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February 2007

I'm feeling lazy - here's my blog in picture format. Enjoy!

Hey, while I'm waiting for the pix to upload - check out this new, cool church  cFebruary_2007_009alled Paradox. I think they found me through my blog so here's a little shout out to them. I've been playing the music over and over again all morning.

Okay, first pic of me with my clients, Domiziano and Lejla at the Terrence Howard art opening we hit I told you about a bit ago. We had fun that night despite how far away it was.

Here's me and my new Blog/Zine Network friends listening to Phil share his wit and wisdom on blogging success. Join us why don't you?  We're going to join OMMA's big conference and hit their closing night cocktail reception. All the details on my Blog/Zine site. Very cool event I promise!         February_2007_0112

Okay, moving right along. This is taking longer than I expected so you might just have to wait till I finish all my meetings today. I still owe you another Oscar retreat report - I haven't forgotten! I promise.

Let me leave you with this for now. I read the most encouraging scripture this morning preparing for my Bible Study meeting on Thursday. It was just what I needed to hear. Maybe you do too, so, enjoy...

Isaiah 40:28-31:


28Do you not know? Have you not heard?
         The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
         Does not become weary or tired
         His understanding is inscrutable.
      29He gives strength to the weary,
         And to him who lacks might He increases power.
      30Though youths grow weary and tired,
         And vigorous young men stumble badly,
      31Yet those who wait for the LORD
         Will gain new strength;
         They will mount up with wings like eagles,
         They will run and not get tired,
         They will walk and not become weary.

Oh yeah, guess what? The Daily Breeze contacted me today re: my press release for Soul Support and we're getting listed in the Rave Calendar section! YEAH! Watch out world - Soul Support for Singles is happening now! Thank you to everyone who has been praying for this ministry. I had tears in my eyes when I got the email since it's the first time I've ever put my faith in my business and I was afraid of the response, but it's all good! Who knows what God has in store? I'm just trusting Him and moving forward with everything I've got going on.

Speaking of which - better run. Lots of love to everyone.


Wasn't tonight a shake-up? Yeah Oscars!

I love Oscar night! I love all the gowns. The hosts. The films. The actors. The speeches. The upsets. The camaraderie with people all over the world.

This time I laid low and watched with some friends at a small party. I watched the Golden Globes with just one friend before and that was fun too. Real fun (and cozy) actually.:) I love the show wherever I see it!

I hated E!'s coverage of the fashions because it was as if they were trying to bash every single person's dress choice regardless of whether or not it deserved it! Give me a break! I know designer Randolph Duke is a little more low-key, but at least he gives the actors more credit in their fashion choices. I just hate all the negativity and all the desire to tear people down that E! seems to get off on. Enough already! Get over yourselves!

The funniest interview Ryan had though I thought was with the guy who had started in a Janet Jackson music video and now is in an Academy Award nominated film. Very cool. How'd you like to have people inquire after what underwear you were wearing when you're in an Oscar-nominated film!? He sure was a cutie in the video wasn't he?

I agree with Randolph's critique of the losers though. Nicole, my stylist associate, agreed too especially regarding Jennifer Hudson's silver jacket. However, later on I was thrilled Jennifer won because yeah for big girls! You go girl. Wasn't John Travolta hilarious? Did anyone else think Jen's boobs looked like big balloons in one of those dresses? I need to get her bra!

I could go on and on. I had a great time and really enjoyed the entire show. I was floored that The Departed won because I was sure it would go to The Queen, but hey, that's what makes the Oscars so fun. Lots of surprises! I'm SO glad Helen Mirren won! Go girl!

I love Forest Whitaker. He is such a lovely talented actor. I'm so glad he won! I predicted he would during the Oscar pool. He was actually a judge in my short film festival, Short Pictures International Film Festival (SPIFF) (Here's a quote from Indiewire during my hey day - "In Los Angeles, The Short Pictures International Film Festival (SPIFF) has emerged into one of the premiere showcases in the world for shorts." - disclaimer, I know the writer, but still it was true then!)

Forest actually came down to the Manhattan Beach office I had at the time to judge all the shorts with just me in the office. He was wearing an inmate outfit because he had come off the set to do this for me. We met again later on at his office because he was considering doing a couple of shorts. What a sweet, cultured, lovely man. He's so humble and down-to-earth for being such a great actor. What a great speech. YEAH FOREST!

Ellen was great too wasn't she? I can't wait to go to my myspace page and check out her site for the picture of her with Clint. She was so funny! I thought Jerry Seinfeld was auditioning for the role of host again. Did anyone else?

In the Oscar pool at  my friend's party I was running  2nd almost the entire time, but The Departed winning really threw me off and I came in 4th. I was kind of surprised I did so well, but films are my passion so what can I say?

Wasn't the tribute to the Italian composer sweet? I was surprised at how many amazing films he had scored. I called Domi during a break because he's Italian and turns out he has been in 10 films that guy (I'm too lazy to look up his name, but trust me he's amazing!) scored. Amazing! Very cool.

So, enough of me and my stories - tell me what you liked and what your thoughts are! I'm going to kick back and watch the Oscar after-coverage. So glad I'm not out and about tonight! I need a break.:)

Soul Support kick-off event

I'll do more Oscar "reporting" later on, just want to share how our first night of Soul Support turned out! Great! Thanks for asking.

I had been running around all day with my client Lejla to all the fun Oscar Retreats (which I'll go into more detail on next go round) and I was wiped out. However, it was the first night of our Soul Support Christian Singles group and since I started it I had to be there.

I'm so glad Pastor John & Cindy are the hosts. They are such special people. They set the table with these beautiful china plates with encouraging scripture on them (which I admit was a little funny - they think so too, but they were a gift so what can you say?), placemats, crystal goblets, nice silverware, and beautiful burning candles.

It would have been romantic except for all the people there! Just kidding. Just a lovely, lovely dinner. John and Cindy and Deborah, I believe, had prepared lovely salmon topped with shrimp and lemon hollandaise sauce brightened by some broccoli, a lovely green salad and bread. We were supposed to have rice too, but it didn't cook right. Oh well!

One of the guests (who shall remain nameless - it wasn't me though!) got the plate that said repent and we all had a good laugh over that one since she had been saying she didn't want to give up sex before marriage, but she's finally conceded that her way hasn't been working and now she wants to do God's will. I can so relate to her! It's hard!

Laurie, the new girl in the group, had to leave at 9:15pm to pick up her son so we skipped music this time (plus, for some reason our music leader blew us off - weird - I need to contact her and find out what happened! She'd been so happy to do it before - I just didn't have time to follow up with her!) After dinner we just went straight to the message. LaVonne had arrived a little late, but she enjoyed her dinner with us right on time.  I regaled them with some Oscar retreat escapades and then we got down to business.

Pastor John is unusual as a preacher since he came to be a preacher late in life. He was 46 years old when he became a pastor and has only been a senior pastor over at Redeemer Presbyterian for seven months! Prior to that he was an associate pastor at a huge church back in Colorado Springs, CO for many years, but this is his first real preaching job. He has ministered to a lot of young people over the years though which is why I think he fits in so well with all of us. Cindy is such a lovey too. She's great! They're both great!

John's going to upload some slides from the message as it was real pertinent to our lives. He talked about how we're all like icebergs in that we present one way to the world on top and have lots of deepness underneath the surface that no one really knows about.

God wants to heal our sorrows and bring healing to us and he does it through relationship. I am paraphrasing horribly because I was so tired when he was teaching. When we went to pray if we didn't end when we did I would have fallen asleep during the prayer!

We then enjoyed some amazing cheesecake which I never eat anymore because of my being lactose intolerant, but I was in a celebratory mood and felt like suffering the consequences. Little did I know I would wake up in the middle of the night not feeling well, but it's my own fault.

It was just a really nice relaxing way to close out a very hectic, crazy week which I really needed. Today Deborah and I hit the church again and spoke to John and Cindy afterwards. It's definitely a unique church since there's a lot of young people (married and single), and then there's a really big age gap until the older crowd who are mainly in their 60's and 70's!

One of the elders, John Reynolds, knew my Dad when he was in high school if that gives you a perspective. I was teasing him and told him he's going to have to pray for Deborah and me to find Godly men since he was responsible for the spiritual well-being of the church. You just feel like you've got a ton of grandparents to love on you there. It's fun since all mine are dead now.

Life is fun. You just have to grow where you're planted and allow God to do what He's going to do with you! Now I'm off to a fun Oscar party at some friend's home. I just want to relax today, but may need to escort my client down the red carpet of the Elton John party (which to be honest, I wouldn't mind at all. It's a great party with great publicity.) We'll see.

Now to try and get a little more organized! I haven't really been home in the last three days and my place is like a tornado flew through. So many business cards, papers, etc. I need to pull it together!

More Oscar suite reviews and such

Sometimes I think  Hollywood is just too hard for me. People are snobby, critical, unsupportive, jealous, small-minded, selfish, you name it, I’ve met them. What’s the hardest part to accept is when someone that you thought was a friend turns out to have some of those qualities too. I guess the truth shall set you free right?

Then on the flip side, other people that you think would be snobby and difficult turn out to be the nicest, most accommodating, gracious people. Hollywood is just weird that way.

I had asked someone I thought was a friend for recommendations on Oscar suites because she reps fashion and probably would have been approached by all of the event producers, but either she was too busy, or didn’t feel like helping, or she ignored me.

She did communicate when she realized I wasn’t going to bug her about the suites and was even throwing a potential client her way that I met at another suite, but by then it was too late. I just don’t get people sometimes. I’m beginning to think I’m too nice.

I’ve always found the higher up the food chain a person is, the more gracious, kind, and considerate they are. When I used to cater years ago I would work at the most amazing mansions all over the city and the owners were always so wonderful. Our employers were another story, but that’s par for the course in that line of work.

What’s sad is when I see people I was catering with years back, still doing that kind of work while pursuing acting because I know it’s only a matter of time before they either become disenchanted and move home, or never clue in they’re not going to make it as an actor and waste the rest of their life doing small jobs waiting for their big break.

I used to be friends with someone like that and the older she gets the bitterer and more disillusioned she becomes, but she refuses to let go of acting and pursue something else because she likes the party life too much. She’s an attractive woman, but looks fade. I just wonder when she’s going to wake up and realize that it’s time to let go of the dream and get a real life? It’s not like she couldn’t be successful doing something else either, that’s the sad part.

What’s also sad is she still crashes every party in town and will never move forward doing that despite what she thinks, or who she happens to meet. She’s never learned how to capitalize on her contacts in business and spins in circles that aren’t going anywhere. I just can’t be around that energy anymore.

I’d rather stay home on a Saturday night and feel better than burn bridges in my career right now by crashing some stupid party. It's one thing to have someone bring you, it's another just to crash. That’s why I can’t understand why the person I asked for help didn’t feel like sharing information. What harm would it have done? I would never have crashed, but  contacted the producer directly to request permission for me and my clients to attend.

The other irony is that the client she was repping at the suite I happened to figure all this out in is someone I helped her land as a client! I will never do that again. It stung a little to have it thrown in my face though.

I’m not going to these Oscar Retreats for my health or for the goody bags, but to help my clients brand their image and get press, give the vendors a little publicity by my client getting their picture on wireimage at their event, and let my stylist associate know what the latest items are for her to pull from for my clients and others she works with. It’s a win win situation all the way around.

The goody bags are an added bonus, but I don’t need the stuff that’s offered. In fact, I usually give away a lot of it to my clients when they can’t attend and/or to friends if it’s appropriate. My blogging about what I receive helps, not hurts the companies I’ve received products from (unless of course it’s a stupid event or the organizer pisses me off.)

It’s work regardless of how fun it is though. I constantly have to wrangle photographers to take pictures of my clients because they're not famous yet. I have to make sure my clients are happy and feel appreciated because it's a very sensitive situation due to their images being on the line. I have to introduce them around and really don’t have a moment’s peace.

I love it though and wouldn’t trade what I’m doing because it’s a great way to make a living. I have really great clients too which makes all the difference in the world.

Otherwise, I had a very nice day. My friend Wendy is the Sales Director of the Luxe Hotel and always tells me what’s going on at her hotel. She and I have known each other for years and I’ve often thrown events at the hotels she’s worked for. I even helped her launch the Grafton on Sunset when it first opened and didn’t even have a restaurant.

That party was a lot of fun – at night around the pool with flaming desserts and other New Orleans style food catered from Louisiana (way before Katrina of course.) I knew I had to hit the Luxe again this year.

The Platinum Guild Oscar Suite on the penthouse was simply stunning. I knew the PR girls putting it on and they did an amazing job. It was so classy and elegant--top notch all the way. This is the suite that had millions of dollars of gems on display for stylists and nominees to pull from for the Oscars. Can I say ABSOLUTELY STUNNING again?!

I’m not really into jewelry, but I loved this beautiful array of exquisite jewels. The gentleman from the Platinum Guild who assisted us let me try on rings that were worth a million dollars and even had the photographer take a picture that he’ll send to me just for fun.

I’ve never seen such large gems – all kinds – and so many diamonds all in one place it was no wonder the guest list was so tight. Now that is an Oscar Suite I’m glad I visited. At the time I received the invite I thought, oh jewels, that’s nice, but that’s not really me. However, after going there and seeing all of them, I now understand why women and men go crazy for platinum and diamonds.

I’ve always wanted a platinum wedding ring because gold irritates my skin for some reason. There were so many choices to choose from. It was simply amazing the intricacy of design and uniqueness of each piece. We met one of the key people of the Guild and he was so down-to-earth and funny we had to take a picture together.

The suite was complimented by a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking downtown Beverly Hills
and we took a few pictures outside. My client, Lejla, was supposed to come, but was unable to due to other commitments. Too bad. She would have loved it. She has a very graceful, dancer type neck and everything would have looked great on her. We'll have to see what we can make happen for her for the Elton John party though.

I have a huge square cubic zirconium ring and necklace which I bought just for fun. To see even bigger real diamonds up close and personal was a little mind-blowing to say the least. I just think I would always feel a little paranoid to wear that expensive of jewelry around town.

Two Oscars ago, during other Oscar suites, I had borrowed a few pieces from another jeweler for my client and myself (the jeweler was very gracious and offered jewels to me too! Who was I to refuse?) And although the ring I wore was only $30,000 I remember feeling hugely nervous that it would slip off my finger and I would lose it the entire night. I also felt very nervous to have my client wearing his ring too because I was responsible. I just don’t need the headache!

That’s why it’s nice to have my stylist associate, Nicole, along because she takes full responsibility for anything she pulls from designers whether it is clothes, shoes, or jewels. I don’t want that liability and am happy to let her dress my clients while I just oversee the process.

I met the nicest people at the Platinum Guild too. There were some people from a spa performing some spa treatments and a guy who just launched a new eyebrow line. Very sweet, down-to-earth, no ego despite their high-profile clientele – my kind of people... I even had my eyebrows shaped and colored after looking at the jewels.

All in all that day was really relaxing. I had spent the morning listening to the Foreign Film Directing Nominees speak at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences which was very interesting. Another friend who works over at the Academy had got me tickets for my clients despite the show appearing sold out.

There were enough seats though when I arrived that I was able to enjoy the event as well. Domiziano opted out at the last minute, which was fine. Since I was feeling sick all morning I actually got up towards the end to grab some Pepto Bismol from the drugstore down the street before coming back just before everyone left.

Before I got into producing film festivals years ago, I used to soak up all types of film. I would volunteer at all types of film festivals because I just loved film. Then I ran my film festival for six years and became so burnt out on independent films I really haven’t been to any unique films lately, but stick to commercial offerings.

That’s why it was delightful to hear these directors speak and to see clips of their films. There is just a different cinematic sensibility and beauty to foreign films that I had forgotten about until this morning. The stories are always compelling, beautifully told and share deep, deep human truths.

I love art that feeds your soul. I feel so many of the films nominated this year did just that from what I saw and heard this morning. The East Indian female director, Deepa Mehta, from Canada had had a rather harrowing experience in India trying to create her film, Water, the first time she started over 7 years ago. (Click the link to read the whole story and see the film.)

Apparently, the Hindu people were so upset that she was creating this film that they mobbed the set (15,000 people!) and actually burned an effigy of her body before burning her set and throwing the remaining equipment into the river. It was chilling to hear that. That’s why it took so long for her to create the film. They ended up filming in Sri Lanka instead.

Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican Director, who created Pan’s Labyrinth (which looks visually stunning although extremely disturbing too) joked afterwards and said, “Why is that you never hear of things like that happening to Norbit?” which helped break the serious mood.

He was extremely clever and funny, but used the “F” word a lot which offended some of the older members of the audience. I don’t think he remembered or could see that half the audience was older as they’re the ones who generally like foreign films, make up the voting population, and judge them for the Academy. It was funny.

The German film director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, of The Lives of Others wouldn’t shut up and although he had some good points to make he dominated the panel which was rather frustrating as he’s a first-time film director and doesn’t have as much experience as the others. I was really frustrated with the moderator for not controlling this motor-mouth better. Florian was a cute, fun man, but enough already!

I don’t know what it is with first-time filmmakers, but they’re always so excited about what they’ve done they blabber on so much! I remember that from my film festival days and it used to irritate me then too. YOU’RE NEW! YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING! LET SOMEONE MORE EXPERIENCED SHARE SOMETHING!

I have a friend whose sister is just like that too. Her sister is so hungry for attention she never takes a breath to allow anyone else to have a dialog, she just insists on carrying on a monologue for five to ten minutes straight. That drives me crazy. I can’t be friends with my friend anymore because of her sister, among other things. Shut the “F” up already! NO ONE CARES! GET A CLUE PEOPLE!

The other thing I remember from my festival days is that the filmmakers who were writers and directors of their film usually made the best films. I think it’s because they approach the story from multiple levels and see what they want to create as they write it. I believe Guillermo wrote and directed his film, as did Florian and Deepa.

The only one who didn’t was the female Danish director,Susanne Bier, of After the Wedding who said she uses scripts as guidelines, but she reserves the freedom to divert from the script if she feels it’s necessary.

All in all it was a very interesting panel. I’m glad Lejla and I went. She looked very Audrey Hepburn in her cute outfit. It’s a perfect look for her and we’ll just continue to build on that image.

I enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Luxe Hotel before hitting their Oscar Suites with my stylist Associate, Nicole. Then we went to the Sunset Hyatt to hit the Platinum Oscar Suite. That’s the same group who had done the Emmy Suites where I got the funny Paris Hilton perfume, remember?

This one was very nice and had the most amazing male cologne called Corduroy - I loved it! Very light and sexy consisting of mandarin, grapefruit, white lavender, cardamom, bay rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, woods, tonka, and vanilla. One guy liked it so much he lifted his shirt and sprayed his stomach right then and there!

My client Domiziano joined Nicole and I there and he loved it too. Wireimage took a lot of pictures of him because I think there were only reality stars while we were there.

Mark, the funny talent agent of reality stars, was there too. He’s still funny, but I think he was tired because he wasn’t as ‘on’ as he had been the last time I saw him with Lejla. He asked after her though which I thought was cute.

This suite had an amazing new premium chocolate assortment booth hosted by Hershey’s and suggested we create a chocolate testing party. If they’re giving away free chocolate to do it, then I’m there! That would be a lot of fun to create.

I also loved the Haute Moms Rule t-shirts and bags. I picked one up for Shana, my haute mom friend, because she would love it. Christine Price, the owner of the company, is very beautiful and sweet. The clothing line is extremely clever and witty. I recommend you give these as gifts to all the haute mom’s in your life!

I also really liked the Kangaroo shoe collection. Too bad my friend dissed me or I would have hooked her up with him for his Italian children’s shoe line he’s launching as it would be great with her client’s children’s clothing line, but oh well.

 There were also these amazingly cool little suitcases that hold makeup etc. When I’m not so tired I’ll look up the name and show you. Very fun. This was one of the better suites we hit. I was glad Domi came out too. He works so hard he deserves a little pampering.

Okay, gotta run. That’s all for now. Oh yeah, Friday’s suites were great too. I’ll tell you about those later.

Happy Sunday. 





Weird dream time

You know the Glamour pages where they send people out on the streets with something off  - like a big roller stuck in their hair, or their skirt stuck with static cling exposing their panties and they wait for people to tell them? Well, that's what my dream was like.  Sometimes I wonder if I was an exhibitionist in another life.

I dreamt that I returned to my gym to collect my phone wearing only my panties - completely nude otherwise. The weird thing was that I had my mom with me, who in real life would have been horrified, but in my dream was just as intent on collecting my phone as I was and didn't think anything was wrong with the way I was clothed.

We enter the gym and I'm picking up my clothes off the floor, but still not getting dressed. An east indian man, who obviously watches a lot of porn, sees me and comes over to give me a big hug. YUCK. I excuse myself from his clutches quickly and go to my locker where a very cute fitness expert has decided to plant himself in front of it and give a health lecture to everyone standing around.

I sit down and patiently wait until he finishes whereupon he reaches into my locker and pulls out my big gym bag with all my clothes and my phone. That's when I wake up. Weird, eh? I wonder what it means?

I guess that quick drink of cranberry juice wiped me out because I was awake at 7am, but after drinking that juice I fell back asleep until just a bit ago! I must have needed it. Or else I'm in a sugar coma again. Oy vey. What is going on with me?

Just got off the phone with a new potential bookkeeper and when I described everything I've got going on she said, "Oh, you're a workaholic." Never thought of that before, but maybe she's right. I do feel happier when I'm busy. However, I do want my down time too.

Once this week is over I'm going to attend a travel writing seminar on Monday night through IWOSC and then meet with the travel publicist I met at UCLA to pick her brain on all the cool travel organizations she mentioned in class. I really do want to start traveling because then I clear my head and am so much more creative for my clients!

Plus, I need to restore my body too. If all goes well I should be hiring a bookkeeper, a few new interns, and bringing on some new clients. Great news, but stressful until it's all in place. Anyway. That's all. Time to focus on today. Got to get back to pitching and doing some other stuff. Lots of fun events scheduled today and I want even more to hit! We shall see. I'll tell you all about it later on when I return home.


Interesting evening with expert tech heads/bloggers

Have you ever felt like you’ve gotten off on the wrong foot somewhere and no matter what you do you’re not getting out of the hole you’ve dug for yourself? That’s what it felt like taking my UCLA classes this quarter.

I know a lot about a little and sometimes my ego gets in the way of staying equal to people I feel I know more than (even when perhaps I don’t!) Does any of this make sense?

I’m an info-addict and have a lot of friends in the business whose opinions I really respect and count on to help me develop my perspective on certain issues. Those people are considered leaders in their field which is why I trust what they have to say.

As a result, when I’m in a situation where I know there are other alternatives or other ways to explore an issue which aren’t being explored it’s hard for me to keep silent. However, I haven’t learned the politest way to go about addressing it! My bad. My therapist has suggested I focus on learning to preface what I have to say so the other person is prepared. Too late now!:)

Someone once told me my directness is a result of my German heritage coming through loud and clear. Another person has said it’s due to my “choleric” nature. However, for the most part my personality is actually usually equally balanced between “choleric” and “sanguine.” I’ve linked to the terms to help you understand what I’m talking about (if you’re at all interested.)

In a brief, Choleric personalities are very driven, brusque (which can be taken as rude unintentionally), and goal-oriented – me when I’m in work mode or competing. Sanguine is more relaxed, social, and people-driven. So, when life is balanced and I’m not extremely stressed doing everything I’m doing then I’m an okay person to be around. It’s just certain times of the month and when I'm in business mode that my choleric side rears its ugly head and takes over.

Unfortunately, all this to say, that’s what happened while I was taking these last two classes at UCLA as I was on total Choleric overdrive. I love learning, but sometimes I over do what I’m capable of doing simply by overestimating my abilities to accomplish everything I want or need to.

Then, as a result of being overly stressed out and not sleeping, people don’t like that me. That’s what happened with certain people in this last UCLA class. Some went so far as to ignore me when they saw me in the parking lot. Am I not human? Do I not bleed?

Enough whining though. Tonight was awesome! I love learning like I’ve said before and tonight’s panel was great. I thought it was cute the way that Eric, the teacher, made sure his enlarged Ipressroom business card was on the overhead screen behind the speakers all seminar long. Wonder if the speakers even noticed they were part of the Ipressroom ad. Eric, you take the cake – a great promoter to the end. I’m learning from you guy!

That’s what I love about men. They just go for it. I love dealing with guys in business because you don’t have to cushion what you say (normally). Just say it and they deal with it because they’re the same way! I get along well with New Yorkers too when I’m in this mode because they’re direct too. No B.S. you always know where you stand.

Same with me. You always know where you stand with me too. I happen to like that quality – honesty is the best policy in my book – however speak the truth in love could also fit in quite nicely too. I’m still working on that. Trust me.

I don’t like not being liked, but some of those people from the class I don’t care about. Others were very cool and very smart and I’d like to connect with them again. We’ll see if they want to connect with me! HA~

Okay, back to the expert panelists. It was very interesting to see the men behind the “masks” so to speak – the guys who are influencing our culture through their web/radio work.

We had the LA Times guy who’s revamping the look and feel of the LAtimes website – very informative and had the sexiest voice (even my friend Ann who popped over when I announced the class to my blog group had to agree with me on that one.) Smart AND cute.

What a concept. Just kidding. No offense meant to reduce you to a sex object mr latimes guy – just had to put the shoe on the other foot for once. Tee hee! I’m not mentioning any of the speaker's names because I don’t want them to find this blog per se. Just know he’s doing amazing things with the website and it’s going to be amazingly cool in two weeks time. Mark my words. Also, he's very brilliant.

Next up was the guy who created LA Observed. What an interesting man too! They all were. Turns out this blogger guy has an extensive journalistic background which I found very fascinating. I guess good writers are good writers wherever they end up and whatever shape their communication takes.

We asked him how he verifies the information he uses and he said it’s a matter of sifting it out and knowing the writers. He’ll read a blog for a bit and if it doesn’t ring true he’s out of there (he didn’t say those exact words, but his demeanor leads me to believe that fact is true.) He also said generally the good bloggers are factual, and have a strong opinion. I wonder if that’s me? HA!

Now I want to be on his site more than ever. However, can’t appear too eager. You didn’t just read this ok? Just kidding. “F” it. It’s the truth and I’m sticking by it. (Still trying to wean myself off swearing ok?) I like smart, funny men – always have, always will.

Which leads me to the next speaker, the guy who does The Business radio show. For those of you out-of-state, or out-of-country and unknowing of this particular interviewer, please know he’s extremely well-respected in the “industry.” Very funny too.

What I found most fascinating about him was that afterwards despite the fact he was wearing the funny little Jewish cap he swore like I used to! “F” this “F” that etc. A little shocking truth be told, but hey, what does the cap mean anyway? Never did understand that aspect of Jewish culture. I need to ask my friends about that one. I really should know this seeing as I live in LA and don’t want to be offending anyone.

Sorry Amy (if you’re still reading – are you?) Get over it girlfriend. You can make fun of my Christianity anytime. You probably do and I don’t even know about it. Oh well. All’s fair in love and war right? You know I love you.

All of you who are Jewish -- I love you from the bottom of my heart with the same love you have for us Christians. Oh no, am I pulling a Mel? Someone take the computer away from me before I commit blogging suicide….

Okay, moving right along. Last but not least was the guy from Nielsen Analytics or some title, sorry very tired, which judges the value of media (or at least that’s what I took away from his intro – I’m tired, give me a break ok? If you’re that interested in knowing everything next time take the class like I suggested.)

The panel was extremely informative, but I’m not in the mood to pontificate any further. I think it’s time to quit. Just know it was great, you missed it and you’ll just have to read the LA Observed site to see what the expert’s opinion was on it too ok? Plus, stay tuned to Eric’s podcast because knowing him he’ll probably have it one day soon.

Hopefully if Eric’s reading this blog he won’t be so offended and I can go be mentored by him further. I think he’s a great guy. I love smart men. Apparently there aren’t any smart women bloggers though because all the panelists were male.

Just another example of how technology is male-driven. Remind me why I left that world again please? I think I’m going to have to get back into technology again. If for nothing else, but to prove that females can be smart and technical too! And cute!

And on that note, Good Night.     Oh wait, my friend Damien just called me and we had a good laugh over my Christian Singles group because he's decided the new name should be Vibrators Only - can't you see it? I'm still laughing! I think we should make t-shirts with that on it and wear it everywhere!

Okay, now to go to bed. Alone. Very alone. No I don't own a vibrator. I never even think of sex. And if you believe that I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. I'm telling you, if I lived in Hollywood...better stay hiding out in the boonies down here in the South Bay...Good night! It's almost 1am and I'm getting punchy. Damien totally cracks me up! Got to have friends like that in your life...









Blogging is the best way to unwind

I couldn't figure out why I've been so stressed the last couple days and then I realized I wasn't blogging as often. It's the best way I know to unwind from the day. So much so, I had to dash over to my favorite coffee house just to get this off my chest.

Speaking of which, do any other females experience the difficulty of constantly dropping food on said chests? I'm just curious if it's a big bust issue, or if others experience it as well. I've ruined more shirts that way.

But I digress. Just left my favorite Third Tuesday Bible Study meeting. Feeling mellow and happy. I've pitched my heart out to Oscar events and now whatever will be, will be. I'm just in the mood to enjoy the night and forget about all the hoopla to be honest. I say that now, but if some big events come through then we'll see what I'm saying then!

So glad my stylist friend, Nicole, is connecting with Lejla. I'm sure they're going to come up with some great looks and we'll all have fun together at some of the upcoming Oscar gifting suites. Nicole just finished doing some pop star's music tour costuming and is really glad it's over - now for someone who's a little more mellow and sophisticated!:)

Still wavering on where to live, but have decided to put it off until next week when I have my brain back. Too much going on this week. Tomorrow night is the panel of blogging experts which I'm really looking forward to. I love learning and then applying it to my life.

Sorry, I'm a little wiped out and can't be witty or whatever. Just realizing that I need my blog like I need air. Isn't that silly? Helps me put life into perspective because once it's on the page, I see it so much clearer.

Learned tonight another friend has put the kibosh on a former friend for reasons unknown, but guessable. I kept wondering how much longer my friend would continue to put up with the "stuff" this other girl throws at people. I'm happy she's seen the light. Now if our former friend will only hit bottom and see the truth about herself the world will be a better place for all involved.

Okay, enough philosophizing. Life is good. I have no complaints. Met with my Goal Gals tonight which is always enlightening and helpful. Last year I had a huge group and this year decided to stay real small and tight because then more of us can speak for longer and it's more intimate. Seems to be working. We're all getting a lot done and achieving our goals. I think it just helps to know we're all overwhelmed and overextended!

My next big goal is to totally revamp my current website and incorporate a lot of new services that I'm offering. Interesting thing is now that summer is coming up interns are contacting me from all over having found my current website. Pretty cool when that happens. We'll see. I may need their help sooner than later.

I guess that's all. Nothing too exciting to report, just wanted to write. Thanks for popping by. Talk at ya later!