Thursday, July 31, 2008

About Me

About Me:
In truth, I think “About Mes” should be reserved for elected official-types and those running for public office. I never know what to say without sounding like some terrible narcissist, which I may be, but to which I am in serious denial. I hate the thought of having to write a page or even a paragraph about why I’m cool enough for you to take an interest in me. I never know what to say that might be interesting enough for the person reading it to want to know more. I, personally, can’t imagine my life being that fascinating. But, I recognize that that human curiosity abounds and someone, somewhere in the world does actually want to know something about me that only I can tell them. Even though I am not entirely convinced that I’ve done anything worthy of a biography (auto- or otherwise), I have to admit, I’ve thought long and hard about my memoirs.

So, here’s my disclaimer:
Due to some attack of conscience seasoned heavily with the bastard love-child of humility and self-deprecation, I feel guilty for pontificating about what it is about me that makes me special enough for you to be curious about my life. To lessen the blow, I’ll stick to the truth as best I can, and I will gladly let you be the judge.
I am an artist, which is to say, I believe in art. I believe in art in all mediums is what ultimately fuels me as a carbon-based (allegedly) rational human being. Perhaps it’s more appropriate to say I fancy myself an artist. I read once that “Creativity is a marvelous third eye that floats free’ and I find that to be overwhelmingly true and equally well-said. I think that art and creation are the only ways we can leave a lasting legacy and I believe that ability lies in every person who is ever and will ever be born. A dear friend of mine once said, “All art is a celebration,” and I have yet to hear anything so true as this. Art has the ability to serve as a life force, if it is allowed to do so---and as far as I’m concerned, it is. I believe in art.
Occupationally, I am a model, which somehow simultaneously bows to the fickle nature of our culture and the appreciation of the body as both a piece of art and a tool to create it. Ah, the wonder of the point of view… I am in the process of earning a degree in theatre, with a concentration in performance, because (like so many before) I believe I was meant for the stage. I also write (as you may have been able to infer), make music, paint, draw, and think. These are my great arts, and as I immerse myself deeper into various mediums of creation and expression, the list will undoubtedly grow. I am an ex-vegan, but only because I enjoy cheese with my wine. I eat vegetables from the garden in my backyard and I enjoy the taste of soymilk. I enjoy taking pictures. I like swimming very much. I prefer being barefoot to wearing shoes and I like being in the rain. I stay up late, even though when the sun goes down, I become loopy and hard to understand—almost as if I have some kind of nocturnal ADHD.
I want to go to outer space, but I don’t think I have the patience for all that pesky astronaut/cosmonaut training. If someone wanted to smuggle me into outer space…well, they would be on the receiving end of one hell of a thank-you card.
One thing I never want to do is limit myself. With the whole world at my fingertips, what would be the point? I want to grow and learn and become everything. I want to connect to the soul of the world and I want to tap into the creative well that overflows with a mass consciousness of artistic process. I want to write and draw and paint, because sometimes they are easier than speaking. I want to sing and dance and laugh, because I want to be a voice for the creative good.
If I were stranded on a desert island with the option of food or music, it would be a moment before I could answer with certainty, because music is just as much sustenance to me as food. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I need it in my life.
I’m probably a pretty normal person. I can’t say for sure, because what is “normal” anyway? But I slip in dog poop in my yard just like everyone else, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But enough about me, tell me about you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Frequently brilliant, squirm-inducingly funny

Today, my favorite person of the moment, GL, sent me Margot at the Wedding in the mail. It was written and directed by Noah Baumbach (a GENUIS) and it's starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black. We watched it once with Jared, Jessie, and Nathan way back at the beginning of the summer (when we were hanging out with our rockstars before they all left for touring and promotion and whatnot). I remember us all drinking tequila and every time someone laughed, Jared would say:

"The laughs come fast and furioius and they're sharp enough to draw blood." Because it's on the cover of the dvd.

Good times.

Inside the package was a letter, and i'm going to share a little of it with you

"Miss Jenn,
I hope this comes as a pleasant surprise, and I hope it reminds you of all the fun we had this summer. I also hope it gets you ready for all the fun that is to come! I'm going to send you a copy of every Noah Baumbach film ever. The Squid and the Whale is next, and it's already on its way. One day, I think you'll probably end up working with Baumbach, because you seem like one of his characters, already."

Oh, I wish, I wish, I wish!

Speaking of, for those of you who know GL, he just moved onto a street called East Serenade in MO.

Also, I'm going to see Spiritualized tonight (7/22) in Nashville at City Hall. can't wait. Adn next week, I'm going to see She and Him featuring Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward at Mercy Lounge. I'm so excited, my head could explode (sorry to whoever is going to have to clean that mess up).

INOTHERNEWS:
Last night, thanks to the randomness of facebook messenger, I had a conversation with someone I hadn't spoken to or seen since the third grade. His name is Jordan, and when we were in school, we were what can affectionately be known as "partners-in-crime." He makes music in the band Left Handed Promise, which is pretty good. Give it a listen here.

Also, Jules and I are going to see Kill Hannah in ATL on 8/1, which will be just one of our many adventures in the coming month.

And I"ve got another photoshoot in the works with fancy-pants photographer Shelynn Taylor this week.

Not a moment's rest, but no complaints.

And!!!

a list (why not)?

Things I am currently and enthusiast of:
Fresh vegetables from my garden
This Boy's Life, starring Robert de Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio
The Dark Knight
Painting my face
Finding old friends and chatting with them on internet social networking communities (myspace, facebook, etc)
End.>Vacuum: A Realization in Nine Movements
"The Most Dangerous Commercials" by Circa Survive
This weekend!!
Kill Hannah in ATL
Buying things off the internet, things that I don't need


Things I am currently not so fond of:
The gynecologist, or anything associated with it
My parents talking about boy scouts, homosexuality, or any combination thereof
This unbearable Tennessee heat. The humidity's so thick, you could swim in it.
Having sent off the laptop, which won't be back for what seems like a million years, but will only be week or two
Buying things off the internet, things that I don't need

And one of these days, I'll actually do a proper introduction of myself.

-jenn

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Seriously, what girl doesn't love tulle?

I've decided my first blog would not be an introduction of myself. Rather, some random news. My second blog will be an introduction. How nice for everyone?

This past weekend, I got the opportunity to work with a very talented young photographer by the name of Ford Fairchild. It was an amazing shoot, and the first (hopefully of many) that I will be working on with him. He even let me take a friend along, which was something I found to be just wonderful in every sense of the word.

http://www.fordfairchild.com/

Unlike a lot of photo shoots, this one didn't feel like work at all. It felt like...fun. It was fun. I loved it, and every one of the shots that I've seen so far look incredible.

Random News:

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Hot Hot Heat, The Fratellis, and of course, The Kings of Leon. I've been wanting to get my hands on some J-Roddy Walston and the Business, too. I like rock and roll that makes me want to dance.

Actually, I like anything that can get me dancing.
Some very good friends of mine by the name of Heidi Ervin and Brandon Gwinn have written a musical called 'Underwear: A Space Musical' and it will be featured in this year's New York City Fringe Festival. A few friends of mine (Courtney Cowart, Bethany Stollar, Justin Bourdet) have been cast, too. I can't even express how excited I am for not only these people, but everyone who gets to work on something at the Fringe. For us theatre-babies, it's a big deal.
Let's see...The Kings of Leon have a new album 'Only By the Night' coming out (their 4th) on Sept. 22nd in the UK and Sept. 23rd in the States.
On Thursday (7/17), VH1 Rock Honors: The Who. The Flaming Lips, Incubus, Pearl Jam, Tenacious D played and it airs sometime on Vh1. Fun times.
The Pink Spiders also have their (probably final) new album 'Sweat It Out' due out on Sept. 23rd of this year. I love those guys. Even if it's the end, I can't wait.
Mike, the guitarist for Incubus, has written an orchestral piece in nine movements called End.>Vacuum. He's been working on it for a year, and we all know it's going to be incredible. It will be performed live by The Graviton Modern Ensemble at UCLA's Royce Hall on Sat. Aug 23rd. For more infoon the ticket contest/internet presale please visit http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vaW5jdWJ1c3ZpZXcuY29tL21lc3Nib2FyZC92aWV3dG9waWMucGhwP3Q9MjY0MDY= and for more info on the concert, check out http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmVuZHZhY3V1bS5jb20=. Mike's also started a new myspace page for 'END.VACUUM' at http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LiBteXNwYWNlLiBjb20vZW5kdmFjdXVt. For those of you in the area, I'm not gonna lie, you're going to want to go see this in performance. You won't regret it, and if you do...I will personally repay you for your troubles.

Circa Survive needs some help with their efforts in trying to save Siren Records (who, even if you don't realize it, we owe something to), but I love those guys. So I'm going to remind you guys that you should go to http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vZG9uYXRlLmNpcmNhc3Vydml2ZS5jb20= and donate something to help Siren Records relocate, otherwise they're going to be shut down for good and that's no bueno. Anything you can spare would be appreciated, and in return you get the luxury of a free download of their new song 'The Most Dangerous Commercials.' If you're a fan of their stuff, and even if you aren't, it's worth it. Siren Records has not only been a huge supporter of indie music for more than 20 years now but served as a safe and positive environment for youth to go and learn about all types of art, films, music and literature.

Even if you don't want the song, but you still want to give, you can go to the Siren Records Myspace page http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Lm15c3BhY2UuY29tL3NpcmVucmVjb3Jkc19lbGVjdHJpYw== and do it from there.

So come on, artists. Unite.

And one more thing, the singer of Circa Survive, Anthony is giving away free downloads of his new song 'Devil's Song' from his new solo album Avalon. Not only is this a total freebie, but it's also so INCREDIBLY good. All you have to do is go to his website http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmFudGhvbnlncmVlbnNjaGlsZHJlbi5jb20= and sign up for the mailing list
I hope this was random enough for you. Muah!
j

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