Taking things a day at a time

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Glee auditions and a music video!

This blog is dedicated to three of the many talented friends I have. (Who, will never read this because they don't blog, but that's okay.)

First things first: I didn't make an audition tape for Glee. Haha no ways. I'm no singer. But a few of my friends have, and these are two that I really wanna share with you.

Baba (real name Joshua) is a friend I met my last year in high school. We were both in High School Musical together, he played Ryan. :) He was fantastic, super funny, with a great voice. He grew up singing in his church choir and has been in several shows, mostly with lead singing roles. I think his most recent role was in Seussical. In his audition he's singing "And I Am Telling You." Check it.

And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

Glee | MySpace Video

This is my friend Megann. It's interesting, I've only really been her friend for about a year. She joined drama after I graduated so I didn't know her. But when I went back to help my friend Drew direct Spring Awakening last year, that's when I met her. She's got a beautiful voice, and I'd always envy her when she'd start harmonizing to songs we'd play in the dressing room or the car. XP She was in our school's Concert Glee Club and is a choir at UH; a choir that was started by my classmate and friend! Haha, side note. Anyways, she's also singing "And I Am Telling You." Bee tea dub, it was my suggestion for her to do this song!

Glee song

Glee | MySpace Video

Last but not least, here is a music video off of YouTube. This was my initial Watch This Wednesday that I was planning on posting. Now, my friend isn't the guy singing the song, it's the girl that's featured in the video. Noelle, is my friend from dance and drama. We met her freshman year, my senior year. She joined danced (and she's a phenomenal dancer!) and was also the understudy for Gabriella in High School Musical. She's originally from CA, so she filmed this music video when she went back for a visit. She's only seventeen, and she was also Miss Teen Hawai`i last year, so she got to do all the pageant stuff. The song is called "When We Say" by AJ Rafael.

I have some talented friends. Including the ones I made up at Linfield. :) How's the show coming along??

An interesting fact I found out from my boss last night. He was childhood friends with Dante Basco, the guy who played Rufio in "Hook" which is totally rad!!!! I practically flipped out when he told me that! I think it's so way cool. He was asking me about my interest in acting and whatnot, so he shared that with me. I think that's pretty nuts, haha.

Work tomorrow right after class! But first, the vocab part of my exam. Oh nos! :( I'm not ready, but, I can't really skip it. Blahhh.

Song of the day: "You're All I Got Tonight" by The Cars

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New job = new annoyances

So, kiddies, what has happened this past week? Well, a lot, but I'll try to keep it to a minimum.

I had my first 3 days of training for my new job at Cherry on Top. They split the training up so that every day there were 2 groups of people. I was always in the earlier group, mostly with less people than the second group. During all 3 days, they hadn't set up the register so I couldn't learn how to use it. It's a touch screen so I really wanted to try it out.

I don't like the fact that when I go in for my first shift on Tuesday, I'm not gong to have any time to really learn how to use the register, but I'm just going to be thrown into it. I guess that's part of a new job, but I feel like if they just pushed back the opening one day, then it would've given all of us time to really learn things about the job.

The head honcho guy from LA came down this past week. And he really pissed me the fuck off. Since the first day. He got all up in my grill at one point and started picking on me out of the entire group. Not only was I embarrassed, having just met my coworkers, and to have them see me get singled out was just fantastic, but he was just being a douche bag in general. I hope his visits to HI are few and far apart.

My coworkers, for the most part, are all younger than me. Half all know each other, through the same school, or they're related. 4 of them are all cousins, cousins to one of the managers too! It's almost not cool, I think. Because those 4 that are related to the managers didn't have to apply or have an interview. They were just handed the job and I don't think that's all that fair.

Tomorrow I work with this kid, Kawika. He's a year older than me, and he's a total haole that tries to be local and moke. That seriously bugs me. I get that he likes to surf, and has that stereotypical douche-bag-local-boy thing down real well, but it just really bugs me. Meh. 5 hours tomorrow and Tuesday with him? Geez. So lame. CLOSING SHIFT no less. >_<

From today's PostSecret:

The auditions for Once Upon One Time are coming up and I need to find my monologue I did for Iso Peanut. I didn't know this, but the cast calls for 16 men, and only 8 women!! I sincerely hate those odds. I guess I didn't know this because when Fuj did it in high school, he cast girls as guy roles to make it more even. Damn. I'm a lot more nervous now that I know the odds.

Song of the day: "There Are Worst Things I Could Do" by Stockard Channing

Monday, April 19, 2010

It may be over, but it's not the end

Every day is a new beginning
A new adventure to try

Every day is a new beginning

And love gives you wings to fly

-"A New Beginning" from The Princess and the Iso Peanut

Prepare yourself for a long blog. Ready? Got your provisions? Did you take a potty break? No...okay, I guess I can wait.


Done yet? Good, let's do this bitch.

It's been a week since I updated, and boy, it's been an eventful week. With Monday-Wednesday off from the shows, I actually had some time to relax and rest. Sorta. For the most part, it was nice to be able to stay home and not worry about catching the bus into town. I also got to watch my tv shows! :] But in the back of my mind I was missing the cast and being at the theatre.

So, if you've been keeping up with my blogs, I've been pretty pissed with a bunch of my friends. A lot of them had decided (without really even trying to make time) that they weren't going to come and watch The Princess and the Iso Peanut. That was annoying. But other friends had said that they were, in fact, coming to see the show. But then came Sunday afternoon, the last show of the run, and no one had showed up.

There are too many friends to mention that let me down by not coming to watch my show when they said that they would make it. The only one that did come was Kuni, and I really didn't even want to see her. I waited outside for a long time, both Saturday and Sunday, thinking that eventually my friends would make their way to come and find me. But, no, I just stood there by myself, waiting for no one.

TC is the one, as of now, that I'm most upset with. His reason for not coming was that he didn't want to catch the bus into town. It wasn't that he had work and he was busy, or that he couldn't afford the ticket. He was just being his usual lazy-ass self and didn't want to lower himself to using public transportation to come see my show. Ridiculous.

It's been really difficult not to think about how it feels as if my friends aren't supportive of me and theatre. And it's not just about them not coming to a show. They don't even remember that I was in Iso Peanut after I had reminded them several times. It hurts. How can it not?

Thankfully, we had final circle after strike. Even during strike I was dwelling on how upsetting it was to think about my friends, so final circle really helped me remember why I do theatre.

It's not really so that I can have friends come and see me perform, although that would be nice of them to do so. But I do theatre because I love it. It's something that I connected with once I took Fuj's Intro to Theatre class my freshman year. And I do it for the people that I meet while doing these shows. Whether you want it to happen or not, the cast you perform with becomes your family.


They understand me and make me feel like I'm accepted into their community, into their world.
I can't even really put into words how I feel about the people in the cast and how much doing this show has meant to me. I'm really sad that Iso Peanut is over, but we ended with a bang. 1,243 people at our closing show! It was pretty much sold out. I left everything out on that stage yesterday. I had an amazing time, and I learned a lot during this run. About theatre, the profession, and about myself; especially about where my priorities are with theatre and the people in my life.

Now, for more auditions and hopefully more roles and shows. :)

Registration for classes were open from this past week. I didn't register for anything because I don't think I'm going to school next semester. As of right now, I can't pay for my classes by myself. My dad hasn't found a new job either, which is straining on him and his funds. So I can't ask him to help me pay for school again. Unfortunately I can't even take just one class. I don't know what to think about it, because I'm afraid that if I stop going to school, even if I were to save enough money to go back, I wouldn't want to. That's a scary thought. It really is.

This weekend was also Kawaii Kon. Kawaii Kon is the anime convention that goes on in HI every year since 2005. I've been every year except 2008, because that was when I was still at Linfield. Even when in that one weekend it was Kawaii Kon, my last weekend of my dance concerts, AND senior prom! All at the same time! I go because it's fun to see all the nerds come together. XP I'm not a hardcore anime fan like Mika is, but I dig some of the manga and I remember the old school ones I would read, like Ranma 1/2. LOVED that! I got a button and a pencil case, and lots of new buttons! Yayyy! ^_^

There were some cool cosplayers too. I always give it up to those people who cosplay. It takes a long time to plan everything out, and I'm sure it costs a lot to either make your costume, or buy it. I also got to witness a troupe of Storm Troopers marching across the middle of the convention center! It was hilarious! Ah, good times, great oldies.

Also, for really good news on the employment front: HE HANA HOU A`U!! I HAVE A NEW JOB!!

Tuesday while I was on my way to school, I passed the shopping center and saw that there was a new frozen yogurt shop (Cherry on Top) that was opening. So later that day I went online and sent in my resume. Literally, four or five hours later I got a call from Cherry on Top! Had my interview on Thursday morning, and got the call yesterday during intermission of the show. :) I'm pretty pumped about it. Chyeah!

So today after my shift ended at Cookie Corner, I called my district manager to tell her I wanted to leave. I guess I gotta stay on schedule until they find a replacement or someone to take my shifts, which shouldn't be hard, considering that I only work for three hours twice a week. Ha. Such a joke at that store. I work again tomorrow, and hopefully that will be my last day. Fingers crossed!!

And yes, Seth, I WILL audition for Once Upon One Time. Doesn't matter that it's a two hour bus ride from where I am. I've decided I won't let distance and transportation stop me from at least trying to do more theatre. Gotta prepare for that, auditions are in two weeks!! o_O So soon!

Song of the day: "Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts

Monday, April 12, 2010

Opening weekend a success!

The Princess and the Iso Peanut is a big hit! Everyone is loving the show. :)

On opening night, Lisa Matsumoto's family came to the show and they basically left in tears. It's the first show `Ōhia has done since Lisa passed, which is a really big deal. This was one of her favorites, so it's pretty special to everyone involved. I know that I feel really honored to be in such a production, putting on this show that brings crowds every night. Saturday and Sunday, there were groups of little girls that actually came to the show dressed up in princess dresses and tiaras! ^_^

It's been nice to see some friends that I haven't seen in so long! Tarina and Brandi came, also a bunch of the seniors up at KS. They all dressed up and were cheering throughout the whole show. I know Fuj was super happy to see them too.

Anyways. There's talk about Manoa Valley Theatre doing Once Upon One Time this summer, and everyone (well, not really, but a bunch of people) from the cast are going to be auditioning. I want to, but Manoa Valley is pretty far away. And I was fortunate to have this show be at Hawai`i Theatre, and half the rehearsals at Waiau in Pearl City. And to know someone who lives out my side who could give me rides home. I don't know. I really wanna audition for that show, it's such a great, funny production. But, I have to figure things out.

Damn. Only if I drove.

Song of the day: "Throwing Rocks Tonight" by Brandston

Friday, April 9, 2010


I'm ready for opening of Iso Peanut. So ready.

Last night we had our preview show and about 500 people came. It was great having people in the house and seeing what parts and lines they react to. I think they really enjoyed. I mean, duh, it's a funny show! Lots of funny, local jokes, that I think you'd only get if you lived here. But regardless, anyone would enjoy this show.

Man. I LOVE my Linfield friends. <3

First Time Friday
Opening night of a community theatre show

That would be TONIGHT! I think it's going to be awesome. First off, we're in the Hawai`i Theatre. It was voted as the best historic theatre building in 2008 in the entire country. The building is so beautiful, and it's a legit theatre! It seats about 1,400 I think, which is ridiculous to imagine that many people in one room to see a play.

I've wanted to do community theatre for so long. The appeal to me was that you get to work with a cast of all age ranges and talents. In high school and college, you're basically working with people within your same "group" you know? But in this show, I've learned a lot about the profession of acting from some of the older actors in my cast. I've also been reminded of the simplicity of doing a show and having fun from some of the younger girls in the show. It's great to see so many different people come together to make one cast and do a production like this. It's what makes me want to do this kind of thing for as long as I can.

And even though there have been so many rough patches and speed bumps during this show, dealing with stupid people and uncommitted friends, they don't matter. What matters is that I've been having a great experience doing this show and meeting all these new people. I mean, now I've got over 400 friends on Facebook thanks to Iso Peanut! XP But seriously though, the good, in the end, will always triumph over the bad.

Also, Hau`oli lā hanau JESSE!!! <3 Ahhhh, what I would give to see him in concert. I recently told my friend Tiana that I would give my left ovary to see him in concert here in HI. Dramatic? Probably, but I'm fine with that.

Song of the day: "She's No You" by Jesse McCartney

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mākaukau? (Ready?)


I'm excited. :) Not nervous, though. I might have said this to a few people, at some point in time, that I rarely ever get nervous before an opening show, or any show really. I think doing the poetry slam last semester has been one of the only times I physically felt nervous before performing.

Wednesday we have an audience of 50, I'm not quite sure who's coming to see it. A small group of important people. Maybe people from `Ōhia Productions? Then Thursday is our preview show, and two of my friends from drama at KS are coming, so that'll be nice. Hopefully we can go eat together after, or just hang out for a little.

Friday is also Jesse's birthday. :)

Song of the day: "Rock N Roll Party Queen" by Louis St. Louis

In my last post I talked about how upset I was about my friends saying that they weren't going to come and see my show. I guess that was the wrong way of going about it? Blogging about it online is so cliché, but hey, I'm an actor. ^_^ Nah. Seriously though, I shouldn't have talked about it in that way. I'm not sorry for the things I said and I'm not going to take it back, since that's the way I honestly felt about it.

I really do feel angry and hurt when my friends don't come to see me in the shows that I do. In high school and college I've done a bunch of shows and put a lot of hard work into them. So it's great to have my friends come and appreciate the thing that I love to do and it means a lot to me to have them there in the audience. Honestly, it hurts me more than it upsets me. I guess it stings more because it's not just one or two of my friends, it's a whole bunch of them.

Writing and bitching online seemed like the easiest way to get my frustration out after the immediately realization about my friends.

Anyways. Māluhiluhi loa au! E hele ana au i ko`u lumi. E hiamoe!! (I'm really tired. I'm going to my room. To sleep!)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

"You a dumb ho!"

I love having a vent sesh with Tiana when times are super shitty.

Tonight was fantastic. After a long tech rehearsal (from 10 AM to 6 PM), being around some assholes for hours on end, day after day, I seriously needed to talk it all out. About everything, everyone, stupid friend issues, annoying personal crap, and everything in between. Cheeee!

Speaking of stupid friends...my friends that have NEVER seen any fucking show I've ever done are NOT coming to see Iso Peanut. Yeah. They've both said they won't be able to make any of my 9 shows. Imagine that. Fucking bitches.

People, they amaze me, on so many levels. *sigh*

Like today, while I'm at tech, TC texts me. This is exactly what he said: Reserve us 5 tickets for Saturday at 7 please. How much is it?

Reading that just pissed me the shit off. Why on earth would I have to be the one to reserve HIS tickets?! I'm not one of the 5 going to see the show. My job is performing in the show, thank you. You want tickets? Call the fucking box office yourself, asshole. So I said that. I replied with, "I can't, get off your ass and call the box office yourself biznatch."

Now, I don't use the word "biznatch," ever. That was added my friend, Seth, before it was sent. And usually TC texts me back quickly. But he didn't respond all day. So he's probably upset about what I sent him, and I'm fine with that. I just don't appreciate the way he told me to get him tickets.

What a douche. So many people are douche bags in the world. Eff them.

Now, for sleep.

*No song of the day because I didn't use the computer at all today. And I'm still in "night" mode, even though it's already 1:48 AM, but, still.