Musings from AK, a millennial chick trying to side hustle to success and find the nice in the crazy world of entertainment news.
Musings from AK, a millennial chick trying to side hustle to success and find the nice in the crazy world of entertainment news.
I'm sorry I've been so MIA you guys! It's been crazy busy adjusting to the new job and to L.A.! I seriously cannot believe it's already been a month since I packed up my NYC life and moved across the country to Los Angeles. But I gotta say, L.A. has been treating me preeetttyyyy well you guys and I am LOVING it here!
As much as I loved my independent freelance life, I desperately missed having a built-in work community. Freelance is tough for many reasons (particularly the feast or famine aspect) but for me the hardest part by far was losing my sense of community. There's a big difference between going on set and being a guest (albeit very welcomed) and feeling completely at home.
Now, I feel like I'm building a new work home with some of the most incredible people in the industry. To work on Steve Harvey's new show "Steve" and to be based on The Universal Studios Lot is so surreal. Sure, I'm back to the grind in a whole different sense but I still feel like I'm at the right place at the right time in my life.
I know that I'm extremely privileged to feel this happy and in love with my job, but I'm also super proud of myself for my part in making this all happen. You've probably heard the quote, “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" by Roman philosopher Seneca. To me, this is a reminder that we make our own luck. It's all about perspective! I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I'm working my butt off to put myself in the best possible position to "get lucky" (no pun intended haha!)
What I love so much about working with this team here at "Steve" is that I see that same hustle in them, just like I see it in so many of my friends and people I know. I see it in so many of you! One of my career coaches, Betsy Capes, instilled in me the idea that we have all that we need to be successful inside of us. You alone are enough. Yes, you need support and yes, some things need to happen in a given order - sometimes step A really does have to come before step B. But we all have the ability to change our stories.
I'll be posting more about life on the Universal Studios Lot and in (L.A. in general!) but since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out some of my fav L.A. insta pics below. ;)
Kind of crazy news in the acting world, especially if you LOVED There Will Be Blood as much as I did (milkshake, anyone?). Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting.
Yes, you read that right. A spokeswoman for the actor said in a statement exclusive to Variety:
“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”
The three-time Oscar winner's last film will be the upcoming Phantom Thread, which reunites Lewis with his There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson. Phantom Thread will be released on Christmas Day of this year.
I can't help but wonder, I'm sure like the rest of Hollywood, why Daniel Day-Lewis decided to quit now. Sure, he's 60 years old, his career has already spanned four decades and he is the only performer to ever win three best actor Oscars. But why quit when there seems to be so much talent and creativity left to give? Maybe he's gearing up for a directorial debut? Then again, maybe I'm just being selfish?
It seems like we always expect Hollywood icons to live forever or at the very least to entertain us until their dying day. There's a sense, at least to me, that it is "selfish" to leave a profession that is deemed such a blessing to be in. Just take a look at Twitter today and you'll see tweets from thousands of fans who claim to love Lewis but are also sad, disappointed or even angry that he's "abandoning" them.
I kind of feel like one of them TBH. But actors are people too. Maybe Lewis really does want to put his feet up and live off of his 401(k) (however massive it may be) like the average senior citizen. He has certainly deserves it.
What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments and check out the full exclusive from Variety.
Also, this: (You're welcome).
After five amazing years in NYC, I'm excited to share that I'm moving to L.A. to work on Steve Harvey's new show, "Steve"!
This pic is from 2014, after I won the opp to be a reporter for VH1 (thanks to you guys voting!). Even when I'm just watching from the sidelines, I still can't help but smile like this whenever I'm lucky enough to be on a studio set. I love the magic of TV, turning nothing into something, for people to enjoy.
In L.A., I'll be working under the same amazing Executive Producer who selected me for VH1. It's beyond full circle and I'm so so thankful. Hard work and kindness - I'm a believer you guys. ;)
More to come on my move to La La Land!
Did you guys get a chance to see Katy Perry's Witness World Wide live stream?! If not, then you've gotta check it out above. Everyone's talking about Perry's unconventional album promotion, which included a Big Brother-esque voyeuristic view into Katy's life for a weekend as she welcomed guests, played games, cooked and sang in some L.A. mansion.
But one of the most interesting things I saw was Katy's live streamed therapy session, in which she talks openly about the struggles of having a public persona, dealing with suicidal thoughts following her divorce from Russel Brand and feeling exhausted (like us) by her public feud with Taylor Swift.
I am a true believer that everyone could use a few therapy sessions (or 50! lol) and I believe that it takes immense strength to go to therapy and do the difficult work to better yourself. I'll be honest, I do struggle with the fact that Katy used her session as part of her album promotion (the session was with Siri Sat Nam Singh, star of the Viceland series "The Therapist" after all) BUT I think the deeper issue to discuss here is the content of the session itself.
Comparing "Katy Perry's" confident public persona with the woman born Katheryn Hudson, she said, "I'm very strong as Katy Perry. I'm not as strong as Katheryn Hudson." She went on to say:
"People talk about my hair, right? And they don't like it, or they wish it was longer. And, like, I so badly want to be Katheryn Hudson that I don't even want to look like Katy Perry anymore."
Imagine for a second what it must feel like to literally not want to be the person people think you are. Pretty easy to imagine, right? I think we've all felt that way at one time or another. We all struggle with identity and the proverbial existential question of, "who am I?" It's reassuring to know that someone like Katy Perry faces those same conflicting feelings.
There's also the point of allowing celebs to express human emotions. Yes, celebrities are very fortunate to get to do what they love, make loads of money from it and have the power to influence the masses and create change. But they are still human! They are entitled to bad days and to emotion and to therapy sessions. I believe that celebs are talented people with extraordinary jobs - the keyword in all of that being "people." We have this insane idea that celebs are always supposed to be "on" and it's "dance monkey dance!" like Jennifer Lawerence famously said. I DO think celebs should always be kind to fans and those who helped them get to where they are, make no mistake about that. But guys, everyone's entitled to own their struggle - you, me, and yes, even Katy Perry.
Katy Perry on her feud with Taylor Swift
Alrighttt, I know you guys also want the quick dish on what Katy Perry said about Taylor Swift so here ya go! When Perry opened up about her falling out with Swift, she said:
"I forgive her, and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her [...] I love her, and I want the best for her -- and I think she’s a fantastic songwriter."
Do y'all think it's for real?
Also, here's this gem
My other fav part of the Katy Perry’s Witness World Wide Live-Stream was when media personality Amanda Seales voiced her opinions about privilege and ignorance to Caitlyn Jenner during a star-studded dinner party Katy threw. Talk about serving it!
First of all, I just have to say how PUMPED I am to launch this blog. I work in the entertainment industry but really I'm just a millennial chick trying to side hustle to success and figure out this crazy little thing called life.
Entertainment is an insane industry and we as a society focus so much on celeb gossip, which can be fun (yeah, okay I'll admit it!) but why is it SUCH a crime in 2017 to be nice or *GASP!* even compassionate when it comes to celeb news? Aren't celebrities human too? Does everything have to be a TMZ slam piece?!
I'm starting Hollywood Nice to find out!
I'll be sharing not only news and videos about pop culture, entertainment, music, fashion, celebs and more but also tips, tricks and lessons I've learned the hard way so you don't have to since I know you're all navigating your own crazy, amazing roller-coaster lives as well.
So visit often! I'll be loading this page with such goodness! In the meantime you can check out why I'm newly in love with Jimmy Kimmel in the post below! ;)
Why Jimmy Kimmel Revealing the Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease is the Inspiration We All Need Right Now
We all know and love funnyman Jimmy Kimmel for making us laugh our asses off. The A-list comedian has had an incredible year so far, with his 2017 Oscars hosting gig being a career highlight (and we're only in May...). But for Jimmy, the biggest moment of 2017 will almost undoubtably be the birth of his son Billy, which was anything BUT funny.
William "Billy" John Kimmel, born April 21st at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, had a congenital defect (tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia) that sent him via ambulance to emergency open-heart surgery at the Children's Hospital of L.A on April 24th, just days after he was born. Thankfully, the three-hour surgery to repair a hole in little Billy's heart was successful and he is now "doing great," but will have to face future surgeries, according to Kimmel.
Jimmy Kimmel opened up about the emotional experience on last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" In his nearly 13-minute monologue, Kimmel fought back tears as he took us all through his journey as a father trying to keep his newborn son alive.
I don't even have kids and I was BAWLING my eyes out on my couch. Watching Kimmel in this moment was not only inspiring - it was unifying.
Kimmel used his experience and his platform to plea to politicians to keep health funding and legislation intact. After talking about the other incredible families he saw at Children's Hospital of L.A. he said:
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world. But until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there’s a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition. If your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not even live long enough to get denied because of your pre-existing condition. If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? We do.”
Jimmy also thanked nearly every medical professional who helped his son survive (LIVE ON NATIONAL TV PEOPLE), which to me, shows just how incredibly thankful and humble Kimmel is.
Kimmel is a comedian we need right now - relating to us all through comedy and connecting us in a time that feels so divisive. I'm thankful for people like Jimmy who use their celebrity platform for good. Jimmy has been donating to Children's Hospital of L.A. for years (as has his network ABC) but he also took the time to shout out all of Billy's doctors and nurses as well as his own family members and friends who were there to support him. He even went on to encourage viewers to check out Children's Hospital of L.A. to learn more and help support their work.
I'm not alone in feeling so inspired by Jimmy. So many of my favorite celebs tweeted out in support of Kimmel (you guys, Matt Damon a.k.a. Jimmy's pseudo-arch nemesis even sent flowers). Check out a few of my fav tweets below and be sure to watch Kimmel's full monologue above! Grab some tissues first! Xx, AK
And of course, MY FAV FAV :-P ....