In 2014, I auditioned for a star search type of show titled “Yo Soy El Artista”, which translates to “I Am the Artist”. This show was looking for the next triple threat performer. I’ve been singing and performing since I was 4 years old and so my mother became a “stage mom”. I the personally never had interest in any of these shows but of course my Stage Mom begged me to audition and I’m really glad because it was an amazing experience.
I was number 3316 and waited hours online until it was my turn to audition at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan. I’ve been performing my entire life and my forte has always been singing. I thought to myself, “well if I’m already here, might as well give it my best shot” and I really did. For the first round you sing in front of the producers of the show, who really call ALL THE SHOTS of who’s in and who’s out.Out of about 6,000 people who auditioned nation wide, they flew 100 contestants to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL and that’s where the real show began. This was like a boot camp for talent. The challenges and everything we had to do was intense. I made it until the very last rounds of auditions and places Top 20 which wasn’t bad at all for it being my first time on one of these shows (was on the show for about 6 episodes and an alternate for any of the 14 chosen to compete for 3 months). Performing in Universal Studios was surreal and especially in front of so many famous artists and amazing singers like Luis Fonsi. It also taught me that production is everything and like one of our peers mentioned in one of her blog posts, editing can change everything. The viewers see exactly what production wants them to see and not always what really happened. Although it was also one of the most challenging experiences it was definitely one I’ll cherish and remember forever.
This was what aired when I had to go and said my goodbye. I’m reading from teleprompter and that’s where I was told and read I wasn’t advancing on to the 3 month show. This part was also shown to the audience like it took 8 hours of filming. I’m exhausted at this point from 3 days of non stop singing, dancing, acting, interviews for 5am to 9pm but I loved it!
I’m not sure if it’s always coincidental or the saying is true that “You may lose something good, but you may gain something better”, reminding us to not fear change. And throughout life and growing up there’s nothing I truly believe in more than this. If there’s a goal you’re after and you need to grow as a person, the only way you’re going to is if you put your self in situations you are uncomfortable in. No, I don’t mean like putting yourself in situations like awkward parties or joining a school club with all foreign exchange students that don’t speak your language. What I mean is, being able to take a step back to look at what is helping you reach your goals and what is holding you back.
Letting go can be difficult, but in the end, ou learnfrom your mistakes and are able to take away things you’ve learned from the situation. For instance, that long-term relationship I was in that ended earlier this semester was great for me. No, I didn’t see what good was going to come from it, but I also knew I needed it. I needed my own time to focus on myself and I also learned plenty from it looking back. I was able to focus on my career and looking forward to the future instead of stressing over juggling multiple things at once and keeping everyone happy. Now, I have the job I’ve been wanting for a while and solidified an internship that Imvery much looking forward to.
Sometimes we lose focus of where or what we should actually be doing and sometimes separating yourself from what you’re used to can help.
We decorated my job for Christmas last night (I know, super late) and everything turned out so pretty and I thought I’d share some of the Christmas magic with you. If you couldn’t tell by my numerous other blog posts that I work the holidays into, Christmas is my favorite holiday and I’m trying to convert you all to feel the same.
Here’s a shot of the counter. The icicle placement required a lottt of planning and redos but was so worth it. As you can see it looks cool with the lights on but even better in the dark.
This is the main seating area. This is actually four separate light cords that we had to figure out how to thread, then spent 15 minutes arguing over how to connect them all to change colors in sync.
This is my favorite part by far. Some businesses are able to fit Christmas trees into their space but because it’s a small coffee shop, we had to get more creative and strategic. We happen to have the big wall of greenery in the back with the “Good Morning Sunshine” sign and just hung ornaments all over the wall to make it look like a big tree.
If some of you are also pressed for space you can make your own Christmas Tree Wall. Youtuber Mr Kate posted a video of her Christmas set up that included a set-up like this on a smaller scale. Check out her blog about it featuring DIY tips.
Happy Holidays to you all and happy decorating if you haven’t already gotten started!
So we finally bought a christmas tree to make the house more festive. The best place for us to go was Michaels. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING. We got a skinny christmas tree because we did not have a lot of space and we wanted to put the tree in the corner (so the cat will be less enticed to climb on it and ruin everything.) I am telling you, Michael’s is the best, they have online and in store coupons you can either print out or just screen shot it on your phone. Right now they ave 40% off on one any regular item. You can use the promo code: 4SAVE12918 it is valid until December 15,2018 – Online or in store. I am sure they have more coupons and promo codes throughout their website if you browse around.
Also, a great idea to have some family fun time is to personalize your own stockings! The socks that have pre made embellished lettering is super expensive. Get some glittery colorful glue that comes in tubes and decorate it yourself with your family.
I love festive decorations for the house, it really livens up the house but if you decide to decorate for every holiday and season it can get pretty pricey. You can find a lot of cheap finds at the Dollar Tree and at Target also. They have different color towels, wreaths, and cute plates and mugs.
When I was younger living with my family, I didn’t really appreciate the decorations but as I got older and got my own place, I think it worth to shell out extra bucks to make the place more like home.
Next year, next month, in 5 weeks, I will be beginning my final semester as an undergrad at NYIT! While I am super anxious of everything that is about to happen in 2019, graduating college is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of my year (as scared as I am!)
Here are 5 personal things I am hoping to accomplish by May 2019:
- Finally start my Youtube Channel (I never say that I want to do this out loud)
- Lose 15 pounds (LOL, no but srsly..)
- Graduate with at least $1,000 of my student loans paid off to avoid interest charges on AT LEAST that
- Apply Apply Apply / have a full-time job
- Book a girls trip for June w/ my high school girls because we did it!!! 🥂✨
Putting it all out there into the universe! 🗣️🗣️🗣️
The semester has come to an end and it is time for me to say goodbye. As I am preparing to go back to France, I can’t help but noticing the little things that I did not care about before, that are going to miss me when I’m home.
- The subway
As disgusting and stinky as it can be, I am going to miss the New York’s subway. Even though it was a long ride to school and back home, it was one of my favorite times of the day. It either meant that I would go see my friends in class, or that I would go back home and get some rest. Plus, I found the subway kind of relaxing (when I had a place to sit).
2. The energy
I am sure that the first thing I am going to think when I get home is ”it’s so quiet.” The life in New York can be overwhelming, but it is mostly exciting.
3. The mentality
If there is one thing that I have noticed between the French and American mentality, it is the judgmental mind of French people. Don’t get me wrong, I love French people and our culture, but this habit of aways judging everyone makes me very angry. Here, people could yell in the streets or do whatever they want, no one would care.
4. Living independently
Since I am here, the thing that I enjoy most is being able to do whatever I want whenever I want to. The independence that I had here made me learn how to be responsible but also that being selfish is sometimes not a bad thing. Putting yourself first is a behavior that I never really got the chance to experience before now and I think I am going to keep doing that for a little while.
Goodbye everyone! It was great to meet you all.
Hilma af Klint is a Swedish artist born in the late nineteenth century. She started painting abstract paintings in the beginning of the twentieth century and those paintings were of a style no one had ever seen before: very colorful and totally abstract; there was absolutely no references to what could exist in the real world in her paintings.
Through her career, she created a series of 193 paintings: Paintings for the Temple. Those paintings are inspired by spirituality, as Hilma af Klint believed she was a medium. Even when her collection was completed and finished, she decided not to exhibit them because she thought the world was not ready to see them yet. She asked to release them at least twenty years after the day she would die. The collection Paintings of the Temple is colorful, made of oil paintings on wood and drawings, and represents geometrics forms and outstanding coordinations of colors.
It was one of the best exhibition I have seen since I live in New York and I highly recommend it anyone who like modern art. The exhibition ends on April 2019, so there is no rush. Here are some pictures of my favorite pieces. Enjoy!