I went shopping the past couple of days for my trip to the west. Because I'm on a limited budget, but I still want to impress. That's when my dear friend, the consignment store comes in.
Why do I love consignment stores so much? 1) You can find some amazing, unique, and vintage items at the consignment store. They are usually made with better materials and tailoring. Most fast fashion nowadays, construct pieces for cheap using flimsy fabrics and stitching.
2) It's very Parisian. Many women in the city of Paris consign clothes. By doing so, they create looks that they can call their own. Always setting themselves apart from others without breaking the bank.
3) Piggybacking off of #2, I love the hunt for a deal. I don't shop for clothing often, (in fact most of my clothes are either hand-me-downs, or clothes provided for me from various events or jobs that I have worked) but something about buying a massively priced item for pennies on the dollar just gives me a thrill.
Simply put, consignment shopping is fun, economical, and hip. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!
I finally got word back from the Firefly music festival, and I will be slinging drinks at one of the bar tents! This is not my first time behind a bar, but definitely my first time bartending for an event. It also means that I’ll get to hear new music while working and that’s great.
Another position that I applied for at Firefly but did not get was working as a stagehand for the show. That doesn’t mean working with that particular production company is off the table. They were really impressed with my background in theatre and some of the crew work that I have done already. I also said I was available to work in other states for crew. Who knows, they may call me in for a different production somewhere else.
(Source: Backstage Badger Tumblr and Pinterest.)
However, I’m not without a crew job. Bootless has invited me back to work as crew and to play a zombie for the musical parody of Shaun of the Dead titled: You’ve Got Red on You. That is a bit of money too. Thank goodness, I was getting stressed for cash, this came at the best time.
I got my ass kicked in Muay Thai sparring today and I’m actually really happy.
Because 1) this was my first time sparring in many years (and after my accident too.)
2) I know what I need to work on for next time and
3) I better understand my opponent. She was very physically strong and it has been some time that I have had to battle someone with that much strength.
My endurance to the hits will take some time to build up and then I will work on my technique and flow a little more. People are always so afraid of getting stung by the hits, but I like it. Even those hard hitters run out of juice eventually.
(Current Mood: Annoyed Little Girl Eating Mac and Cheese.)
No, I didn’t disappear. It’s been an incredibly hectic week. My dad ended up back in the hospital, which he will stay for another week. I didn’t book any work and my money is dwindling. I have yet to hear from student aid and since I’m moving to Ireland, dad’s job has to go to someone who will be committed to it for a while. Basically, life is kinda rough right now. I’m completely beside myself and I’m not sure what to do.
(I sound like a broken record at this point.)
So what is good? I’m taking Muay Thai right now and the studio isn’t far from home. I’m booked to see my friends on the West Coast and Vegas, so that’s cool. I don’t have too much else to report. Hopefully something good will come my way soon.
Piggybacking off of my previous post, I want to talk about my upcoming combat workshop this weekend. You have no idea how stoked I really am! This is a two day workshop down the street from my house (super convenient), that consists of knife fighting, found object fighting, Asian fan fighting, ripping weapons away from an opponent, and fighting with a small sword. I’m especially excited about the sword fighting because it will make me feel a little bit like my childhood hero, Red Sonja. SQUEE!!!
(Source: Marvel Comics Group. And check out Thor: Ragnarok since the writer Roy Thomas also co-created the Valkyrie.)
Needless to say, I freaking love fighting, and I may be a little too aggressive lol.
I almost had to beat a girl down, a little while ago, for putting her hands on my dad. The crazy part is, that it has nothing to do with my family personally. My dad is the super of our apartment building, he was kicking her out in a peaceful fashion.
One thing I do know, is that people are crazy and I feel justified to take on more training. Not just for the stage, but for real life as well. (Especially if I have to deal with any further bullshit like that.) I have a feeling that I may have to utilize this training in the future. How that will manifest? I have a hunch, but I’m not going to speak on that until the time is right.
(Source: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
I have completed my run with Orange Is The New Musical over the weekend and my shoot as a stripper in the independent film Without You. It has been a very productive weekend and after a little bit of rest, I’m ready to tackle all of my stuff related to school.
(Source: Student Problems Facebook)
Applying for scholarship money is an ongoing battle, so there is nothing new to report on that end. I’m working on getting as many scholarships and grants I can possibly get before even daring to apply for a student loan.
I may find myself working at a strip club after networking with the dancers they hired on set. I have too much money I need to make before leaving for Ireland. Since I don’t have a boyfriend anyway, this might be the best time to jump into it.
Working at a strip club isn’t my only prospect for money. Like I mentioned in previous posts, I can’t legally work in Ireland with a student visa. This means that I do have to seek remote jobs and side businesses that I can start up and work on while I’m in school that doesn’t interfere with my visa. It includes writing for other blogs based in the US, having a network marketing business, and affiliate marketing. The big thing is to work for a blog or even revamp this blog without being click-baity and annoying. Over sensationalized writing gets on my nerves, and the language is terrible.
(Source: @comedian_g on Instagram)
Of course I did put in for other gigs and things in the future. Some I lost…(like the pole teaching gig) and some I am still in consideration for (like Firefly). Hopefully I hear back from them soon.
Part of the reason why I’m horribly depressed is due to my environment. I live in Wilmington, DE; dubbed by Newsweek in 2014 as:
The statistics are horrendous. As of yesterday, our city has had its 78th victim in the year to date.
(Source: Delaware Online)
One of the 23 homicides in the year 2014 was a former co-worker of mine: Crystal Brown, who’s family has yet to get justice as no one in the area will report who delivered the fatal shot that night. She was an innocent bystander exiting a corner store after buying snacks.
(Source: 6ABC News)
Back in 2015 there were talks of Jada Pinkett-Smith starring in and being the executive producer of an ABC television pilot with the same title “Murder Town” which caused an uproar in our city. The issue was not only the plot (the only black female district attorney of Wilmington, DE takes on a highly political case along with dealing with the pressures of her job) but there was also no indication of the show actually being filmed in Wilmington; which would at least bring some much needed money to our city, since poverty is the biggest factor for crime. ABC has since dropped this project.
My heart hurts for this city. We are rich in history but it is being overshadowed by poverty, homelessness, high crime, and being held in contempt by our suburban neighbors:
(I live in Little Detroit according to this map.)
My hope is, that there is industry that comes to this city and helps pull my neighbors out of this nightmare. Without gentrification (which is occurring here. We are 66% African American population and the majority currently) and won’t go out of business suddenly. This is all I could ask for.