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Two Cool Weekends

It was such a great experience last weekend to have my first short film, “Accident,” showcased at APAture 2015! APAture is a multidisciplinary arts festival that focuses on Asian artists in film, comics, music, literary arts, This was actually the first event that I submitted to last year but I didn’t get in back then. My friend encouraged me to resubmit for this year and I’m really glad it got in this year. I’ve been submitting it since July 2014 and even up until now. It has been accepted into three festivals so far, including APAture. At first I was kind of bummed out that a lot of festivals did not accept it. However, I sent a message to Jason Marsden during the whole process and he reassured me that there is nothing wrong with that and to let it be a learning experience. I’ve really taken that to heart and I’m actually really happy now that it was accepted into APAture 2015. I feel like I’ve come full circle. I started with this festival so maybe I can end with this festival. No more submissions. They are costly and I’d really rather move on to my next project. Eventually, I will post my short film online and let the world judge it all they want. I love it and my opinion is the only one that really matters, right?

I did a Q&A afterwards…ok, I admit it. I HATE public speaking. Not that I don’t want to talk to people who saw my film. I’d LOVE to hear what they thought of it but being asked all these questions and being among my peers, I felt inferior, like I didn’t really belong there. People laughed at my answers. Maybe because of my delivery but I can’t help it. I hear it in my head and it comes out of my mouth differently than how I would have liked. It’s fine, I’m not mad. I don’t know how celebrities, teachers, politicians, etc. do it. Aren’t they afraid of saying something wrong? Or sounding like an idiot? Or being asked a question they don’t want to answer? I remember for the time before the screening and after I found out I had to do a Q&A, I told myself I wasn’t going to reveal the true inspiration for my film because I didn’t want people to think I was crazy or angry. Then I thought, well what are the chances they would ask that question anyway? It’s played out. Sure enough, the first question was “What was your inspiration for your respective film?” Oh man. In my head, I reached for everything I could think of to make up. I wanted to scroll through my phone and find my director’s statement so I could remind myself what I wrote. Then I thought of something I say instead of the truth, that I was inspired by my peers because they have been so supportive of my creative work. So when it was my turn to speak, the truth just rolled off my tongue. “I had an angry conversation with my dad on the phone one day and well, if you can’t do it in real life, you do it on film.” Please don’t think I’m crazy. Here’s a picture.

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I just realized I’m not crazy. Just angry. Like Taylor Swift, writing about her ex-boyfriends and telling the world how she really feels. I guess the truth isn’t so bad. Ok, I’m rambling. Other eventful occurrences yesterday: Girl Meets Texas was a 3 part series this weekend. Damn, that’s good marketing! You know people like to binge on this kind of stuff. This love triangle thing is really suspenseful. I have to say I’m pretty blown away by how the producers have handled this situation. I know social media has given some insight as to which direction the GMW fans want it to go. It’s basically Rucas vs Lucaya. For anyone who doesn’t know, “Rucas” is the moniker for the highly anticipated Riley & Lucas union while “Lucaya” is the moniker for those who are team Maya & Lucas. The writers have been giving hints as to what might happen. They said the biggest clue was in the pilot. So, I went to Netflix and watched the pilot. Well, I started to anyway. Then I thought, maybe the clue is in the first conversation Maya had with Lucas where she compressed their whole faux relationship/breakup into 9 sentences. She said “You don’t pay enough attention to me” as one of those sentences. Well, from what I gather in Girl Meets Texas, I feel like while Lucas does pay attention to Maya, he pays more attention to Riley overall. So maybe everything is being played out in this arc, expanding on those 9 sentences throughout the season. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it. For now. :0)

If you’re wondering which pair I’m in favor of(I refuse to use the word “ship”), I would have to say Lucas and Riley. After watching this 3-part melodrama, I feel like Riley and Lucas have been taking things slow. So slow, in fact, that no one even realized they were doing this. It’s like a silent “I like you, you like me but let’s be great friends first” kind of thing. I know some fans think Maya has more chemistry with Lucas but it just doesn’t seem like Lucas feels that way about Maya. I mean, he stopped himself from kissing Maya. If you had that chance with someone you liked, you go for it. If it doesn’t feel right, you shouldn’t lead someone on. And if they did kiss, that would be horrible. Maya and Riley’s friendship could change forever. Just because Maya thinks Riley loves Lucas like a brother doesn’t mean it’s actually true. Riley is obviously stepping back because she wants Maya to be happy and always puts others before herself. And judging from the dumbfounded & confused way Lucas reacted when Riley told him he was like a brother to her, he obviously thought they had a mutual crush thing going! I mean, come on…ok, I am way too invested in this. What’s going on?? I’m 38! Moving on…

Oh my gosh, I got to see my favorite band perform last night when they opened for Twenty One Pilots! They killed it!! I had such a great time watching them jam out on this big stage. They have always been meant for the bigger stages. I love it! And I especially enjoyed watching them perform their new songs! I’m just adding to my playlist. I guess i could have stayed to watch the other opening act, Echosmith and the headliner but I was starving and needed to feed so I bounced.

When I got home, I started uploading my videos to YouTube when lo and behold, my favorite guy in the whole wide world, Will Friedle, tweeted a picture of the shirt I gave him! Oh my gosh, I nearly fell off my stool because my legs turned into spaghetti, haha! That was so random. I had always wondered if it fit though. I have two of those shirts, one in white and one in purple. I love it. You can wash it and the artwork will last for awhile as long as you are washing it properly.

Ok, it’s time to go to sleep. Lots to do. Shows to produce, scripts to write, and videos to edit. Happy Halloweeny, Mr. Feeny!

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Clean Eats and Jam Out

Have I ever mentioned how wonderful life is? I keep having these amazing moments in my life and I can’t believe all these things are happening. Thursday was a pretty awesome day. First, I wake up, get on the scale, and find out that I finally moved past the 4 lbs that I’ve been yoyoing up and down all month and get into losing the 5th lb. Second, I get an email saying that my favorite band, Finish Ticket, is coming by my house to drop off a vinyl of their album, Tears Your Apart. My HOUSE!!! WHAT??!!! The part that was really cool was that I got an email asking exactly when I’d be home because they said they wanted to deliver it to me specifically when I was there because I had been such a long time loyal fan. *THUD* Third, I found out that I won tickets to a concert at the Great American Music Hall where Seeking Empire, Happy Fangs and New Diplomat were playing! I had interviewed Seeking Empire and New Diplomat a few years ago for a website I was helping out on and they are just such great bands. Seeing them perform Thursday night and for free topped off my night! And then yesterday morning, I got on the scale and I had lost another 2.2 lbs. Whut whuttttt!!!?!!

Here are some pics from Thursday:

Brendan Hoye & Michael Hoye from Finish Ticket
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They signed the back but they also wrote on the front!
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Seeking Empire
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New Diplomat
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What a wonderful day. Right now, I’m listening to my new record and some other records, drinking water and roasting veggies. And for the first time, I’m actually really excited about them. I’m roasting potatoes, red bell peppers and colorful carrots which I seasoned with avocado oil, olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, rosemary, dill, and himalayan pink salt. Can’t wait to taste it! Ever since I saw that pic with me and Will, I just felt heartbroken. However, from that broken heart, I rose from my ashes and decided that this was going to be the last year that I’m overweight. My imagination of how I want to look standing next to him motivates me to get healthy. I’ve actually been pretending I’m in a weight loss challenge with Will. And of course, it super helps that it seems he’s been trying to get healthy too. He posted that he was doing a juice cleanse and there were pics of him obviously going out running or something. Gawd, I’m just jealous by how much weight he’s lost, but I will get there. I promise. And if I ever do get the chance to stand beside him and take a photo again, I’d better look good. I don’t even actually care what he looks like, he’ll always be a beautiful person to me.

So, the things I’ve been doing lately to get healthy is mainly working out and eating clean. I’ve been cooking a lot more and researching about clean eating. I started cooking without sugar and making foods that are good for me. I have a Filipino vegan chef friend, Astig Vegan, who has made lots of vegan foods for me to taste and because of her, I am no longer disgusted by the sound of something being vegan or vegetarian. Last weekend, she taught me through text messages how to make cashew cheese and it turned out delicious!

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Delicious with lentil chips
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Also made gluten free, grain free & sugar free brownies. Sooooo goooood!!
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You know, they say…

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However, after eating clean for about 3 weeks now, a friend of mine who I see almost every week told me I did look thinner. What?!!! I was shocked. I mean, I did look in the mirror and thought about whether or not there were any changes but I just wasn’t sure since I see myself every day. However, it’s great to know my efforts are actually working. I always used to just give up after 3 weeks because I never felt like anything I was doing would be lasting. Fortunately, I discovered Amelia Freer through Sam Smith’s weight loss story and I’m so grateful! I’m currently reading her book “Eat. Nourish. Glow.” to help me along. I’ve tried low carbs, I’ve tried no carbs, I’ve tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, oh my god. So many phases of hell I’ve put my body through and it finally said to me, “STOP! Just be good to me.”

Amelia Freer writes “Listen to your body. It’s smarter than you.” I completely agree. I’ve actually said these words to friends of mine who were dieting and yet, I never listened to these words myself. I know the body finds ways to tell you what it needs. If your pee is super yellow, it’s telling you you’re not drinking enough water. If you’re craving veggies when you never have before, it’s telling you that it doesn’t have enough nutrients. If you get sleepy in the afternoons, it’s telling you that you’re not getting enough hours of sleep at night or that you’ve had too much sugar. In my previous eating habits, I never listened. I ate based on scent, thoughts, desires, and cost. Today, I eat to nourish my body rather than for convenience. I also cut out a lot of sugar. Amelia says that sugar has been shown in studies to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine!! I did hear that before and I believe it. Whenever a coworker brings sweets to work and I refuse by saying I’m on a diet, their answer is always “Oh please. One is not going to hurt you.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. One WILL hurt you because you’ll get another sugar craving later in the day and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it until you have it and the worst words you can say to yourself on a diet is “I might as well…” No thanks, I’d rather not spiral down that sugar hill, gang. Go on without me.

While typing this, my veggies finished roasting and they smell and taste delicious!
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Yummy yummy yummy. I never thought I would enjoy a grain with just veggies but I do. Yeah, there are potatoes but since everything else is healthy and homemade, I’m gonna say that’s ok. I ate this with some bulgur rather than white rice. Tastes great! I feel so proud of myself today. Anyway, have a great rest of the weekend and may everything good happen to you. I love life!!

Made My Goal

I’m so happy to announce that I made my GoFundMe goal! I have to admit, before I began the campaign, I was hesitant to do it and tried really hard to figure out a way for me to fund the festival circuit myself. However, after doing all the calculations, I realized it would put me into some serious financial hardship and I had already spent a lot of money during production. I just really didn’t think anyone would donate to me. Fortunately, some friends encouraged me to try to set up a campaign anyway and see what happens.

Lo and behold, I got my first donation less than 5 minutes after posting it! I was floored by the amazing love & support I received from everyone, some who barely even knew me were rooting for me! I couldn’t believe it. I guess I should have had more faith in my community. It has been such a wonderful journey, meeting such talented & generous people who cared about my dreams.

In addition, I’d like to add that I finally received permission from my very favorite band, Finish Ticket, to put their music in my short film!! It took over a year to get the music and the release but it finally happened and I’m so excited to have them in my film! Brendan Hoye, the lead singer, wrote a song especially for my film and I have to say, it is absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for a better song for this film and I’m SOOOOO excited to start submitting it to film festivals! If you listen to my 30 second trailer, you’ll hear a little bit of another song of theirs called, “Pockets.” You can check out their music on their website. Or, you can check them out at LIVE 105’s BFD concert or Outside Lands!!! So crazy that they are performing at these events. They are going to blow up, I guarantee it. I’ve thought this since the first time I saw them perform back in 2011 when they opened for Jackson Rathbone’s now defunct band, 100 Monkeys. Ugh! I love their music so much, it’s insane.

Monthly Shenanigans

I know, it’s been awhile. So much has happened and I just had not found the time to post. I like to try to post updates to record my shenanigans but since it’s been so long, I guess I’ll have to do it by the month.

March
Started production for Saltwater

Had to turn an empty room…
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Into a hoarder’s house
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Went to Disney World for the very first time!!
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Began casting gigs
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May
Met Michael Cera
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My favorite band, Finish Ticket, agreed to do a song for my short film
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Went on NKOTB Cruise to Bahamas
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Modeled for fashion show
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June

Met Boy Meets World cast & Michael Jacobs
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Filmed last day of my first short film
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Finally saw Bizzy Bone perform
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Met BONE Thugs N Harmony
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July

Went to NKOTB’s The Package Tour shows and took an epic photo with Jordan Knight!
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Began Pinoy Midsummer:The Remount
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I will need to elaborate & update this blog later. Back to work!

100 Monkeys in NorCal

Went to see 100 Monkeys again on Tuesday. I had a blast! So glad they came back. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen them. They also did an in-store appearance at Best Buy in Dublin, CA in the afternoon so it was a perfect day. I picked up Blanca at BART and we headed over to Best Buy. Of course, our natural NKOTB instincts were to go super early but turns out, it wasn’t all that necessary because people didn’t gather around much earlier. There were about 30 people there, I’d say. Afterwards, they did a signing and I got my Liquid Zoo CD signed. I asked them if they would sign it if I brought my “Girlfriend” script over to Slim’s and they said yes. “Girlfriend” is a movie by Justin Lerner in which 100 Monkeys participates in the soundtrack, not to mention that Jackson & Jerad are both in the film as well.

We headed over to Chinatown where we got to grab some dim sum and then we went to Brainwash Cafe and just chilled. Then we went to Slim’s, parked the car, & just waited. The show was exactly the way I remembered them. Energetic, passionate, and jammin’. What bothered me though, was that they had 3 opening acts and they played until 10:20 PM. 100 Monkeys didn’t go on until 10:35 PM. If they were going to have all these opening acts, I think they should have had them start earlier, around 6ish. Because of this, 100 Monkeys performed until past midnight. And it was a weeknight!

The opening acts that performed were Sioux City Kid, Finish Ticket & Bleeding Horse Express. To be honest, I really felt they should have had the opening acts begin around 6:30 PM instead of 8 PM. The opening performed until 10:20 PM. As much as I respect that they are helping out these bands, I think they should have given the audience some type of notice that this was going to happen. It was a weeknight, BART only runs until midnight, and it was standing room only. If I had a seat, things might have been different. I guess I could have sat at the bar but I was close to the front and it was difficult to remove myself from my spot because I was in the front. Enough said.

The show was amazing though, as usual. I was able to record some of it. For some reason, I wasn’t able to take very good photos this time around. I guess I’m a little rusty on my photography. I did what I could and left it at that. Finish Ticket was really good, I have to say. I fell in love with their music after the first song. I even recorded one of their songs! They were that good. I think this band is going be big someday. I can see girls falling in love with these boys, they’re adorable! I wish all the best for them.

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Slim’s
Sioux City Kid
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Finish Ticket
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Bleeding Horse Express
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100 Monkeys’ Ben Johnson
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100 Monkeys’ Uncle Larry
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100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone
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100 Monkeys’ Ben Graupner & Ben Johnson
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100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone & Jerad Anderson
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Girlfriend” script autographed by 100 Monkeys & Justin Lerner – It’s Jackson’s messy handwriting at the top, in case you were wondering
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“We’ll Be Okay” by Finish Ticket

“Shy Water” – one of my favorites

“Aim High” – new song

“Invisible Monsters” – one of my favorites

So every 100 Monkeys show, they do one improv song where the audience gets to pick the title of the song. So you can say anything & they might pick it. I could say “Christmas presents suck” or “Tupperware is for losers” or whatever & they might pick it. Then they improv on a tune & Jackson will make up the lyrics on the spot. They are just a bag of God-given talent.

Anyway, I’m really glad they chose “Don’t Be A Bitch” because I felt it was so fitting for the loud, cackling chick who was being rude. She kept claiming that the boots she saw below the projection screen were Jackson’s. The girl in front of my who could see below the projectin screen politely informed her that it was the lead singer of Bleeding Horse Express so that she wasn’t moded. However, she didn’t believe her so all night, she kept claiming that it was Jackson. Her cackling in my ear was horrible.Luckily, my ears were already blown so it didn’t matter. She would reach her arm over & flick the hair of the girl in front of me. So, I’m really glad someone gave that title for the improv song. It was the theme of the night. Thank you, whoever you are.

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