Tuesday, April 21, 2009
WHO THE HELL IS THIS CHICK
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??