Saturday, July 26, 2014

Random Note:

Household budget crisis over;

Bring on the HBO!

I've got a season of True Blood to catch up with.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Regret

That burning pain that seeps up from the stomach and into your chest- 

No, you did not NEED that French Dip Sandwich at 10 PM last night!

#RememberThisNextTime

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Audition

The excitement of a potential job,
Reading through the script, making choices and preparing a character,
Running lines over and over, until you have it in your body,
Picking out the right clothes to convey the part,
Signing in and waiting in the lobby with twenty other guys that look JUST like you,
The awkward small talk in the casting office–then you slate your name and the scene begins and before you know it, your done...
Walk out feeling confident, you gave it your all and rocked it out!
Then, you wait.  You try to forget about it.  Every time it pops into your head you think, "Wouldn't that be awesome?"
But you let it go, and wait for the next audition.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sundays In LA

It's rare when I get to enjoy a Sunday morning at home with my family.
Usually I'm waking up in a hotel bed in a random city across the country; getting ready to spend my day in a theatre.
So I'm taking advantage of this elusive day:
Breakfast in bed,
Walking to Starbucks with the puppies,
Hike in the Hollywood Hills,
Pooltime,
Dinner with friends,
and finally a late night movie in bed!
Full circle.
I love Sundays in LA.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Glamorous Life on Tour...

The delight of sleeping in my own bed is second only to the love I receive from my partner and our puppies!
It's not that I don't enjoy life on the road-I just HATE hotel beds.
#SleepIsNecessary

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cafiine RAGE

The line for the Starbucks in our hotel lobby is longer than the Great Wall-

With as many annoying tourists!

How can you not know what you want?

You've been standing in line for twenty minutes! #OverIt!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Random Question:

How many different combinations of the same four button down shirts and pairs of pants can you wear before becoming completely sick of it!
It's like a fashion game for middle-class people.
You have enough money to buy a few nice things, so you have to figure out how to maximize the return..
I think I'm doing okay, but one quick look on my Instagram, might tell a different story.
#TiredOfTheSameOldLooks

Monday, July 14, 2014

Moonlight Swim

The warm water rushed toward my feet,
Waves crashing faster,
No looking back now-I'm in to my waste.
The salty air was intoxicating,
Moonlight glistening across the horizon;
I love a midnight dip!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lucky In Love

After a week of working out of town and a twelve hour travel day, I crashed last night.

Waking up to the smell of Kona coconut Hawaiian coffee and bacon is just one of the many perks to married life.

I'm so blessed that I found my soulmate-

Whether creating projects, exploring a new city while on vacation or lounging at home watching Saturday morning cartoons, I am the luckiest man alive.

Because I found a partner who inspires me to thrive!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Travel Day

Up at 5 AM.

Thank God for Starbucks.

The shuttle driver proceeds cautiously at a snails pace to the airport-

TSA is surprisingly short,

So is my first flight.

Connection in Denver (I wish I had time to see my family). 

One day at home, then back on the road...

It's impossible to get enough sleep or look good.

Ah, the glamorous life!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Inspiration

Never stop fighting for your dreams-

You never know who's counting on your positive energy to encourage them.

Inspiration is contagious!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Living The Dream

Choreographing in a hotel room,

Drafting a marketing and PR strategy for my new book,

Composing an email to my manager,

Coordinating a meeting with a TV network to pitch our TV pilot-

All on three hours of sleep.

So I'm pretty much living the dream!

#TheGlamorousLife


Monday, July 7, 2014

Insomnia

Wired and hopeless,

Tomorrow is upon me.

Today will be long!

Success Takes Planning:

Focus,

Clearly recognizing my goals.

Determination,

Creating opportunities where they didn't exist.

Strategy,

Learning the game quickly.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Glamorous Life on Tour

So begins my five week tour of the United States of America.
I will spend half my time in and out of airports-
Thankfully my company decided to book me on several different airlines, so I won't be able to enjoy the benefits of airline-mileage programs. #Sarcasm
Additionally, I'm thrilled for the five-plus hour layovers I will get to enjoy.
Most of all, I'm excited for the lack of sleep I'll get between now and the middle of August!
#TheGlamorousLife

Friday, July 4, 2014

Note To Self:

When life seems overwhelming-
Remember your vacation on Hawaii,
Close your eyes,
Visualize the calming sea,
Release the fears that are holding you back,
Trust in the plan that is set in motion,
And shut the F_@K up and get to work, (so that you can pay for that trip to Hawaii)!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Back To Reality

The first day back from vacation is always a rough one;
You wake up ready for another dream day, and remember you have to go to work-which can be more like a nightmare (depending on the day.)
Nevertheless, the holiday served it's purpose:
Rest, recharge and remember why you work so hard in the first place...
To enjoy time with family and friends in beautiful tropical destinations!
Life is short.  Work hard. Play hard!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hawaiian Vacation Day 13

Today I celebrate and honor the spirit of my Gram.  She taught me almost everything I know, and certainly inspired me to laugh, love, dance and never give up!
One of her favorite quotes was, "Bloom where you're planted."
As a kid, I hated that thought- "Why not dig yourself out and bloom somewhere else if you're unhappy."
Now, I see the beauty in the thought.  There will be many pit stops along the path of life, if you learn how to flourish despite them, you will always grow, evolve, "bloom!"
I miss her so much, but I will continue to shine on in her honor! 
Love you gram! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hawaiian Vacation Day 6

This peaceful, stress-free way of life doesn't just have to happen in Hawaii- I can adopt the same mindset back home, too.  
I'm worry free and confident while I'm in Hawaii, because I make that choice.
Life isn't easier here, it's just easier to see clearly. It's all perception.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hawaiian Vacation Day 5

Today I remembered-
I must not lose: 
My ability to dream,
The fearlessness to declare my dream to the Universe,
The confidence to take action toward accomplishing my dream,
And my Faith to trust that it will manifest as it is supposed to.
#DanceThroughLife

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hawaiian Vacation Day 3

I strive to find balance in my life- i
It's important that I set goals and intentions that motivate me-however, getting stressed or angry if targets aren't met, is counterproductive.  
Goals are in place to inspire me, not overwhelm.  If I'm not enjoying the process, then what is the point?  Happiness is not in the victories, it's in the daily journey.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rage at Starbucks: I. HATE. TECHNOLOGY!

Eager to share a funny story, I logged on to my Tumblr account and was ready to start writing-
Forty-five minutes and fifteen attempts to sign-on later... I'm frustrated and over it!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I. HATE. TECHNOLOGY!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

RX: Vacation

Is it that obvious I NEED a vacation?
Apparently the answer is YES!
One of my closest friends reached out to me yesterday,
"Don't take this the wrong way, but I've known you long enough to tell you, I think you need to take a break."
She's right.
My journey feels more like a job than an adventure.  I've been pushing myself to continue to create and stay motivated, that I discounted the idea that my mind and body need to rest, too.
After all, what's the point in working so hard, if I'm not going to give myself some time to sit back and enjoy the results?
Following the cover shoot for my book this week (which is TOTALLY EXCITING) I'm going to Hawaii-
A trip that was planned months ago, and I was actually dreading it.  Until I realized, with the help of my friend, that EVERYONE needs some down time.
Hopefully in two weeks, I will come back recharged and inspired!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Broadway Inspiration

Watching last nights Tony Awards reminded me how much I miss performing live-
As much as I love the process of writing and shooting media, the energy and theatricality of a live performance will always be magical.
Because I don't already have enough to do... #Sarcasm.
I've decided to focus on finding the perfect opportunity to jeté back on stage.  It's been so long since I've even auditioned for a musical, but I figure there's no time like the present.
Life is short.  Set goals and work your ass off to accomplish them.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Life On Tour: I Miss My Weekends

I can't wait until I can sleep-in on a Sunday; without a 4 am wake-up call and a 6 am flight to catch.
I vaguely recall the intoxicating aroma of brunch, and the tangy taste of mimosas. 
It's been six months since I went to mass or an afternoon movie-
Lounging poolside feels like a dream.
I'm thankful for my career, even if it means giving up my weekend adventures.
#BookTour 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Another Life Lesson From The Road

When you wake up in your hotel room before the sun is up-
It's best not to look in the mirror.
Instead, avoid turning on lights, and jump into the shower.
Once you've allowed the water to warm your face (approximately 20 minutes) continue getting ready as normal.
Be prepared, you still might look like an alien, but at least the crust around your eyes will be softer!
#IHATESleeplessNightsOnTheRoad
#TheGlamorousLife

Friday, June 6, 2014

Random Thought: Re Technology

You know you're a spoiled asshole when you #rage because it takes twenty minutes to send an email from Starbucks!
 #21stCenturyProblems #technology

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's Your Opinion?

I'm always shocked when a person will attack me for sharing my thoughts, after they've asked for my, "honest opinion."
We all know opinions are like assholes- everyone has one.  If you don't want to hear my feedback... don't ask for it.  If you only want to hear positive critique then just say, "I don't really care for your thoughts, I just want to hear praise."
Asshole.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Travel Days

Airports are the worst aspect of life on the road.

TSA aside-

Dealing with bitter, jaded, nasty airline employees suck.

I get it. You're tired of the endless parade of uneducated, uncivilized, overweight assholes who don't have a clue...

But: 

A. YOU chose this job. 

B.  and more important, I am not one of those people aforementioned.

So slap on a phony smile and take care of your customers. 

Please and thanks (with a phony smile back!)

#United  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thoughts In The Dark

Sitting in the darkness of the theatre,
I'm confronted with flashes of my past adventures;
There is a moment of panic,
That chapter has closed.
Then-
A spark,
The end of every chapter, is the beginning of a new one.
I'm ready for a new adventure.
It's time!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Glamorous Life

Flight delayed, in at midnight;
Drama at the front desk- it's NO Holiday...
Four hours of sleep then off to the theatre,
Twelve hours of dancing, that's the gig!
#TheGlamorousLife

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Zen Puppies

I love to watch my puppies wake up;
Slow yawns, then-
Drop, roll over and wait for belly rubs.
Harnesses on, they eagerly wait by the front door.
Once we're back from their morning walk,
They twirl for cookies,
Followed by a hop, circle dance to the food bowl (they each have their own special way of eating.)
Finally, with a full belly, they run to their doggy beds in the living room:
The yorkie, Ginger, soaks up the sun, while the shih tzu, Lily, lays around watching the squirrels outside.
It's a wonderful zen moment.
#AnimailsAreNecessary

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Another Holiday Weekend #Working!

I think working on a holiday weekend is my punishment for not having an office job to report to everyday.
I don't have a corner office in trendy building in LA, but don't get it twisted...
I work seven days a week-
It's called the #HustleOfAnArtist.
Writing, organizing, storyboarding, re-writes, shooting, editing, posting, social media, networking, researching, teaching, judging, choreographing, gigging to pay the bills, etc.
True, I don't punch in on a time clock,
My hours never stop-
#AlwaysOnTheJob in order to succeed.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Sea of Friendship

Occasionally, a friend will disappoint me-
Unintentionally, yet still painful.
Like life, friendships have cycles;
Sometimes we flow together, randomly we drift apart.
Finding comfort in the waves of emotion,
Trusting that true friends will float to the top.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Another Friendly Reminder to Myself:

I worry too much.
I always have. Especially as a child-
Any of my energy that wasn't spent acting out skits for my family (or more-so for myself in front of a mirror) was exhausted in deep thought.
I overanalyzed, questioned and contemplated every detail of my life.
I concerned myself with how others might react to my decisions, and for the better part of my young adult life, I continued this pattern.
Allowing the actions or reactions from others, to dictate the way I communicated, planned or approached a situation.
Finally, after several life changing events, I made an epic self discovery:  I am not responsible for how others react to my decisions.  My choices are mine, and the only person I have to please, is myself.
Not out of selfishness, but rather full of self-respect.
I have strong opinions.  I still overthink things and I'm highly critical of myself, however, I've managed to adopt a healthier outlook on pursuing my goals and finding balance in my life.
As an artist, I struggle with "the question" which I now call "checking in."
Should I continue to purse my goals?
This question that lingers over my head, is the primary reason I've committed myself to daily journaling and my creative writing on this blog.  I'm dedicated to my growth as a person: mentally, physically, emotionally, artistically and spiritually.  I want to live a balanced life-  therefore, it is necessary for me to evolve in my ideas and adapted to the opportunities (and setbacks) that I am faced with.
I wouldn't continue to work my ass off every single day if I didn't believe that I am destined to achieve my goals.
I never thought about deadlines growing up.  I just knew that I was going to "make it."  As time passed and I got a little older, I began to see others giving themselves ultimatums and setting timelines.  "If I don't [Fill in the blank] by my thirtieth birthday, then I will quit.
What's the point?  If my goals are still real in my mind, then why on earth would I stop pursing them- especially after all of the time I've invested.
As long as I have a point of view that is uniquely mine, and the passion to share it- I'm going to fight to get it heard!
Allowing anything other than positive energy and Faith to motivate me, is an utter waste of time.

Back To The Grind!

Another Monday.
The email in-box is full;
Starbucks will save me!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Saturday Morning Sans Work-

I love Saturday mornings-
I rarely get one off, but when I do...
Look out Sponge Bob, I'm watching you.
Breakfast in bed, followed by a long walk with the puppies.
After that, who knows what will happen.
I have no plans, and I don't care.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Just One Of Those Days...

You know those days when you wake up happy,
with a wonderful adventure planned-
Then, without waring, everything turns to SHIT!
Today, is one of those days!
After spending three hours on the phone dealing with a business matter that should have been resolved in ten minutes...
I missed my movie, a trip to the beach and the chance to have a delicious lunch with friends.
The worst part is, I'm so pissed off, I can't even move past it, to go forward and enjoy whats left of my DAY OFF!
#RAGE #Annoyed #ThatsLife #TRYINGtoRELEASE!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Me Time

Sitting outside in the valley heat,

Drinking my Starbucks iced coffee-

The puppies comfortably passed out in my lap.

I should be writing or returning calls,

But instead, I'm enjoying some me time (with a splash of social media), naturally.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Auditions

Similar to going to the doctors office,
Auditions can be a painful experience-
The waiting room anxiety,
The fear that your going to hear something your not ready to learn about yourself,
The awkward “small talk”,
and then:
The naked vulnerability,
The only difference is that after the doctor, you leave with a lollypop!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Forced Creativity May Lead to Something?!

When you're over worked, it's hard to find time to write-
Nevertheless, I force myself to sit in front of my computer screen searching for creativity.
I'll let you know when it arrives.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Networking Takes Work! ...AND A BETTER SPELL CHECK!

It's interesting how responding to one email can turn into a forty-five minute project.
Carefully scrutinizing every word (with far more patience than I do this blog post), I hit send, only to see a typo-
That's life.
Do I send an additional reply and comment on the silly mistake? Or do I let it ride and hope they understand?
How come networking takes so much work?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Mom, you gave me life-

Even though I'm sure you wished you could take that back during my teenage years, I'm grateful you didn't!

Thank you for your unconditional love, support and faith in me and my dream.

You are the worlds best mom!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Two Choices:

The opportunity always exists to be grateful for what I have,
rather than lamenting over the things that I want.
The advantage of celebrating my victories, however small, provides an energy that usually leads to unexpected adventures.
vs.
Laying around sulking, which inevitably lends itself to: overeating, weight-gain, complaining, a bitter attitude, a bleak outlook, depression and an overall lack of creativity.
Life is too short for that shit!
#MakeItHappen

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Goodbyes Suck

Saying goodbye is never easy;
Especially when it's your mom.
Watching as the car turns the corner and fades into the sea of traffic-
It's like a vacuum cleaner is sucking the laughter and unconditional love away from you.
Just like that, the suspended childhood-bond that emerges whenever she is near, gets ripped apart all over again.
My heart sinks and I realize, my life as an adult must continue.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Note To Self:

When life gives you a free and delicious steakhouse dinner;
You take it.
Eat all of it. (Regardless of how fat you already feel because all you've been doing for the past week is consuming calories of every kind.)
Then, you regret it the next morning and tell yourself you CAN lose ten pounds in two days.
#MyMonthLongBirthdayCelebrationContinues

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Cinco de Mayo Thought:

Americans love a holiday,
Especially one that they've invented that involves booze.
Margarita- rocks with salt.
Don't forget the chips and salsa.  Guacamole, too!
It's Cinco de Mayo and I'm a partying fool.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Art of Balance in Hollywood

It's so easy to get wrapped up in the LA scene-
Hustling for meetings, pitching your fabulous projects, relentless SELF-promotion;
You start to buy into the idea that you're only a success if you have two TV pilots in production, a movie deal with NBCUniversal, your own reality TV show and 10 BILLION followers on Instagram!
It's exhausting, but you're trapped into this belief that if you take a break you'll lose EVERYTHING!
When my mom comes to visit, I'm forced to STOP.  Family reminds you that there are far more important things in life than how you look on camera.  My loved ones knew me when I was just a little kid with a huge imagination and an enormous dream.
They continue to support my adventure, offering their love and encouragement.
I strive to live with balance in my life-  Naturally, I'm not perfect.  I do, however, fight to be a better person every day.
Therefore, in honor of my thirty-SOMETHING birthday, and my family in town I'm going to give myself the week off.
There will be plenty of time to conquer Hollywood next week, and if "Hollywood" forget who I am in a week, I'll just stage a "comeback" by checking myself into trendy rehab facility- I may have to do that anyway after this week!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mouth Pain

The heat in the valley is rough-

But not nearly as much as my tongue from my retainer!

#AdultPubertySucks!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ode To Mexican Food

Puffy face,
Fat belly,
When I eat Mexican food, my body shakes like jelly.
Too much salt and lard and flour,
I need detox, and the treadmill for an hour!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nothing For Granted...

When you're not feeling great about yourself-
Change something small.
Get a haircut or try wearing something you have in your closet, but mix in a fresh new spin;
Little tweaks bring a fun new energy to your life.
If that doesn't work, close your eyes and remember all the huge things we take for granted, like: walking, talking, oh and breathing!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rise and Shine and CAFFEINE!

Rise and shine,
And get that espresso machine turned on, because I'm coming for a triple latte and I don't have time to waste.
Another long day in the theatre requires a very caffeinated, me.
#TheGlamorousLife

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Starbucks NEEDED!

 A sleepless night, equals a long day in a dark theatre-
You'd think with the bass pumping and dancers jumping it would be easy to stay awake,
But the heat from the stage lights calms the body.
Today is going to require an extra trip to Starbucks, lets just hope that three triple-shot lattés will do the trick!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pep Talk.

Living a happy life requires constant release and Faith.
Dismissing the thoughts and demands that I think society expects of me; it's vital to my success.
I refuse to get lost in a sea of doubt.  Sure, it's easier to give into fear.
Taking action, however, has always served me well.
I don't know where my future will take me, but judging from my past, I imagine the adventures will be fun.
As I get older, it has become more tempting to abandon my optimistic nature-
How will that serve me?  It won't.
Life is a journey; there will be mountains to climb and a lot of less-than-fair weather to overcome.  Through each struggle, I will conquer new heights.
When I look back on my life, it will be the view from the peaks that I cherish.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Random Observation

I didn't think it was possible to gain 15 pounds in three days-

This Easter, I proved that it most certainly is.

#HealthyDetoxStartsNow!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Note To Self:

Avoiding your email in-box after a holiday, will not solve your problem.
It's time to roll up my sleeves and start reading / deleting!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Twas The Night Before Easter...

And all through the hotel room,
I'm moaning and groaning from a delicious dinner at the Chart House.
I feel fat and I'm tired, ready for bed.
To wake up for a sunrise mass.
Happy Easter.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Daily Reminder:

Remove the doubt and take action!
Remove the doubt and take action!
Remove the doubt and take action!
Remove the doubt and take action!
Remove the doubt and take action!
[Repeat 15 more times]
Do this daily and you will be shocked how much more you can accomplish!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

People Watching at Starbucks

Young or old, everyone has their swagger.

Swinging, swishing, hunched or pulled up-

Fast and furious, or

Slow and steady, both on a mission:

Coffee! Java. A cup-of-Joe

Creatures of habit.  In need of caffeine, and socialization.

Starbucks is more than a coffee house, it's an anthropological classroom in the university of life.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pool Time.

Pool time.

Enjoying the sun after yoga-

Relax. Restore. Recharge.

Like a lizard on a rock,

I soak up the healing rays!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Travel Day

Awake, but not conscious.

Sitting at another airport sipping on a watered down soy latte from Starbucks.

Surrounded by a small group of regular travelers (I can tell by the roadmap that marks their face and zombie eyes.)

I feel like a member of The Breakfast Club! Only our group would be called The Sleepless, Worn-down, Tired of this Lifestyle BUT Grateful for A Job Club.

Instead of getting detention we get delayed! 

#TravelDay 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sometimes- What Happens In Vegas, Shouldn't Happen!

It's not that I don't love themed brass bands;
It's just that I'd rather not hear them at 3 AM while I'm trying to sleep...
#Vegas
#StreetFair
#GoToBed!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Weekend Dream...

Regardless of the amount of sleep I get, waking up to go to work on weekends always feels gross and wrong!
I want to sleep in, and slowly rise to the sound of cartoons and the blended aroma of coffee, bacon, and pancakes.
I'd casually roll myself out of bed, with my down comforter wrapped around my entire body, plop down on the sofa and drift in and out of sleep between shoving a piece of crisp salty pork in my mouth.
Eventually I'd decided to wake-up with a hot shower (around noon) and convince myself to get outside-
Maybe I'd go for a walk to Starbucks with the puppies and spend another hour or soaking up the sun.
Finally, I'd be ready to meet up with friends for an afternoon movie, followed by dinner and maybe a dance club?
But instead, I'll hurry and write in my journal, compose my morning blog, do my daily stretching, rush to get my social media fix, jump in the shower and throw on clothes, with enough time to grab a crappy hotel coffee, shove a Cliff bar down my mouth and make my way to sit in a theatre for twelve hours judging performers without a break!
#TheGlamorousLife

Friday, April 11, 2014

Adult Puberty!

I haven't decided which is worse:

The actual embarrassment of talking to people with a lisp and a mouth full of metal.

Or 

The actual sores on my tongue from having the retainer in my mouth all day!

#StraightTeeth #WorthIt?! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wake Up Your Goals!

The moment you actualize a dream it becomes a goal-

The difference? 

Dreams inspire you in your sleep.

Goals motivate accomplishments by taking action!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Play Hard, Work Harder

In Las Vegas I let myself go-

I ate to much and had some laughs,

Now it's time to get back in yoga.

I've got to work out and get rid of this FAT!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Family Vacation, Saying Goodbye

Family vacation,
Spending time with the people I love;
Laughing a lot and eating more!
Italian passion is wrapped in emotions-  AKA calories.
My family is crazy, hilarious, loud and opinionated.
Despite the moody moments, our quality time was filled with joy.
Highlight: wonderful one-on-one time with my sister and my beautiful niece.
(The first vacation with my sister since high school!)
The time is near to say our goodbyes.
When I was a kid, that meant a lot of tears.
As an adult, I value the time I have and look forward to the next one!
Hopefully sooner than later.
I love my family.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Polluted!

It's a challenge to accept it, but my "little" cousin turned 21 yesterday!
I used to change her diapers.
Now, I'm changing out her empty beer cans.
My entire family is in Las Vegas to celebrate the epic event.
I choose the word "epic" because twenty-five family members in the same city, sharing the same hotel, drinking and celebrating has it's fireworks!
Nevertheless, we partied until 1 AM,
Shelby, my cousin, was still standing at the end of the night, too.
Never mind the fact that she was being held up by her boyfriend and her mom.
Yep, that's how we roll in our family.
Through life's ups and downs, my family will rally to make sure you're always on your feet.
(...and heavily polluted!)
#GramsWordNotMine

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Joys Of Airport Travel

When you're willing to spend $6 on a microscopic bottle of water at the airport, you know you're dehydrated!

#TheJoysOfAirportTravel

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

You Have Two Options:

Stay in bed and dream about it happening.
Or
Get up and do it.
In life we always have choices, but the only thing that's going to make your dream a reality is:  Action!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Faith

As I get older and I'm blessed with each new day on this earth, I appreciate the opportunities that I've had-

My past is a reminder to continue living in the present and release the idea of what my future "should be."

Setting goals and working towards them, always mindful that I will experience everything I "need" to, when I'm meant to.

Adventure only comes to those who are open to change and unexpected circumstances. 

I have Faith that my path will lead me where I'm most prepared for the journey.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Perk Of Traveling

I'm not always thrilled about traveling every weekend-
Flying is rough, especially the TSA nonsense.
Occasionally I have the opportunity to see friends that I've made over the course of my career.
Last night I enjoyed a delicious dinner, and even more exceptional conversation with two of my favorite dance colleagues.
I woke up (too early) and rather than hating this aspect of my job, I reminded myself that with all of the downfalls, this job has its perks, too!
Life is all in the outlook.
I choose to find the gratitude this morning.
Now, I'm off to spend fourteen hours in a theatre, I'm still searching for the positive affirmation on that one!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Just The Facts Please!

The only time I watch the news is when I'm staying at a hotel.
(Which is every weekend.)
It's nice, because instead of hearing the same exploited, unverified, inaccurately reported "news" is when CNN is recapping everything they got wrong throughout the week.
#WhatHappenedToSeriousJournalism

Friday, March 28, 2014

Worth The Wait or I Will Rage!

The TSA line at LAX is just a training camp for the line that awaits me at Starbucks!

I don't care if I miss my flight, I'm not leaving without my latte!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Keep The Content Coming!

Trying to come up with a new Instagram post idea every day is harder than trying to convince a senior citizen that Miley Cyrus has talent.
As an artist I'm always trying to evolve and reinvent myself-
Thanks to social media, you have to create new content on a daily basis.
I miss the good ol' days when you just had to have one successful project every few months and people were satisfied.
Now I know how Madonna must feel!
#ItsHard!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Plugged In!

I read my news on Facebook,

I get my inspiration from Instagram,

I laugh out loud reading my Twitter feed,

I watch TV on YouTube-

I think it's safe to say I'm in engulfed in 21st century lifestyle!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Let It Go. Seriously, Let It Go!

Don't be pissed about something that happened yesterday.
The fact that I let it ruin one day is bad enough.
Now I have to let it go. Release the disappointment, anger and rage.
Some people are assholes, I realize this and accept that there is nothing I can do about their problems.
I don't have to let their drama, become mine.
Let it go!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Technology Makes Me Rage!

Dear iMovie-
Thank you for sucking the life out of me.
I'm so happy I spent the better part of two weeks on a project that you would inevitably erase.
I'm even more grateful that you encrypted every single copy of the back-up I created, and destroyed all of the RAW footage.
As pleasurable as our relationship has been-
I am over you.
I will now use Final Cut Pro for everything concerning matters of my movie memories, in addition to the professional footage I shoot.
I can't say I'll miss you, let's just say I'll see you on my desktop and laugh at how terrible you really are.


Peace,
Matthew

Friday, March 21, 2014

Go For The Gold!

I'm addicted to watching documentaries on Netflix.
I #LOVE it!
I'm currently watching 30 for 30 - The Price of Gold.
It brings back so many memories.
The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan saga was all anyone talked about in 1994.
"Why me?!"
"Did she do it?"
"My lace broke!"
But most of all... #BADHair.
It's also hilarious to see how dated the footage looks.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Random Observation:

The more work I get done, the more I have left to do!
I'm beginning to think I should just stop working...
#TheProblemsWithToDoLists #Overachiever

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gratitude

It's easy for me to get lost in the daily grind.
Forgetting to appreciate the people in my life who bring me joy;
Acknowledging the opportunities that have sustained my journey.
Especially in LA, I'm always working, fighting, planning for the next venture,  I over look the adventure I'm on today.
I'm grateful for my past, and hopeful for my future-
But I want to be better about giving thanks for today!
#GratitudeInThisMoment

Friday, March 14, 2014

Moving On...

Moving on from a bad day can be tough.
But what's done is done,
It's time to put the past behind me and have some fun.
Deep breathes in. Deep breathes out.
Smile, release fear and remove doubt.
Besides, if I died tomorrow would I really care about yesterday?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Deal With It...

Sometimes no matter how hard I try to fight a feeling or emotion, I just can't get past it.
I don't spend much time feeling sorry for myself-
But when I'm deep in a slump, it's harder to climb my way out.
I pride myself on being the type of person that doesn't hold onto fear, anger or resentment, so in moments like this I feel extra disappointed in myself.
For not letting go.
For not moving forward.
For not releasing.
For not taking positive action.
For not using any of the validating exercises I KNOW work-
I guess sometimes I just need to feel like shit.
And today, I'm trying to be okay with that.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Creative Habit

It's not enough to "feel" creative-

You have to take that urge and use it everyday.

The artist in you grows with action!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Random Observation:

Paying bills is NEVER fun.
But there is a strange and satisfying feeling when you pay off a debt.
Oh right, it's called NOT BEING IN DEBT!
#LoveIt #NoMoreStress

Monday, March 10, 2014

Yoga

A healthy (and necessary) way for me to strectch my mind, body and spirit.
I don't care if I have a loaded schedule and no time to breathe-
I'm going to yoga!
So get out of my way-
#MeetingAdjourned

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dear LA Drivers:

Can we all agree that the Left lane on any Freeway is meant to be the "FAST" lane.

AKA - PLEASE don't drive in the fast lane if you want to drive 30 MPH below the Speed Limit!

Thanks! 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Remember When:

You used to buy an album from your favorite artist, and listen to the entire record in order and learn all the lyrics? #Vinyl #CassetteTape #CDs #ThoseWereTheDays #LostArt  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Nature and Starbucks

Little bird chirps,

Hopping around from table to table scooping up crumbs.

I sip my venti caramel macchiato-

There's so much gooey caramel it drips onto the ground.

Delicious!

I love mornings in nature.

AKA as sitting outside at Starbucks.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Late Night Or Early Morning? Does It Really Matter? I'm up!

Sometimes creativity comes late at night.
Or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it.
Either way, I'm up-
I can't sleep when I have so many things left unchecked on my "To Do" list.
I'm honestly trying to get better about releasing the seemingly endless amount of work, stress and fear, to make space for new opportunities.
Life is a work in progress, and so is accomplishing every goal on my list!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I'm Not A Bounce House!

It's inevitable, on the days that I want to sleep in, my puppies want to get up and greet the day.
I beg for an extra ten minutes in bed, and the jump on my bladder like it's a children's bounce house.
I imagine it's because their bladder is so small and they have to pee-
It's their way of getting back at me!

Monday, March 3, 2014

#LifeOnTour

4 AM wake up call-

I'm getting ready as if I was actually awake.

It feels more like sleepwalking...

Stayed up too late watch the Oscars.

Boring show, still there were some inspirational moments-

I thought John Travolta's hairpiece have an amazing performance! 

Now I'm off to the airport.

Back to LA.  The dream continues.

#OvernightSuccess!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cable News or Entertainment Trash?!

Watching CNN is less like watching the news and more like watching a hybrid of Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition.
Scandal. Sensationalism. Terrible stories about unconfirmed, NON-newsworthy issues.
I can't even imaging what bullshit they're airing on FOX News?!? (I had to stop watching them when they decided to air "stock footage" of a crime reenactment, while talking about a drug bust.)  I should point out that the stock footage in reference portrayed two black males fighting, and the ACTUAL drug bust involved two white men. #Racist
I'm just old enough to remember REAL news- Not spin, hype and exploitation.
I never thought I'd say this, but I miss the old days!
Now I know how my grandpa felt.  (Which explains why he only watched the Weather Channel!)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away! (Even Though I Know We Need You.)

The rain fall heavy through the night,
No doubt we need the moisture in Los Angeles.
It brings a darkness that's not familiar here-
A gloomy depression that I remember very well from my time in New York.
I'm in a bad mood.
It could be left over frustration from a disagreement with a friend at a dinner party.
Or, maybe because my puppies were terrified of the violent weather outside, and hence kept me up all night long.
Either way, I hate the rain.
Some people love it, I loath it.  That's why I moved back to LA.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bad Day? No Problem!

Whenever I wake up in a bad mood,
I like to dress my puppies up in ballet costumes and turn on hip-hop music.
Animals really are therapeutic...
Especially in a pink tutu!

Monday, February 24, 2014

No Shame #Starbucks

I've reached an all time low in my shamelessness!

Desperate for MORE caffeine-

I took the empty Starbucks cup I had from the Tulsa airport, to the Starbucks in the Phoenix airport and asked for a refill! 

The barista couldn't believe how shameless I was, but "admired my balls" and upgraded me to a Soy Latte!

That's what happens when you just don't give a shit!  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sleepless

My tired eyes hurt,

The sleepless nights are brutal.

Late night snacks don't help!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Random

Running into the #DanceMoms on my way to judge in Oklahoma...

So random and yet so perfect!

I always smile when God sends a sign like that.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Starbucks Is Educational

You can learn a lot about a person while waiting  in line at Starbucks.

Divorce, cheating and movie making are all a part of the gossip-

But my favorite are those people who cut you off and jump the line..

Those are the same assholes who cut you off on the freeway!

So thanks you Starbucks, for the education.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

When In Doubt, Take Action!

The only way to overcome fear and doubt is to take ACTION!
There is nothing on this earth that can not be solved with positive energy and work.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Daily Reminder:

It is not enough to say, "I have Faith" and then sit back and wait-
Action is required on my part every second, every minute, every hour, of every day.
Fight when I need to fight. Listen when I need to hear. Speak when I need to be heard.  Release when I can't change the situation. Smile through it all.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Act Your Age!

I'm not sure which makes me sound older:
That I sat in cushy box seats during a rock concert last night,
Or
The fact that I just referenced a Paul Simon / Sting concert as "rock!"
P.S. No fancy special effects or lip syncing... they were both BRILLIANT.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Saturday Off! *Awesome

In my line of work, it's unusual to have the weekend off.
I'm going to milk today for all it's worth!
Starbucks social time,
A trip to the mall for some retail therapy,
Hot tub hang time,
An adventure with the puppies,
Dinner with my bug,
Topped off hosting a game night with friends!
#PerfectSaturday!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Note To Self: Rage

Rage doesn't change the situation-
It does lead to unnecessary stress headaches, high blood pressure and illness.
Release the shit and move on.
I can't change the situation, but I can remove myself from it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sleeping Puppies

Quietly, I sit an watch.
Curled up in a furry ball,
Their tummies rise and fall.
Peaceful and worry free.
Awake, they pretend not to like each other,
But fast asleep, they snuggle like two peas in a pod.
Time to wake them up and start the day,
But I'll enjoy this perfect moment, before they wake up and start to play!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Problem With Food...

If you overeat, you'll gain weight.
(Tough to remember when you've prepared a steakhouse dinner with friends, and devour three times the daily allowance of: butter, salt, bacon, potatoes, French bread and handcrafted Nutella!)
#ThatsLife #ItWasWorthIt!

Monday, February 10, 2014

ART!

A trip to the Getty Villa-
Inspired by the gardens, sculptures and view.
Reminded that culture and history surrounds us, if we open our eyes and soak it up.
The only way to tell a new story, is to understand how people before us told theirs.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dreams Come True! (I hope.)

I just woke up from an A-List yacht party.
I was laughing, dancing and making deals with the Hollywood Power Players!
God, I hope dreams come true!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Opening Ceremonies

I was ready to hate the opening ceremony of The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on principal alone.
Taking it a step further, I had committed myself to boycotting the broadcast all together.
Nevertheless, I found myself bored and curious as I sat in my hotel room last night (on the road for work) so I decided to switch over to NBC-
After all, who was going to find out?!
I clicked over just in time to see the US Olympic Team make their entrance into the stadium; I felt pride, excitement for the athletes and I felt like someone needed to call Joan Rivers ASAP. ...I mean those outfits?! Come on Ralph Lauren, they're athletes not senior citizens.
As I continued to watch, I noticed a vibrancy and colorful tone throughout the telecast.  Not just with the Olympians from all of the other countries, but from Russia, too.
Russia is known for their brilliant ballerinas, naturally dance played a huge part in the production.  It was gorgeous, all be it, a little slow.
I couldn't help but notice how many of the male Russian ballet dancers moved with pride and confidence.  All at once I felt sorry for them-
Clearly they love to dance, and it's doubtful they're all heterosexual (judging from the amount of make-up they wore, most of them are gay.)  How painful it must be to live in a country where your leaders condemn homosexuality on global level, and still expect you to perform for your country in the opening ceremony.
Then, one of the Russian speakers (I forget his name, and I didn't want to Google search it because I don't want to give him the hits) made a speech about every country celebrating their Olympians, and (I'm paraphrasing) leave the controversies off their backs, so they can focus on what they do best.
I loved that.
Don't get me wrong, I think Russia is wrong on their stance and how they approached the equality issue-
But they won me over with their opening ceremony, and I will support Team USA.  The only way to fight homophobia, is to have a few of our top gays go over and kick their asses!

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Glamorous Life is Back!

Early morning wake up call,
Bag is packed and puppies are pissed,
Long line at TSA, (Sure, go ahead. Open my bag, mess everything up and then leave it for me to repack... Thanks!) Asshole.
Oh perfect, a long line a Starbucks, too!
Missed my boarding group (this sucks Southwest) now I'm jammed into a middle seat,
A full day of travel,
Arrive at the venue without enough time to eat,
Smile, it's show time!
#TheGlamorousLife of talent competitions returns...
But this time, I'm plugging a book!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Teenage Acting

I'm working with a group of teenage theatre students in a show right now-

It's a lot like watching a movie of my life in middle school. 

I really like the kid that's "playing" Me, he really understands the character. Plus, his hair is perfect.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

That's Not The Answer I Wanted...

When you don't get the answer you want-
Ask a different question.
Answers are like opinions: everyone has one, and most of them suck.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Note To Self:

It's been two months since you've gone to yoga-
Stretching at home isn't enough.
Get your ass back in class before your booty triples in size!