Saturday, July 16, 2011

Magazine and Newspaper Articles

It's fun to have things written about you, and even more fun to have them published somewhere. UCLA's newspaper, The Daily Bruin, wrote an article about me in 2010 after they found out that I was a "Vocal Adrenaline" dancer on "Glee".

Daily Bruin: A&E

To be honest I didn't think it was that big of a deal. Being on the show wasn't really the pinacle or the highlight of my career. It would've been a more interesting article if they had written about me touring with Willow and Bieber. Then again, that was only a year ago and I don't think they want to write about the same girl twice.

I also completely forgot that "Dance Spirit Magazine" wrote a little piece on me in 2009:

It felt awesome to be recognized by a national magazine. I mean, it's easy for news to travel around a college campus so I didn't think it was that crazy for someone in the "Daily Bruin" to find out about my dancing. But to be noticed and recognized out of the hundreds of thousands in the entire dance community? That's remarkable!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Marie et Cie: Where You Can Find Me Every Wednesday

My internship as a VIP/PR Intern at Versace has been quite enjoyable. My boss, Jessica, is probably the coolest and well-dressed boss anyone could have. She lets me leave after I finish all my work and lately I've been done around 2 or 3. Not too shabby huh?

Ive been trecking over the hill to Marie Et Cie, an amazing gem of a coffee shop with lots of delicious goodies, amazing coffee, and ample study space. They have vegan sandwiches (YAY) and even a "Healthy Line" of muffins made of whole wheat flour and agave syrup including: Blueberry, Dark Chocolate, Banana Bran, etc. Today, I splurged for an Almond Apricot Muffin (Ill let you know how it goes). I spend my afternoons GMAT studying, then head to Debbie Reynolds or Millennium for a class.

I figured the drive from Westwood to NoHo at 5PM is way more treacherous than at 2PM. I might as well get over here early and enjoy a magnificent three hours of outdoor studying. And in today's case, a "healthy" muffin and an iced coffee.

Check out Marie Et Cie on Riverside and Colfax. Trust me. It's good.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Disney 365: Shake it Up

I got to film another Disney 365 yesterday featuring Adam Irigoyen and Caroline Sunshine from "Shake It Up", and it was really fun to be a 13 year old burst of sunshine again.

We shot the episode on the Shake it Up set in downtown Los Angeles, and it was interesting for me to compare the actors' experience with "Shake it Up" with my experience with "Dance on Sunset." The two are very similar in that they are both about dance and target the young teen market. I began thinking about Disney and Nickelodeon, which are two networks competing for the same audience. I immediately thought of how much more marketing, and presumably money, Disney puts in to their projects than Nickelodeon does in to theirs. Not only is Shake it Up (only in its first season) promoted heavily on the Disney website, but it also is actively being advertised with a new feature called "Create". Disney also chose to include it in Disney 365, which is like a mini news-blurb of Disney related products, shows, and upcoming events. Although I cannot confidently explain why "Dance on Sunset" was cancelled in 2008, I do wonder about the funding and effort that was put into the show. Maybe things would have been different if Disney had backed "Dance on Sunset" instead of Nickelodeon, but that is a hypothesis that will never be tested.

Caroline asked me how many episodes of Disney 365 I had done, and I honestly couldn't tell her off the top of my head. I think my relationship with Disney 365 is reaching its 1 year anniversary this September and I am proud to say I have done 5 episodes with the production group, M3 Creative so far:

1) Disney 365: Kingdom Keepers 3 -- September 2010 in Florida
2) Disney 365: Halloween Parks -- October 2010 in Florida
3) Disney 365: Dancing with the Stars -- 2011 in Los Angeles
4) Disney 365: Skating with the Stars -- 2011 in Los Angeles
5) Disney 365: Bibiddi Bobiddy Boutique/Royal Wedding -- April 2011 in Los Angeles

People joke a lot with me about how I look and how I act on the show, but hey, it's called acting. 

I'm not sure if any of the episodes are on youtube or on the Disney website, but they certainly do air on the network. Next time you're watching Disney and you see an over-excited and younger-than-normal looking Karen, it's probably me.