I don't know about you but I miss hearing Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want To Be" at the beginning of OTH. In honor of this I have complied a video of the opening credits from each of the seasons (excluding the current one because there isn't one). Enjoy the walk down memory lane.
Of all the careers I could have choose I picked one in one of the toughest industries to break into. But why did I choose this. I don't want the glitz and glamor of the celebrity of it. I don't want to be known world wide. I don't have to rich or overly successful either.
Here is my embarrassing childhood videos. I am looking into ways of converting more of these because this was actually a pretty fun project. Now please remember that I was 11, it was the 90's and there is no accounting for my fashion (or anyone else's for that matter). Enjoy.
It's time to lighten things up a little bit. So many of my posts lately have been on the serious side that I want to share something funny with everyone.
"There comes a time when every life goes off course. In this desperate moment you must choose your direction. Will you fight to stay on the path while others tell you who you are? Or will you label yourself? Will you be honored by your choice? Or will you embrace your new path? Each morning you choose to move forward or to simply give up." - Lucas
You know how they say that video killed the radio star well I believe that TV and movies have killed my sense of romance.
Nothing in real life works out like it does on anything that we watch. It is never based on reality. I am a aspiring screenwriter and even I know that it is rare that a movie with a true to life ending or real life situations is hard to make or sell. People don't want to see the dirty difficulties that real people face they want to see the girl and the guy get together and live happily ever after. There are some examples that don't follow this rule but those are not as common. All of these things have combined to give me a false since of what a relationship is.
I want love like I see on TV or movies. I want to get the guy and live happily ever after. But life is messy and so is love. I haven't been on a date in months because I'm so afraid to allow anyone in again. I've been hurt. But I don't want it to stop me. So from this part on I am going to try to stop being afraid and start putting myself out there. I'm not going to let video kill this radio star.
[Posted on my iPod touch]
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours." Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Following the trend set by Katie here is my list o' songs. Enjoy.
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool!
Ray LaMontange - Be Here Now
Avenue Q - Everyone's A Little Bit Racisit
First Day At School:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle
Falling In Love:
Dixie Chicks - White Trash Wedding
Faith Hill - Go The Distance
Cross Canadian Ragweed - Suicide Blues
Vanessa Hudgens - Identified
Motion City Soundtrack - Better Open The Door
Ray LaMontangne - Within You
Jason Aldean - Laughed Until We Cried
Shwayze - Buzzin'
Getting Back Together:
OAR - Shattered (Turn the Car Around)
Alicia Keys - Sure Looks Good to Me
Birth of Child:
Britney Spears - Toxic
Velvet Revolver - Fall to Pieces
Patsy Cline - Walkin' After Midnight
Eli Young Band - That's the Way
Dixie Chicks - If I Fall You're Going Down With Me
When I sit down to write a blog I never know what will come out. I normally have an idea in my head but I just let my fingers find what they will on the keyboard. It's very therapeutic but also a little scary because I'm never sure what secret feelings will come out.
How is it that in a day you can go through so many different emotions?
I am inspired by strangers.
Every person I have ever loved has begun as a stranger.
It's staggering to think that every intense influence on my life was once just a face in the crowd. A random pedestrian. A number.
But this place....this ever growing cyber clubhouse, is something new. Names attached to faces. Kindness. Great distances are being bridged by a similar outlook on life....a bright belief that we are meant to rush out into the sunlight of each day and attack the world...explore, invent, uplift...so that on the day that we die, we will be fat with experience and love.
Kelly and I are blown away. You guys are like an army, and we feel safe and capable in your hands. So again, thank you. Thank you. Thank. YOU."
I've decided I have to much free time. I do nothing during the day until around 3:45 when I finally go to work. So to help fill up my time I signed up with Big Brothers, Big Sisters today. It would be awesome to be able to give back to the area that means so much to me. I am looking for suggestions of other places to volunteer at. Let me know what you think.
So you know that someone is good at what they are doing when you forget that it is them doing it.
So we have been talking about milestones a lot lately in the SGP chat. The blog has only been around 3 months and yet so many milestones have occurred (with so many others to come). It got me thinking about how far I've come since then as well. I reread my first blog and wanted to reprint it on here just so all can see how far I have come.
I realize that I am trying to make it in the toughest industry around but this is something that I have always wanted and I don't think I'll be truly happy until I at least give it a shot. That is why I have named this blog SoCal Here I Come. Everyone who wants to break in starts in LA and that's where I am headed, after I finally get through with school.
So the start to this journey begins January 28th through and online degree program through Full Sail University for a Bachelors in Entertainment Business. These plans are a little different than my orignals but due to the current economic situation in this country I could not afford to move to Orlando, FL right now and start the Bachelors in Film that I wanted. So as I do I am reevluating and readjusting to work things out.
This degree will start me in the industry while I can make money at a job here, if I can find one. That is another part of why I didn't move. I've been out of work since October and just recently filled or unemployment. So a couple of months of no income have not helped me at all. I have a job interview on Monday for a manager in training position with Car-Mart. Its a salary postion that should help me pay the bills and save up at the same time.
Since I was out of high schoool I've been quietly writing screenplays. My first attempt was horrible and was deleted from my computer recently but since finally deciding to go through with this the creative jucies have been flowing more freely and I am almost done with the first draft of my first screenplay as well as have a notepad full of ideas for more. I have never in my life been more inspired to do something or following it through.
So here is my blog to post my thoughts and ordeals as I swim these raging waters they call the entertainment industry."
I'm so excited. Today is my Friday. 2 days off will be so nice. I love my job but I want to explore more and take pictures further around the area and I can't when I have to be at work at 3:45.
I did really well on audio on Saturday. I'm adapting quickly around here which is a good thing seeing that my job will be along this line. I'm hoping that all of the knowledge that I am gaining now will pay off when I move and look for a new job.
I filmed a vlog today on my way to work. I will edit and upload it when I get home.
Loving all of the new content on SGP. For the past week or so we've had a new blog a day which is awesome. I love the passion and openess that is coming out of this group. It makes me want to do the same with my project. As soon as I get more information on it I will be sure to share with you all.
And be on the lookout for the next chapter of top tens featuring Sophia Bush. (not so patiently waiting for Amber's next one as well) :-)
Thank you for your support.
[Posted on my iPod touch]
As tears are forming in my eyes from the amazing words that I have received tonight I just wanted to say thank to everyone who commented, who has read my blog, who has had the random conversations with me, who have pushed me, who have been there and most of all who have taken a little time out of their life to help me.
I talk a lot about following your heart and your dreams but I wonder deep down if I'm a fraud for saying this. I know that I have on more than one occasion stopped myself from doing something because I was scared. I have not gone for what I wanted because what do you do when it doesn't work out.
What defines a person?
Big News = more good news about backing for my screenplay. Now I hope all of these backers will just keep holding on through my revisions process.
My top 3 choices for Mona:
I started this blog as part of my new years resolution. I started it thinking no one would ever read it. I started it thinking I'll post this first time and then I'll never have to post again. I started it not thinking it would ever go anywhere.
So apparently after talking to Amber tonight it is "odd" that I had never tried coffee until today. I grew up in a family that didn't drink coffee. I never tried it when I was little because I thought it would be gross. I never tried it growing up because I never really had the desire to. Today I was driving into work and decided that it was time for me to try something new. So I got a tall caramel macchiato at Starbucks. At first I was not a fan but the more I drank the more it grew on me. Now I will be a coffee drinker.
"I've come to the conclusion that if having things turn out the way you wanted them to is a measure of a successful life, then some would say I'm a failure. The important thing is not to be bitter over life's disappointments. Learn to let go of the past. And recognize that every day won't be sunny, and when you find yourself lost in the darkness and despair, remember it's only in the black of night you see the stars. And those stars will lead you back home. So don't be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble and fall, cause most of the time, the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you'll get everything you wish for. Maybe you'll get more than you could ever have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination."
I suck. I said that I would post my top ten Bethany Joy scenes yesterday and I didn't. Blame it on a sunny day and a lack of focus. So here is my attempt at another top ten.
"Live the life, Live the dream, no fear." - Quentin from OTH and reminded to me by Becca.
Inspiration. One small word with so much behind it. I looked it up in the dictionary and it has several different definitions.
The amazing OTH that I was greeted at the door with and the awesome performances around the board distracted me from some really good news that I wanted to share.
After an intriguing conversation about tonight's new One Tree Hill I was inspired to think about the performance that all of the actors had tonight. The one that stood out the most to me were Hilarie and Chad and it made me think that this is one of her best. After Amber and I debated the top 5 I decided to share my top ten performances of Hilarie on OTH.
The greatest person in the world sent me this today and I wanted to share it with you because it rings so true.
Sun roof open, windows rolled down, music blaring.
It seems like every time I blog it sparks more thoughts in my head causing me to want to blog again and again and again.
Have you ever just got in your car and drove?
I think my feelings can be summed up in lyrics from "Come Undone" by Jackson Waters
So I told my parents tonight that I am planning on moving sometime soon and they took it pretty well. There are a lot of details to work out but they are being supportive which is all I can ask for. This is very good news because I was most worried about telling them.
I'm ready for a change. I'm ready for a move. But I feel like there are certain things that need to happen before I can do this.
That is the title (as of now) of my screenplay. The more I think about it and the more time I spend on the Southern Gothic page I've decided that I am going to get this movie made one way or another. I'm going to try the traditional send it off and see if anything comes of it but if that doesn't work I'm going to make it myself. I love this story to much to let it die away. One way or another I will see this movie come to life.
So I'm posting this so that everyone can hold me accountable to make sure I get everything done tomorrow that I want to.
- Edit Screenplay
- Take pictures around area
- Go to gym
- Finish homework
I made my TV debut tonight. It was only for a split second during one of our promo's but I was on TV. That is a big thing considering I don't like being in front of the camera. Ok well I technically did a commercial when I was like 8 for my cousins business but back then it was cool. Even though my outfit was NOT!
A lot of good things have been happening in my life lately and I never expected half of them.
- New Job
- Finished Screenplay
- Friends - New/Old
SGP REACHED 500 FOLLOWERS!!!
Congrats to Hil, Kelly, Nick, James, Eddie, Ali, and everyone invovled. You guys deserve everything that is happening for your company.
The heart that is behind this company is going to drive it to amazing heights. Pedestrian is going to rock and the future is bright for any projects they follow with.
They are doing something truly special and sharing it with their fans. The openess they have had since January and the start of the blog is what makes them stand apart from other companies.
Thank you for allowing all 500+ and many more people to share a small part in your journey.
[Posted on my iPod touch]
- The starting place of Tyson's Chicken
- The Northwest Arkansas Naturals
- The Duggars
I have wanted to blog all night. But I have been at a lose for anything to say.
It continues to amaze me how much SGP and the blogs they post inspire me.
- Tea has more caffeine in it than given credit for.
- You can accomplish so much when there is nothing to distract you.
- Many people think you're crazy.
- Inspiration can come at all hours of the day.
- And finally that Sunrise is a truly magical time of day.