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$5 Cover Seattle – The Screening!

2 Mar

Last night, after an afternoon of shopping for the perfect dress to wear to the MTV screening (a pink tiered lace shift dress for under $30) I arrived at the entrance to the SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) Cinemas to get a preview of all 12 Episodes of $5 Cover Seattle with my fellow cast and crew.

For those of you who don’t know about the series, here’s a short description taken from the MTV’s $5 Cover Seattle Website:

Set in the thriving contemporary music scene of Seattle, this musical series will invite viewers to tag along with the hottest up-and-coming bands for a wild weekend as they work, sweat, perform, and party in Seattle’s clubs, bars, after hours speak easies and crash pads.

Both a long-form rock musical and 12-part series, $5 Cover Seattle will capture the color, flavor and texture of Seattle’s real nightlife – as well as the hairy-tongued mornings after. With all the musicians playing themselves in stories drawn from their actual lives, the show will emphasize the authentic intimacy of a living, breathing musical community, as a well as a sweet, deadpan sense of humor.

Season 2, Seattle will be directed by Lynn Shelton, the award-winning filmmaker, who’s a longtime fixture of the Northwest-Pacific film and music scene and the director of the 2009 indie comedy, “Humpday” which premiered to premiered to critical acclaim at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. “The idea is that it’s a way to experience a particular city through the city’s music that’s happening now. That’s what’s so cool about it,” she recently said.

A little late, and a little flustered with traffic, I walked up to the entrance to be checked off the guest list. Upon entering the cinema, I was overwhelmed with the smell of popcorn, and the crowds of hundreds of people all waiting in anticipation for the screening to begin. However, with a little searching I found a group of people I knew towards the front of the theatre and sat down to view the show.

It was great seeing everybody again, and being in such close quarters with so many talented people was quite a rush. You never realize how truly tight-knit the Seattle film community is until you get them all in a room together.

I must say, I am quite proud of the work I did on the project, wrangling extras and what not, and I even caught a glimpse of myself making a little cameo in a few of the episodes!

All 12 Episodes were screened, as well as sneak peak of some behind the scenes documentaries on Seattle as well as all 13 featured bands. It all turned out so amazing, and I am so proud to have been a part of the project. In reference to my last post berating MTV about their lack of music, I do say that with these soon to be released “webisodes” chronicling the Seattle music scenes, MTV has slightly redeemed themselves.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the episodes, keep your eyes peeled for the world premier this Summer!

Also, check out the trailer!


September, September.

5 Sep
I’m still trying to recover from this past week, and also prep for the weeks and months to come.

So many projects to think about, so little time.
Here’s the breakdown of everything I have going on right now:

+ 2 Short Films – Costumes & Make-up – One shooting next week, another next month.
+ 1 Play – Costumes/Make-up & Musical Directing – Opens in November
+ Magazine Project with Sean
+ School Starts Next Month
+ Working on Screenplay(s)
+ New Band with Hannah
+ Anything else that strikes my fancy.

You’re probably thinking, girl, you crazy. Whachu thinkin’?!
I guess you can blame the Gemini in me, but what would really drive me crazy is if I didn’t have anything to do.

I do have a history of overloading myself, but I just like the excitment, the sleepless nights, the overall rush.

Wrapping up $5 Cover this past week was sad; so many new friends made in such a short amount of time. The wrap party was like the last “Hurrah”: absolute insanity, I tell you. I’m still reeling from it all, and I left early, I’m sure it got plenty more interesting after that too. Ah well, I guess that’s what it feels like to have responsibility. I did get to sing one karaoke song though with my friend Hannah, my wingman for the night, haha. Goodness, I hadn’t sang karaoke since I went back to Japan a couple years ago – my most recent trip being this past Spring. I’d say the wrap party topped that karaoke experience though. Man… what… singing? Dancing? Shenanigans? Good memories for sure. Saw a little sneak-peek of the finished product, which should be out sometime this Winter, I believe? You should be excited, ’cause I am. I’m sure you’ll get a glimpse of me on the screen too. Hehe. My MTV debut?

So Bumbershoot is this weekend – actually it started today.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go all three days, none of the entertainment really popped out to me. Then again, I didn’t go to Bumbershoot last year, I guess I could try to go either tomorrow or Monday. It’s not so much any one particular thing that makes Bumbershoot something I want to attend, it’s the entire experience. I am a bit strapped for cash though… yet, I really do want to go…the crowds, the people, sights, sounds, smells. You never know what can happen.

Today is my best friend Kendra’s Birthday, 18 I thought I’d give her a little shout out. I love that girl.

And tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating with my other good friend Katie, for her 19th birthday. Not quite sure what’s in store yet, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Maybe we’ll go to Canada, Katie likes Canada.

Probably not.

Just Pretend I Make Sense

2 Sep
(Sleepy and Incoherent – BDG white v-neck, Olive-green reversible high-waisted skirt from Japan, Forever21 Necklace, Feather earrings from Japan, Random red ribbon)

What a whirlwind week it has been!

From mother’s birthday, to shooting, to shooting, to shooting, and singing, and music making, and everything in between.

I wrapped working on $5 Cover this afternoon, and it’s always such a surreal feeling to wrap a shoot. I’m so tired, my mind is off somewhere, definitely not here.

I’m a bit incoherent. Not to mention looking like a Hippie and smelling like a mixture of fast food, incense, and dog. I need to shower and hit the sack.

Working on that set was incredibly fun, stressful at times, but fun. I loved all the people I worked with, they’re all amazing and incredibly talented.

It’s always great to develop set experience; it doesn’t matter if I’m doing costuming, make-up or wrangling extras… who knows what else I’ll be doing in the future.

I’m extremely tired though, I’ll have to divulge set stories at a later time.
Not tonight.

I’m a little too… lost.

Is that the word? Lost in thought? Sedated. Uh, obviously I need sleep.

In the meanwhile, check this guy out.

Fastest violin player in the world, David Garrett, I saw him on Good Morning America this morning.

Talk about talent, this guy really makes me want to learn violin.

Late Night Munchies

23 Aug
(Bad Webcam pic #652 – BCBG Maxazria Sweater)
Right now, I’m watching the last bit of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on ABC family, and chomping on some vegetable chips. A few minutes ago, I was watching “He’s Just Not That Into You”, with my mother; Painfully reliving the horrid dating truth that is that movie, every single moment. My mother made some very delicious Panna Cotta tonight, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite desserts, and not to mention, it’s healthy too. I suppose I thought I’d get a bit of writing in as I’ll be very much busy again tomorrow. What’s in store for tomorrow, you ask? Well, first off I’ll be going to a brunch and then see a matinee showing of Das Barbecü with my good friend Liz, at the ACT theatre. Shortly after, I’ll be running off to Easy Street records for yet another MTV filming for $5 Cover Seattle, I’m very excited as it seems Ben the Extras Coordinator is handing me the reigns for the afternoon. I’ll let you know how it goes!

In other news, the shoot I went to the other day ended up being a dud, as the model never showed. Unfortunate, but it happens sometimes; However, it gave photographer friend Sean and I some time to brainstorm his latest endeavors and go out for some great lunch.

As far as the Project Runway premiere – which was fantastic by the way – I am very excited to see what else these designers can do. As far as the first person eliminated, Ari Fish, I feel she should have gotten a second chance. I must admit, what she created wasn’t exactly Red-Carpet-Ready; she seemed to have way more creativity than most others in that work room. But, I’m not the judge, so oh well… It was also nice to see another Seattlite in the mix, Logan Neitzel, fingers crossed he will do well in the show and bring some of that Seattle pride to L.A.

I can already sense I’m drifting off, so I’ll keep this short –

Have a good weekend.

Good Night.


Casual Tuesdays

18 Aug

(Urban Outfitters V-neck Shirt, Forever21Tank, Banana Republic Bootcut Jeans)

After one very busy Monday, it’s nice to have a day off to sleep in and stay at home. The weather is beautiful and life is good.

Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to help work on an MTV web series shoot called $5 Cover Seattle directed by Lynn Shelton with director of photography Ben Kasulke (Here’s a link to the Memphis Series) . Needless to say, it was an awesome experience.

I was enjoying a nice afternoon with my good friend Liz on Capitol Hill; we got Indian food, people watched in Cal Anderson park, and got some iced drinks at Caffe Vita. We decided to go for a walk and explore some parts of the Hill we’d never been to, it was then that I ran into another friend, Ben. Ben had been working as an extras coordinator for $5 Cover Seattle, and they were shooting that afternoon at Chop Suey with the band Thee Emergency.

It wasn’t long after that I got roped into helping out with the shoot, and I gladly did. This was not only an opportunity to gain more set experience, but also to be on MTV!

Ben had been working extremely hard trying to gather extras for this shoot, yet we had only managed to get about 20 people, and it was half an hour before we had to shoot. We needed to get creative, so I volunteered to hit the streets of Capitol Hill and get more recruits. Yes, little me, roaming the streets of Capitol Hill, talking to complete strangers, trying to get them to come to the MTV shoot, and trying very hard not to sound like I’m insane. Crazy? Probably, but it worked! By the end of the night we had a great turn out, not as much as we wanted, but much more than we started with.

The best part of the night? I got to be an extra too! As they began setting up the shot, I stood in the back of the crowd, admiring my job well done; it was then that Lynn Shelton herself came up behind me and pushed me to the front and center of the crowd. The only word I remember her yelling at me was “Dance!”. So I did, and I danced my arse off for what seemed like an endless amount of shots and had fun doing it. The music was great, the people, the crew, everything was amazing.

So it seems now that I am Ben’s official unofficial Extras assistant, so hopefully I’ll be bringing back more behind the scenes MTV stories in the next few weeks.

That’s it for now!