Hello Texas! Sure’s good to see you again!

Home in Texas for the week and having a blast! It’s already going by way too fast.

Hanging out with family and friends is always a nice little vacation from my full time job- auditioning!

Enjoy this blooper reel I put together from when Ashley and I filmed our Toddlers and Tiaras Spoof a few months back.

Hope everyone has a loverly week!

~cc

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Only in New York Do You Meet Someone Through An Iphone App!

What else do you do when a hurricane is coming? Why blog of course!

If you know me well, you know that I’m wildly obsessed with the photography app, Instagram, on my Iphone. Instagram is kind of like twitter, but for photos. You can either take a photo on your phone or use one from your computer and put all these interesting filters on it and then share it with your “followers.” Now I’ve been instagraming since April and love it. At first I would only take pictures of my day to day life and my followers pretty much only consisted of family and friends who also had the app. Then I started seeing some dance photography from other Instagramers and I thought, “My dance photos are just as good. I should put mine up!” So about a month ago I started instagraming all of my dance photography and putting #hashtags on them. I now have over 200 followers!! I love being able to share my work with people all of the world. Thanks Instagram!

Now if that wasn’t cool enough… There are several Instagramers who follow me that I also follow. They range from photographers, supermoms, and artists, all of whom are very talented and have such an amazing eye for light, love, and life.

One Instagram photographer, cupcakesonstage, contacted me about meeting me at the Crumbs bakery he managed. Wanting to make sure he wasn’t some wacko creeper, I look up his facebook photography page and find his name is Michael E. Mason. Still not entirely convinced, I look his name up on facebook and much to my surprise we had to mutual friends, both who were well established musical theatre friends of mine. So this Michael E. Mason couldn’t be all too bad! So I told myself I would go into Crumbs the next day if I had time.

Well, on the next day I had a few hours to kill while waiting for an audition and decided I would stop by Crumbs. What could it hurt? It’s a public environment and there were cupcakes. Any situation is better when cupcakes are involved. So I arrive inside the crumbs bakery. Two females were at the counter.

Ok. I’ll just wait here a minute looking at cupcakes till I chicken out.

Not a minute later a very tall guy walks out from a back room.

Hmm… That kind of looks like his facebook picture. Tall, scruffy face… Wait he’s staring at me… With the exact same look! BINGO!

We laugh. We hug. We make introductions. And then we sit discussing photography, editing programs, theatre, new york, rooftop views… it’s like we’d been good friends for a long time!

Only in New York people! Now I have a new friend and fellow photography guru.

Please check out his wonderful work on his facebook page. I love his gorgeous shots of the sky and his ridiculous editing talents!

Check it!

~cc

Here’s to Happiness: May 2011 Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a HTH list (ala Rockstar Diaries) and since there are so many things in life to be happy about… I thought I’d share with you.

Here are 15 things that make me terribly happy

1. Sundays

2. Drinking Shirley Temples

3. Catching up with friends over lunch

4. Tap dancing

5. Discovering a new restaurant I love

6. The soreness I feel after a yoga workout

7. Cheese Pizza

8. Spring in New York

9. Wearing Lipstick and Heels

10. Popcorn with Reece’s Pieces

11. Jumping up and down alone in your apartment after getting a call that you booked a job

12. Looking through old photos

13. Being filled with pride for friends

14. Slideshows

15. Happy/Nervous Butterflies

~cc

The Way I Cope

I learned many lessons from June 3rd, but one of the more important ones I learned was that everyone copes differently. I find that I have to vocalize my feelings. Since I don’t have any memory of the accident and the memories I do have of before and after will forever be fuzzy. The more I talk about it, the more real everything becomes to me and I find that is important to me as I continue to heal emotionally and physically.

Thinking of more than just June 3rd, I find that in order to move on from anything, I have to talk about it. Saying it out rather than keeping it inside, makes me get those negative thoughts or feelings of self pitty out. It makes me realize that most of the things I worry about on a day to day basis are trivial and unimportant in the eternal perspective of things. Big thanks to my friends who are there listening when I need it…

I’ve learned by watching my friends and family now that some people don’t want to talk at all about their trials or problems. They’d rather work it out by themselves with their own thoughts. Some have blogs where they turn to writing their feelings and sharing them. Others do it by expressing it through dance, art, song, performance, dedication. There are just so many ways we can turn negative into positive. I benefit from the way others cope. Sometimes not talking about it is better. Sometimes I want to write about it. I always express my feelings through dance, but some don’t. However you cope, I’ve learned you have to respect others as they deal with it in their own way because you never know how someone else is feeling. There’s no deadline on when you should be over it, whatever it may be.

Yesterday I said something out loud that I’ve been thinking for a long time now. By saying it out loud, I knew in my heart it was true. And I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders because of it.

That’s how I cope.

~cc

 

Home

And loving it!

I’m back in Tejas taking class, seeing friends, and spending time with my amazing family.

xoxo!

~cc

I Never Thought I’d Say This

But I’m so excited to go back to Houston!

Things I’ve particularly missed (besides friends and family):

1. My adorable doggies, Bobby and BJ.

2. Tokyo Bowl. Before I’m even going to my house when I get home I’m eating at Tokyo Bowl. Four months without it has been dreadful.

3. Luis’ class. I can’t wait for him to whip my bootay back in shape.

4. My room. I miss having my own things around me.

5. My Wife, Ashley Van Pelt. I miss this girl so stinkin much and I’m pretty sure we’re going to be inseparable for the next month.

~cc