Oh my god. It’s really been since April, has it? I’m sorry, internet (read: family and small circle of friends). I do apologize; it’s been a real busy summer and I’ll get to most of it, but first, a short story.
While in the midst of a hurricane that is indicative of most days here in my apartment and life, one of my to-do’s was to send an email to my lovely & wonderful agents in the Bay Area regarding outstanding payment for a job I had done up there a month or so ago. I then made a note to follow up with them in a few days if I hadn’t heard back, left the house for Improv class, and thought nothing more of it. Lo and behold, when I arrived home, there it was - an envelope emblazoned with those for letters I love to see in the top left-hand corner.
My heart suddenly swelled. It’s not the largest paycheck I’ve ever received, but there’s something about the confluence of hard-earned money from doing something you love being delivered at a welcome moment - right there, in my living room, universal forces intertwined their strength and manifested their combined power in a standard-sized envelope right there on our table.
Suddenly, the stress of spending $14 on a 12-pack of beer earlier today slid off my shoulders.
Anyway, I just wanted to relate a story that inspired my butt to sit in my chair and focus on something other than the Red Dead Redemption subreddit (11 more days to launch as of this writing…). Now, onto some stories of my summer.
The big one - Spain. Most of you have probably heard of this, but here’s some BLOG-SPECIFIC HOT CONTENT (ugh, back to the drawing board with my marketing scheme) that you may not have seen yet. Long story short, I had an amazing first-time trip to Spain with my wonderful, beautiful soulmate Emy(boo), my best bro-for-life Andrew, and good acquaintance (jk) Barbara. We spent a little less than a week in Barcelona, then about a week in Ibiza.
Barcelona was gorgeous - how architecture and civic planning meeting there is stunning. Wandering through narrow streets packed with cute little shops (including one that sold, exclusively, rubber ducks) feels very old-world European, but so much of the architecture is unique and so special. We did a lot of touristy stuff - the hop-on-hop-off bus tour that took us to a lot of cool places in one exhausting day, sunset at La Sagrada Familia, and beach-front paella (it was ok… Paella in Ibiza was better).
We didn’t spend a ton of time in Barcelona, however, as Ibiza was calling to us, like a siren in the Mediterranean. One short flight later, we had landed in arguably the world’s party capital. Beautiful beaches, outrageous clubs, and two Typhoon scooters awaited us there. We met with old friends (Emy and Barbara, on separate previous trips to Spain, had made friends with a nice local in Ibiza who we hung out with for a couple of nights), danced our faces off, and relaxed our bods on beautiful beaches. I won’t bore you with a ton of other details, but here are some pics and videos that will round out the description of the trip:
There’s been a lot of other stuff going on this summer, too. On a professional front, I’ve booked several gigs between Los Angeles and San Francisco; won tickets to That’s VO!, a voiceover conference in Burbank in November; and shot new headshots and a new reel scene. I’m finishing up Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s Improv 401 class, which is the last course in their core curriculum. I’ve started a new job at a hotel, then switched to a new hotel. I’m back working at Warner Bros. Horror Made Here, their Halloween event, for which I was an inaugural scare actor last year. If you’ve got a free weekend night in October, come out! It’s been a ton of fun working in, and although I’ll miss Robert and Melinda’s haunted house in San Jose, this is a step up in terms of production value (sorry Melinda).
So that’s it - the quick and dirty update on my life. I really will try to post more soon, I’m sorry I haven’t posted very much. I was going to start video blogging, but I haven’t much looked into it and feel like I don’t have much time to edit footage into something I’d be comfortable with posting. Then again, I’m never comfortable exposing anything that I create to the public-at-large, but that may be a blog post for another day.
Until then, I remain faithfully yours,