Sunday, February 26, 2017

Put Your Dreams Away

I started this blog to chronicle the journeys I go on as an actress, whether its auditions, success stories and recaps on different gigs, even throwing in a few things from my personal life and other interests.

Well, it's going to be a lot less frequent now- even less than it already has become.

First reason being, I haven't booked anything new since Hairspray. I've been working odd jobs here and there, from Hot Topic to Party City and whatnot just to get some proper experience in the work force.
 Now I'm focused on landing a brand new full time part time job; I really need to start earning and saving my own money. There's a lot of things I'm making plans for with friends and family, and for myself regarding going back into acting.

So I'm officially putting my acting career on hold for the time being, just until I'm the slightest more independent.

I need my own money, my own driver's license, a job to go to every day and keep me motivated so I will have the confidence to go back out and audition.

I have something to prove to my family- that I will be ready for whatever I choose to do next with my dreams.

With that, I exit this blog. Just until I have something I know is worth sharing, something that will be the next step on my path to becoming the performer I wish to be.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Step by Step

Happy New Year!

Had a great holiday and doing great work at my job- plus I've been fighting off a pretty bad cold and bronchitis which has taken up some of my time due to resting.

Little by little though, I've bounced back!

I have an all new audition tonight for a production of the musical Carousel, and despite my still obvious sickness I'm going ahead with it. I just hope my breath and my voice hold out for me...

I'm close to finishing with the career program, and hope that I may be hired as an official employee and my work once I do.

Saw La La Land last night; let me tell you, inspirational and an emotional roller coaster for this aspiring star right here. Emma Stone is literally me in this!

Well, at least my brother said so.

I don't really have a formal set up for this post right now since I've got my mind all over the place. Hopefully I'll reign everything in and be able to relax and keep on chasing the dream!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Let's Work

Well, I was right. These last three months have been a whirlwind of work as well as play! So forgive me for not posting in three months...

HAIRSPRAY was a great success, enthusiastic audiences every time cheering the loudest after our big finale.

With that chapter of my life over, I'm back to filling my time with career training and experience. Even better, I am speaking with some managers at my local mall to work as a sales associate in Hot Topic!
It should be great practice for future work force positions, as well as improve my social skills even better. Plus with the holidays about to happen, there should be plenty for me to do.

For now though, I am enjoying my last few late nights here on my laptop, drinking in all the Muppet, Broadway and Backstreet Boys stuff I can.

Once I'm back to work, things are sure to change!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Busy Life

Hairspray rehearsals are halfway there! We've already done our wig fittings and are doing a stumble through of Act One tonight.

 I have my mornings busy the next three days since I officially started my career training and classes; eventually I'll be working part time to get some on the job training- I just hope it doesn't conflict with the show at any time.

I'll just have to negotiate once I know what's going down. Right now I'm just glad I have anything to fill my time, even if I become totally exhausted.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Welcome to the 60's!

Big news this afternoon!

After my year long hiatus from the stage, I am so excited to announce I have been cast in California State Dominguez Hills' production of HAIRSPRAY!

I'll be playing Shelly, one of the Baltimore teenagers featured on The Corny Collins Show.

I don't have too much details right now since I just found out, but my first rehearsal is this Tuesday, and we open in November.

Absolutely floored! I've always wanted to do this show and now I will!!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Whole New World

Summer had its usual conclusion with our annual trip to Lake Tahoe, but now it's time to go to work. Literally.

Yes, I will be spending this next college semester away from college, and applying for jobs so I can go back to earning and saving money the proper way.
It's about time to me...and even more so to my parents!

I mean, I am turning twenty this year- GEEZ! It feels so weird just typing that!

Anyway, I need to start really acting my age and that begins with getting and keeping a job. I've already applied for a position as a library page and contacted the folks at Yogurtland after seeing they're hiring.

When I'm not working, or at least not searching for work, I'll be going to workshops to get the National Work Readiness Credential. It shows that you have the skills and knowledge to be a great employee, and helps raise chances of getting hired.

Personally I think it would've helped to have the credential before I submitted an application anywhere, but I guess it doesn't hurt to try.

It'll be nice to have some real money in the bank again, enough for me to save and occasionally treat myself with. I already have my sights set on an all new adventure for next summer...

Some of you may not be aware, but I have decided to add on a second backup career: puppetry.

I am a huge Muppet fan, as I have expressed many times already, and have always been fascinated with the behind the scenes aspect and inner workings.

I do have some experience in the field; back in 2013 I did all the puppetry for Audrey Two in a production of Little Shop of Horrors. (My brother was even the voice of the plant!)
 That will always be a huge highlight for me!

And a few years before that, during my first visit to New York I acquired my very own Muppet Whatnot from their FAO Schwartz workshop and practiced with it nonstop. It's definitely harder than it seems because of the way they are built.

To make a long story short, I want to save enough money for a plane ticket to Texas for a professional puppetry workshop with two very prestigious Sesame Street and Muppet performers! It lasts a week, covering everything from eye focus to character building, and concludes with a big performance with the entire class and the instructors together!

Now that would be absolutely amazing!

It could all be possible if I manage to land a new job.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Food Glorious Food #4- S'mores Pastries

This recipe just came to me one day when my mom was using pastry dough for a lemon square recipe and had some left over. We happened to have chocolate chips and mini marshmallows in the pantry, so it all just clicked in my head.

Shannon's S'mores Pastries

Any pastry dough, homemade or store bought
Semi sweet chocolate chips (I recommend Nestle's Toll House)
Mini marshmallows

Prepare the dough as directed. Shape in a cupcake tin, with or without paper cups. (Just be sure to spray the pan is you go without!)

Fill the dough with marshmallows and chocolate.

If you have any leftover dough, shape it into little strips and lay across the top of the pastries, sprinkling the top with sugar.

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees F until golden brown, about 15 minutes. The marshmallows should be toasted a golden brown and the chocolate melting.

I haven't tried this, but for a real s'mores atmosphere, add in graham cracker crumbs.

It's sure to be a perfect summertime treat!