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Comic Con/LA Trip

Had a blast last week going to Comic Con. It was exhaustive but I was glad I was there amid the chaos. The only celebs I wanted to see was Jackson Rathbone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) and Matt Damon. JGL & Matt were in Hall H, which is the largest exhibit hall available at the convention center. We waited in line from noon to 4. We were one of the last 3 rows they allowed to go in before they closed the line so we got in right before the panel where JGL was going to be at. He was there promoting his new movie, Looper. Matt was there promoting his new movie, Elysium.

While Jackson was at the Breaking Dawn 2 panel, I was not able to spend days in line for that. Instead, I decided to attend the Nerd HQ panel with Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz & Peter Facinelli. That was so entertaining. Plus, I got to sit in the front row, courtesy of my NKOTB-developed, quick ticket-buying savvy fingers. It was preassigned by how fast you bought your ticket and I got seat 5! Whut whuuuttt!! *raise the roof* You can watch the panel online right here!

I also got to attend some very invaluable workshops about writing and I also went to one about Photoshop. All were very inspiring and I have to say, I enjoyed them much more than I thought I would. I even pulled out a notebook & a pen to take notes! What a nerd I was being. I don’t care, I enjoyed myself. And just in case you’re wondering, no, I didn’t see Will Friedle. I know I went last year looking for him but alas, I’ve come to accept that he probably would not go to such an event since I heard he does not like crowds. I did miss Jason though. It was cool to see him last year but he already said he wasn’t able to make it this year and I think he’s the type of celeb to let you know if he was going to be somewhere like Comic Con. He loves his fans. In addition to Comic Con, I was able to squeeze in a music lesson with my friend who taught me a new song! He also took me to taste the locally infamous carne asada fries! They were well worth the wait.

After Comic Con, we headed off to LA. Our first stop was at Umami Burger. I had never been there before but I heard it’s awesome. And what could have made this experience even more awesome? Sitting in the same restaurant as Jack Black. I love celebrity sightings. I didn’t talk to him or anything. I just enjoyed the fact that he was right there at a table across from me. This day, we pretty much did a food tour. We hit up Umami Burger, Lette’s Macarons, Sugarfish, and Fosselman’s. They were all splendidly satisfying.

The next day, we headed out to Disneyland/California Adventure! We rode Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Radiator Racers, Astro Blasters, Star Tours, Soarin, and others. They also brought back Captain EO as a tribute to Michael Jackson. We checked out World of Color, which was a beautiful water, light & fire dance with images projected onto the water’s mist. It was beyond my expectations.

Overall, I had a great time and I loved that my vacation didn’t end after Comic Con was over. It’s always nice to feel like you’re off to a new adventure, whatever that may be. Check out some of my pics!

Discovered two of my friends from different circles are friends with each other! And they are both artists!

3rd hour in line for Hall H with my BFF

Emily Blunt & Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Looper (HitRecord button, represent!!)

Jodie Foster & Matt Damon for Elysium

I met Kadeem Hardison!! Funny because just a week before meeting him, I happen to come across “A Different World” on TV; didn’t know it still airs!

Carne Asada Fries! (Courtesy of Super Sergio’s)

This amazing musician blows me away…

On Space Mountain, my favorite ride ever!

World of Color was mesmerizing

Finally got to eat at Blue Bayou, in the middle of Pirates of the Carribean ride

Nerd HQ panel: Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz & Peter Facinelli

My favorite vacay photo! I love that he looked right into my camera for the shot. Awesomesauce!

Went to the Casting Call After All…

Went to the casting call today for Contagion. Wasn’t going to go since I was so exhausted this morning but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t. It was…err…fun. Well, mostly, I stood in a SUPER LONG line for 3 hours in the drizzle/partial sunny rain, reading The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier. At the least, it was an experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.

My friend took my photo about 15 times before we got a shot good enough to print out and forfeit. They gave us a card to complete and I had to complete a section that said “Special Skills (juggling, fire eater, play a musical instrument…)”. I couldn’t think of anything!! So all I wrote in that was “can play a filipino instrument called the kulintang, hula hoop.” PUWAAHHHAHAHAHA!!! Another question I couldn’t answer were my measurements. I mean, I’m just not one of those people who goes around knowing my measurements all day long and has special skills. I’m just not!

We were directed into a room where this guy (I guess the casting associate?) told us they were basically collecting our information and if we get called, we’ll get paid $64/non-union and $139/union per day and that they mostly shoot in the daytime. Crap, well that leaves me out for the weekdays right there! I’m not going to forego working to make $64 a day when I can make more than that, even if it means I might get to “rub elbows with Matt Damon.” Yes, some article actually wrote that to entice us common folk to go down there. The casting associate also said that if we can’t do it the day they ask us for, they won’t completely write us off, they’ll just call for another scene if they need us.

All in all, it was a good experience so far. If I get called, then I get called. If not, at least I tried. It certainly did make me think about going to more auditions, real ones I mean. I guess I’ll know in the next couple weeks what happened. Wish me luck!

Photo I submitted:

The line from yesterday at Ft. Mason:


Casting Call for Extras

Read that the upcoming film “Contagion” starring Matt Damon & Jude LAW will be filming in San Francisco and they need over 2000 extras. I’ve never actually attended an open casting call since I’m more of a writer than an actor but I think I’ll do it just for fun. Acting used to be an aspiration of mine so why not? Couldn’t hurt. It’s a 10-day shoot in San Francisco from Feb. 9 – Feb. 19 and there are a limited number of paid positions. You just need to bring a pen and a small photo of yourself. Sounds like fun! :0)

Just for legitimacy, this was found on On Location Vacations.