Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WHO THE HELL IS THIS CHICK

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If anything, this is somewhat of a disclaimer for my own peace of mind so I can feel slightly less guilty about being such a fair weathered blogger lately. I'm not as flaky as I may have come off lately and my beloved Chelsea Talks Smack is like an appendage to me, a useful one, so I promise I'm not going anywhere. It's just that right now it's the neglected appendage. Sort of like the big toe. Super imperative, just not always groomed correctly. So, what's my excuse? Right? We're all busy, we're all working (or....we're people disguised as people who work, who actually like their day job because they can read blogs all day? Nothing wrong with that) we have have other things like catching up on our DVR's and brushing our children's hair, i.e. super important things...I've just been busy juggling, a whole lotta balls.

I've had a lot of new readers lately so I thought I'd give you a little back story in case you're new. In brief: I lived in L.A. for 3 1/2 years, went to music school, worked as a personal assistant to people in the industry, auditioned for acting gigs, sang backup, had a dance agent, other random and great opportunities, etc. etc. I also became the online host for JigTV.com a community for dancers, my Mother owns and incredibly successful studio and has produced dancers who tour with Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Neyo, etc. So dance is in my blood, hosting a dance site came naturally. THEN, I moved to New York for a year and on a fluke started interning for a magazine, while also doing radio/print promotion for Gavin Degraw's brother Joey Degraw. Then, from working at the magazine got several other freelancing gigs and personal assistant jobs to set designers, producers, etc. At this point, I'd probably done every job possible (except being a receptionist at a hair salon, which I did for two days and left bawling never to return.)

Soon after moving to NYC, I started covering events for a celebrity magazine and began to write for Guidespot.com as a NYC Guidetripper writing local city guides. In other words, the city became my playground. I was getting paid to explore, to eat, to get lost, find new gems and write about them in MY VOICE. After a year- I decided I loved New York, but wanted to spend my money more wisely and travel (all the while I've kept this blog...from my ending era of L.A. to now) SO, I left my apartment in Chelsea, yes Chelsea in Chelsea- cause I'm cute and irritating like that, moved back to Colorado, where I'm from, for a couple months to save money, picked up more freelancing gigs and packed my bags to Europe. I traveled Europe for a couple months on my own, continued writing and started writing for several travel websites; Tangodiva.com and now GoGalavanting.com where I'll be contributing Travel News and Reviews.

When I returned from Europe I had a fire blazing under my ass, and not from eating too much olive oil, so I decided that I'd stay in CO for a year and spend all my time traveling. During the holidays, I began going a bit stir crazy- so I started auditioning and networking with local musicians....I missed using my voice. I missed pursuing my PASSION for music. I missed everything about what it did for me emotionally, creatively, and spiritually. I ended up getting cast as a lead in a show downtown and thus met the people I'd been missing from my experiences in both L.A. and NYC. I also ended up meeting the love of my life (*note Goldie locks in the photos is mine), and bandmate, who would've thought?! Good sex, good music=lucky me. Two major cities and here he was. There was a reason the Wizard of Oz was always one of my favorites as a kid.

I've now been living in Denver since November. A stay that wasn't intended to be permanent, ended up keeping me here indefinitely. I perform all around the city, we play radio shows and are planning a West Coast tour for the late Summer. The best part, I'm also freelancing now more than EVER. I have some incredible adventures coming up (more to blog on that later) and I feel more content, at ease, and "on the right track" than I ever have. I also still get to write for Guidespot.com which I couldn't be more proud of.

Sure, I still miss the cities, but luckily I'm so incredibly busy and on a plane so often that my yearning doesn't last too long before I visit. SO FOR NEW READERS, or old one's, let us get acquainted, I'm Chelsea Talks Smack, Nice to meet you ;)


And your name is??

68 comments:

Jen - tsk said...

excellent recap!! As a newish reader it's 100% what I needed!! Improve Jen, it's fantastic to meet you!! X

LizSara said...

Hi there, thank you for the recap. you were my first recommended read when i switched to Google Reader and now, having read about you i think i want to be you (in so much as i am too chickenshit to actually pursue my love of singing and work instead in IT)

sleepyjane said...

Hey there. You've said hi over at my blog but I'll introduce myself anyway.

Nicole. Nice to meet ya. :)

teabelly said...

I've been a reader for a while but I don't comment as much as I probably should. :) Your life is too cool by the way. I am jealous.

Kendall said...

I've been reading and at least trying to comment since November but it's always nice to be re-introduced.

Pleasure to meet you darlin'.

Sebastian said...

Yay for recaps!

I'd read through a bit of your archives, but this certainly makes for easier, more condensed and meaty reading.

If I was as cute as you, I'd probably be world famous by now -- and it sounds like you are fast on the track to doing the same :)

I wish you all the best; don't squander your fantastic talents!

I'm Sebastian, incidentally.

sid said...

I'm not that new - been reading your stuff for a year or so. Hi. I'm Sid and I spend a large proportion of my time looking a pictures of dresses, making maps and looking for the next adventure.

M.J. said...

Nice to meet you!

Jules said...

Being one of the newbies you talked about, thanks for the recap! You've had a LOT of life experiences! I'm Jules. Nice to meet you!

poodlegoose said...

I'm Brandy :) And it's great to read your stories, because living and growing up in a small town in the south? Just isn't that exciting. But the warm, sunny weather just about makes up for it.

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

well i'm alexa, but i've been reading you for while now.

glad you recapped it up though.

whattakes said...

Hi... I'm Erika... and I am one of those "workers" that reads blogs all day when my boss is somewhere other than here.

Like I have said before some of your posts make me laugh, and since I am trying to catch up on there, there are a few I save for lunch and days when everyone is somewhere other than here.

Great life!

Cecelia said...

Hi :) my name is Cecelia.. Nice to meet you!
This little introduction is just a brilliant idea. Even though I've been following you for quite a while it's good to know who is actually behind the blog :)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

jen- Great!! I wanted to give people a little back story, so make my writing make more sense to them!

lizsara- oh that's fantastic about Googlereader good to know! And hey, we all have our thing, our time, etc. you're not a chickenshit :)

sleepyjane- Hi Jane!

teabelly- Well hey there, no worries about the commenting I'm really glad you're reading!

Kendall- Thank you!!

Sebastian- Oh I always love your comments, that one was a good way to start my day with a little ego boost ;)

sid- I love you you've been reading for that long, thank you! I'll do my best to remain entertaining. And I like the way you spend your time, adventure seeking? Word.

Mj- You too!!

Jules- I'm glad you liked it! I thought it'd be useful :)

poodlegoose- Hey there, I've been reading your blog for a while, thanks for stopping by.

Alexa-Yes you have! and thank you for that!!

whattakes- I'm glad you find it at least somewhat entertaining! I'll try to keep it up ) Thanks so reading!

cecelia- GOOD! I'm glad you liked it. I wish that other bloggers would do it more often. Sometimes you lose track, or are very curious!

ChasingParadise said...

I loved the pics you included! Nice to see you in your element. I can tell you love music just from looking at pics of you performing. It's definitely part of your soul.

And can I just say that DAMN I'm jealous of all your traveling?! I'm completely green with envy!

Just A Girl said...

Note to self: Be more like this Chelsea chick. :)

I'm still blaming Matt for not telling me about your blog until 5 minutes ago, because it's totally one of my favorites now.

Tara said...

Hi! I'm Tara and I just recently added you to my reader. I love love love your writing style. I am graduating college in 2 days and then looking to break in to the PR world. Nice to meet you!

just me said...

How'd you get all these new readers? I need to steal some.

As well as steal a little bit of your life, because it's beeautiful.

Lily said...

I'm Lily (not really, but you know my real name because we're FB friends, lol). I found you awhile ago, got hooked on your Europe adventures and then have been back ever since. I knew bits and pieces of your backstory, but appreciate the recap! PS, come to Vegas!!!

Andi said...

I'm Andi! Been reading you for a couple of months - but did not know ALL that! Thanks for the recap, feel like I know ya a lot better. Nice to get to know you!

Maxie said...

Of course you already know I read your blog, but just as a reintroduction, hello!

Heather said...

I've been reading your blog for a couple months now I think. Never have commented before, but I love your blog! You've made me laugh so many times!

Diana said...

oh i have been reading this for awhile, but i missed the intro so this is fab!

Jay said...

Wait what? I thought you were one of the child stars from Kids, Incorporated. Dammit!

LBluca77 said...

Dang you have been a busy girl. But it all sounds like a blast.

Oh by the way I'm Emily.

Ali said...

You're absolutely fantastic! I'm Ali, nice to meet YOU! :)

alibdubrow.blogspot.com

Kellie said...

I'm not a brand new reader but I'd guess I'm one of the newer ones. :) I'm Kellie and it is fabulous to meet you!

Jen said...

Hola Chelsea, I'm Jenni!

And you're hilarious. Thanks for the bio. ;)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Chasing paradise- Thank you :) I definitly feel at home in those

Just a girl- Well thank you!! That's quite a great thing to hear, cheers!

Tara- nice to meet you! AND, welcome and CONGRATS on your graduation, that's fantastic!

Lily- I'M TRYING!

Andi- I'm glad you liked it cheers!! and nice to meet you.

Maxie- HI MAXIE :) You've been around since the beginning, you know what's up!

Heather- Well thanks for commenting, or delurking- thanks for reading!

Diana- I do try to be fab ;)

Jay- I'll never live up to your expectations jay, GEEZ. lol.

Lblucca- Nice to know your name! I read you, thanks for stopping by again!

Ali- Well thank you dear!! I appreciate it, I'll be by your blog soon!

Kellie- I've seen you before and I read you :) Thanks so saying hello! Cheers.

Jen- Thank you! I try :)

Just me- I have no idea?!

MeaganKate said...

Dearest Chelsea,

We keep leaving notes on one another's blogs, and I feel as though we are kindred spirits. Officially adding you to my blogroll. :)

-MeaganK

Ally B said...

Hi Chelsea! I'm Ally...

Thanks for the recap! I've been reading you for awhile but I had no idea that you lived in CO (I'm in Boulder)...

I would love to freelance, but I don't know where to start. But I do love to blog...

Sassy Molassy said...

Thanks for getting us up to date! I thought I knew most of the story, but it's always fun to read it in one concise document. Glad you are happier than ever and succeeding as you wish Chels! And thanks for keeping us entertained on your blog.

Erin said...

I've been reading for a couple months now and it's great to here your backstory. I would love to read a book about your adventures, but the next best thing is this blog! You inspire for the simple reason that you do what you love and don't settle. I like the way you work.

MsPuddin said...

can I have your autograph? Cool. Nice to meet you ;p I've been reading for a little over a year and never really knew the whole story...

MsP

Caitie said...

Hi Chelsea, I'm Caitie...I'm a new reader and blogger so it was nice to get some background info about you! I'm jealous of all your traveling :) I'm moving to NYC in a few weeks so any advice concerning big city living would be great! haha. Nice to meet you!

Michelle and the City said...

well it's always nice to have a refresher. i've been much better with my google reader lately.

it's michelle by the way :)

.bethany. said...

Well! I'm Bethany and my life isn't nearly as interesting as yours, greetings from West by God Virginia, though.

Lindsay McHugh said...

Yeah, I'm another lurker. Thanks for the update!

Lindsay, 22, expat in Australia. Basically, I graduated from college, treated myself to a Euro trip, and came home with a resolve to get a visa to Aussie. Here I am.

ewiggle said...

Not necessarily a new reader but it's nice to get a recap. You're very well travelled and that's awesome. I wish I had the courage to just up and do something like travel Europe by myself.

Anywho, I'm Erin, or E.Wiggle. Keep up the good work!

Caz said...

Hi I'm Caz!

I've been reading and commenting for a while so I'm not exactly new. But I was also a little confused as to a lot of your stories/past as you'd been in so many different places. Good to get it all cleared up!

Matt said...

I'm Matt. I would give you a recap of me but...neither of us want this comment to get out of hand now do we?

It is nice to meet you and your love. At least on the internet. Obviously, one day I will have to make it down to one of your shows.

Kristin said...

Thank you for the recap. =) Can I be you for a day? lol

I'm Kristin, nice to meet you!

Elle said...

Thank you for the recap! It's amazing how much you've done! We should all aspire to do so much. I've been reading for awhile, but my name is Elle. Nice to meet you :)!

Joy @ Big Time Fancy said...

One day, you're going to need to give me the 4-1-1 about Guidespot and the monies involved in it.

I do Yelp, but that's because I like bitching. I don't get any monies from it.

Children of the Nineties said...

I just started reading and I love the recap, great idea! Nice to meet you :)

Katelin said...

okay i've been reading your blog a while and that definitely caught me up because i don't even think i knew all of that, haha. love it. :)

Maris said...

This was a good idea, the recap. Sometimes when I start reading a blog (like yours) long after the writer started it, it's harder to really get hooked.

I am DYING to get into freelancing. Do you have any tips for an aspiring professional-writer wannabe??

Bridget said...

I'm Bridget :)

I've been somewhat of a lurker for a while but I really enjoy your blog and your taste in music.

The video with you drinking wine was great and something I would do.

I will try not to be such a lurker anymore!

Kristina said...

Wait how old are you again...wow! You've done a lot, thanks for the re-cap. I'm Kristina...I've enjoyed reading your blog for a bit now, which I think I've said before so that's it!

Jodi Bluebird said...

Hello! Thanks for the recap! I'm new around here :)

Jodi B.

bard said...

The desire to blog comes and goes, but your journal will always be waiting for you when you're ready to return.

That is, unless the hard drives are permanently wiped like they were at Journalspace. Then your whole history and community is forever lost, and you end up limping around the Internet looking for a new place that feels remotely the same...

Oh, sorry. Was that last part out loud?

rambles@25 said...

i am a couple of days late with this but life gets int he way and its only now sat night 0009 that i am catching up with blogs.

as a newish sorta reader think i'be been following you for like 2 months. you were one of the first blogs i started following when i joined 20sb this is an excellent recap and i am MIss Rambles it is pleasure to officially meet u!!!

carly said...

I'm Carly, love your blog!

Amanda said...

Hey Chelsea! I'm Amanda, and I'm relatively new to blogging (or rather the social networking aspect of blogging). I have seen you on countless blogrolls... glad I finally stopped and checked it out. Your "recap" sounds amazing, I can't wait to read more about your exciting life!!

And I'm an LA newbie, I can't wait to explore this city!!

Larissa said...

I'm Larissa, one of your loyal readers. Hi again.

abrandname said...

Well Well Well....

Sadly, I am a lurker. Not sad anymore. I am coming out of the closet here and now. I love your writing style and attitude on life. It is my dream to travel the US.

I came to you from nearthetracks.blogspot.com. Jenn and I cracked up at your video the other day. Like almost pee in my pants laughing. You are too funny!

You are one super impressive chick!

Oh by the way. I am Amanda. From Maine!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

wow, all of the comments! thank you guys who delurked and those of you who have been reading a long time and just wanted to say hello! Thank you thank you! HI!!

Nice to "meet" you all, cheers.

shine said...

Thanks for catching me up! I've been meaning to stumble over here for a while, but just haven't had time.

Please write the blog about college/degrees/paper that says shit soon. I have some shit to say about that, too.

Iva said...

woohoo! thanks for the 'catch up'. Its very cool to meet you :)

Jeanine said...

hi. i'm jeanine. i come and go. but when i'm here, i get hooked and read post after post. loved the recap, beautiful story.

Taren said...

hello. i think you're fantastic.

One Sassy Girl said...

Nice to meet you! I just found your blog and think it's pretty darn fab. I started blogging recently so yours (and your eclectic career) is definitely inspiring. Best of luck with everything -- Megan
http://www.hotpieceofsass.com

whitsgettingfit said...

I love your blog! I just found it via your comment on my fantabulous apple tart. Yes, it was THAT GOOD!

amillionmilesfromeverywhere said...

hello chelsea! i'm mary evelyn, nice to meet you!

Lauren said...

I accidentally read every single blog post this morning instead of making my husband bfast/going to work. This is fabulous. I hope we become blog bff.

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Anonymous said...

Chelsea.I've been a long time fan of yours, and though I'd love to use my real name, you could be embarrassed by somethings that I may say,though it will always be positive.I'm a huge fan, and I tend to over love..I know about your talents.You sing like no other soul alive, and I've heard your voice online, etc.I always find out, from friends, when I can hear you, etc. you are (I believe) more talented than any star that I've ever heard.. and that is but one reason why I follow you.'m your biggest fan, possibly.I shall use a name that I love, just so I can indulge you with compliments,and I'm not a dangerous freak, so don't worry.I'm just a lady with a great fam., etc.Totally into the arts and have acted ,danced and even sang some.Never made it obviously, but you just make me happy, and that is all I care about.At this point, you are possibly my source of joy, besides my family.So, I'll write once in awhile, just to say what I think of your work, etc.ALL uplifting ,hopefully.Your biggest fan....CaraLee

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