Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WorldStar Hip Hop Video

I admit it.... I never realized that WorldStar was such a huge site! A few months ago they ordered a custom video from me, paid me a bunch of money up front, I just figured they were 'another' website trying to make in the business (..so many of those websites out there these days).... But... Ummm....Did you know that WorldStar IS the business? Since the video went up 2 days ago, it has had over 250,000 hits - I have had three urban magazines contact me about shooting, four photographers offering to fly me out of the country for modeling jobs, and at least a dozen PR guys hoping to hire me for radio shows and TV.... It is crazy. My inbox is flooded... I don't think I have ever seen so much email in one day...

For once in my life, my butt is getting more attention than my chest!  Ha.... My butt is famous!...

Just wish that their video quality didn't smush me down 12 inches, It makes me look all compact and weird... Check out my short stubby square video in all it's glory...... Video...

Eeek!..

While shooting with a photographer on Sunday afternoon, he asked "Do you shoot Pink?" (in case you are wondering - That is industry-talk for 'will you spread your vagina open and let me shoot your cervix...') ....And replied politely, "Nope, not my thing".....  He, then, asked "Really? You wont even do it OFF camera?"

















Monday, July 12, 2010

Aquapalooza Lake Travis 2010


"Palooza" seems to be a quick way of saying, "You are gonna party your ass off all weekend..." AquaPalooza just rolled through. Free event, no tickets needed, held in over 100 different locations around the world. Touted as "the world's largest boating event," 15,000 boats and 84,000 attendees are expected in the aquacade's 100 locations around the globe (Stockholm, Singapore and Marbella, Spain all get stops).

I had to go check it out. You know I had to. I had this fifty foot boat lined up Friday night - $30 a person for ice, food, and shade. Butttt the captian was pushing off at 7am the next morning, wanted us there by 6:30am... I was laying in bed thinking, "It is 2am right now, can I really wake up in 4 hours and sit on the water for 16 hours and be happy about it?" Nope. That is not happening. Scratch that idea. Then I figured, there has to be a way to get out there without a boat. "Pat and I will just buy some pool rafts and swim it!" Great idea in my head (not sure how I talked Patrick into doing this, normally he is smarter than this), not so great when you have been swimming for a halfhour, it is 5pm, and the stage is still a tiny black dot in the distance - We did make it to the other side, cardio and all.... Just in time for Brad Paisley's encore!

Turn around.

A nice family boat picked Pat and I up on the way back - They dropped us off on the other side of the lake.... Pat and I hung out on our colorful floats, talking to other people on colorful floats, drinking beers, watching the sunset... It was a really good day.

Friday, July 2, 2010

They denied my claim...

As you know, my ATM card was stolen two weeks ago... I reported the card stolen as soon as I noticed (which was not quickly enough)  Over the course of two days and three different states (FL, NC, VA), they used my pin # and stole $580 from my checking account .... I filed a fraud claim with my bank, gave them all information I could - They said it would be two weeks before I heard anything...

Today I got a letter in the mail saying that the claim was denied.... When I called them to inquire as to why, they told me that even if I have documents that prove where I was on the days that the money was taken out.... The fact that someone used my pin # successfully proves that the claim is not fraudulent and I cannot get my money back...

... Everything is just so wrong in my life right now, I could not help it, I started crying...The guy felt bad for me - He did a little research, took some more notes, went in and re-opened the case - Told me file a police report because it will help my case, and also to collect documents that prove where I was that day....

I have been in such a dark miserable hole these last few weeks, it is like I have this cartoon black cloud following me around everywhere and I cannot shake it off... On a very positive note, I just want to mention here, that I really love you guys for trying to make things a little easier - The overwhelming flow of people sending donations has really helped a lot - The community on here is so fantastic, just a network of friends and people who say that this blog has inspired them in so many ways.... I never knew that these stories have touched so many people.  In the very least, if anything good comes out of this week, I know that I have a really great safety net of awesome friends on here.  Thanks for reading.  And thank you for being here for me...  because sometimes, especially this week, I really need it...

Photos:  Trisha Noble.. LA

Thursday, July 1, 2010

First Roll, Mamiya, Tracy-face

Broke out the Mamiya - Tracy and I shot off my first roll of 120 film. Shot it by the Burner warehouse last week (Austin has so many neat places to shoot, tons of murals and things).  As for the photos themselves, I know that they turned out grainy... but I was shooting 400 speed film that expired three years ago AND the sun had just set, so I was pushing my luck.... regardless, I really like them a lot...