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Back to School

12 Sep

I blame it on the heat. Ok, so the heat wave is over but it was really, really hot, and that heat was not conducive to staring at a computer screen, indoors, with no airconditioning, more than I already have to with all my side jobs that actually pay the rent. Alright, fine. I procrastinated. Monday came and went without a post. The truth comes out.

Anyway, with the heat wave gone, Memorial Day past, Halloween stores popping up, it’s very clear that back-to-school time is in full swing. Not that I’m in school, or have been for a while. But this time marker is in my mind for two reasons:

1. One of my rent jobs is teaching and directing highschool theater. All of a sudden there are show posters to design, writing assignments to assign and rehearsals to conduct. In fact, today is the first day of school.

2. I’m applying to grad school. Yup. It’s a terrifying prospect. I’m not exactly sure why. But it’s something I have thought about a lot over the last two years so I finally signed up for the GREs, began writing cover letters to past professors, and going through all the motions to get my applications together. Why the hell are you applying to grad school, you might ask, and for English no less. Are you giving up the dream?? Are you quitting acting?! Calm down. (This is more me talking to myself, really) I’m not. I feel it’s dangerous to make acting the only part of the picture. You only get one life and there’s a lot I’d like to experience in it. I don’t want acting to get in the way. I want to be open to the other inklings that I get in my gut, which draw me one way or another.  School was always one of those. Call me crazy, but I like school. I’m exploring that path. I may not get in. After all, I’m only applying to schools in the LA area– remember, I’m not giving up on acting. But it’s worth a shot!

I think of back to school and fall and I think of another opportunity for new beginnings. An excuse for a clean slate, a starting point. So I’m using this time to not only start a new semester of teaching and to try out for a new adventure (grad school), but also to dive into my other ventures with a renewed vigor.  So. Fall 2011- bring it!


15 Mar

Ok, so I almost did not write a post today. But here I am, at 11:56PM writing a post because I made a secret pact with myself to do just that once a day, every day of the week. It’s a commitment I made to this blog, which is really a representation of my commitment to acting. If I have to write something every day somehow or another related to acting then I better be out there doing stuff, researching stuff to have things to write about!

This weekend felt very crazy busy and it’s looking like that pace wont change for a while. That’s why I waited ’til the last minute to write this post. But it’s a good busy because it’s rehearsals, and memorizing lines, and producing. All good stuff!

Hopefully I’ll be able to put some time aside tomorrow and write a good post.

Thank you all for reading this blog. Means a ton.

Guest Post on The Playa Wire: A Practical Look at Radical Parenting

15 Feb

I wrote a blog post on my work with another blog (I know, that’s a lot of blogging) that went up over the weekend. The Playa Wire is an awesome online magazine, which provides articles and videos to improve our future. Sounds like quite the undertaking, but it’s actually pretty cool! There is a ton of information and inspiring stories to help solve the issues and challenges of today for a better tomorrow. I am excited to contribute to the site. I know this doesn’t directly relate to acting, however, writing is something I’m passionate about and passion is definitely something I write about on my blog. Also, I think it’s important to be active creatively in more ways than one. It will all feed into and come back to the acting.

Here’s a sample:

“When I tell people that I work for a parenting blog, everyone usually has the same reaction: You have a child? No, I do not have a child. Nor do I plan on having one any time soon, I reassure them. Then they look at me, very confused. Well, then why do you work for a parenting blog? Actually, it makes a lot of sense if you think about it. is a parenting blog written from the kids’ perspective.

I edit about 40 different teen’s articles every month and I always look forward to it. The passion behind these teens’ words is inspiring; the stories, tips and advice that they give often helps me! The whole idea of the site is to build better relationships between parents and their teens and tweens by giving the kids a voice

You can read the full post on The Playa Wire.

Guest Post on Radical Parenting: Pursuing Passions

8 Feb

I wrote a blog post about the importance of pursuing our passions on the fabulous parenting blog, RadicalParenting.

Here’s a sample:

“Vanessa recently wrote a post on the top weirdest teen trend predictions for 2010. The first one is not as much weird as it is awesome! I’d never heard of it until I read this post. It’s called “Daylighting”, which means taking a day job to supplement your living from your night job. Vanessa mentions, and I agree, how daylighting switches the focus to pursuing what you really want, and really owning it. So no more downplaying the dream by saying “Well, I’m a sales associate at this store… and I kind of sing on the side.” No, you ARE a singer! And you work at a store on the side…”

You can read the full post here!