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I’ve just begun my journey into mixed media art and surrealism. Mixed media, since I’m using various types of art forms here; acrylic paint and material, so far, and later, a bit of cardboard patching, and spray painting (I think).Surrealism, since I’m doing most of this, not considering what is scientifically right. It’s what seems right to me, but not necessarily to my audience.

What I’ve learned so far: you hit long periods of time where you are waiting for paint to dry. So here I am, waiting. Thinking, “why the hell am I doing this?” I still don’t know, but it feels incredibly right. (I wish I could say that about all parts of my life.)

Hopefully, my finished product turns out beautiful! If not, you’ll probably never see it. Actually, art is always beautiful to someone.  Cheers to art!

I just realized I never did a Grammy wrap up! Well I started one, and just realized it’s been sitting in my drafts for about a month. So let’s do this! Instead of doing a usual play by play I thought I’d do a list. You know, because that’s what I’m okay at, within the blogging world. So here we go:

Things I Learned And Thought About After Attending The 55th Annual Grammy Awards:

1. WE ARE ALL EQUALS. Well, until we go into the, “live,” telecast.

Yup, that’s right. In all of the non live, non televised events, I am just as cool, and popular as my closest friends. You know, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Kaskade and Taylor Swift. But more seriously, all of the pre events are open seating, meaning you might find yourself sitting by Tyrese, or Steve Aoki, or if you’re lucky, Beyonce. But, once you step into Staples Center, you really find out your worth in The Recording Academy. Yes, I am incredibly thankful I was invited, but one day, I’ll be up there in the, “Diamond Level,” too! The Grammy’s was a great, “pat on the back,” for all the hard work I took part in this year, but it’s time to work ALOT harder.

2. There’s not as much alcohol flowing as you think. In fact, there isn’t enough! Is there any at all?!

There’s a ton of stadium food, but, surprisingly, no where is an alcohol booth to be found! Both a great idea, and a bad idea from The Recording Academy. Great, because we won’t have any obnoxious, outward drunks walking around but bad, because The Recording Academy is missing out on alot of money here. Alot, of enjoyment too,  I presume. Apparently, musicians can’t control their liqueur. Surprising?! I think not.

3. How the hell do celebrities see the teleprompter from where they’re standing?!

So if you look from the stage to the teleprompter, you’ll notice they’re about a football field away from each other. I’m absolutely serious. You must acquire some kind of 20/20 vision when you sell your first multi platinum album. There is the smaller stage, closer to the teleprompter, but still, so far!

4. It’s extremely cute to see grown ups dressed in their best black tie outfits, eating fine foods, like McDonald’s, at Staples Center.

Just look:

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Ok, I didn’t get a pic of people in REALLY fancy outfits getting McDonald’s, but this works, right? It’s just sooo adorable. It’s all the food provided for Lakers games, but to a very well dressed crowd!

5. Some celebrities think they rule the world, while other are incredibly humbled to be at the event.

I won’t mention any names, but it seems as if some celebrities feel the show starts once they arrive. Granted, some of them are the most popular, hardworking, successful people in the our business, but still, a little humility goes a long way. I guess this is true for any major event.

6. Finding your way into this event is gloriously confusing.

No one has any idea where to go. Granted, the LAPD was on close watch, due to the Christopher Dorner situation going on at the time but please, tell them where to send the guests. (NEWS FLASH: The Staples Center is NOT in a great area.) I’m glad that you can check my ID to make sure that I, a 5’3, fair skinned, Asian American girl is indeed not an almost 200 lb African American male named Christopher Dorner, but please, it’d be great if you could point me in the direction of Grammy attendees. Also, it’d be great if you could keep an eye on me as I walk down East Figueroa in my prettiest dress… in the cold. Oh, and one more thing, stop asking me, “Do you have a ticket, miss?” in your most condescending voice. I do, and I won’t be taking you as my +1 next year. So there. Thanks, LAPD.

7. The Grammy Awards are actually two stages. Television magic makes it as it there is only one.

I feel like I knew this from my line of work, but I didn’t really KNOW this. What you don’t see on television is that a huge stage is actually split in half. While one performer is performing, another is setting up on the other side of the stage. It’s kind of like crop rotation, if you’ve ever been on a farm, but faster. Like in the span of 15 minutes.

8. The Pre-Telecast consists of most of the awards while the Live-Telecast is just a bunch of your industry best promoting their newest work.

I’m still having trouble deciding which part was my favorite. I love watching live performances, but there’s just something sooo humbling and charming about watching the people you love and support make their way up to a stage and give thanks for their own hard work. Skrillex, you might have been my favorite person to accept an award that night. You’re so charming!

9. Just one educator wins the newest Grammy? SERIOUSLY?!

The Recording Academy, along with the help of Justin Timberlake and Ryan Seacrest, unveiled a new award this year; The Grammy For Music Educator of the Year. I have yet to have someone answer my question. Just one? How are we supposed to decide on ONE educator? OMG there’s millions of music educators! So wait, is this a popularity contest?

And finally some pictures:

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So there you have it. All in all, I know it sounds like I was completely judgy of The Grammys ( I was, I know), I had an incredible time. It’s really quite a huge pay off for working hard all year, attending meetings, and paying dues to my industry. Love you, sound engineering. Mostly because I get to brag to people that I’m an engineer(or almost one), but not that kind they’re thinking of. Anyway, who wants to be my date next year!?!?!

I’ve been pretty terrible about tracking my, “road to the Grammy’s,” but honestly, it hasn’t been too exciting…until now.

So lets do a quick update. I arrived in Los Angeles Thursday night, picked up my tickets on Friday and took this really awesome picture to let everyone know I did:

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But, the event is tonight!! CAN NOT WAIT. Well, the event is today rather. I know, a black tie event at 1 in the afternoon?!? Oh, Hollywood.

More updates on the way!

Ok, ok, I’m a little late, but it’s been a crazy end of 2012 and beginning of 2013. That, and I just felt I had nothing real to blog about. But today, I’m home sick and have watched more than enough Dr. Phil and Lifetime Network movies to last me a few lifetimes (see what I did there?). Anyway, I thought I should blog about something. After all, this has been my only downtime in the past two months.

So what have I been doing? Well, thank you for asking. School and work, school and work, same old, same old. But I actually have something to blog about for the next few weeks. And that is:

I’m going to the Grammy’s!!!! 

To be clear, that’s The Recording Academy’s 55th Annual Grammy Award Presentation. And yes, I’m a member, and yes, I will be there. It’s about to be an incredibly busy two weeks, but wow, what a privilege, right?!?!

Stay tuned!

Also, here’s my favorite song at the moment:

 

 

 

In the case that December 21 isn’t the actual end of our world, here are some tips to get you through December 22nd.

1. Blame your obnoxious behavior, from the previous day, on a concussion, or that you hit your head really hard and it, “rattled your brain.”

This is a good one, as it recently happened to me. Tell everyone that you just plain, CAN NOT remember that obnoxious behavior you took part in. Totally deny everything you did on December 21st. Poof! Problems (semi) solved!

2. Apologize for all of the “YOLO” things you did.

Today is the day people will understand (or maybe not), so take advantage of it. In the back of our minds, we all feared the end of the world, just let people know you may have had a slight over reaction to the end of the world.

3. Stop using the word, “YOLO,” but continue living by it. (You can start this now.)

Self explanatory, I think.

4. Return all of those expensive items you spent your life savings on.

Ok, so that vacation to the Bahamas, give that to me, but return everything else. It’s December 22nd, you’ve got bills to pay, Christmas gifts to give! Unless, of course, those luxury items can be made into Christmas gifts. In that case, keep them, but give them to others. Your bank account won’t feel too great, but you will!

5. Start promoting the next date the world is predicted to end. 

Wait a few days on this one. I know you’re trying to be hip and trendy promoting the new, “end of the world,” date but seriously, people are just going to think you’re bizarre, especially since you had a slight overreaction yesterday.  But believe me, 2013 is rolling around, and yes, there are bound to be alot of “end of the world” days.  C’mon now, 13? Get superstitious, America!

6. Go to work.

Emerge from your previously made, Y2K-now  apocalypse- shelter, follow your same boring routine, and yes, go to work. It sounds ridiculously mundane, but our society relies on individuals doing their jobs. Hopefully, you didn’t quit your job on the 20th, hoping you’d never have to return. In this case, start looking for a  new job.

Now, here’s a terribly made meme to get you through the day:

See you all tomorrow!

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!)

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