucky enough to work with him on a show in our second year.

This is Hope and Aaron, the 2 office managers. I’ll miss them both.

This is probably one of the crazier friends I made while I was here. I’m pretty sure he is already drunk in this picture and it was only 5pm :-).

This is me and Erik. He’s a lighting designer I worked with several times.

Rogelio is one of my favorite actors here. Always so much fun and a great guy.

This is Hope and Lupe, the 2 showcase stage managers. Lupe is the only BFA stage manager graduating this year.

I’ve been friends with Erin since my first year here. She was also my teacher for the voice class that I took. I love her so much and I’ll miss her!!

This is one of my friends, Ashley, and a producer I was able to work with in my second year.

This is Ashley and Michael. They are two producers that have been attached at the hip since they arrived here. They ended up graduating right next to each other. Talk about meant to be.

These are all the graduates starting to line up. This was not an easy task :-).

Some of the outfits that people to wear to graduation are slightly unconventional. This is Tiana.

The next thing that happened was the processional. Here are some videos I took of my experience with the processional (sorry…the video quality is not really that good. I took it with my phone). You do get to experience just how crazy this kind of graduation is though. The music you are hearing is the african drum group. They are awesome!

Here are some photos I took while outside waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Here is my friend Christian and his crazy hat.

She was kind of far away, but I wanted to get a picture of Becky stage managing the graduation.

These are 3 friends I made: Mireya, Zoe, and Merkel.

Finally the ceremony begins. This is Yvonne Guy, the dean of students, giving her speech.

The Theme for this years graduation was “Metamorphosis”. Therefore, there were butterfly designs throughout the entire courtyard. One cool thing they did was release 140 butterflies for the ceremony. Here is a video I took of them. If you look hard, you can see them flying around.

One person I had the privilege of meeting this year was Alfred Ladzekpo. He has been working at CalArts for 41 years. He is one of the founding faculty members of the world music program. This was his retirement year and they made special mention of him at the ceremony.

Probably one of the best parts of graduation, was that Annette Bening was there to receive an honorary doctorate degree. She was so cool and gave a speech from “Romeo and Juliet”. In this video I have the man who introduced her as well as her speech. The introduction is not as exciting, so you may want to skip ahead to when she begins speaking. It starts at 3:40.

After all of that, we finally starting to walk across the stage and graduate. The picture of me walking is not available yet, but will be at sometime in the future. I had a great time. There is truly no other graduation like the one at CalArts.

The Most Influencial People of 2011

So Times came out with their list of the most influencial people of 2011. Now there are several people on the list that are very worthy of this title. However, there are several people on the list that I just have no understanding of how they got there. With that said…I’m only going to mention one. JUSTIN BEIBER!!!! How did he make the list? There is no way he is deserving of the title “Most influencial person”. I just don’t get it.

Gaga Acapella

So I’ll admit that I’m a Lady Gaga fan. I think she brings something special to the music industry. I found this video below of her sings “Born This Way” Acapella. It’s amazing. You should watch it.

Why I love Kate Winslet!

So I’m not someone who picks up and buys magazines on a regular basis, but I’ll admit, anytime I see Kate Winslet on a cover (or even just her name), I don’t even think about it…I just pick it up and go!. I have some weird addiction to reading and learning about her. This month she happened to be on the cover of Glamour Magazine. Therefore…I bought it!

Every year Glamour Magazine does this thing called The 50 most Glam Women of the year. For the 3rd year in a row Kate Winslet is #1!. This is voted on by Glamour readers…therefore I am not the only person in the world who thinks and knows just how amazing she is.

Aside from what a talented actress she is, I find her to be a great role model for women. This is especially true when it comes to body image. It’s not secret that a large amount of woman have many complicated issues about their own body image (I include myself in this group). We need someone to look up to who has a very healthy outlook on her own body image to help us with our own. Kate Winslet is that person for me. She’s not one of these stick figure women that are considered beautiful in all of the media. She is a beautiful woman and looks healthy at the same time. She has never once tried to conform to any sort of body image rules. She is who she is…and that’s what makes her so beautiful and why I look up to her.

Another reason why I admire her so much, is because she is so normal :). She’s this normal mom who puts her children before anything else. In all interviews I hear her talk about her kids and how she tries to give them this normal life, even though she is this big star (although she doesn’t word it that way). A part of the article I loved was when she was talking about her separation from Sam Mendes. Kate says, “I am nervous about the day the Mia can google [my name]. That’s the reason I am so careful not to talk about the question that people always ask of me: ‘So what actually happened between you and Sam?’ That explanation will never come out of my mouth. Never…Because when my children want to know what actually happened, I want to be the first person they have that conversation with. I don’t want them to read something and believe it, when it probably isn’t true anyway.” How can you not respect that about her?

I don’t really know what else I can say about her other than I LOVE HER. I probably seem like some psycho stalker…but oh well. I respect her so much as a person and a woman that I don’t care how often I say it. People show know how amazing she is.

Rules I Never Thought I’d Need (via Tales from the Mom-Side)

I’m not a mom or anything…but I understand this. This is so funny!

When I pictured being a mom, I realized that it would be necessary to have rules of conduct for my child.  That being said, after over 6 years of being a mom, I have compiled a list of rules I never expected to need: Do not cut the screen out of its frame in the window.  (The need for this one arose when she was 6.) Do not put anything in your ear, including rocks, without consulting an adult first.  (Age 4.) Do not put anything in your nose, inc … Read More

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