You read that right! Finally got published on Hubpages today. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s something everyone gets granted or just a select few. Nevertheless, read on:

Keys To Life: What’s On My Keychain (2014)


Well, school’s out! I made it through, yet another semester and am even closer to getting my Bachelor. Perhaps, one of the greatest this I learned this semester is that making a short film, or art for the matter, isn’t about expensive editing software or fancy cameras. It’s about using what’s available to you. Yes, a very cliche lesson I have learned here, but completely true.

Check out my short video! (Please? It’s only about a minute and a half long!)

I spent a good part of Thursday morning debating if I should purchase an album on Itunes for $9.99, roughly about $1 per song.

And then I purchased it….And then I went to the mall and spent $20 on makeup, without even batting an eyelash. Wow, Vinette. Wow.

I realized I spend alot of time debating if I should purchase items that are a dollar as opposed to items that cost way more. Is it because these one dollar items are clearly superfluous? I mean, I really didn’t need those songs (or did I?).

I could also be debating these one dollar items because in the end, I realize that purchasing multiple things at the price of a dollar could somehow add up to me saving money to purchase one, more expensive item. So then I think, how many vacations could I have traveled if I didn’t buy all those songs and unnecessary, unused items in the dollar section of Target? Well now, Target, why must you place all those cute items right next to me the minute I walk in? I guess that’s another problem to discuss…

Oh, first world living…

Last Thursday, I was given the chance to witness, first hand what a live sound check was like.


I watched as Childish Gambino worked with his band to put all of the final touches to his performance, taking place, that night, at Fox Theater in Oakland, California. Let me first tell you: I had no idea who Donald Glover, who plays the Childish Gambino, was apart from the fact that he has an acting role in the popular show, Community. Besides acting, he is an incredibly talented stage performer. He works closely with his band in order to insure an exceptional performance. Taking part in their soundcheck was an incredibly personal moment, as it is with most bands/performers. While I can’t go into too much detail, I can tell you that each person in the band is truly unique. The two violinist/keyboard players, drummer, guitarist and Glover, himself, work amazingly well together!

But this blog isn’t about how cool Donald Glover is (which I’ve realized, he is). It’s about my learning experience in a live soundcheck. Like I said, I loved it. I love being around music in any way but what I realized yesterday is working in live engineering isn’t as progressive as I had initially thought it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an continuously rewarding career, yet very difficult and stressful(like most careers, I guess). You’re always in a different city, you’re working odd hours, and you’re always indoors. I have no problem with any of that. Maybe I am just misunderstanding the job itself , but it just seems like once you’ve figured out how things work, you’re doing the same thing, night after night, city after city, tour after tour. While the entire, traveling all the time thing sounds super promising,  I just feel like I would rather work in a studio where everyone seems to be continuously learning from one another. But maybe that happens in live music too?  I’m just not sure. At this point, who knows what career path I’ll take?

Ok ok,that’s enough of my rambling (Thanks for reading, btw). For those of you who are reading this wanting to know what it was like being in the presence of Donald Glover, I will tell you he is an incredibly personable and very funny person, with amazing advice. After the soundcheck, my group and I had the chance to sit down with him before his performance and ask a few questions. Glover and his band gave alot of great of advice to us aspiring musicians, most importantly, telling us to keep doing and trying everything, work hard, network and, “There are no failures on a long enough road.”

Like always, no personal pictures were allowed, but we did get a few professional stage shots and one group picture. Here you go:

(Photo credit: Sara Koulouris.)

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

I chose this quote to honor and celebrate the life of Steve Jobs. It is not a quote said by Jobs himself, but it is a strong quote I associate with him. Randy Pausch, the author of the book, The Last Lecture, was a professor who was asked to be part of Carnegie Mellon’s Last Lecture series. After accepting the job, he was diagnosed with a terminal cancer, making it, in turn, his last lecture. Reading this book, I always felt like his life paralleled to Steve Jobs.  Both lived lives that were LIVED, and will continue to live on even through their passing.

Learning you have a terminal cancer can definitely change your life, but for Jobs, although I did not know him personally, it seemed like he took this knowledge with grace. He set his affairs in order in a manner I don’t think I ever would, had I been diagnosed with cancer.

I’d like to celebrate the life of Steve Jobs. In death, there is a lot of sadness, but we must remember to celebrate the life a person lived. Steve Jobs was a genius, to say the least. Founder of Apple Inc, and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. How many people can scratch that into their resumes?! Even more amazing, was that Steve Jobs remained incredibly  humble throughout his lifetime. Although he became wildly successful and wealthy, he understood that alot of this stays within our realm and does not pass with you in to your next life. This is something, we, as the future, should take note of. No matter how incredibly successful we become, we must remain humble.. Hence, “we can not change the cards we are dealt, but how we play the hand.” No matter what life throws at us, we must take it one step at a time, and, “play our hand,” graciously. Steve Jobs probably never imagined his life would be cut so short, but instead of trying to change his “cards,” he learned to play them out in a certain manner.

Steve Jobs lived a life that was LIVED. We must mourn his loss to cancer, but celebrate his success, vision and life that will continue through his passing. He was a innovator, entrepreneur, and icon to our society. Jobs’ changed the way we will see technology forever. For that, we must thank him.

Rest peacefully, Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs

February 24, 1955-October 5, 2011

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