Lately I Can’t Get Enough…

REST.

The past week and a half have been spent = finishing all of my finals, graduating, packing, driving 6.5 hours, unpacking, chatting with old friends, more unpacking, organizing, and working (for an entire week already)… This weekend is already booked solid with an appointment, two Angels baseball games, and attending a friend’s graduation.  And then next weekend I hope to drive to Disneyland after work on Friday to participate in the 24-hour Disneyland event that weekend, followed by another appointment and a family Memorial Day Party.

And I have two shows at the beginning of June (You should all watch Guys Choice Awards & Critics’ Choice Television Awards!!), followed by a family vacation/reunion to New Orleans (for my parents 25th wedding anniversary) and Pensacola, Florida.  [It’ll be the first time in almost 10 years that I’ve been to Pensacola, plus my entire mom’s side of the family will be there, so I am super psyched! And I haven’t been to New Orleans in years!] I also want to participate in the LA Color Run in late June.

Even with all that in mind, and my brain partially asleep right now, I still have a lot I want to do in the upcoming months.  But thankfully I don’t have to rush to get it all done within the normal 3 month summer break – perks of being a college graduate!

To Do List:

1.  Hike to the Hollywood sign

2.  Go to Disneyland & California Adventure

3.  Meet a celebrity

4.  Go to a concert

5.  Go camping (Even if it’s in my backyard or my living room)

6.  Make home-made ice cream

7.  Have a BBQ

8.  Go on a bike ride

9.  Have a photo shoot

10.  Explore somewhere new

11.  Go to an Angels game

12.  Eat beignets!

13.  Try something new

14.  Don’t spend money for an entire day

15.  Be surprised

16.  Have a movie night with my best friends

17.  Travel

18.  Impress my boss

19.  Cook dinner for my parents (maybe on their anniversary)

20.  Eat s’mores

21.  Learn to French braid & fishtail braid my own hair

22.  Explore parts of Southern California that I’ve never been to before

 

Networking

The summer after my freshman year of college I began working in production.  Often times people don’t understand exactly what I mean when I tell them I work in production, so let me break it down for y’all.  I work in the talent department for award shows, such as Guys Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards.  The job entails booking talent (actors & actresses, singers, comedians, etc.) for presenting or accepting awards in these shows.  There is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes, but I won’t bore y’all with all the job-specific details.

Many of the publicists, managers, agents, talent, and co-workers I have come to know and talk to on a regular basis I have met through networking.  In the beginning, my boss introduced me to people she had previously worked with.  This allowed me to meet many other people working in my field, as well as talent representatives that I would soon be emailing and playing phone tag with every day.  Throughout the three summers that I have been working in production, I have been introduced to even more co-workers, talent reps, and talent, in addition to assistants and security personnel.  After I graduate in May I am hoping to continue working in production and continue to expand my connections with others in the field.

On the student side of things, the easiest way to network myself is through friends.  I have met many friends (both photo majors and non-photo majors) in my classes and we often discuss each other’s artwork, which leads to pictures and invitations to BFA Exhibitions, etc.

Although I prefer networking face to face (or via email & phone for work), it doesn’t mean I don’t network over social media websites.  I definitely use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay in touch with people and update them on my artwork and current projects.  I usually use Facebook for more personal connections, while Twitter and Instagram are used for both personal and work.  My LinkedIn account is dedicated solely to connections made through work, or more formal acquaintances regarding my artwork. I connect with well-known people in fields I work in or am just interested in (baseball, for example) via Twitter quite often, and I use LinkedIn to see what shows my past and future co-workers are currently working on.

Networking Pic

Why?

The question is why.  Why am I here?

Let me start by saving I have always been more of a creative person.  I have always enjoyed art classes, and even English classes, more than math or science.  I guess my brain is wired to work better when I can think of the solution to a problem, rather than when I already know the answer to 2 + 2 is always going to be 4.

To be completely honest, one of the main reasons I chose this University is because it is close to my favorite athletic team’s Spring Training stadium.  It is so wonderful to only have a fifteen-minute drive to the stadium when Spring Training season begins.

As far as why I am an art student, that goes back to my creativity.  Photography has always been one of my hobbies, even more so after I was given a DSLR for Christmas one year.  I was then able to take better quality photographs of my family, friends, on vacations, and at baseball games.  This made me enjoy photography even more, which is the reason why I chose it as my major when applying to ASU.  Even though the hours in the darkroom or digital lab are very long and frustrating, when you finally get that perfect print… You know all your hard work has paid off.

I am originally from California and I plan to return after I graduate in May.  I am going to continue working with photography after graduation, but I also plan to work in Production – which I have been working in for the past three summers.  Although the future is not set in stone, I know I will always be doing something creative, whether it is photography, painting, or working in production.