LIFE // LEISURE // ADVICE // EGO
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euphoriatakehold:

ARE YOU EMO?
Source: Seventeen Magazine, c. 1999 - 2002


I believe this came out in 2001, the summer right before my sophomore year, because I remember being FUCKING FURIOUS ABOUT THIS. LIKE SO FUCKING FURIOUS. LIKE TAKING EVERY BIT OF RAGE I WAS PUTTING INTO SCREAMING ALONG WITH CURISVE, AND PUTTING THAT RAGE INTO BURNING THIS MAGAZINE.

I then asked my mom to unsubscribe me.
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Thank you! I use Benefit Gimme Brow.

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I met Meredith, who was their head pattern designer, back in 2009 through my boyfriend and we became instantly friends. I then became friends with Kim through her. At the time they didn’t have anyone running their social media stuff, so I submitted a proposal and was hired. I was eventually let go. Mindy asked me to style her kind of out of the blue, and I said sure, this is fun. Then last fall, Kim asked if I wanted to come style their e-commerce shoots and I said fuck yeah. So, yeah, that’s that. 

And no. I’ve never wanted nor want to have a career in fashion. I love clothes, but comedy/entertainment has always been the only path for me. Fashion has always basically just been because I love working with my friends, I love the Wildfox brand and I needed cash aha.

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THE WINE TIME YOU’VE ALL BEEN ASKING FOR IS COMING SOON

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I do. I generally listen to instrumental stuff (lyrics tend to distract me from writing my own words) and it depends on what I’m writing. I listen to a lot of surf, exotica, jazz, big band and also a lot of movie soundtracks. 

Some favorites: The Ventures, Martin Denny, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Glenn Miller, Nino Rota and Amelié OST

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First of all, congratulations. You’re already ahead of the game by just taking the plunge and pursuing something that makes you happy.

My best advice for LA is try to live where you want to be at night. A lot of people move close to their work and then end up driving across town every night. It’s better to be in traffic in the morning than to catch yourself driving wasted back from the east side three nights a week.

I don’t think it’s hard to meet people here as long as you get out of your house. There’s so much to do, so find some events that aline with your interests and just get out there. When I first got here, I met a lot of my friends at shows, and by going to events thrown by my local record store. I still meet tons of people by going to comedy shows and wine tasting. It’s just going where like-minded people will be and then being friendly. Poof. Friends. 

Also, LA is fucking sick and you shouldn’t be nervous. What is so daunting about year round nearly-perfect weather and palm trees and endless beaches and awesome music and great restaurants? Nothing. It’s dope as hell.

Hey. You got this.

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I work alone most of the day, and when I’m not alone, I’m around successful television writers or actors or producers or whatever. But whatever they are, they are basically doing what I still am trying to do. Some days, it is so, so hard not to compare myself to them. But I have to remember, I’m not them. And I have a lot going for me. Like, if I was to sit down with a stranger and explain my life to them, my life would sound like a dream. My life is great. And someone else’s life or successes don’t have any bearing on my life or my successes. It’s just a waste of energy, when you could take that energy and put it into something that makes you happy or furthers your career or improves yourself.

I actually wrote a more intricate article on this subject a couple years ago for Hello Giggles called "7 Tricks to Stop Comparing Yourself To Others & Kick Envy To The Curb". I still have to go back and read it for myself sometimes. I hope you find it helpful! 

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Becoming a writer’s assistant is a great way to work your way up on a show, but it is not a must to breaking into the business. I think it really depends on your personality. For example, although I am an assistant, I am not a writer’s assistant. And I think I would be a terrible writer’s assistant. You have to sit in a room all day, taking diligent notes and not talking. That’s just not who I am. But I know a lot of people who have been writer’s assistants and are now writers on shows, so if you’re the studious type, it’s probably a great path.

I started out by just writing on the internet, finding freelance jobs, and just making friends in the entertainment community. I knew I wanted to write but I wasn’t sure in what capacity. In some ways, I’m still kind of figuring it out. What I focus[ed] on is writing every day, writing things I enjoy writing, and meeting people who are interested in shit I am interested in. The opportunities will come if you surround yourself with a like-minded community and if you work hard. Like, networking is important, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone out and “networked”. I just made friends with people I liked and I respected their work, and eventually I got to work with some of them because they liked me and respected my work too.

Don’t think too much about it. Just do it. Just write your ass off and put it out there and never give up.

Thanks so much for the kind words. Best of luck to you! 

Seems pretty cool to me! I’ve never been but I’ve only heard nice things.

Sometimes I wish I didn’t have this innate need to entertain. I wish I didn’t want to write or be on camera. I wish I didn’t have to live in Los Angeles. I wish I could just travel and explore all over, and just be in love and drink wine and eat everything and laugh, and not feel this crazy need to share it in a story or a joke or a fucking Instagram.

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Marriage is a funny thing. On the one hand, I think it’s total social conditioning and a fucking joke. On the other hand, I think it’s romantic and awesome. I don’t care either way if people get married, you can have an amazing relationship with or without a wedding.

But if you’re going to get married, be smart about it. It’s a huge fucking legal hassle if shit doesn’t work out, so you need to be pretty damn certain shit is going to work out. So many people get married when their relationship already sucks. If your relationship before you get married isn’t based on mutual respect, trust and love, you won’t get that after. And you’re just going to waste everyone’s time and money and wake up in twenty years wondering what the fuck happened.

Personally, I used to never want to get married. I watched my parents’ marriage deteriorate into a very horrible mess, and it was very disillusioning. 

But now, five years into a super healthy and all around wonderful relationship, marriage is a very real and exciting possibility for me. I realized I’m not my parents, nor am I doomed to turn into them. My marriage would never be like theirs because I’m a completely different person who has learned so much from their mistakes.

So, as for now, in the current relationship, yes, I want to get married. It’s for sure social conditioning and a fucking joke, but whatever. I want to have a big fucking party and get all new bath towels. 

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Yes, the water thing is super important. Personally, I drink a lot of sparkling water (and occasionally add it to my white wine) and try to eat something substantial before I get into too many bottles.

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It takes practice, but practice becomes habits and habits become lifestyles. Every time you start to be negative, recognize you are being negative and instead, replace that negative thought with a positive one. It will be annoying and tedious and feel stupid in the beginning, but the more you do it, the less you will have to make yourself be positive and the more positive you’ll just be.

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A .GIF of my entire life

For the last two years, I had a note on my mirror. It was a quote from someone I used to look up to. It said I was “the next so-&-so”.

I just took that note and crushed it in my hand and threw it in the trash.

I’m not the next anyone, I’m always me.

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