More Modeling Fun!

As you may have noticed, I have been incredibly neglectful of this site and blog. This is primarily due to work, a brief stint in the hospital involving life support and bilateral pneumonia, and simply being busy. What can I say? Life happens sometimes.

So, to make up for that, here are some recent modeling pics that I’ve done!

Photography by Joseph Veselka

Photography by Joseph Veselka

Photography by Tim Hemingway

Photography by Tim Hemingway

Photography by Don Donaldson

Photography by Don Donaldson

Photography by Flutterby Photography

Photography by Flutterby Photography

Photography by Frequency Mutineers (Photography by Joe, Produced by Thanatos)

Photography by Frequency Mutineers (Photography by Joe, Produced by Thanatos)

Photography by Kamal Hanna

Photography by Kamal Hanna

Photography by Springheel Media

Photography by Springheel Media

Naturally, I can’t be expected to have all the fun. My girl, Chula also got her chance to model and of course, she’s a natural!

Photography by S.M. Photography

Photography by S.M. Photography

I’m hoping to update the site with a few more things here and there, specifically modeling photos and updating the “Author” section with a few new things. Of course, I can’t promise anything, my life is pretty crazy at the moment. However, I have definitely been blessed and wouldn’t change a thing 🙂 Until next time, my friends!

“Modeling, for me, isn’t about being beautiful but creating something interesting for people to look at and think about.” – Kylie Bax

Musing #2

I found myself doing something today that I rarely ever do (and for good reason); I watched the news. Amid all the stories of the horrible things that have happened within the last few days and the political drama that is our government  there was a story about a girl in a wheelchair overcoming her disability and raising money for a summer camp. It was intended to be a heart warming story and in most ways it was, but there was one thing that really bothered me. Throughout the story, it was repeated over and over how all this girl wanted was to be normal and that she wanted the kids around her to feel normal and how everyone should strive to be normal. Frankly, the word normal was repeated more than any other word in this five minute segment and held more emphasis than the fact that this girl was able to walk despite being told she never would.

And that bugs me.

Not that the girl was able to walk, because that’s awesome, but the emphasis on “being normal.” What is normal? By the way it is portrayed by the media, normal is basically being a perfect, cookie-cutter replica of the people around you. It is having no features that put you apart from the rest, having no strong personalities or opinions. You’re just another face in the crowd. I won’t lie, there was a time when I believed that was what I wanted and it is only now that I’m older that I realize how horrifying this concept is.

People shouldn’t strive to simply be normal, people should strive to be extraordinary! Why must we limit ourselves to only being normal? History is littered with names of people who were far from normal. Albert Einstein never wore the same colored socks and never learned his own phone number, yet was one of the greatest intellectuals of his time. Vincent van Gogh cut off part of his own ear over a fight he had with a friend, but still created beautiful artwork that is still studied today. Joan of Arc was born a simple peasant girl who would go on to lead an army and ultimately saved all of France at the age of 16. None of these people were what we would consider normal and yet these are names that we know. “Normal” people don’t make history because it is not considered normal to stand out or to make a difference, so why are we insisting that people try to act and be normal? Why do we act as though being abnormal is wrong or bad?

If I should ever be blessed to have children of my own, I won’t insist on them being normal, nor will I encourage something so limiting. We should be encouraging our youth to make a difference, to have thoughts that are their own and not what is simply being told to them, to resist that urge to just stand back and let someone else take the lead. If we all become normal we will lose everything that makes this world interesting. There is no advancement to be found in being normal, no room for growth or evolution.

Therefore, don’t try to be normal, work hard to be amazing, original men and women of the world, to be one in a million and not one of a million. Take control of your own personal story and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be considered one of the stranger people in history.

Our girl, Chula, has a far from normal story, but one that ended happily

Our girl, Chula, has a far from normal story, but one that ended happily

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. – Jean DuBuffet

 

The Merchant of Venice

As I write this, I am sitting backstage at the final production of Lionface Production’s performance of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice directed by Michael Portteus. It is a bittersweet moment, because this show has been my life this past month and now it is almost over. I will definitely miss it. (For a review of the show, check out this link: Sentinel Tribune: Lionface Productions’ The Merchant of Venice The photo below features myself and Brigid Randolph and was taken from the Sentinel Tribune article)

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In this production, I played Launcelot Gobbo, a fool character and servant. It has been a joy to take on this role and I have been told that it was one of my best performances. My first director ever in college came to the show and pulled me aside to tell me that it was the best she had ever seen me and she has been seeing me perform for over six years. A higher compliment could not be found, I respect this person so much and it made this role even more worth the time and work I put into it. Furthermore, this production consisted of a wonderful, talented cast and crew for whom I feel very close to now. This show has truly been one of the epitomes of my career and I am so proud to have been a part of it.

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The manly men of Venice
From the left: Sarah, Brigid, Amanda, Angelica, Meghan, and Katy

Chula update: My beautiful rescue is doing wonderfully and thoroughly enjoyed walking with me around the Black Swamp Arts Festival this past weekend between shows.

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“I am Launcelot. Your boy that was, your son that is, your child that shall be!” – Launcelot, The Merchant lot Venice

Bonus photo of me and Angelica! I did the makeup for the show 🙂

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Creating Art

It’s been a busy month for me, hence the lack of updating, so I’m going to try to catch up with a few things on here.

Firstly, I’ve been cast in a production of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice as the character, Launcelot Gobbo. Additionally, one of the plays I wrote was accepted into the 4th Lionface Winter One Acts, so it will be performed through Lionface at the annual showcase. I’m excited to see what people do with my script!

I’ve recently moved out of my apartment and into a new one, so I will be spending another year in Bowling Green. I have quit my job waitressing, but will be returning to Cedar Point as a Screamster in this years Halloweekends. More on that as it gets closer.

Chula is doing wonderfully, her adult fur is coming in a lot darker, so her tail is almost black now. She also won “Best in Class” at her doggy obedience class and was described as being “the happiest dog” at a local doggy day care. Her growth has been amazing and I couldn’t be more proud!

The beautiful Chula!

The beautiful Chula!

Within the past month, I’ve started doing some more modeling and I have been really enjoying it. I will most likely add more of the photos to my website eventually, but for now I will post a couple of the more popular ones here.

Photo taken by Capital Photos

Photo taken by Capital Photos

Photo taken by 2StepsUp Photography

Photo taken by 2StepsUp Photography

Photo taken by Alyson Knezevich

Photo taken by Alyson Knezevich

These photos were all taken at a group shoot in Toledo, Ohio, where I had a great time and made a lot of great connections. I am hoping to create more art with some of these talented people soon, but my schedule has been hectic. So that’s it for now, now you are caught up on my life a bit.

 

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

An Update on Chula

Hello again!

Almost a week ago we celebrated Chula’s first birthday. Though a dog’s birthday may not seem to be a momentous occasion, if you’ve read the earlier post on Chula, you’ll realize that in this case it truly was. The fact that she was able to turn one was a huge deal for all of us who love her for the crazy puppy pit-boxer that she is!

She is looking worlds better than she did a few months ago. Chula is now up to the weight that she should be at and looks every bit of it. We found a foster family that has turned into a permanent family for Chula and we are all very happy with the decision made. The family we chose for her (and who in return, chose Chula to join their family!) are absolutely wonderful people who have taken Chula into their homes despite her wild puppy antics (which there are a LOT of). They have a large fenced in back yard for her to play in and a wonderfully bright ten-year-old boy who has completely fallen in love for Chula (and I’m fairly certain she is equally in love with him). This family was also kind enough to let us take Chula out every couple of weekends, so it is truly the best situation we could ask for! Though we were sad to let her go, I truly believe that this is the best decision we could have made for her and she is absolutely in love with her new family!

Chula is absolutely nutty when it comes to her new family!

Chula is absolutely nutty when it comes to her new family!

Despite the fact that every single one of us wanted Chula puppies, we mutually decided that Chula needed to be spayed to prevent what happened to her from happening to one of her puppies. Additionally, after everything she had been through, we weren’t sure that she would be able to handle it. The surgery went very well, but Chula ended up pulling a couple of her stitches out and had to be coned, but not even that could stop this puppy!

A few days after being coned, Chula promptly broke her cone while digging outside.

A few days after being coned, Chula promptly broke her cone while digging outside.

With the addition of her new family, Chula is also being spoiled the way every puppy should be! She even got her own swimming pool over the summer (an old sandbox, but she doesn’t seem to mind).

Chula thoroughly enjoying pool time.

Chula thoroughly enjoying pool time.

Being as attached to Chula as I am, I wanted to take Chula out for her birthday and ended up getting her for the day last Sunday. We went to the dog park and then to visit my friend, Adam, who was the one that found her and took her from the home where she was being neglected. It was the first time the two had seen each other since we left Chula in the care of her new family. Chula promptly peed herself in excitement, but I would say they were equally glad to see each other. While we were there, Adam and I talked about the change that Chula had undergone and about how she doesn’t seem to be the same dog. She has changed so much from the timid, scrawny thing to an overgrown, energetic puppy who seems to not have a care in the world. I am truly blessed to have had this experience and to have worked with these wonderful friends of mine who made this all possible.

My beautiful girl.

My beautiful girl.

After our visit with Adam and promises to have Chula visit again, I took Chula to Petco to pick out a present. Yes, I realize how incredibly lame it might sound to let a dog pick out their own present, but I am okay with being lame. To be honest, I didn’t think that Chula would actually pick something out, this was just something I wanted to do on a whim. But as she often does, Chula proved me wrong by selecting a long, furry, bright pink dog that had an empty water bottle inside (I assume for the noise factor, it crinkles when she bites down on it). She carried it all the way to the front of the store and kept it with her on the ride back home. Before I left her with her family, I looked to see her sleeping on the couch and I feel like I can honestly say that she loves me too (as well as her new toy).

The sleepy birthday girl with her new toy.

The sleepy birthday girl with her new toy.

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” ― Roger A. Caras

 

The Instant Sunburn Cure

Hello friends!

This is a public service announcement to all other pale, easily sunburned people out there!

So a while back, I had to take some kids that I work with swimming. No big deal, until I realize that I neglected to bring sunscreen. I figured since we weren’t there that long that I could get away with it. I was wrong (of course) and needed to be rid of the sunburn ASAP since I had an audition coming up. Note the before photo below: This was after trying it once and not taking photos, then getting burnt again and remembering to take photos this round.

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So I did some research and stumbled across several sites raving about how black tea would lessen your sunburn overnight! I was skeptical, but burnt enough to consider any and all options. So I picked up some cheap, Meijer brand Earl Gray and put about 5 tea bags in a glass of hot water and waited for about an hour or so for it to cool. Then, using one of the teabags that were steeping, I applied the tea directly on my burn. I then donned an old, cotton shirt that I didn’t mind possibly staining and went to bed. This is what I woke up to:

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Hot damn! The photos really don’t do it justice, the sunburn was almost completely gone and I had no burning, peeling, or itching to worry about. By now, the burn is almost completely gone, but sunburns ordinarily take up to a month to disappear on me. I just wish I would have known this sooner, a lot of needless suffering over suntan lotions that didn’t work or accidental sun over-exposure could have been avoided. Just felt the need to share this cool tip, now back to your regularly scheduled program.

“She could talk her way out of a sunburn.” – Heist (2001)

 

Musing #1

Theatre, film, music, art, fiction, comedy, performance

Can you honestly say there is no longer a place for these things in today’s society? I believe that they are important now more than ever. The soul cannot survive on simple facts and what’s physical alone. And yet, support for these things are often pushed aside.

Don’t be that boring conformist, go out and experience the color of the world and leave the confines of your phone and technology at home. It isn’t very hard to find if you take the time to look.

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*Photo of Needle Hall, finally repaired and ready for summer theatre

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso