Giving students a voice – Campus
Also: I got another interview.
Everything’s coming up roses!
From the South Bay to the Valley
From the West Side to the East Side
Everybody’s very happy
‘Cause the sun is shining all the time
Looks like another perfect day
I’m finally feeling much better about going to LA next week. While of course I am still very nervous, most of the fear has been replaced with excitement. I am excited to get out of the cold weather, I am excited to have a few days off of school, I am excited to spend a week with Amy, I am excited to interview for jobs, but I think I am most excited to have new experiences. It’s very refreshing to have my anxiety replaced with confidence. I have been given three more interviews since Thursday. I am thrilled.
The weekend has been generally good. Other than the three interviews I got on Friday, I spent a good amount of time with friends (including a rousing game of Jenga at Mike’s house) during the weekend, re-watched For Your Consideration, and was generally thrilled with the outcome of the Oscars. Why?
That’s why. Marty finally got his Oscar. Pan’s Labyrinth did well, as did Little Miss Sunshine, my other favorites in this year’s race. I was a little disappointed that Children of Men walked away with nothing, and I was also a little upset that Jennifer Hudson was given the award for Best Supporting Actress. Really, Jennifer? You beat a ten year old. I hope you’re happy. I was very amused by this years show, especially after the ten minute performance from the cast of Dreamgirls and Melissa Etheridge won the Oscar for best song. Take that!
During a particularly boring dinosaur lecture this morning, I made a list of careers I would like (if the whole film thing doesn’t work out.) There are as follows:
- Girl Scout camp/program director I’ve always wanted to work at a camp. I’d probably take this job over a job in the film industry.
- Bakery owner/manager I like to bake.
- High school video teacher It would be a living, plus I would never have to take my job too seriously. (Oh, and there’s job security.)
- Tour guide Showing people around is very fun to me. Showing strangers around would be even more fun. I like to tell stories, and I like to walk. I would like to work in a city like Savannah, Georgia (birthplace of Girl Scouts) or Charleston, South Carolina. Those are nice places, and my mother would come visit me a lot.
- Ohio State Fair administrator Oh how I love OSF!
- Education department in a historical society This goes along with liking to tell stories. I also like history.
I hope I love LA as much as Randy Newman does.
Sometimes I like to Google Image Search phrases rather than just things like “Brandon Flowers + Mustache.” Today it was “Things are happening.” My favorite results:
Anyway, things are happening. Or at least I think that they are. (I guess things are always moving, always toward something. Right now, the move feels like it’s toward something different.) I got an interview in LA. It’s not with a company that I know much about, but after sending in my resume, I got a quick response back. (Good sign? Hopefully.) I chatted with my potential employer for a while about what I liked, and my favorite movies of the year, as well as his favorite movies of the year. When I got off the phone, I felt good. I felt very good. (Then I went into the bathroom and cried because I was so happy.) It’s only an interview, but it’s a start.
UFO got the first entry for the 2007 BGSU Film and Media Festival. I’m hoping that this year’s festival goes better than THE DISASTER OF 2006. (Sorry, but it was!)
Musics: Mike gave me the new Arcade Fire album, and I like it a lot. It’s very full, and there’s an amazing song that features some organ. I listened to it three times at work yesterday. I’ve also been obsessing over “The Gleam” by The Avett Brothers. (Particularly the song “If It’s the Beaches.” You can listen to it here. I recommend that you do.)
Matt and Kyle’s recent display of ABBA love has made me want to watch Muriel’s Wedding again pretty badly. “When I lived in Porpoise Spit, I used to sit in my room for hours and listen to ABBA songs. But since I’ve met you and moved to Sydney, I haven’t listened to one Abba song. That’s because my life is as good as an Abba song. It’s as good as Dancing Queen.”
I’m glad that Open Water 2 is something that exsists. Oh, wait…
Now I get to write a paper about the technical aspects of a film I have not seen. Cool.
My resume is officially done. No more laying on the floor crying and standing over a toilet dry-heaving because I get so upset. (I mean, what? That never happened…) I’ve started to send it out to a few companies. I forgot that today was a national holiday, and I called a few people and got voice mail. Puzzled, I continued down my list. Tomorrow I will call around more. So far I’ve sent my life summed up on a .pdf to:
- Ambush Entertainment
- The Famous Group
- Muse Productions
- Eternity Pictures
- Phoenix Pictures
Now I’ve gotten that monkey off my back, I am feeling way more confident about going to LA next month. If I don’t end up with any interviews, I will take my time out there to enjoy some warm weather and sightsee. I might even give Liz a call, I haven’t seen her since 11th grade. But will I go to the beach? Probably not. I hate all the sand in my bathing suit.
Since my laptop is (still) out of service, I asked Mick to use my downloads from emusic.com and get me a few things and send them my way. I got “The Pink Mountaintops” by The Pink Mountaintops, “Gleam” by The Avett Brothers, a few songs off of Neko Case’s “Live from Austin, Texas,” and my current favorite album, “I Am Not Afraid Of You, And I Will Beat Your Ass” by Yo La Tengo. Besides the album title being a little long and silly, I adore this album. It comes in at a whooping 01:18:08, but it hardly feels like anything at all. I had just decided that I couldn’t sit through albums that clocked in anywhere past fifty minutes, but this album has proved me wrong. Thank you, Yo La Tengo, thank you.
In other news, today was very warm (39°!) and by the weekend the temperature is supposed to be up around 50°. Is my car still under about three feet of snow? It is. Do I plan on digging it out before the weekend? No chance. Hopefully the snow will melt, otherwise I’ll wait for Spring to drive.
I am also enjoying this tune:
The past four or five days have been very bizarre. We had two snow days in a row. The time off in the middle of the week was nice, even if it did throw all of my classes and work out of whack. This is what it has looked like around here since we got about a foot of snow in a 36 hour period:
the noise factory, finally silenced
there’s a car under there, and it belongs to me.
note: this is a four wheeler with a plow attached to the front.
Meggy and Marie are gone for the weekend, so we have been left to entertain ourselves. The two of us spent the majority of Friday evening in the BG Newsroom. Candice tidied things up while I worked on my resume (I’m almost done!) We walked back home in the cold and headed to Pollyeyes for some dinner. Soon after, what will be known as The Weirdest Night Ever began. Dustin was having people over, so we stopped by. It took us about 20 minutes (no joke) to find somewhere to park. We walked inside to find a fun mix of people, but had to leave within the hour to pick up Erica and head to the Eurodance Party being put on at the Union Pub by the German and Russian Clubs.
The event was catered and there was an odd mix of people there, some foreign students that seem to hang out at the union, a lot of awkward white people who just really like techno/dance music, and about half of my German Film class. This includes my professor, who was the DJ for the night. It was pretty similar to New Years Eve 2002 at The Attic. Awkward. The party ended with “99 Luft Balloons” and a lot of people dancing. Then the lights were turned on, and we were all turned away.
Erica made some amazing cupcakes and shared them with us. Wonderful!
Candice and I dropped Erica off at her house and headed back towards D.Meads. On the way there, we were trapped behind a lot of scary snow-removal equipment. We sat on Wooster in front of Taco Bell in horror while we watched a machine with a giant claw on the front scoop up hundreds of pounds of snow and dump it into a truck. Luckily CANDICE JONES: STUNT DRIVERRR got us through safely.
Then we needed gas. The gas stations downtown were all closed, so we went north on main and filled up. As Candice was hanging up the nozzle, a very shady guy got out of a PT Cruiser and yelled “Hey you girls! Party in Defiance! Follow me!” Yeah, right buddy. At 1:15 on a Friday night we are going to follow some sketchy guy that we met at a gas station into the middle of no where…
And nothing wraps up a weird night like returning to a party and finding the most unlikely group of people ever. It was wonderful.
Sarah came to visit BG this afternoon! She didn’t stay too long (Lancaster is a far drive). We visited the windmills and chatted. It was a nice visit.
Tomorrow I will be consumed by homework, and possibly shooting for Videobank. A-woo!
You know what I do when I get nervous about the future? Well, first off, I start to feel physically ill. After I get over that, I put on “Very Emergency” by The Promise Ring, and pretend it’s the summer after 10th grade, and I’m riding around in Amy’s Alero. Why? I’ve got my body and my mind on the same page, cause happiness is all the rage.
Today I dealt with more talking about future things… I’ve been working hard on my resume, and it has settled in that a month from now I will be in LA. I still have zero interviews lined up. Awesome.
Here we go, minutes to Thursday night’s UFO Film Festival meeting:
First off, I wanted to post the minutes of last night’s UFO meeting on my blog. Here we go:
Right, now that’s out of the way…
Today was our first day of interviews for Student Voice. It’s a project being put on by Arts and Sciences Vision, and we are shooting interviews once a month. It was a pretty good time, but I am a little embarrassed as to how few people I ended up interviewing. I need to work on my convincing skills a little more.
Things at the VIC have been very, very quiet these past few weeks. I enjoy working the evening shift very much. The only downside to it is that it’s dark when I leave. I don’t like that so much.
I think we are going to make “Flea Market.” I got a nice email about it from Justin. So…I’m excited?
Matt is hot. And he’s here. Just sayin.’ We are spending the evening hours together at Walmart, drinking coffee, and gossiping. And then I have to go to Videobank.
I mostly wanted to put another picture of a puppy on my blog.