¡Viva México Cabrones!

Finally got around to backing up six months of photos off of my phone. So I've finally updated the photography gallery with Instagram images from two separate trips to Mexico. Although my entire family is from Mexico they mainly live in the Tijuana/San Diego area, so I hadn't gotten much of a chance to travel much outside of the Baja area. Getting a chance to explore more states and areas in and around Mexico City has been incredibly inspirational and surprising. These trips have given me a greater sense of Mexican pride and curiosity to keep exploring more. Hopefully another trip isn't too far off.

woman of the world

 

Welp. It's been quite a handful of weeks. If you had asked me what my plans were about 2 months ago I would have said something about maaaaaybe planning a trip to Mexico. Weeeeelp.... then I got laid off. 

Suddenly I had no plans AND every plan. The sky was this limit, but did I feel comfortable reaching for it? I had savings, but living in NYC, how quickly was I going to burn through that? Should I move? Should focus my energy on securing a new job? But any job? Or should I wait? Should I travel, volunteer or concentrate on making some art? I had a thousand questions with no "right" answers. 

I had a crash course in finding myself. Eat, pray, loving from the comfort of the boroughs. The first few days I was of course bummed, angry, stressed and scared, but as time passed so did those feelings. As much as I wanted to take the time to relax, it is just not in my nature to do so unless I know I've done the work to earn it. So I started up the hustle, reaching out to anyone and everyone by email, linkedin, facebook, calls, job boards, etc. After that things started to fall into place quickly.

Interviews started to be lined up, my budget seemed relatively on track and suddenly for the first time ever I actually had the time to enjoy the beautiful NYC spring. I walked along the waterfronts and across bridges. I went to interviews from Uptown to Downtown and planned lunches, movies and museum trips in between. Spring time in bars, rooftops, tattoo parlors, dance parties, backyards and front stoops.

Answering the stock interview question "so what are you looking to do?" over and over actually made me think about it. The first few times parroting back the typical semi-generic goals, but then I found myself actually internalizing and contemplating the question. I was finally coming to realization that I am no longer a student, an assistant or an apprentice. I am a woman with skills, talent and a career. So what do I see myself doing? 

Then I landed a freelance gig with a magazine called Man of the World. They have a really talented, but small team that just needed someone with production experience to step in and help them out. This projected ended up being a completely awesome reinvigorating work experience for me. I got to tap my skills, creativity, experience and conjure something really fun out of it. Issue No. 4 on stands soon! And yet again it really helped clarify the question about what I actually want to do.

I recently accepted a position with Urban Studio as a production manager. I am super excited about working with another group of talented people and finding out how I can fit in and help create some more great stuff. Since I was laid off I went to DC, Alabama, Vermont and I'm about to go to Mexico for a few weeks before I start the new job. I am happy to say when someone asks me "what do you see yourself doing" I can confidently answer, "This!" 

see what you want to sea

Editing down some actual camera shots taken om my recent trip to Taiwan to add to the iPhone/Instagram gallery currently posted.

In the meantime, I just wanted to point out this rock formation I spotted off of the coast of the Green Island (綠島鄉). Looked a bit familiar to me for some reason...


"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

so you better treat her right

 

The world of media production is typically fast-paced with extended lead times that often lead to a "onto the next one" approach and an "out of sight, out of mind" attitude towards finished projects. This working situation can become a frustrating cycle that doesn't allow any time to fully appreciate the fruits of your labor. One of the great things about my previous job working at a busy post-production studio in NYC was that I often saw the projects I worked on all over the city. Bus stops, billboards, taxi tops, pop-up shops, commercials... the campaigns were always all around you. Now in my most recent job on the agency side things, I manage a much larger scope of the campaigns' production and design, but for a smaller roster of clients. So now I am much less likely to run into my jobs out in the wild

Since I've finally had some relative downtime (haha!) recently and I've passed my one year anniversary at Laird I thought it would be a good time to update my portfolio. Combing through my archived files, reviewing past design and ultimately finding the work now "live" has been really satisfying. I will try to update this page with those kind of examples more often to not only to better document my work, but as a bit of a pick-me-up and pat on the back in an otherwise hectic industry!

So check out my updated portfolio to find some of my latest jobs and let me know if you spot any of them around!

Taiwan 101

I have put off updating this site for way too long. My Valentine's Day resolution is to get back in the habit of posting more frequently. Let's see how this goes!

I went to Taiwan for nice 10 day vacation this month courtesy of my ex-step father / still good friend John. We visited with his lovely wife Chingling, her friends & family mainly in Taipei, Taitung (her hometown) & the nearby Lyudao (Green Island). Taiwan was a full of friendly people and natural beauty. Much less crowded or hectic than typical metropolitan areas with plenty of historic sites to visit and amazing local food. I didn't have a deep knowledge of China or Taiwan before I visited, so I was eager to discover and luckily met many people who were excited to share.

We left at the beginning of the Chinese New Year week of celebration which was a great way to end the trip. Happy New Year of the Snake!

You can check out my iPhone/Instagram taken shots in the photography gallery here. I might add some more photos later if I can find enough good shots from my actual camera.

California Dreaming

Just got back from a quick trip to California for my bro's graduation from UC Santa Barbara (Go 2012 Gauchos!) & hanging with friends in LA (Go Hollywood-ers!). Since I was quite busy with family I didn't bring my camera / concentrate on photography as I usually like to do on vacation, but I was able to take a few quick shots on iPhone 4 / Instagram app. Please chuckle with me at this Californian "June Gloom." Here is the gallery.

PDX

 

I had a wonderful weekend in Portland, OR visiting my buddy Alley. Portland is one of the smaller cities I've visited recently, but being shown around by a friend who knew all the best haunts made it a heaping full adventure. I got one day of sun, but then toughed out the rest of the drizzly days with no umbrella (to fit in with the locals). From bacon donuts to arcade movie theaters, Portland seems to do everything with a unique twist. I hope I can go back and explore some more soon! Portland Gallery.