Thursday, July 30, 2015

Food Glorious Food #2- Apple Dumplinngs

Hi! Writing straight from the kitchen again, with an all new recipe!

I came up with the idea to make apple dumplings a few weeks ago, and actually was concerned at not having everything. Luckily Mom let me know we had plenty to use so I could make what I wanted.

So here's the recipe I'm using today~

Apple Dumplings

3 apples, one Granny Smith, Gala, and Red Delicious
Biscuit or pancake mix OR homemade dough
Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Peel and chop apples, toss with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover with plastic and set in fridge for a minute.

Measure out mix and milk and stir together. Add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir. Add apples and mix all together.

Drop small portions into hot pan of vegetable oil and cook until golden brown on both sides. Drain and dust with powdered sugar

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Food Glorious Food #1- Basil & Garlic Chicken

Hey, how about two entries in one day? Sounds good to me!

I'm in the midst of cooking myself dinner, so I thought I'd share my chicken recipe I'm using today.

(Pause. Rice bubbling over!) (Okay we're all good! NOO! we're not!!)

Okay, I just took the rice off while I write.

Anyways, here's my special chicken breast recipe.

Shannon's Basil & Garlic Chicken Breasts

2 chicken breasts (if frozen, thaw with hot water)

1 clove of garlic

A sprinkle of basil, black pepper and fresh ground sea salt

Olive oil or cooking spray

Thaw chicken if frozen. Gather other ingredients. Chop garlic into small pieces. Rub salt, pepper, basil and garlic onto chicken.

Add oil or spray to pan, put chicken inside. Cook until golden on edges, then flip to the other side. Repeat.

There we go. Try it, enjoy it! Got to get the rice back to the stove.

Dream On, until your dreams come true...

Tuesday July 21st was my biggest and most stressful audition of my life.

I donned my denim skirt and Sherrie inspired belt, and slathered on makeup as best as I know how. Dad was already awake, thank goodness, and it was a typical quiet morning.

I kept thinking  about what would happen- would there be a lot of people there? Would any of them turn out to get the gig and I'd see their pictures as their role of the show's Facebook page?

Would I get the gig?! Despite having a whole future to train and look forward to many more opportunities close to home?

Dad and I left around 1 to beat the crowds on the freeway. I sipped on some water, trying to loosen my throat.

We stopped to get a sandwich from Subway to stop my headache and fatigue- most likely not enough eating, but I also blame the tiniest hint of stress.

I was surprised when we reached the audition location. It was so small but seemed so obvious- a typical dance studio, right above a little empanada restaurant.

Dad insisted he walk upstairs with me, of course. It may have look suspicious from the outside to any parent.
But right up there was a large studio with just six other young adults sitting, reading sheet music and scripts. This was the place.

I signed in and Dad told me to call him when it was over. I joined the others, but felt kind of out of place.

Some of them looked only a year or two older and had much bigger resumes and better looking headshots. A vast majority knew each other, especially after more started to arrive.

I looked over my things and slipped on my character shoes. After realizing I left my water in the car, I went in search of a water fountain, which I found along with peppermints that could block any potential onion breath from my sandwich.

As I continued to wait, an older woman came in, with a beautiful purple sweater, killer black boots and black and white headshot. Obviously she was auditioning for Justice, owner of the Venus Club, a strip joint Sherrie works in for a period of time.

I complimented her on the photo and sweater and boots, and she thanked me. Turns out, her name was Sherrie!

My name was called soon after and I thought this is it!!!!!

I walked in and to my surprise only two women on the panel, minus the accompanist at the piano.

"What will you be singing for us today?"
"I am going to do the audition portion of High Enough."

I heard the opening chords and began to sing. I started out carefully but with emotion, imagining the loss of someone I had hoped would love me.
I speak whisper the words "I just made one mistake.."

I tried bracing myself to continue into a slight belt on the word "Baby!"
Big mistake. I felt the strain in my whole throat and neck. Have to take it back down a notch.

I did the rest of the song doing a careful but soft head voice belt, mostly on the chorus. I something come over me by the time I was at the last phrase and quietly finished:

"It's never over, yesterday's just a memory.."

The chords of the piano faded and the women praised and thanked me.

Well, it could have gone better. I guess I'd have to wait until next time. I said thank you back and left the room.

More faces had appeared in the studio, most of them also friends with the others who were still there when I had arrived.
That woman Sherrie walked past me and into the other room. I guess she was next. I grabbed my things and stood nearby the door.

Her voice was so powerful I could hear it through the walls. She was amazing; she would be the perfect Justice if they gave her the gig!

I called Dad and he was on his way over. I sat at the bottom of the stairs and waited, quietly listen to the show soundtrack, mouthing the words to the part I had hoped to book.

I knew that wouldn't happen this time around.

Sherrie appeared by the stairs next to me and we began chatting. I told her I had overheard her and thought she was amazing.
She asked about my past experiences and when I told her I was still pretty young, she told me about all the time I would have to do so many amazing things with my career. It really helped me forget my disappointment.

Dad pulled up. Both Sherrie and I walked out together, wishing each other luck. My taste of the big leagues was over...for now.

Dad took me for an ice cream at the Farmer's Market, and then we took a very long drive home.

Satisfied or not, it had been a good day.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Land of Opportunity

My audition experience on Thursday was definitely a lot more different than the ones I've had in the past - mainly because I had to result to a whole new mode of carpooling...well, the bus. So is that still a carpool of sorts?
 No, I guess not.

9 a.m. I boarded my first bus, taking a little under ten minutes to get to the stop I had to get off at. Not a bad start.

My next bus came and I could release a long breath of relief as the ride was just a little longer; this wasn't hard at all. No problem! I was doing fine!

But then once I got off, The Waiting Game began. Soon it was fifteen minutes until the audition...then ten...five...
The next and final bus arrived 10 minutes after the audition was scheduled to begin.

I didn't let it get to me, I had to keep cool. It wouldn't make this any better.

Once I got off and had to walk the rest of the way, I started to relax some more. Come on, you just have to make the better of a situation. I plugged into my music and started power-walking to "Don't Stop Believin'".

I made it to the building, where thankfully, some people were still arriving themselves thank goodness. I had totally overreacted- it was a non-equity no pre-appointment audition, what was I to expect.

I signed in and studied the show's rehearsal schedule...mostly evenings, that would totally work with my classes. (Yes, I've started scheduling and such!)

I just waited a long while, nursing my large bottled water to coat my throat, like I had been while sitting under the hot sun at each bus stop. I looked over my sheet music, freshened up in the girl's room.
I discovered two old friends of mine were also there and we said hi to each other!

Waiting continued after that. My friends went in, then left once they were through.

Finally a staff member called in everyone who was left in the room, including me. We all stood around and she gave us the order of who would go when...
eeep! I was first!

 Butterflies started, and I took a deep quaking breath.
I had this- I know I did. "Harden My heart" was a hard song, but I knew it and could handle it! I had practiced the best ways I knew how.

My name was called. I followed the woman into the next room. A panel of friendly faces greeted me, and I smiled, relaxing. That was pretty comforting.
I handed the music director the sheets and took my place. The opening chords played, another deep breath and I began to sing:

Darling, in my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd go....whoah-oh!
But it's time to let you know...ooh whoah oh....
I'm gonna harden my heart. I'm gonna swallow my tears, I'm gonna turn and leave you-ooh here!

I don't mean to brag, but I was so surprised. I killed it!

The staff seemed to agree, with one saying "Killer singing!" and another "I love that song!"
I smiled, thanked them and was led out of the room. I wouldn't hear anything until the next morning via email.

As I walked back down the street from which I came, my pride suddenly tuned to 'oh crap!'
Was I going to have to deal with that bus drama again?

I called my dad and luckily he said he'd pick me up after I took one bus back to the 2nd stop. Once I was in the car he asked how it went, and for once! I happily explained what had happened and how satisfied I was with my performance. I was certain I had a shot!

Unfortunately, I heard nothing back. But I really didn't care; I was happier with my general audition than I would be if I got the part or not.
Good thing too...because my next audition his Tuesday is most definitely the BIGGEST!

Freakin' Rock of Ages! In Las Vegas!

Sure, there's no way in hell they'd hire an eighteen year old kid, just barely starting life, but it's the experience! It's not every day a young actor gets an opportunity to go in for a shot at being part of a global icon!

Even if the shot doesn't even go off.

I'm taking that chance. It's what this business is about.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fireworks, Paychecks and Auditions...oh my...

Look who's back!!

4th of July has come and gone, with me working day camp in to the holiday weekend. A bit sentimental, because that was my last time at that camp for a long time. I may go back as a supervisor in the future though, who knows?
Anyway 4th of July sent us to Crescent Bay in Newport, where I packed a sweet and savory summer salad courtesy of fellow but much more advanced blogger Audrey Dunham. Just go to and look under the section "Good Eating".
(I actually didn't have certain/left out some ingredients but it still tasted great! Mom and I were basically the only ones who ate it.)

Back at the beach, we all enjoyed the water and the sun, me being extremely cautious due to a previous nasty burn on my thigh that turned into agonizing pain and disgusting peeling from getting wet. Eeeeeww... Luckily I was able to play it safe enough, and only sunburned my left shoulder.
We headed home later to clean up before heading downtown, along with like maybe a thousand more people, to watch fireworks from the port. It was kind of weird to do this because we usually had traditions with family, but this year those activities weren't available so my aunt and uncle went to see her daughter and her family instead.
Nonetheless it was nice to do something different for a change. Back at home we all cut into a super sweet vanilla cake which mix we bought at Trader Joe's, and slathered it in fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Mmm-Mmm-Mmm!

Beyond the holiday weekend, I have continued working tow days a week with my aunt and uncle, and my recent paycheck, along with a gift for my graduation, has resulted in $700 exactly in my bank account!!
Ok Shannon, less transfers now! More saving! Maybe I could save enough to have a couple hundred left over from getting new headshots in the near future?
Not that I HATE my current ones; it would be nice if they looked like the ones I've seen all put together and nice in a Playbill.
Still I'll have to use a current one for an audition this week! The Addams Family in Anaheim- when I sang Wednesday's song for my voice teacher, she said I did it very healthily for belting and that I could have a shot!

I shall continue to get whatever chances I can to keep up with all you thousands of page viewers, (WOO-HOO!!) most certainly in the next two weeks! Just keep reading...mine AND Audrey's too! She's an awesome writer!