07282017.

Not doing too badly keeping up with this! So much easier to use photos. 

Before hair and thennnnn...

Cut the hair. Chopped it. It's gone. I miss it. Remorse like crazy. Can't say never again, but can't iterate the patience process more. And its the first time I can ever remember having it so short. 

Also, I love Snapchat filters. Follow me - ashtagswaggg. 

And I do greatly miss the boy and his dog. 

So Courtney's Birthday Shindog! We did SO MUCH. Abbey flew in Thursday night, we had acting class. Friday we went cliff jumping which I talk about later. I ALSO got to go to this Artscape fest thing with performances, street art and artists. There was also a giant dance battle. Awesome. 

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The gym though. Always the gym. 

Cliff jumping. And we did silly things like forgot we were hiking and legit hiked in flip flops. But once they made me jump in the water it was fine. 

Then we went to Costco and saw Bearington's brothers. Hilarious. 

Got to go to this rad 80s party for one of our acting classmates. It's fantastic when people are spirited and dress up. Fav new photo! 

Travis came to visit! Got to hang out on the beach, and somehow he didnt make the original photo so Courtney added him. Hilarity. 

And here's the photo before he left Monday morning. :(

Last day of the celebration, I finally got to meet a Minion. And go to Minion world. HEAVEN.

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And see Harry Potter land/world/thing. 

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And we stayed to see the light show at Universal. It was mad wicked cool! Also, all the rides are 3D. Also also, the BTS tour is SUPER COOL. Do it! 

Acting class has been cool. Learning so much about scene study. Hanging with some very talented and passionate artists. I've put a bunch of scenes on the books. What may not challenge some people for acting terrifies me. I like sticking to directing and cinematography. Learning so much about acting though! I don't have photos of that, sorry. 

And for now, just got back from a mix down session with Henry for Secrets That We Keep. Aiming to hit the Sundance deadline and man, is it exciting. So many scenes sound so great. I can't WAIT to hear everything all together now. 

Okay. Although the clock says 1149pm on a Friday night, I'm sleeeepy. Goodnight from Bear and I! 

07142017

Goodness. It's been a while. Let's try to stay constant, now shall we? 

1.) Courtney and I play at this dank coffee shop near our house called Republic of Pie. We love it. We've played 3 times, playing again August 17 from 6-7pm. WOOOOOO :D

1.) Courtney and I play at this dank coffee shop near our house called Republic of Pie. We love it. We've played 3 times, playing again August 17 from 6-7pm. WOOOOOO :D

2.) This is the view on the bike path behind my house at sunset. I enjoy runs and longboard sessions down this path. Plus, you get to check out The Iliad, only the COOLEST bookstore ever. 

2.) This is the view on the bike path behind my house at sunset. I enjoy runs and longboard sessions down this path. Plus, you get to check out The Iliad, only the COOLEST bookstore ever. 

3.) I miss Maryland crabs. This is from my trip home in March. HEAVEN.

3.) I miss Maryland crabs. This is from my trip home in March. HEAVEN.

4.) I miss the boyfriend. He moved here soon, but this is the sad stuff I think about when being without him. 

4.) I miss the boyfriend. He moved here soon, but this is the sad stuff I think about when being without him. 

5.) Camden Yards and my O's. Taken from great seats obtained by my sister. Missing this staple of my summer. 

5.) Camden Yards and my O's. Taken from great seats obtained by my sister. Missing this staple of my summer. 

6.) Court and I went to see Masters of None at LACMA. They screened my two favorite episodes from Season 2. It was BOMB. 

6.) Court and I went to see Masters of None at LACMA. They screened my two favorite episodes from Season 2. It was BOMB. 

7.) I FINALLY FIT THE DRESS. Only show up in dresses for networking and went to Cine Summit on Paramount Lot. And all was well. But those shoes suck to walk far in. 

7.) I FINALLY FIT THE DRESS. Only show up in dresses for networking and went to Cine Summit on Paramount Lot. And all was well. But those shoes suck to walk far in. 

8.) Shot this film with a bunch of my friends while I was home in MD for a contest. Didn't get it. Rats. 

8.) Shot this film with a bunch of my friends while I was home in MD for a contest. Didn't get it. Rats. 

9.) Plane views from my flight back home to Baltimore. Pretty, right? I think this was Colorado someplace. 

9.) Plane views from my flight back home to Baltimore. Pretty, right? I think this was Colorado someplace. 

10.) These photos back to back show our growth in a couple months. Dress to impress, always and forever. We were children back at that first one. Dresses, all day errday, when we are networking. Otherwise, activewear. But actually, Film in CA (top photo) was a rad experience to meet a ton of people in the industry around locations and such, as well as Betsy Beers. Met a great guy, Mr. Brian, who's helped us tremendously. Joined New Filmmakers LA, which is the bottom and more recent photo. Understand the difference? Ponder that. 

10.) These photos back to back show our growth in a couple months. Dress to impress, always and forever. We were children back at that first one. Dresses, all day errday, when we are networking. Otherwise, activewear. But actually, Film in CA (top photo) was a rad experience to meet a ton of people in the industry around locations and such, as well as Betsy Beers. Met a great guy, Mr. Brian, who's helped us tremendously. Joined New Filmmakers LA, which is the bottom and more recent photo. Understand the difference? Ponder that. 

11.) On Sundays, we play fastpitch softball in Torrence. Still very rusty, but its been a blast to play this game, my love, one more time. 

11.) On Sundays, we play fastpitch softball in Torrence. Still very rusty, but its been a blast to play this game, my love, one more time. 

12.) This one time, Court and I played soccer on the beach for 6 hours and ended up with disgusting burns. Check out that face peelage, conveniently right before...

12.) This one time, Court and I played soccer on the beach for 6 hours and ended up with disgusting burns. Check out that face peelage, conveniently right before...

13.) I got cast for a TV show, but Court did such a rad job covering up my face! Air date is on cable in September. :) 

13.) I got cast for a TV show, but Court did such a rad job covering up my face! Air date is on cable in September. :) 

14.) I just took a 2 week writers intensive that was very intensive. All day 6 days a week and two of those days, throw in acting class for 4 hours and the gym, and sleep. It was CRAZY.  Bless the soul of this best friend of mine for meal prep, picking me up, and taking care of me during that crazy two weeks, and pretty much every single day. Rare breed, this lady. I'll keep her. She's a catch :)

14.) I just took a 2 week writers intensive that was very intensive. All day 6 days a week and two of those days, throw in acting class for 4 hours and the gym, and sleep. It was CRAZY. 

Bless the soul of this best friend of mine for meal prep, picking me up, and taking care of me during that crazy two weeks, and pretty much every single day. Rare breed, this lady. I'll keep her. She's a catch :)

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15.) I get to drive this street frequently and it never stops making me smile. 

15.) I get to drive this street frequently and it never stops making me smile. 

I love living in California. And today when I was driving to a new job interview, I felt so good. Avoided traffic by taking scenic routes to and from - not on purpose of course, just because of technology and GPS. But the interview went great today, acting class was great tonight. Courtney killed her first scene. Right, back track, we are in class for the summer at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. It's fancy and fantastic. Scene study is remarkable, especially not having to focus on directing. Its a weird thing to just focus on acting, but alas. 

Also, mentioned the writers intensive I went through with Act One. Came out of it with several writing partners and a solid concept for a webseries. Very excited to get that off the ground. Currently also collaborating with 3 other individuals. Can't wait to see what this group effort brings! 

Working at a couple places, trying to keep applying to acting jobs and film jobs daily. Can't wait to be able to storytell every single day - and get paid for it. 

We celebrate Court's birthday week next weekend. August, we'll be filming three shorts and I'll be preparing my AFI Directing fellowship papers, as well as finalizing ALOT of screenplays. Praying about the direction to take about getting a new camera. I know something is going to work out. It has to.

Cali-finally.

Update on life. 

Since last year:

1.)  I've moved to North Hollywood, CA, as of less than two months ago......It's rough. 

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2.) Made a feature film. It's in post production audio, but getting there!

3.) Created this snazzy daily video blog, From HoCo to NoHo, to document moments of each day in 2017. Day 62 was yesterday. 

4.) Created a Youtube Channel, CA in LA. Everything will be streamlined there. 

5.) Brother is deployed to Iraq for a couple months. That's scary. 

6.) Boyfriend is moving to California. This is a very good thing :) 

7.) My faith life has never been stronger. 

8.) Applied to over 400 jobs in the last 4 weeks. The struggle is REAL. 

9.) Extremely grateful for all the opportunities I see and don't see.

10.) I'm reading the Bible from start to finish. It feels rad.

11.) Working on so many different screenplays and concepts.

12.) Filming on an AMIRA next week. #scaredbutexcited

13.) Court and I have quarter sleeves. 

14.) Court and I went to France & Italy last year....

15.) ....and won some pretty cool awards at Cannes last year. 

So much more to catch you up on over time, but man, I might just blog in lists. This is rad.

I'll make an effort to update this way way more often. :)  

Don't Wait Until Tomorrow To Start the Revolution.

Don't Wait Until Tomorrow To Start the Revolution.

I read this incredible article today called, " 50 Ways Happier, Healthier, and More Successful Live On Their Own Terms." Take twenty minutes, and read past the parts that make you feel uncomfortable, because you know you need to apply it to your own life. Of course, its a lot to integrate all at the same time. But pick at least two things on this list, and apply them. For me, it's saying no to things and people. I live with this huge elephant on my back. Her name is Guilt. She talks to me at least 45 times a day. I did something? I feel guilty. I spend time with someone? I feel guilty for not spending time with someone else. I ate food? I feel guilty it wasn't the healthiest it could have been - (note : today was because I drank a smoothie with blended avocados, kale, spinach, blueberries and bananas past 10:45pm, after barely eating anything all day). I've been raised to feel bad about anything and everything. 

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October Recap!

October has been one hell of a busy month! Let's start talking about it. 

October 2-5, I filmed this lovely short for the Colchester 60 Hour Film Festival. It's called, Teaser. Our awesome cast and crew stood in the freezing cold in a parking garage at Towson University in the middle of the night to get the short shot, while I stood in a gorilla suit. Such a true story. 

We got to work with a new actor, Corey Melton. Bro was so incredible, he left us a bottle of Jack Daniels. Can't wait to work with him again so so soon. AND, we didn't end up placing in the festival.  Always next time. 

Went into the studio to record a couple songs. Mmhmm. 

Wrapped up working at Phillips. Well, we have one more weekend open on the Deck, but my summer job is just about over. Kinda bittersweet sad. 

FINALLY fit into this dress that I've used as my fitness motivation for the last two years. SUCH A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT.


Toured my brother's place of work. It's such a gem in Howard County. 

Performed formally for the first time at Phillips! It was rough at times, but thank God for Mr. Greg, coming and making us sound snazzy. We've since named ourselves Joiai Rose. Thanks Chris for snapping me myself performing! :)

May or may not have this little guy inked...somwhere. :) It had been too long without new ink. Dan, thank you again. You are incredible. 


Shot another short called "Coming Home." You'll get to see it soon, Promise! Got to work with some new faces, as well as my fav lady, Esther. Despite some major hold ups, way to rock out, fam. 

In November, I'll be screening in Toronto. RAW has been an amazing experience, and I will def be doing it again this year coming up. Here's that awesome poster for Toronto. 

Releasing a new logo for Miss Ash Productions. I'll premiere it in November. But know, I've been working hard at it. And know, it includes Bearington. :D 

Okay, and last big news of the month. We filmed this short, Normalcy

Big thanks to Esther for pulling through on the therapist role, Bob and Gabby, for helping bring this to life, and of course, Courtney, for stepping behind the camera so I could switch to the front of the camera. Thank you to Holli for hearing draft after draft of the script. Thank you to everyone for helping make this a reality. 

Normalcy is extra close to my heart because I've been struggling with depression the last couple weeks especially. This short was an extremely therapeutic release for me. 

Today, it’s easier and more acceptable to talk about broken bones and physical illness than broken hearts and mental illness. In the short film, Normalcy, we attempt to address the reality of depression in someone’s life. With frank discussion around what living with depression feels like, Normalcy takes a hands on look at a conversation in a therapist office with a struggling young woman trying to understand herself. With subject matter and dialogue being very realistic, viewers discretion is advised. 

Mental health awareness is extremely important. Films such as Normalcy offer insight for those who do not suffer from depression, as well as offer support to those who struggle with depression to know they are not alone in experiencing these thoughts. I believe the more people we reach with short films like this, the closer we come to erasing the stigma associated with mental health. 

Thanks for reading. Hope you have an incredible Halloween and rest of October. 

See you soon :)

Canada, Eh?

So, back in August, my best friend and I decided to go to Canada instead of Ocean City, Md. for our annual summer trip. Impulsive right? I think so. 

We left at 4:30am on a Friday morning, right after a double shift at work. Yay, restaurant life! 

We got to Williamsport, PA just around sunrise over this incredible lake. Gorgeous. Can't wait to explore Williamsport on another trip with Holli :D :D :D

So, we keep driving, finally hit Niagara Falls, Canada edition. I was SUPER pumped because this was the first time I got to use my Passport, and I fully expected to get a stamp and everything, but NAH, that doesn't happen. They just interrogate you (and charge a toll). 

ANYWHO, exhausted, we checked into our hotel room and headed to grab some local food. We ended up at Kelsey's. Great Buffalo Chicken sandwiches, pretty terrible drinks. 

We decided to hit up the Falls after this. I was gonna stop at the Guinness Book of World Records Museum, but it seemed pretty touristy. 

Incredible view, right? Of course Maid of the Mist had to be a thing. We got in line, found out the American dollar is about $.20 more than the Canadian dollar, and got our exciting red ponchos. 

We are some cool kids, duh. Nah, but it was legit gorgeous. GORGEOUS. 

Like, how can you see sights like this and not believe in God? Come on. His Creation is just, awesome. 

After we headed back to the hotel, I broke my flip flops, so those were done for the trip. RIP Old Navy Flip Flops that were apart of my life for the last four years. We then shut the black out curtains and proceeded to sleep from 5pm to 1am. And you know it, all we missed was the Falls lit up. Okay, I wish I would have seen that. But, sleep was more important. 

Upon waking up, Courtney and I ordered crappy/expensive food to be delivered to our room. Mistake. We also watched a show about actors who were "overnight sensations." Twenty year Overnight sensations. Yes Yes.

We woke up and went in search of the promised Calvin Klein outlet for more mundees (men's boxer briefs, heaven, favorite clothes ever). 

Super bright eyed and bushy tailed right? It wouldn't last long. We drove to said outlets, there was no Klein...BUT there was this store called Urban Planet. FLANNELS EVERYWHERE. We didn't do too much damage....Yeah. 

So we proceeded to drive without cell service/reception, without a map, without a GPS, you're understanding. Because as we drove towards Toronto road signs, we did see the Klein store, along with a massive Forever 21....but we weren't sure we could navigate back onto the road. 

Long story short, this is the stretch of time I figured out I didn't remember how to convert miles to kilometers, nor miles to meters, yup. You can see how this was a problem. I had these rough directions to the Beach in Toronto, which we didn't successfully make it to because I took a wrong exit. Courtney decided to turn her data on, thank God and we realized we were a very far way away from our hotel. AND THERE WAS TRAFFIC EVERYWHERE. Duh, of course the time we are in Toronto, there are a billion things happening everywhere. This is basically what the scene looked like. 

Finally headed in the right direction, we got stuck in yet more traffic. We just jammed out. Got to the hotel, after another hour, and saw this outside. Good day. :) 

Our game plan upon reaching the hotel is to get a ton of snacks from the vending machines in the hotel - because every hotel has vending machines. This was half true. Which also made it half false. There was a soda vending machine. So our collective ten dollars in change was useless - but then in retrospect, would the machine have accepted our American coins? The questions I am left with. 

After all day of not eating, met up with my awesome Filipino family. My Tita Nina was so amazing and picked Court and I up, and chauffeured us around everywhere - INCREDIBLE. We went to dinner and got Chinese, and Dim Sum, and just so much yes. I found out about how I’m loosely related to Ronnie del Carmen, director of Inside Out. Movie making in the blood! :) 

Tita Nina then drove us around Toronto, and showed us all these nifty parts.  There’s a place in Toronto thats built similar to Times Square, to the fact that some productions film there to mimic Times Square because its way cheaper. 

Oh, and Toronto always has stuff happening everywhere. Like, really cool and unique festivals with tons of food and awesome music and art stuff. You could drive five minutes and be completely lost in an awesome experience. I felt so much more than a tourist there. 

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Famous stuff was filmed here and stuff. Robocop maybe? Let's go with that. 

We also stopped and got the most amazing crepes ever at this rad place near Chinatown, or Greek town? Something like that. BUT SO GOOD. 

Sunday. We hit up a brunch place, Pickle Bar, or something like that. I got this rad lobster grilled cheese AND banana pancakes. Fatty on deck. I also learned no where serves alcohol before 11am. WHATTTTT IS LIFE. I survived. Somehow. 

We got to go to the Blue Jays game. I had no idea how well they were doing in the league - really good in case you were wondering. We got there in time for the jersey giveaway, had really rad seats with a terrific view. Learned that Canadians have way more pride for their anthem than we have for ours. They were all up, cheering and singing their anthem. Not ever a sight I’ve seen at an Orioles game. The game ended up being super rad, and they won, YAY! 

After this epic game, we went to the Bluffs. GORGEOUS. Like really incredible. 

Starving, we ended up at the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner, super yummy. 

Drove into the city, sight saw, got lost a bit, and ended up grabbing some fantastic Chinese cheesecake. People really love that place. We had to stand in line for like an hour. But, worth it. 

With that, we jumped back into our car, and proceeded to drive 8 and a half hours back to Baltimore’s exquisite Pier 5 Garage so we could sleep for an hour before work at 10am. Gross. There were definite moments that both of us were asleep while the car was moving, BUT, thats not the important part. We made it back safe and sound! :)

And that, my friends, is the experience we had over a spontaneous weekend trip to Canada. :)

We also filmed this epic documentary, Extravaganzas in Canadanzas, about the whole trip, if you'd like to watch that as well! 

Thanks for checking this out, and can't wait to have another epic trip to talk about :)