Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Creativity Not To Be Missed

If you’re keeping up with my YT videos then you’ve probably seen this BlogTV Comedy Spoof collab video we did with a bunch of other YouTubers. I’m posting the link in case you missed it. This is the kind of project that makes me wish for better editing software and a more powerful computer. Yes, it’s time for both. I’ll get there.

Even if you’re keeping up with my YT channel, you still may not have seen the following video by vanillawave4peace (I call her Niller, as in ‘nilla). She, PBX and I had breakfast with one of our favorite YouTubers last week: SHAYCARL. He was in Los Angeles for business and was able to squeeze a few free hours to visit with us. So you know, he’s as charismatic, personable and intelligent as his online personality.

The following video is Niller’s concept. PBX and I helped with production but that’s about it. Niller edited the entire thing herself. It’s really good - and so funny! You can watch it here but if you have a YouTube account, please click the link to leave her a comment on the video. She would love that! This stuff isn’t easy. And she made it look really easy.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH: MY SHAYCARL LEFTOVERS

or watch it here.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Blog Slog (mirror post)

(original post here)


I keep meaning to update in here but I get so caught up in the world of video that by the time I have a free moment, I'm writing another sketch comedy or collaborating with other YouTubers.  Time is also spent watching The Shaycarl Party on BlogTV.  Or hopping into an EmptyIsAwesome chat on stickam.  I'm not there as often as I was when I first started but still, if someone sends me a link and says, "Hey, come say hi to us," it's easy to just click and go.  Last night it took me away from editing and converting video.

This collaborative project we're working on this weekend is becoming a little more involved than I anticipated. Some of the video files were created on a Mac. Nothing wrong with Mac files, unless you're like me and editing on Windows software. That's where research and time come into play. Blah.  I still haven't found the one conversion software that will do the job accurately.  It's choppy and laggy.

Anyway, that's what's going on.

Not to mention I spent all day yesterday either in bed or the bathroom.  I couldn't keep anything in my body.  It was frustrating and uncomfortable.  I'm feeling a little better today but still not 100% strong.

I did an online yoga class the other night. It was great - except my screen saver kept popping up and I had to keep stopping the video to get the full yoga experience. The instructor flew through the poses. I think it was a 90 minute class condensed into 45 minutes.  But effective enough to give me a charlie horse through my entire left leg two days later. Big ouch.

My work hours have slowed down, partially my own fault. I was banking on more hours with one client when I let go of another client. But it sorta didn't happen.  I had to let go of the other client. I was sitting there, doing nothing for hours at a time. I felt brain dead. Now I wish I just continued to be brain dead. I was getting paid for it. Still, not exactly ethical to charge them for sitting around.

I did get a call from another person who needs my help in the near future. He's just putting his stuff together, figuring out exactly what he needs. He said "I'm not looking at anyone else. I hope it's ok that I call you in a couple of weeks."  Nice guy.

So I'm not panicking (yet).  I'm working enough hours with my two clients to at least float.

What else?  Oh yeah, this one's kinda big and scary.  I joined a few actors resources websites.  I can read breakdowns and submit my headshot and resume for roles I think suit me.  I've always wanted to be a television/film actress.  I gave it up a long time ago.  I'm back around to feeling like I passed up on my number one love.  So I have to try.  And I have to admit I want it.  Meaning, I have to be willing to fail or succeed.  Anything else is just in-between...which is kinda where I've been for 16 years.

I guess that's it for now. Hope you are well. What am I missing in the blogosphere? Feel free to link-drop in the comments. I know I've been MIA in your blogs. I read through my feeder but I know it's not the same.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

blogtv, youtube and twitter, oh my!

Hey guys. A few things of mention and a few questions for you.

BLOGTV
So last week I did a live spur-of-the-moment BlogTV show. I announced it everywhere (here, my website, twitter, youtube).  I had people emailing me in a panic because they couldn't access my show.  NO WORRIES: NEITHER COULD I.

Man did that suck.  I spent thirty minutes troubleshooting.  Everyone was "trying to get in" and nothing would load.  So we dumped that idea and went to STICKAM for a group chat. Had fun but I know I threw some people off. Sorry!

I keep getting emails and questions about when I will be doing another live show.  So, I've taken another chance and scheduled a live show for THURSDAY at 8PM PDT (that's 11pm eastern) -- Here's the link to my show -- You don't have to be a member. You won't even have to get on camera. You can join us and chat with me and others via text.  Would love to see you there.

If you want to get alerts about last-minute shows, click that link now, create a username and SUBSCRIBE.

Another way to get alerts about what I'm up to on a regular basis is to FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER.


The new episode of Freeepeace Ninja is a hit on my YouTube channel. It's become a series.  I'm writing other episodes that will introduce new characters played by friends from the YouTube community.  This episode introduces PBX's daughter who is quickly building her own following on YouTube. 

Quick, fun and funny! Watch it here:  Freeepeace Ninja, Episode 2: Bikini Ninja


QUESTIONS
1. If I were to schedule a weekly show, what day/time would be best for you?
2. If you were going to buy "freeepeace schwag" what would interest you most: tshirts, hats, mouse pads, bags, mugs, keychains, stickers, undies, lollipops? (the last two were not my original ideas)

I guess that's it. I thought I had many more questions but I can't think of them now. I'm so tired.