“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

My aunt gave me a bag of lemons from her lemon tree a couple months ago. And they were totally awesome juice bombs compared to the sour rocks you normally get at grocery stores.

I mentioned this now because I’m about to leave for Istanbul and I know I should probably give my aunt a call in case she leaves me a voice mail that I won’t respond to for the next 10 days.  Being off the grid used to be so easy, but now people want to know where I’m at and I’ve been told it’s bad form to just disappear without warning.  See you on the flip side.

“Are you Amish, or something?” Pete Campbell to Peggy Olson

My current celebrity crush plays a conniving shithead on Mad Men. But in reality, Vincent Kartheiser is the embodiment of post consumer chic.  He doesn’t own a car! He lives in a one room apartment! He understands that NOT having children is a GREEN choice. And as an added bonus, he owns up to white privilege. He also doesn’t believe in monogamy, but I can work with that.
Amy Dickerson for The New York Times

“Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.” – Tommy Cooper

A friend’s wife told him to get rid of his rather unhealthy collection of Marshmallow Fluff. Instead of the trash, they ended up with me.

Combined with Nutella. (Which I used to eat straight from the jar when I was in college.)

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Add Trader Joe’s vanilla ice cream and a homemade brownie.

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I like to eat while reading food blogs to vicariously experience other people’s awesome food. Right now I’m hooked on Lynn Chen’s The Actor’s Diet. Not just because I loved her work in Saving Face, but because she seriously takes a photo of EVERYTHING that she eats.

“Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror.” -Pamela Anderson

Did two infomercials last week.  First up Temptu.  If I had more time and space I would definitely use the air brush system they gave me.

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However I personally try to wear as little makeup as possible.  On set I’ll sometimes dodge the makeup artist (too many of them never properly sanitize their brushes, ew!!) so I can go barefaced in front of the camera.

The Temptu system plus pods runs around $300.  Since all my pods are matched for my skin tone I’ll probably only be able to sell the airbrushing unit.

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Left the studio wearing the wardrobe they let me keep. =)

My second shoot was for WEN by Chaz Dean. He is quite the flaming darling in real life. I was thrilled that they cut my hair as I’d been meaning to trim my split ends before heading off to Turkey.  The WEN stylist spent 10 minutes max on my hair, and the result was the best damn haircut I’ve ever received.  It’s going to be so hard paying for my next haircut.

Left the shoot with a bottle of WEN cleansing conditioner. Smells great, works great, feels great. And no, I’m not getting paid to write this.

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Products with super long ingredient lists of chemicals are cheaper, but I’m willing to pay a little more for organic and natural beauty products. Apparently some people never wash their hair and are able to look great without spending a dime on shampoo or conditioner.

“You must knock on doors until your knuckles bleed.” -Michael Uslan

Helped out on a friend’s shoot yesterday as AD and was happy to be filming at Raleigh Studios. Clean bathrooms, hooray! We shot exteriors though and it was FREEZING and drizzling. Luckily my jacket is pleather not leather, and I bought it from a Melrose boutique for $20.

Afterwards Eric, the producer/director treated us to dim sum and I got the chance to ask Ray, the DP, about his experience in film school.  I try not to have regrets, but not going to film school is one of my biggest regrets because I’ve known since I was 10 years old that I want to make movies. Sure, majoring in History at Cal has definitely helped me make a living as a teacher and I’m able to get all stuffy intellectual if the occasion calls for it but I feel that if I had devoted four years to making contacts and creating a demo reel I’d be a lot farther in my film career right now.  Ray dispelled that thought and told me that his honest opinion was that majoring in film was just plain expensive and not at all crucial to giving you an “in” to the industry.  I guess I’m proof of that because almost all the gigs I’ve gotten are through hustling  and I’ve picked up almost all my film skills while on the job.

During lunch, I also got the chance to think hard about the producing aspect of film. Eric hopes to raise half a million dollars for his film. That amount blows my mind although I know it’s tiny even for an indie budget.  My original goal for my feature (still in progress) was to work with a budget of 20K, but of course the more money I can get the better because I strongly believe in giving fair compensation to crew members.

I realized over small plates of pork buns and taro cakes that if I really believe in my project, I have to be willing to share that enthusiasm with the world and I have to REALLY believe that my ideas are worth a shit-load of money.  Perhaps that’s why so many indie film creators are male.  They have the necessary ego to convince others to invest their time and money into making someone else’s dream come true.