Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rollin' with the Punches

Hey all I would like to update you on my life thus far. Things have not gone as planned but whatever does ya know.  Life is about roadblocks and how you deal with them.  So all summer I worked my ass off trying to find a job in New York City, but being a recent graduate in this economy is BRUTAL.  All the film production jobs that would be taken by people of my caliabar are being taken by people who have been in the business for years because they can't find jobs either.  It's a vicious cycle let me tell you.   I would get interviews in the city but I didn't even have enough money to get on a plane.  It was irratating to say the least. SO  I had to take a step back and rethink what I was going to do.  I'm living at home, which is an adventure in itself and have two jobs now.  I am working at a production company in Tampa called ScatterBrothers Productions. Currently we are working on a reality show for fox about professional deep sea fishermen.  It's a cross between the Hills and Deadliest Catch. Fascinating:/ It's something I can put on my resume though right.  

The second job which is my main job is a total backassward from what I want to be doing.  I am an elementary school music teacher at Countryside Montessori in Land O Lakes Florida.   All Gasp! Yes laugh it up the bad ass KISS/Cheap Trick lover  deals with  little kids all day long.  This shows how bad the Florida school systems are...they hired me without a teaching degree.   It has been an adventure to say the least.  I have had to pull out all the stops and call people I haven't talked to in years(old band teachers, ex boyfriends, every member of Delta Omicron)  Cuz Let's face it I have NO IDEA what I'm doing.  Here's What I know.  Music is part of my core.  I have done since I was really young and I have a distinct unconditional love for it.  It is one thing to know how to do but to be able to teach it is a totally different experience.  I have been trying to analyze how my teachers/prof in the past taught us what we know now.  This is quarter note...but why does it get one beat Ms. Lynzi(they call people by their first names down here)  IT JUST DOES! So I have been on the MENC website for the past 2 weeks and talking to so many people.  The kids are group 1-3grade and 4-6grade. It's hard to teach something you would teach to third grader to a first grader and visa versa. I mean they are a totally different  levels developmentally .  That's an obstacle I haven't quite conquered yet.  Then I think if Roberta Guaspari can teach kids from 6-12 how to play Vivaldi on the violin... kids have to be smarter and able to grasp more than I thought. 
There has been this  part of me that did not want to tell ANYONE because I was embarrassed.  I was afraid people were going to get mad(all my music ed friends) that I got this job right out of the gate and they are still sitting in Band Org studying their ass off.  I have gradually broken in the news and people are more helpful then anything else.  I'm mean this just happened and I am only going to be here for a year(until I save up enough to go back to New York) Watch I say that and I am going to actually like teaching little kids.  Oh NO! Alright everything happens for a reason and I just have to relax and go for the ride.  So if anyone has any Music Ed advice it would GREATLY appreciated:) 

Sunday, May 24, 2009

My life Part II

I have graduated from la universidad and now what.  Oh well I'm moved back into my parents house and pretty much want to slit my wrists. I  can't find a job in new york because  I'm not living in New York. Every company that calls me back wants me to intern for FREE...and fly up to do an interview. I am not working for FREE anymore.  I refuse.   so until someone has the heart to take a chance on dear on Lynz I am here in Florida. I got the old speech last night that I am not trying hard enough to get a job and I can't expect to get employment in New York right after college.  Listen I worked there already twice. I I put off going to NYU to save money and now I want to go.  I don't want to wait 5 more years.  I can't expect to get anywhere in my career sitting in Florida not meeting people.  New York and I fell in love and really want to start my relationship.  Okay thats weird that I said I was in love with a city but I am.  New York is like a character unto itself.   

I found this on a friends blog and I wanted to do it, so here I go
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Not really.. but My dad was drunk and my mom was on heavy pain meds when they made the spelling of my name. Lynzi
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Last night.  I was crying that I wasn't going to be anything in this world and my dreams were going to be crushed.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?  Some people say I have doctors handwriting I don't really care because I usually type everything


5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? uhh I sure hope not


7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?  everyday...my dad thinks I'm serious most of the time and gets mad at me.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?  I got them out with much pain when I was 5.  The only time I have ever been in the hospital since birth. knock on wood

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? oh yeah...I have always wanted to do that. 

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Frosted Mini Wheats... but I haven't been aloud cereal since I am on my strict diet of nothing. 


12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?  I could kick your ass...better watch out!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?  Usually if it's a guy it's their butt or lips. idk 
Girls it is usually their hair.


16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?  My tendency to flip out on people and myself.


18. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Barefoot at the moment with newly painted pink toes but usually I am wearing black converse.

19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? cottage cheese

20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The sound of the waterfall in the pool area.

21. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Red because everybody would want me. 

22. FAVORITE SMELLS?  Laundry soap,film,  pine trees, Interlochen cabins,  My grandma making dinner,  a nice smelling man. 

23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Mi amiga Heather,  We are planning our escape to New York City

24. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Stole it from him...but he's pretty much the coolest guy ever!

25. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? I hate sports and sports broadcasters(who are glorified frat boys).  EXCEPTION during the olympics I watch Swimming, diving, gymnastics and during the winter olympics ice skating. Thats all

26. Hair Color? brown

27. EYE COLOR? green

28. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No. I used to wear glasses but I went to vision therapy and it corrected my vision

29. FAVORITE FOOD?  a fantastic steak dinner.  steak, baked potato and salad...the works.

30. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I have an active imagination so after a scary movie...night time is not fun. 

31. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?  Angels and Demons....mom fell asleep

32. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? lime green with sparkle trim tank and a grey tank over top


34. HUGS OR KISSES? It all depends.

35. FAVORITE DESSERT? Banana Creme Pie

36. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I'm actually not reading a book right now. I need to calm the fuck down and do that. 

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I have a laptop no mouse pad needed.

40. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?  Dinner and a movie...I didn't watch TV




44. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I don't have any special talents that people don't already know about. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Summer Wrap up 2

Okay Blogspot won't let me upload large pics anymore sooo this is all you get.  The pic in the top left is Sasha, Terence's two year old son. Working are way clockwise...Heather and I in a vintage eyewear store, then there is Dave,  and the heather and I again in the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island, there is me editing SteveSongs(soon to be on PBS) and the last one is Heather, May and I at Satkos are favorite Sake Bar.

Heather and her purple pants...another pic from the Timesquare adventure.

Well below we have  Terence Williams...Creative Director Extraordinaire ...hung over and snoring away on the couch.  That was the morning that I came in and he demanded that I go get him eggs benedict, coffee, and fresh squeezed orange juice..oh and of course the New York Times.  He gave me his credit card and told me to get what I want and come back in an hour because he smelled like city night life and wanted to freshen up.
We can always look but never touch the labels...oh well.

That to the far right is Heather in her new Sexy haircut.

Heather and the  Brooklyn Bridge pic that I took lying down...it's not exactly what i wanted but it works.

Rockefeller Center...what can I say..it's always lit up and a beautiful place to just chill

Summer Wrap up 1


Obviously below we have the Yankees Game...This is the last season in the stadium before they tear it down, so i'm glad I got to go.  That game was probably one of  the hottest days of the summer so we didn't stay for the whole thing...actually we only stayed for 2 innings. 

Above is a dog i babysat all summer... youare going to ask...Lynzi what is this precious dogs name?  I couldn't tell you. It starts with an N and its greek.  Thats bad I know...but Ifelt bad asking more than once how to pronounce the dogs name.  This was Christos's daughters dog so I would go over on weekends when she would come and watch the dog while they would go out.  Christos Pathiakis is the editor at the production company I worked for... His daughters name is Persephone if that tells you anything...about how greek they really are.  He would pay me $10 an hour to watch his TV(that took me an hour to figure out how it worked because it's hooked up to a recording counsel.) 

Again Yankee players...not a huge baseball fan but here they are...

ME in the stifling heat...this is also the day that May, Heather and I walked out of three different resturants because they were too expensive.

FLOWERS ...around the east village where i worked and played they have all these gardens where you can go and read or sit. They also have sculpture gardens which you see in the third picture down.   I got a lot more pictures of things than i did people which looking back kind of sucks.

Brooklyn Bridge...one of my favorite places. It was only one subway stop on the 5 express train downtown.  You can see the statue of liberty, pier 17 and it's exactly 1 mile longs so it's good for running.
I love this pic but you be the judge...my boss had me go take location shots of time square at night for this commercial they are shooting in october.  So they had me go out and do it. I was so paranoid that Terence(my very temperamental but lovely british boss) would hate them..but he loved them and sent them off to Germany.

Reflection of radio city music hall in the fountain by the hilton hotel 
Remember the Mansion story...probably not so I'll tell it again.  May my roommate was in PR and interviewing for a job. For the interview they hooked her and all her friends( that would include me) up at Mansion...a hot New York Night Club.  Just the cover was $30...which was normal, the drinks were $15 a piece and a table was $750.  Me and my fine self get in for free, drink for free and don't remember half of the night.  I remember I was smoking inside of a New York City establishment, which is totally illegal. AND I had a very hot frenchman pouring me my drinks..."a whole bottle of grey goose for me...why thank you kind sir."

another Time Square night time pic...this is on 42nd st between ave 6 and 7...by Bryant Park.

The outside of Bobs Your Uncle...on 6th st between Ave B&C..if you ever want to stop by.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More NYC

Louis V...I will buy from you one day. But for now I will do the whole Bag, Borrow or Steal thing.

New York City week 1

I have made it one week in the big apple and so much has happened.  Let's start with a brief overview.

 I am staying at NYU 's 
Palladium dorms which are just CMU's dorms in highrise nothing special. 
The  world moves fast around here so you got to move or you are gonna get you ass run over!!!

First order of business besides work was to see the Sex and the City Premiere, which I did.  It was my first red carpet event.  I wasn't really walking down the red carpet...i'm not that cool.  I did see the cast of sex and the city plus Fergie, Donald Trump, and many others.  I was in crowd of thousands so the pictures did not turn out well, which i'm bummed about.  Just seeing them all was worth walking in the rain. 

Second order of business is work.  I work at Bob's Your Uncle, which is a film production company in the East Village.  There main line of work is branding for different TV stations and programs, such as Starz, Hallmark Channel, Spike TV and currently working on commercials for sesame street.    http://bobsyouruncle.tv /  
Well my job as the intern has been doing "intern" tasks such as answer phones, ordering lunch in french, and meeting with my boss's relator to find a new office space.  So I have been all over the city with my new friend Glen the relator to the stars.  He knows the Speildbergs...come on really.  Actually he does and fixes sarah jessica parker, madonna , Harrison Ford and the late Heith Ledger up with their fabulous pads.

I have been having a lot of fun and get along with the city and the locals really well.  I have been having a little trouble with confidence.  Back home your fashionable, cute and suave.  You get here and it just hits you like a brick wall that you are not in Kansas anymore.   The people in my internship program are all LOADED.  They have their Jimmy Choo shoes, their Louis V bags and their Gucci sunglasses.  I come in with my target flip flops and my sunglasses from Walgreens. My suitmates have their Louis V make up bags sitting on the toilet.  God dammit that is a $600 bag just chillin on the toilet seat.  My roommate and I are both in the same boat in that we are both from the mid west. which is VERY apparent in this city.  She is more fashionable than me so she has kind of pushed me along.  It so true when they say if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.  With a few pointers from Glen I think I'm on my way to reaching success.   Just act like you have money and push your way through the crowd.  

Celebs I have seen on the street thus far:
Mary Kate Olseon 
Bobby Flay
America Feriera (Ugly Betty)
Meredith Viera
Matt Lauer 
David Cook
(I don't go uptown all that often so except on weekends and that is were they are mostly) Soho is a good celeb spotting place as well, but it's next to chinatown which scares me). 

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Arnel Pineda


Here's my opinion. Steve Perry is one of the top rock vocalist of all time. He decides to go solo, then he decides to retire, then he becomes a farmer. Steve is not coming back people...he can't sing anymore...his voice is blown out. That would be a big clue to all of Journey to just hang it up. If Robin Zander decided to retire from cheap trick or Paul Stanley from KISS the band would stop. Maybe gene would continue KISS but I wouldn't go. They say Arnel sounds just like Steve...I don't want somebody just like steve. I WANT STEVE PERRY! Steve Perry had a stage presence like none other I know. His voice was pure, powerful, and i never get tired of listening to him. Can Arnel pull it off?? YOu be the judge.