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Day 2: Follow Your Heart To Pursue Your Dreams September 21, 2009

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Hey All!

Today is Day 2 in my 365 days of Following Your Dreams blog! An Amazing Series of events have happened to me.

As I have stated one of my passions is video production. I love the idea of entertaining people through videos. There’s something about creating a commercial that will catch people’s eyes or shooting an interview promoting a new film or TV show. I love being able to hold a camera and just record. It’s actually a lot of fun. I have a creative mind so it works.

Today, while I was at the outlets filling out applications for a part time job a thought occurred to me. Why not go over to Downtown Disney and try to apply at some of the restaurants there because they are not staffed through Disney. So I walked over and got the same response from most of the restaurants, “we’re not hiring right now.” I am beginning to resent that phrase. I decided to walk around and just enjoy the beginning of the afternoon before it got too hot. I was walking past Ghirardelli Chocolate when I was stopped. Then I noticed that I was stopped because there was filming going on. So I asked the man who had stopped me if this was something that occurred through Disney. He replied yes and he gave me the name of the production company and the name of the man in charge of the broadcast production area of Disney. I was Thrilled! I walked around for a little and then ran to my car, drove home (Happily singing Shania Twain’s UP) and emailed this man right away.

The response: They are always interested in part time cast members who have production knowledge. This made me extremely excited and I am off to send my resume to their Resource Manager.

Lesson: When you are feeling compelled about something, follow that feeling. It will most likely lead you to something that may change your course forever!

NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOUR DREAMS!

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365 Days of Chasing Dreams: Day 1

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Hello All and Welcome!

My name is Lauren and I graduated from Penn State University in May 2009. After earning my degree in Telecommunications (focus in Broadcast/Video production) and a fascinating minor in Theatre, I have begun the search for a “real life” career. After an entire summer of applying to small production companies who weren’t even looking for new hires, sending resumes to television stations that were laying off, and working long days at a local diner, I have decided to take things into my own hands and move to sunny Orlando, Florida.

WHY The Move? Yes, it is true that I didn’t have to pay nearly as much as I am paying now in rent while living with my parents and I had all the comforts of people I love and a nice home, but I didn’t have a job. I also wasn’t finding a bite, or rather a bite that I knew would make me happy. I would rather be happy starting out in my career life, then miserable. I moved to Orlando because of Walt Disney World. I had completed their College Program during the Fall of 2008 and was welcomed back as a seasonal employee this past summer. More importantly, I knew I would absolutely LOVE my job. It meant making sacrifices and they weren’t easy ones to make. I miss home very very much. Fall and Winter don’t exist here in Florida.

THE JOB: Why not start at entry level and work your way up? Well, I thought about that. I applied for some entry level jobs filing tapes at TV studios and got no reply. Now wait a minute, I was a great student who ended up with a 3.40 GPA (pretty good), I interned with WPSU Sports and the Big Ten Network and a small video production company, not to mention was an employee of the Walt Disney World Company. Why wasn’t I getting any interviews? Why was my field so hard to break into? And as a girl, too. How many women cameramen do you see? Exactly. Anyways, since I had done the College Program before, I knew I would love working for Disney again.

WHY Do i Love It? Because it’s fun. I get to wear silly looking costumes and make people’s day brighter. I get to play a role in something bigger than I am. I have the power to make magic happen and watch dreams come true. I have the best job in the world. Sure it pays next to nothing and I’m living alone in a place I cannot afford. Sure I am having to dig a little into my savings and eat less lavish food. Sure it’s HARD, but no one ever said it was going to be easy.

I decided to make this blog because not enough people follow their dreams. Too many of us settle for what is “ok” for us. We stop chasing when we are comfortable. Most people don’t like to face trying times. We are comfortable working in tiny cubicles at a job we hate because it allows us to have money. The world is all about money. I know this because the company I am working for has decided that money is more important than Magic. What this company doesn’t understand is that The Company itself was BUILT on Magic and Dreams. Companies lose sight of their goals too, because most companies lessen their product because it gives them more money.

My question to you is WHY? Why do we settle for less?

I’m not going to be able to make it more than a year working for dirt with no benefits. So we’ll give this a shot. I challenge you to follow me as I embark on a journey to follow my dreams. What are my dreams you may ask? I’m not entirely sure that I know. However, I do know that I like to entertain people. I love making people smile, I like to sing and dance and be crazy. I like watching people’s dreams come true and hope that my dreams come true as well. I know that I love Disney and would love to work for them in any way that I can. Which is why I am starting small. I also dream that I meet Prince Charming and have a family, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it. My Dream is to be Successful doing what I love to do.

I hope along the way I can inspire you to somehow follow your dreams as well.Mickey and I

 

Vacations and Happenings July 15, 2009

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There is no excuse for not writing in here more. I like to save this until I have something thought provoking and/or major Jonas related and neither has really been going on in my life currently. I have been keeping myself busy picking up shifts at work because I need the cash. I have been planning a Disney vacation for my two friends and I. I have been meeting with old friends, seeing great bands *Enter the Haggis*, and getting ready for the vacation I am on right now. I am trying to forget that the Jonas Brothers are touring about 4hrs away from me right at this moment and will be in PA soon and very close to me because I can’t afford to go.

So right now I am on vacation and I am trying to relax a lot. I am trying to do this because I think in doing this I am going to find out exactly what I will need to do in the months to come. I think this week I have finally made my decision and I am excited and scared. I was recently accepted as a seasonal cast member for WDW and I am Thrilled beyond belief, but I need more. I am planning to move down to Florida and I am fully prepared to do whatever it takes to become full time and try to get a position with that company in management or videography. I am ready to fight for it because I have decided there is no other place in the world that I want to work other than Disney.

So I have a lot of planning to do. I think that is what August will be for. I will be making two trips to Disney in August. One for vacation and one for Business. So is you are reading this, keep both trips in your prayers as I would love them to be safe trips and the business trip to be successful.

 

All It Takes Is A Voice April 3, 2009

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Sometimes all it takes is a voice, one voice that becomes a hundred, then a thousand, unless it’s silenced.  ~ Denton ~ Newsies

As I watched this movie this evening something dawned on me. Denton’s line (shown above) really hit me for some reason. I believe this reason stems from the discussion that was had today in my Musical Theater History class about the musical Hair. 

In class we discussed the play and its relevance in the time it was produced and now, as the revival just hit broadway. While Hair was very radical when it was originally produced, our class struggled to find relevance in the show today. I hardly ever raise my hand in this class because the class provokes so many thoughts in my head, that I can’t grasp one before the subject is changed, but today I spoke up. I threw the idea out there that maybe why we have trouble finding relevance for the musical today is because of the desensitized culture we live in today.

Look at us. Now everything happens in real time. I have this blog and everyone, everywhere can read what I write here. I have Twitter and all of my followers can find out what I am doing or thinking at this precise moment. Facebook connects us with people we don’t even know and so does MySpace. The list goes on. We are very technological. Our news is censured. Sure we see shootings, burning buildings, car accidents, and so on, but that’s normal to us. We very rarely see the tragic photos taken in the hospitals of our war where people are being amputated because they stepped on a mine. We vary rarely see someone getting beaten to death because of their race, religion, gender, and so on. We don’t see the thousands of children who are being sent off to war across the world. We don’t see it. We hear about it, but we don’t see it. 

Because we don’t experience it physically, it’s not important to us. That is…unless we make it important to us. 

I know about sweatshops. However, I don’t really pay attention to what I buy and I am a saver so I don’t spend a lot. However, I do read the campus newspaper. So when a group of students since my freshman year of college, have been rallying to stop Penn State from purchasing their gear from companies that have sweatshops, I was only vaguely interested. They did everything: protests, sit ins, rallies, and so on. They ever paraded around wearing nothing but signs. Incredible. This issue about sweatshops mattered to one person who found another person that felt the same way who found another and another and another until they have enough people for a group. It spreads like a wildfire.

So this whole idea about “all it takes is a voice.” One voice. Rosa Parks. Martin Luther King. Fela Kuti. Ghandi. Susan B. Anthony. and others who stepped up to the plate and said: I feel this way about an issue. Do you? Great! Let’s do something about it. Can one small voice change the world? I think so.

I believe people are generally lazy. We don’t really want to do anything about a situation. I know this because I am going through it right now. I don’t know what to say, but I know I have a lot to say. As soon as I can find a good way to say it, I’m sure I’ll say it. A lot of times we don’t want to stand out in the crowd. We don’t want to be that person who thinks differently. Who says “You treated me poorly! or I don’t like how this is done!” I think we would surprise ourselves if we stepped up and others agreed with us. I bet you someone says to you “Wow. I’m really glad you said that. I have felt this way for a long time but never had the courage to say anything about it.”

So my challenge to all of you and to myself. Find something you are passionate about. Arts Programs in Schools, Mistreatment of Employees, Being Degraded, Rape, Abortion, Human Trafficing, or even the fact that you don’t have a coffee maker in the office. ANYTHING! And do something about it. Bring it up at the next staff meeting. Talk to your friends about it. Write about it in your blog. Twitter it. Do something and take action. Facebook groups don’t count unless you actually have meetings in person or via video chat. 

There I challenged you all! Let me know what you think about it!

 

Won’t You Promise Me, that you’ll never forget October 26, 2008

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HSM 3 Movie Poster

HSM 3 Movie Poster

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

THis is going to be my movie review of High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

I saw it with my roommate here and we expected it to be sold out, but it wasn’t. However, all the good seats were taken, but we found 2 decent ones.

The plot: Pretty good. Typical, high school ends-time to move on-what do we do-should we break up-oh no we’re sad- movie. But it was good. I would have liked to see the relationship between Ryan and Kelsey develop more and a Prom scene would have been nice, but alas, we only get a tidbit.

The music: Pretty amazing. Good songs. Great beats. It’s fun!

There were parts of the movie where I forgot that I was watching a movie and thought I was watching an actual stage show. I wanted to clap at the end of some of the numbers. Also, the way they did the song “A Night to Remember” was really cool. I was very impressed!

All in all, for the original cast, I’d say this was a great way to end their run together. I can’t wait til it comes out on DVD…..because I’m not spending another $10 to see it again.

If you liked the first 2 movies….go see this one. It’s worth it.

 

Wowzers October 12, 2008

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Wow! Sorry I have neglected this blog. I have been super busy. I apologize. I haven’t even had time to keep up with my boys…who are so graciously taking a break from touring and keeping themselves out of the news! They are working on their new TV show and their 3D movie! They are also doing a bit of touring around Europe to promote the new CD. THey have announced a World Tour so they can reach their fans far and wide! They are some thoughtful kids!

The Jonas Car has gotten some new window paint. IT now says that I love the Jonas Brothers and to go buy their new cd A Little Bit Longer! Also, today it’s getting the addition of “Guy Buy GET BACK by Demi Lovato” for those of you who haven’t heard the cd, It’s AMAZING!!!

In my life, being a CP means a lot of work. I get 2 days off but still, during those days I have to go food shopping, do laundry, and other stuff, oh yeah, class. I do get to go out at night though sometimes and I even met a guy. It’s been pretty awesome. Also, going to the Parks whenever I want is an awesome perk. I love going to Hollywood Studios to draw at the Animation Academy. 

Well I gotta work on my scrapbook and mail some letters before I head off to work. I’ll write more soon! I promise!

 

A Princess September 11, 2008

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Prince Caspian and I

Prince Caspian and I

DIsney Magic to the extreme! This is so great! He was such a character and I was speechless! Totally worth it!  I hope to meet him again and get a better picture with him. This one is ok, but not great. He is very very cute too! 

*sigh* Prince Caspian!