Back in November 2010 I was in a hair plan rut, sticking to short and blonde for awhile. Then I finally watched the infamous Urotsukidoji anime. If you don’t know what that is, don’t go and find out. If you do, then you know the sister, Megumi, has awesome hair. I went a similar route, but due to hairshows and what not, I couldn’t grow my hair out to her length. but I like the color!
Don’t tell my agency! in two weeks I’ll have my hair done by a talented dresser from Vidal Sassoon, so it will be fixed and back to blonde soon enough. I just really hadn’t be in control of my own hair for months and it was getting to me. I mixed Special Effects Dye Fishbowl with Limelight and some conditioner to lighten it. whew, got that out of my system. now to take some awesome pics before it’s changed back!
This is about 6 months late, but I filmed my last official Scarecrow Video Christmas party with my Nikon D90 of all of us doing our laid-back karaoke thang at the Sunset in Ballard. Finally just edited it the other day. Music is from the Danger Diabolik OST, by Enno Morricone.
It is already June. It’s hard to tell, since the weather hasn’t really changed in 6 months, but the days are flying by in 2011. I am technically unemployed since we got back from Japan, end of March. Although I really have 5 jobs, just none are paying me right away… One thing I have been lucky enough to stumble upon is doing HAIR SHOWS! My first in April was a lot of fun, and paid pretty well for just sitting and getting my hair did for free on stage! I did one in Mid-May for Ed Wyse who hosted some international Super Stylists (I just made that name up, I doubt that is official) from London!! They were all super cute and of course had adorable accents. swoon.
This was the stage in the Seattle Hyatt. over 400 people were there who paid $150 a TICKET to see these guys show off the new line of looks from London. it was pretty cool. All the models were dressed up and did a runway show, where they talked about their cuts. the other part of the show was live demonstration, of which I was part of twice! Cut for the first one and color for the second round! pretty exciting.
It was a fun opportunity, although it is still a lot of work. I didn’t get paid for this job, but I met a lot of cool people ANNNDDD!!! I got SCOUTED to be a model for SMG! I will be getting my test shots done today, nervous and excited. especially since I might have the opportunity to go to Japan on a visa and model through SMG! THAT IS MY (CURRENT/MOST URGENT) DREAM GOAL!! I hope to work hard and get a good portfolio so I can get back to my adopted Homeland ASAP!
Jen Moore took all these pics of me on stage. I could see her out of the corner of my eye, crawling around and getting really into taking photos. I tried so hard not to laugh. I was so thrilled she was there with me, experiencing this event! She took so many great photos, too!! I felt famous! One day when I really am famous, I can’t wait to take all my best friends around the world on trips with me. that is the real dream! This photo is of me on the monitors and after the haircut Anthony (pronounced AN-TON-ee, thank you) gave me a sweet mod undercut.
After the show was over, here is me with the color done by Jayson! He was so cool, I adored him. he wore the most stylish outfits. These shows are so inspiring when I meet jetsetting rich talented artists, I want to be on their level. I want that life. best way to get what you want is to surround yourself with people who have it, and work hard. the second part is a little tricky but I think I can pull it off.
“If you want something enough and your heart is pure, wondrous things can happen!” – Joey, Friends
(yeah I know, but it’s relevant)
I have another audition tomorrow for a hair show this weekend! it’s for Bumble2Bumble, I auditioned for them once in 2007 when I was recruited on myspace. They were nice and promised they would call but never did. I was recruited again through model mayhem–I hope they pick me this time… it’s a paying gig!
one of my biggest dreams of all time came true last Sunday (thanks to yukari~!). I saw Super junior Live in Japan. I was the only blonde haired white girl in the whole arena that I could see. I sat in the high up seats, but it was a small arena. to my left was a princess-type who barely reacted. to my right, an extreme fan girl who screamed and cried and jumped around. I myself, was right in-between those types. literally and type wise.
the show was nothing like anything I’d ever seen in my life. the stage went all over the entire arena. the lights themselves were their own show. it was like MJ’s “this is it” stage theatrics meeting a Korean boy band. trap doors, pyrotechnics, moving screens, color changing lights, shooting confetti, shifting stage mechanics, and flying harnesses. cute/cool mini-videos would play when they needed to change costumes several times. every single person in the audience had a special suju glowstick they did not set down for a second (I would later see fans on the train ride home and wave it at them and it created magical friendships between us despite language barrier). there was a really surreal moment when the show was finished… some stage lights stayed on, glowing on all the faces in the arena while everyone still had their blue lights waving. it was a gradient of heavenly colors. it got incredibly quiet. then slowly I could hear more and more tiny voices singing together–the whole arena was a giant choir or angelic Japanese girl voices singing a song I didn’t recognize.. but everyone knew it! it was going on for 3 minutes over and over until the lights shut off and everyone started screaming. a video played of cartoon suju members as vegetables. when it was over, suju came out dressed in vegetable costumes. it was ridiculous. the show continued for a few more songs, and they also spoke to the crowd. the show was 3 1/2 hours long, and it flew by completely.
When I first got in the concert, an older Japanese women stopped me in the crowd and was so surprised I was there. we spoke briefly, she had flown up from Australia, but was so shocked I even knew who super junior was. I stuck out like a sore thumb. if only I had floor seats so suju could have seen my beacon of light hair!
I had two moments with the fan girl on my right. she was crying after the first 3 songs. I was too, I couldn’t help it! (if you think I’m a lame-o for crying, take a second to imagine something impossible. then imagine that impossible thing happening in real life. it was a wonderful thing, boy band concert aside). I was just overwhelmed with … feelings. and not the usual boy-band love-sick goofy-girl feelings. like, imagining being them–the power to make girls scream and fall in love with you with just a smile, despite language barriers. it was so cool to be interested in something from another country, in an entirely different country. it made the world smaller. the moment I would become beside myself I would tear up. it was like I was staring into something so beautiful, I couldn’t even comprehend life itself. I think it was just happiness and pure joy welling up inside of me and it had to come out of my face somehow. at least I wasn’t peeing my pants.
so I tap the girl on the arm and say in the only Japanese I could: “me too! it’s okay!” and motioned to my eyes and we both laughed and used our scarves to dry our eyes. later siwon had his shirt off but it wasn’t projected on the screen. I tapped her again and shouted “SIIWWOONNN” and she was like “eh??” and I pointed and yelled again. he was half naked. we both looked at each other and screamed with the joy that comes with staring at incredibly ripped and naked korean men. it was glorious. although I couldn’t talk with the people around me, I was still so happy to be there with other fans. I do wish AJ was there to scream with me in English.
speaking of English, during one of their mini videos they had some lyrics on the screen. parts included “baby baby baby” and “lady lady lady”. rest was in Korean, translated to Japanese on screen. lastly they had “Shawty shawty shawty” (shorty) or, what it was suppose to say. it actually read “shwaty shwaty shwaty” which made me laugh. I might have been the only one realizing that was not even close to an English word. but no one cared. who cares. but I caught it.
Although I saw a great amazing show, cried a little, screamed a lot and couldn’t stop smiling…. THIS AIN’T OVER YET! I WILL SEE SUJU IN KOREA!! AND I WILL SEE SUJU WITH FLOOR SEATS!!! I WILL TOUCH A SUJU HAND! ONE DAY! my goals are slowly to be realized. this will be an expensive goal, no doubt. sigh. I better start learning some korean language.
A few days ago Devin and I “celebrated Valentine’s day” (It sort of exists here), and by using quotations I mean, I used that as a reason to get him to take me to a LOVE HOTEL!! (the greatest invention to come out of Japan since sticker picture machines, in my opinion). You may or may not have already heard me ramble on and on about the greatness that is Love Hotels. To my dismay, they are becoming less “tacky” and more swanky. I hear that Osaka has more of the bizarre themed ones than Tokyo. I will do the best research I can on this theory.
The one above is from a hotel in Ikebukuro called “Hotel Aland”. I made another mini video, but it is a lot different tone than the snowy nakano one. some things in the video might need explaining, like the machine in the beginning is how you pay for the room. there are no people in the hotel except for cleaning staff. you pick your room from a touch screen in the lobby, go to the room and once you close the door you are locked in until you pay via this machine. Also in the mini fridge is a vending machine… filled with an assortment of drinks, sex toys, extra condoms, etc. if you press the button the machine by the door keeps track of it and you pay at the end. the amenities of an average love hotel surpass any fancy hotel I can think of! and hey, love hotels can be pretty fancy themselves!
Music is “Brick Road’s Theme” from Earthbound Soundtrack. man, making all these mini videos just makes me want to play Earthbound.
and also we took some purikura pics, because duh. After purikura, love hotels, and doujin buying of the fujoshi kind (that one was just me), we headed home and ate convenience store bento dinner and watched ‘One Piece’ on my laptop. we are up to episode 100 now, but there are 480 (and still going strong). BUT IT’S SO GOOD/HUGE HERE IN JAPAN (FOR A REASON–IT’S SO GOOD!)!!
Best Valentine’s day evs. or just regular day in Japan. you decide.
ps in the pics: kuma is devin’s nickname in Japanese, meaning “bear” and Aka is short for Akachan which means “baby”, which is sort of nickname.
Last day over at our friend’s place, the sun setting on the buildings across from his balcony view. also a sign of no more puzzle fighter. I don’t want to brag (except that I do), but over the past two days I have upped my puzzle fighter skill tremendously. although Devin has years of experience on me, I have kept up a fight of worthiness with my cat-girl, felicia. (ps anyone who cosplays this character needs a dad in their life).
after our first visit to tokyo back in 2008, I always remembered the tiny grocery store in our friend’s neighborhood with the veggie characters on the packages. having cute characters representing your food is no new thing in japan by any means–but I was telling everyone about the grumpy mushroom! maybe he’s just bitter and unsure, like he doesn’t wanna be apart of it all. it cracks me up. a character that isn’t happy or smiling or cute, that was new to me. I love grumpy mushroom <3
after being in japan for about 8 days, we found and moved into an apartment. today we unpacked our bags (we brought too much stuff). (as I am writing this, there is an earthquake happening. it is the second since we have arrived. 2 earthquakes (mild, mild, no worries) have happened, but I only remember 2 earthquakes in my entire life growing up in Seattle. I hear it’s “earthquake season” right now…) ANYWAYS. this apartment is great. the neighborhood is awesome. I’m super happy about everything. I will elaborate on those statements later.
a brief night shot from our window. in the top left corner are the ((IN)famous!) shinjuku towers. I was told we are just a 15 minute bike ride from shinjuku. we are 5 minutes walking from a station which is 2 stops from shinjuku. I will post a map of how awesome this is, so you can understand the weight of the awesome.
I can’t wait to properly explore the neighborhood with my camera this weekend! we have lots of accessories to get for the apartment, some we can easily get from a ¥100 ($1) store. man, those stores are great. so useful. tomorrow it is suppose to snow. I hope it doesn’t. I don’t like being cold. >:|
I made this drawing a few weeks ago for Yukari, a wonderful woman I met once by chance who did an incredible thing for me from across the US. although my watercolor is a bit lame (getting back into drawing, a bit rusty), it was the absolute LEAST thing I could send to her as a sign of my appreciation.
long story, long: I spend what nickles and dimes I have to get to LA to see every SM Entertainment star step foot in America to do a show for the first time together. This includes SUPER JUNIOR. at this point in my life–a year after I discovered who they even were–I would just stay up till 4 AM watching English subtitled clips of them, learning their names, their songs, anything I could figure out about them. Never in my right mind would I ever believe to see them in the flesh in my entire life.
So let’s skip to my dreams coming true, and seeing them in the flesh, on US soil, performing songs LIVE I had only experienced on shitty internet clips. I also got to share this experience with the only other person in the world who I know likes K-pop. it was a glorious reunion with a friend from the east coast who I had visited earlier this summer and we last minute were able to scrape enough money to meet together in LA to see SMTOWN LIVE 2010! this was the only stop in America they were making on their “world” tour.
we meet at the airport. we wander around aimlessly trying to get out of the airport. we find an airport van. we cram into one almost already full. we excitedly whisper back and forth about how unbelievable it is that we were about to see Korean Pop Stars as real human beings, alive, in the US. It is slowly revealed that more and more people in the van were there for the same reason! One of which was Yukari! A Japanese woman who flew in from New Hampshire on her own to witness this amazing event! Everyone in the van was from around the US, it was really effing cool… brought together over the love of KPOP!
We go our separate ways to our separate hotels before the concert that night. there were some fan meet ups we wandered in and out of in the afternoon, and we bumped into Yukari again! we exchanged facebook info to keep in touch over the love of Kpop.
Long story already long now into short: We keep in touch. I find Super Junior announces a huge mega show (known only as SUPER SHOW #3) happening in Japan in February. 2 days added. 3rd day added because it is madness. you have to pool your name to even get a chance to buy tickets. all this info is on a Japanese website, run by Japanese suju fanclub members….in Japanese. I ask Yukari if there is any chance I can figure this out and get a ticket since I will be in Japan at this time. After weeks of back and forth, it is revealed that YUKARI WON A CHANCE TO BUY ME A TICKET. I send her a check to pay her back and this photo of her favorite SUJU member, Donghae that I drew after thanking her a million jillion times on facebook. Her mother in Japan has been holding onto the ticket for me until I get there. it was the nicest, most elaborate, most intensely awesome thing anyone has done for me that I can even think of right now.
I met a stranger in a van in a city with a kpop concert by chance. months later, from across the country and corresponding with another country around the world, the forces that be…. I–a platinum blonde American girl–get to see the hugest Korean boy band in the best country ever: Japan.
Thank you, Yukari.
Dreams do come true.
Devin has been out of town and I have been all about town. Yesterday was a big day full of movies with gruesome freak-out tactics (SERIOUSLY Black Swan, ENOUGH with the naaaillllsss! made breaking his own arm off in 127 Hours an easy watch!), old (and current) comedy buddies, striped shirts, and boozing with Jenni & Nils(son).
Today was a bit easier, with a short work shift and a (literally) empty korean tapas bar with Caitlin, Reese and Jared. I love them, I laugh (corn and cheese) and learn (gotta start shopping at Grocery Outlet!) so much when they’re around! They were playing K-pop videos on the screen all night and I ate a lot of kimchi. I was pumped about that since the last episode I watched of Boys Over Flowers they were making and eating kimchi. Now I can relate to Korean people, which is exciting.
Tomorrow will be my first (and last) Christmas Eve with the co-workers at Dante’s. even though it is a frat guy hang out next to strip club, it’s a pretty cool bar (excluding beer pong night).
Jen and I filmed this last week at my work Scarecrow Video, at 2 in the morning. If by some Christmas miracle I win this contest, I will have monies for Japan and some awesome shoes. I was late entering it, so I don’t think I have a chance at getting enough points, but I would have regretted it even more for at least not even trying to enter! While we were shooting it, every cool dance move I’ve ever known had fell out of my head. I don’t mind at this point, I am just glad I got it done.
“It’s Gob(nils)lin spelled backwards!” Nils and I had a shoot today in his apartment for his album. It was fun, as taking photos with friends tends to be.
I’ve been debating with myself wether to keep up a blog or not. it would obviously just be for my own amusement since I know a total of 1 (maybe even 2) people read this. I apologize for abandoning it, especially after working so hard to customize a wordpress, damn that shit was tough.
I haven’t been documenting my life at all these past few years as much as I used to. this is the time to do it, if ever, as many a great things have been happening! 2010 was a slow start, but I had lots of faith in it. once I turned 25 I figured out the formula: even numbered years and odd numbered ages are the best combos of my life. It’s all math, really.
I keep procrastinating, blaming non-blogging on film development. I tell myself I’ll back-log entries, but honestly… c’mon. as a mature 25 year old woman, I am learning quickly to stop lying to myself. I’ve been with myself for 25 whole years, who knows me better than me? me. the answer is me.
I have 4 big goals to reach in 4 months. I feel like I’m making pretty good time so far. although it’s been approx 1 day since I wrote them down on paper.
GANBATTANEEE (がんばってね~!), ME!