The flier for my first runway show as a designer and hair artist has been released, and I'm so excited about it. Doesn't it look awesome?
If you happen to be in the Columbus area on April 1st, come out and see the show. It's pretty much going to be the greatest thing ever.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Have you ever held an interest in something that you eventually gave up on, be it because of difficulty or because you just too caught up in something else? That was me and my hair art company, Synthetic Rebellion, which hit it's prime two years ago and then quickly faded into the background of things I did on a regular basis. My specialty was creating 2 to 3 foot hair sculptures of inanimate objects or abstract designs that were made entirely of synthetic hair. I'd made wigs that looked like birds, giant Geisha swans, birthday cakes (that lit up) , growing botanical gardens, and pirate ships too, and it garnered a lot of attention. Channel 4 News did a segment on it, and magazines were publishing images of my pieces left and right at a speed I could hardly keep up with.
Eventually though, I just gave up on all of it. I had lost all of my motivation and creative spirit to do as much as I'd been doing before. Every now and then I'd get to do an elaborate styling on a model that would come into the studio, but in general, my wig making faded into the background of life. Instead of Synthetic Rebellion getting publications for hair art, it was getting put into publications for general pinup styling, or high concept design work, which was equally as rewarding.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Lately I have immersed myself in Nerdfighter culture, which is spawned from an online community created by author John Green and his brother Hank Green. Their mission is to both entertain and put an end to Worldsuck. Their catchphrase, Don't Forget to be Awesome, promotes the idea that we should never forget how great and awesome we are as individuals, and how capable we are of ending 'Worldsuck' by way of our awesome attitudes. I took some time to think about this idea, and decided that not only did I agree, but that I wanted to be a part of it, too.
I decided to take the focus off of myself and make a greater effort towards making other people feel awesome instead. Doing this has been a fantastic method for dealing with any bad days, bad moods, or bad people that happen to pop up every now and then. My idea was to start small, beginning with complimenting strangers that I happen to pass ('I love your sweater!' 'Your hair is gorgeous!'), and then texting or calling people I care about to tell them all about how great I think they are. I even went so far as to have dinner long distance with an old friend over the phone, just to cheer them up a little. It made me feel like one million dollars.
Pretty soon I started reaching out to people I'd never met who do things that I find really admirable. I printed out the addresses to all of the fire stations in Columbus and slowly began the process of writing each one (34 in total!) a personalized letter thanking them all for their service, dedication, and bravery. Towards the very end I felt so great about what I was doing that I extended the letter writing to include the Emergency Centers in Columbus, and a few cancer facilities, too.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
He had quickly invited me to see Mutemath perform at the Newport, and for some reason it had completely escaped both of us that it was obviously a date. It wasn't until 10 hours of uninterrupted conversation later that we realized that were in fact on one (whoops!). It was then that our relationship had started to develop, and now, after a year of figuring things out, it's grown into this magical thing that neither of us ever expected to find.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Everyone is absolutely buzzing with Valentine's Day ideas and stories, and I'm trying SO HARD to not spill the beans on my own. So for right now, I'm going to post a series of my favorite television, book, and movie couples until I can be trusted to keep my mouth shut =] Enjoy!
Turk and Carla, Scrubs.
Willow and Oz, Bufy the Vampire Slayer.
Amy and Rory, Doctor Who
Dean and Rory, Gilmore Girls
Shae and Tyrion, Game of Thrones
Khal Drogo and Daenerys, Game of Thrones
Favorite Non-Romantic Television Couples
Sean and Gus, Psych
Troy and Abed, Community
The Doctor and Donna Noble, Dr. Who.
Sherlock and John Watson, Sherlock Holmes.
Monday, February 4, 2013
On that note, my relationship with Dan seems to grow by the second, tightening into this incredible hope of a future. Our little moments together are some of the best I have ever known, and the idea of how many more we have yet to experience makes me so excited. You know? He's such a big part of my world these days.
Okay, enough mush. Here's a brief glimpse into my life lately, according to my iPhone....
Dan recently joined a men's soccer league (he's been playing on a co-ed league forever), and I've been trying to make as many games as I can. It's such a treat getting to watch him play!
Friday, February 1, 2013
I first started blogging in 2003 through a site called LiveJournal, where I held several accounts there that I updated regularly. All of them were wildly personal, usually private to friends only, and were true to the journal format. I kept my account current until a few years ago, when I started putting more of my daily events and thoughts onto Facebook posts instead. It was there that I merged my professional life with my personal, and started writing entries for the public view instead of catering to close friends with my more intimate thoughts or moments.
Since then, I have tried to keep my public posts as positive and cutely personal as possible, staying away from aggressive venting or aggressive language whenever possible. Sometimes I would slip up and Facebook would see a glimpse of my more immature moments, but eventually, those became more and more rare. Since my modeling, styling, and performer personality were what got me jobs, I stuck with putting on the most professional face I could manage, and gave people just enough personal information to feel like they knew me. Even with this mentality, Facebook was still a negative environment at times, as everything was subject to another body of people with argumentative or judgemental demeanor's with a whole lot to say. Facebook had quickly become more of a soapbox and less of a way to keep people connected to each other, or to express positive ideas.
Enter other social media outlets. After a little research (and okay, a few failed attempts at Blogspot), I decided to start a new blog dedicated to positive things. I noticed that the entire blog community was this wonderful group of (seemingly) happy individuals who acted like personal cheerleaders to one another. Friendships formed between writer and reader, between writers themselves, and between real life friends who are also bloggers. Within just a few weeks I had started my own connections with various other bloggers, who are also wildly positive and cheerful, and had nothing but nice things to say in response to posts. It was simply amazing.
Personally, I think that this is why so many people start and write a blog. There's nothing else like it, no other place where you are universally supported and cheered on, regardless of if it's over a paint project, a book review, or over photos of a pet. It's a great example of getting back what you put in, as every sweet comment gets a sweet comment back, and anything negative gets removed or ignored. And for the most part, we all make it a point to be as nice as possible to one another, something that is sorely lacking in any really other online forum.
So, if you've been thinking about starting some sort of online journal, be it a blog, or a vlog, or a LJ, I encourage you to do it! Take that plunge! If you're looking for inspiration, or an idea for a blog, I've listed a few here that I love and read every single day. I hope that checking them out sparks some sort of idea for you, or that at the very least, you find a new voice online that you can connect with.
Now, without further adieu, I introduce to you....
-Love Taza: Naomi (Taza) is the sole reason I started blogging. I seriously love every bit of her life.
-Oh Joy!: The writer of my favorite blog book, and a great blogger all around.
-A Beautiful Mess: An all-time favorite of mine.
-A Beautiful Mess: An all-time favorite of mine.
-Ending Up Here: My new enigmatic BlogSister, who inspires me regularly to be as happy as possible.
-Charlie Cecile: A great new blogger, Charlie has a fantastic eye for images.
-Jessi!: My lovely friend (and book fiend), Jessi, just started her blog yesterday. I'm very proud and excited for her!
Ps- If you're starting up a new blog, or are relatively new to the community, I want to hear from you! Comment with a link back to your site and I'll be sure to check it out!