With flights going for about $150 round trip, it was an easy choice to visit my mom and friends back home in Atlanta. I’ve been flying a lot on Southwest. They have a great policy with no change fees for using the credit toward a new flight.
We had a girls night out at Gypsy Kitchen. It was my first time at the Rodeo Drive look-alike shopping area called Buckhead Atlanta.
Gypsy Kitchen was a beautiful restaurant that offered tapas style dining.
Our feelings were pretty lukewarm about the food so we stuck to one round of tapas and left for some Shake Shack in the same plaza.
I loved that pecan pie was on the menu. It was my first time eating the chicken sandwich. It reminded me of the Chick-fil-a sandwich with shredded lettuce and mayonnaise. So yes, quite tasty but not very innovative. Although foodies may be swayed by the herb mayo. My salty buttery double shack burger continued its consistent amazing taste.
Some of us girls decided to hang out longer and checked out Little Trouble. As we were getting carded, my friend said that the bar’s look was based on a movie. I blurted out, “Big Trouble in Little China?” The bouncer’s booming voice hit us, “THAT IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE.” When I asked if the bar was inspired by that movie, he returned to being stone faced and replied, “I have no idea what you mean”. We found out later that the movie was actually “Blade Runner”.
From there, it was Mary’s. A fun gay dancing venue with bizarre images playing on their screens.
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This guy and I had a dance off. I lost. I should have known when he got his jacket and wrapped it around his waist to enhance his shimmy action.
The next night, I joined the girls for their book club. I totally went for the homemade deep dish pizza. And the company, of course.
These ladies really got into it with their historical inquiries and curiosities about the murders. I read the Cliff Notes and wasn’t very interested in the story. but I rather enjoyed the fervor with which they debated and discussed as I helped myself to some tart/cake.
Cheating at book club is great because I didn’t have to waste numerous hours to figure out that I wouldn’t have liked the book. We had a coloring session afterward. I was actually quite surprised by how calm and relaxing the activity was for us adults.
These were Chan’s Naked Celebration Cakes she had made for the Craft Box Girls blog. She also has her own awesome blog called Sweets by Chan. If you like food, drinks, and DIY, you should definitely check these blogs out. And yes, those cakes were heavenly.
Before book club, I got to see Chan’s place. I’m always so impressed by people who own homes and make them pretty. She also has the cutest and most welcoming Yorkie in the world. He kept scampering back and forth as if to say “Come on! Let me show you around my place”.
Always fun to help to my mom out. We went to Costco, and she just HAD to have the cardboard placed under all the (heavy) cases of water.
My mom kept picking up bungeoppang, which is a popular street snack in Korea. Bungeo refers to carp. Ppang means bread. They are fish-shaped pastries filled with sweet red bean paste or white cream. They are really adorable and super yummy.
Another delicious Korean treat that my mom and I shared was Sujebi. It is an old school soup with hand torn noodles. These noodles were made with spinach.
Even on vacation, I take acting opportunities with me. I’ll explain. It’s common for casting to request actors to self tape auditions. See self tape action happening here. Well, post recording, we had a little fun.
Sometimes I get asked to submit an audition while I’m out of town. For a last minute audition request during a road trip, I had to borrow Andrew’s big suit jacket for some newscaster role as he shot me while I was kneeling awkwardly on the bed to get the right frame for the camera. The bed was the only space that had good lighting in our lovely LaQuinta room.
This time I had skype auditions for a hosting gig on a really awesome channel. I had already done one round and this round would be pairing me with another potential co-host. Like a chemistry test to see how well we’d mesh. I’d have two auditions about an hour apart with two different guys. The only ideal area for me to do this was in the room my mother basically uses for storage. So I had to do a test run with my friend and clean up everything behind me. I ran around moving bags to the sides of the room, covering things up with blankets…it was a little ridiculous. Thank you, Joni, for your help!
Anyway, the audition was kind of challenging. You had to let your personality shine and keep your energy up while reacting off your partner. Which makes sense, right? But it wasn’t like a normal conversation between two people; you couldn’t just listen and wait to respond. I had to really jump on any chance to interject my own thoughts. No dead space allowed. So it was like a constant stream of talking, and I was asked to be bigger. I asked “You mean, like musical theater BIG?” “Yes” was the reply. Well then. Go big or go home, am I right? I went full throttle. After the skype sessions, my mom asked why I was yelling at the other person. Too much?
I found out yesterday that I didn’t make it to the final live auditions. You never know why the job didn’t work out. But I’ve been in this industry long enough now to know it’s best to not wonder and move on to the next thing!
Oh, and Southwest’s change policy worked in my favor because I ended up going back to NYC earlier for a couple of castings. One of them was for a hippie role for a cool new show on Nat Geo. I didn’t have much hippie gear so I went with denim and long hair. Voila!
A bathroom selfie for you guys. Anyway, here’s to more auditions and more travel this year! Job bookings that involve travel would be amazing, too. I’ll put that out into the universe.
I’ve also been learning a lot about blogging and the blogging community. Thank you so much, Chan from Sweets By Chan and Kristin from The Rouser. And thank you, guys, for reading and supporting this blog while it goes through some tweaks and improvements!