All posts tagged: Young

Millennials & the Age of Social Media

For the first time in U.S. history it’s been predicted that the current crop of young-adults (also known as Generation Y or Millennials) won’t be more successful than their parents. As a middle class millennial gal, this information is especially concerning for myself and my peers. Isn’t doing as well as our parents (if not better) the epitome of the middle class, American dream? Our grandparents worked hard to give their children more than they had, and our parents went on to do the same. Some consider millennials to be a notorious group of entitled jerks (and many of us are), but I can’t help but feel affected by more complicated issues than generational narcissism, like the current demands of the economy, our broken education system, and the consumer-driven values of society at large. I also feel that the internet has propelled us into a bunch of “chronic comparers.” Though oftentimes unknowingly, we are constantly comparing ourselves to the online facades of others. Just one look at an Instagram feed and you can see images of your peers attending Harvard or vacationing in Hawaii. Online, everyone (including you and me) is …

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper

In a roundtable interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Laura Dern said that when her third grade teacher told her to keep her eyes on her own paper, it was the greatest piece of advice she was ever given. I’m at a point in my life where I feel as though I’ve fallen a little behind. I would have loved to move to Los Angeles right after graduating from college over a year ago, but as life goes, things didn’t work out as I had planned. I’ve learned a lot about myself during this downtime, but I think one of my most important lessons is accepting that things oftentimes don’t work out as you thought they would, and that’s okay. In a way it’s actually kind of exciting. Although most of my fellow graduates are already starting their careers in Los Angeles, I’m on a different path right now. I need to keep my eyes on my own paper. Whatever I’m doing – whether it’s working an odd job or taking classes – I’m learning. It helps me to know that Larry David was …

Twenty-Something

Today I’m revisiting a guest post I wrote last July for a blog about being in your 20’s. A lot has changed, but my general ideas about being young and hopeful are still the same. I can’t imagine a time when I wasn’t absolutely positive I’d find a place for myself in the film or television industry. It’s this gut feeling I’ve had for as long as I can remember, and although it may be naïve, it’s something I’ll never give up on. I graduated in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film & Television Production from The University of Arizona. I plan to attend graduate school in the near future in pursuit of a master’s degree in film studies. Graduate school seems like the most logical next step, particularly since I love to learn and feel as though I haven’t gotten my fill quite yet. My interests include festival programming, film criticism, screenwriting, and production design — and I’m going to try my best to give them all a shot. …

Don’t Have a Valentine? Don’t Fret

It took finally finding a Valentine for me to realize just how unimportant Valentine’s day is. Who needs to eat more chocolate anyways? And I’d like to think that no adult out there genuinely wants a new teddy bear – or at least, I hope. But don’t get me wrong – I think that you should take every chance you get to tell the person you love that you love them. As with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or birthdays, Valentine’s day is a time to appreciate your loved one. But no one, and I mean no one, should feel left out or unappreciated just because they happen to be single and it happens to be February 14th. If you’re single, then Valentine’s Day should be looked at as a day to love yourself. I can recall being bummed about V-Day as early as first grade. First grade! I was taller than all of the boys and had no chance of anyone ever having a crush on me (whatever crush really means at that age). I …

Music Videos of My Adolescence

With the Video Music Awards’s around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the best music videos of my childhood. Just kidding, the VMA’s are bogus. I just wanted an excuse to post old J.Lo and Ludacris videos. I’m Real – Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule (2001)   Welcome to Atlanta – Jermaine Dupri & Ludacris (2002)   Smile – Vitamin C (1999)   …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears (1998)   Say My Name – Destiny’s Child (1999)   Waterfalls – TLC (1995)   I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys (1999)   It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy (2001)*** ***this is one of the best (and most outdated) music videos of all time***   Beautiful – Christina Aguilera (2004)   Tearin’ Up My Heart – ‘N Sync (1998)   S Club Party – S Club 7 (1999)   All Star – Smash Mouth (1999)   I’m Blue – Eiffel 65 (1999)   No Scrubs – TLC (1999)   Apparently 1999 was …

‘Frances Ha’: Not Perfect, but Wonderfully Good

I loved Frances Ha. Here’s why: 1. Greta Gerwig is fantastic as Frances. Absolutely and completely fantastic. 2. I can’t help but see a little bit of myself in her character – as I’m sure every young woman can. 3. It was beautifully shot. I’m also a sap for some good ole’ black and white film. 4. The french new wave influence is pretty obvious and pretty wonderful. 5. Frances is a real girl. She is unsure, curious, clumsy, funny, and self-deprecating. She knows exactly what she wants and won’t give up, but stumbles along the way. She’s genuine, and genuinely written. She’s flawed, but terribly awesome. 6. There are major ups and downs in Frances and Sophie’s friendship, and they’re natural. Everyone has drifted apart from the person they thought they’d be close with forever. It’s an inevitable part of growing up, and Frances Ha presents it honestly and with humor. 7. It’s a coming-of-age/quarter-life-crisis film. 8. I appreciate the realism in the subtle moments of dialogue, eye contact, and awkward body language. It’s true to what 20-somethings discovering themselves are …