Friday, May 4, 2012

Planes, trains and automobiles.

(in brackets, just like these, I have placed comments after having completed the first level of classes.. I didn't post this until now because of the whole procrastinating thing.... whoops.)

It all started with a text from a friend... a year ago... saying that there was a livingsocial coupon for a Second City class.  I didn't even know what livingsocial was.  I had just discovered Groupon, but never found a useful coupon.  ANYWAY, I looked and it was a deal for the first level of improv classes.  $99 for a class that is just over $300 with tax normally.  There is a class I want to take more, but it is even more expensive and, alas, no coupon/groupon/etc.  It is a more strict and stereotypical class in a opposite end of the spectrum to Second City.  I had also considered Second City.  I watched SCTV at my friends house when it replayed when I was younger and was always a fan of improv and comedy, but I don't think I even really saw myself doing it.  As a member of the female gender, there hasn't been a real lady presence in comedy until recently so I never really had reason to think about it.  I was never interested in just playing someones love interest.  Anyway, so I purchased the deal and waited a year before I had the balls to take the class.  just before the coupon expired.

First day of improv classes went better than expected.  Not in a "I'm awesomely hilarious and talented and got bumped up" sorta way, but I got relatively comfortable fairly quickly.  The class is definitely being eased into it.  The usual drills that we go through in high school-1st year university were there, but we were given better explanations as to why we go through with them.  I'm not a fan of acting classes that are overly kindergarten-y.  It was nice to not feel myself mentally rolling my eyes during class. Woo. Everyone seems nice and considerate.  Only three or four people actually want to be actors.  A few writers.  Most just seem to want to get out of their shell and think on their feet a little better.  You can tell which people will be devastated if they aren't thought of as the most hilarious in class (update: in the end, those were just the people who weren't shy.  obviously we all wanted/want to be hilarious otherwise we wouldn't judge ourselves).  Luckily, the trainer said that it shouldn't be about being funny.  That the funny will happen.  But it's about not hindering each others performance.  Working with each other basically.  Also, relinquishing control.  Not coming up with a story but going with it and not getting fixed on how you think it will go. Which will be something I have to work on. Being an avid list maker, that might be hard for me to do (update:  I found out another thing I had/have to work on is asking questions... still working on it I think.  Only one class so far without adding a question mark to a sentence).  Anyway, all kind of good life philosophy tenants.
In one of the exercises someone would come up (update: I stopped writing and have no idea what I was writing.  whoops!).

Flash to the final day of Level A class:
The last day of class I think we were all a little sad.  There wasn't as much energy in the air as usual.  Instead of going to the free/pay what you can show afterwards we went and had a drink to say so long (for now).  Some people were able to attend a mix and mingle type thing with second city peeps ranging from level A to teachers and alumni.... not I.  I had to work.  Met a lot of nice people!!  I hope we stay in touch and have a class together soon!  =(   Next week the second level of classes start.  so, to be continued.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

jeffrey campbell + stolengirlfriendsclub hates me.

the "emma" jeffrey campbell + stolengirlfriendsclub is a shoe I have been wanting for a while.  it perfectly embodies my ridiculous and westerny cowboy leanings.  BUT if you look at the opening page to the stolengirlfriendsclub website there are the emma boots in nude and black... but for sale there is only brown and nude/beige and black with gold....!!!!  I realllllllly like the nude and black ones and I don't know if it was just a sample, but I only want those ones.. =(  they are alllll over the sites store and lookbook.  way to rub it in!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

one step at a time...

so..... a new vintage store opened down the street from me called "used".  it is amazingly organized and inviting.  Of course I had to buy something.  It is reasonably priced, but priced high enough that I won't be trapped there once or twice a week. =)  They had this "ivory" ram head/skull thing that I wanted to buy and make into a necklace... but I don't think it is actually ivory... it looked like resine that MAY have been mixed with ivory... but it looked like it had drips.  anyway, dude told me it was ivory, but probably because he was told.  I would have bought it if he didn't say it was ivory or if it actually was.  it would feel like I was wearing a lie... even if I didn't pretend it was........ anyway, I bought this portfolio and bolo necktie/watch thing!  yay!

pretty nifty, right?!  well, now I have to go get a watch battery.  another thing on my long lists of "to-do"'s... yay.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

while I was shopping...

well, I wasn't really "shopping"... more the internet equivalent to window shopping....!  (insert clever made up word of choice joining internet, window and shopping or whateve).  ANYWAY, I was looking at the site and there was an ad for Pixie Market there and it featured a boot I could only assume was a Jeffrey Campbell creation because I instantly had to find it online and stare at it!  Only... I couldn't find it.... not the pixie market site.... no where.  BUT I found this dress I like, but can't justify buying.  but if I had a need for a dress, this would be it.   
AND this dress is featured with the freakin boot I want!  bah!

I googled variations of "jeffrey campbell western"and came up with various blog showing different colour combinations of this boot... but none actually linking to a site to purchase said boot!  arrrrrg!!  I have always loved cowboy stylings and even originally had thought of naming my etsy shop "cowboys and indians". In short, gimme.