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Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

Too Little Time

If you can’t tell by my uncharacteristic tardiness and unorganized posting of blogs this summer, I’ll let you know that my life has been too full to handle recently. Unfortunately, for you as a reader, it’s not going to get better anytime soon. But for me as a young adult trying to make my way in the world, it’s actually good because I have lots of fun and amazing things happening in the near future that I’ll be able to talk openly about soon.

This does mean that if you’re looking forward to VEDA 2016 (Vlog Every Day in August), I’m probably going to disappoint you. Usually, August is a down time for me which makes it perfect for vlogging every day, but this year I have so much stuff going on that I know I won’t even physically be able to vlog every day. It’s not so much about having the time (though that will be spare too) but about where and what I’ll be doing that will make daily vlogs super difficult.

HOWEVER, I have a consolation. I may not be able to do 31 videos in 31 days, but I’ve wanted to add a second video a week to my channel for a while now (and have been promising it even longer), and I feel like this will be the perfect time to launch it. What I’ve been thinking (and what’s been holding me back from adding a second video before now) is that I just don’t have the time or energy or even content to make two “advice” videos a week. So if I can’t do that, then why make an extra video? But the thing is though I want to make more than one video a week. I feel like I have the ideas for more than one video a week. And I think I’ve finally convinced myself that it’s okay to try new things with this extra video. So the goal is for this second weekly video to be one of several things. The first and most logical option is a Q&A video with subscriber suggestion questions. I’ll need to create a hashtag, but it will essentially be an “Ask Me Anything” type deal. I can answer personal questions or give you advice or get my opinion on something. The second option is a life/travel vlogging. I do a fair amount of curating what parts of my life you guys see. You don’t really know what I do in my daily life. You know what goes on in my head! But what’s actually happening? What’s my day look like? What products can I not live without? Where do I go and who do I see on the weekends? What’s it like to go grocery shopping with me? Ha! After 5 years of watching my videos, do you even realize you don’t know the answers to any of these questions? But that’s okay, I’ve wanted it that way. Mostly because I haven’t really felt like my life is that interesting outside of my head (where do you think the “IMAGINE” comes from? Tehehe!) But I want to get more comfortable vlogging in public and sharing the cool (and boring) things I do. There’s a beauty and art to finding the adventure in the everyday, and I want to cultivate that skill.

So Q&A’s and Life Vlogging are going to be mostly what that second video a week will consist of. As I get more time, I’d love to add in all the styles of videos I desperately want to create but always put off because it’s either not a traditional “iIMAGINEblank” video or it needs more tender loving care than my regular videos. These would be like lookbooks and short films and music videos and maybe even some music (here’s looking at you Katherine and Alanna! You’ve said you want to make a video with me so let’s do it!) These are going to be larger projects, but my hope and expectation for the future is that I’m going to have the time and resources to start expanding my creativity.

I hope you all with stick with me through these new changes and let me know what you do and don’t like, and how I can make content that you love as much as I do. Do you have any suggestions already? Leave them down in the comments!

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Do You Have Nerve? // Movie Review + GIVEAWAY!

Do You Have Nerve

I had the wonderful chance to check out Emma Roberts’ and Dave Franco’s new film “Nerve” early at Vidcon this year.  It was such a fun experience being in room full of teenagers freaking out and every intended beat. (Imagine the squeals when Dave Franco shows up on screen for the first time. Oh goodness!) It was a super fun movie that I really like because it showed the relationship between voyeurs, attention seekers, and technology which is such a relevant topic for today as we become more and more screen-obsessed.  If you want to know more about the movie or my experience, check out this week’s video blog!

Also, I’m running a giveaway for a collectible Nerve t-shirt and movie ticket so you can go see Nerve yourself! Click here to enter!

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Check it out in theaters starting July 27th!

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The Social Media Mentality

Social Media Mentality

I feel like every time I go out of town, the news world blows up. Awful things happen. #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #Dallas Weird new trends pop up. #PokemonGo And I’m off in La La Land with little attention paid to my social media feed and even less attention to traditional news sources. Which is how I end up looking like one of those completely out-of-touch basic white girls.

That’s not something I enjoy looking like or people assuming that I am because I’m posting vacation photos while people are dying.

The sad part is that people are dying everyday, and social media has made it nearly mandatory to make some kind of statement on every event that trends widely. You have to pick a side (#BlackLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter), pick a truth (he resisted, he didn’t, he was justified, he wasn’t), and pick a worldview (Conservative or Liberal). Shades of grey or indecision start to look like insults to an entire people group instead of simple lack of information and/or understanding.

Which is why, when I get back from vacationing, I feel like I can’t make a statement. Like it isn’t my place. Like I don’t want to comment because even though I feel the effects of these events whether good or bad on my life, I feel inauthentic by making a public statement. It goes back to the traditional (and over used) “thoughts and prayers” that politicians and celebrities throw out after any and every tragedy.

Honestly, I’m tired of being part of the social media mentality that lacks authentic connection and is more about making a good appearance of concern or outrage or broken heartedness than actually taking any action in response to those emotions. But at the same time, I feel a kind of powerlessness to propel any kind of action into the world beyond social media—a world of images and emotionally charged words. So I end up stuck in the middle—exactly the place that feels condemned as a whole by the black and white of today’s online community.

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Watching Kid’s Movies as an Adult

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Over the last week, I somehow watched an uncharacteristic number of children’s movies. And that was without the influence of any children. After viewing all of them though, it had me thinking about how different it is to watch children’s movies as an adult. Sometimes the jokes aren’t as funny or they seem too immature or crass. Or the situation seems too out of the realm of even my suspension of disbelief. So I wanted to take a look at the films I watched and figure out what worked and what didn’t for me as an adult watching a kid’s film.

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Finding Dory

This Pixar sequel managed to be a box office hit another week in a row, but I can’t say that many people doubted it. I was both excited and skeptical of this movie. Excited because it’s the world of Finding Nemo! Skeptical because I’m so tired of sequels! Overall, as a mid-twenties millennial there’s no shame felt in going to see a Pixar movie. My generation grew up on these films so it’s almost kind of expected for us to hold them in a special place in our hearts and go to see them in theaters. I felt like Finding Dory had a bit of a rough start in establishing itself as a new story within an already explored world. I felt like some of the same jokes, themes, settings were rehashed in the first act, and though I felt nostalgia, I didn’t feel the emotional connection I usually have with Disney/Pixar movies. But once Dory sets off into an unknown world I felt the spark come back and GOSH! Did the end of the second act get me!

Overall, it was what I expected. It made me cry. It made me laugh. I felt immersed in a wonderful Pixar world. You can enjoy it as a kid. You can enjoy it as an adult. But it does make we wonder if it would be as enjoyable for adults without the power of Pixar or a franchise behind it.

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The BFG

Of the three films I saw this week, The BFG was the one I was most excited for. Steven Spielberg! Roald Dahl! Motion capture giants! Magical magic things! I saw a “Behind-the-scenes” trailer for it while in the theater for Finding Dory which only increased my enthusiasm. And when my boyfriend brought it up about seeing it, I thought, “This must be good! We’re in agreement!” (We’re not always in agreement about what movies to see in theaters and what to wait to Redbox or Netflix). But honestly, I was thoroughly disappointed.

It’s not that it’s a bad movie. It’s certainly an entertaining story, and it’s cinematically beautiful. But several things really felt flat for me. First, I’ll say that I think this story might have been best told in full animation, for example stop motion like other Roald Dahl stories (e.g. James and the Giant Peach). Something about the absurdism that the story asks you to believe doesn’t fit with live action even if the giants are beautifully crafted through motion capture. I kept thinking that it reminded me of The Boxtrolls which has a crazy story but still remains one of my favorite films because the story seems to fit within the slightly grotesque animated world. This might be a good example of how the technology may be available now, but sometimes traditional techniques fit certain stories better stylistically.

Second, I couldn’t handle all the “lingo.” The BFG has a very particular way of speaking, and it honestly requires translating. After about a third of the movie, I really wanted subtitles so that I could at least see what word sandwiches he was making and maybe that way I could more quickly understand what was going on. Mostly, I just felt like I was missing important pieces of the story because it was taking time for me to mentally translate half the dialogue.

Overall, it was sweet, and I could see the appeal to kids with the Queen of England whizzpopping! But it didn’t really have the humor or emotional connection that I look for in a movie. There were times where I felt like I should have cried because it was supposed to be a moving scene, but I was not moved. And I was disappointed in myself for that. Like I had grown up too much to enjoy it. That’s definitely not the feeling you want an audience member to leave your film having.

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The Good Dinosaur

And finally, The Good Dinosaur! This film stands in a really interesting contrast for me against The BFG. I got it through Netflix’s DVD service, and I casually mentioned to my boyfriend on Sunday afternoon if he’d be interested in watching it. It was cool and rainy outside so we were ready for a low stakes movie and a nap, so he agreed. I knew The Good Dinosaur didn’t do as well in theaters as Disney/Pixar would have hoped. I personally didn’t go see it when I see pretty much every Pixar movie in theaters because it felt like a weird premise and I was disappointed in how cartoonish the dinosaurs looked. The first act definitely confirmed my suspicions about a weird premise (Farming dinosaurs? What is this madness?), but then Pixar pulled a Pixar and had my boyfriend and I both crying.

Honestly, it is kind of a weird movie. But as it was nearing the end, I realized that I was enjoying it much more than I had the BFG. It had weird humor (e.g. like eating fermented peaches and getting high as a kite and having a freaky scene that looked like something out of Adventure Time). It had a really out there premise (e.g. Dinosaurs farming and T-rex’s cattle herding and humans having very dog-like personalities). But overall, it all fit. As weird and crazy and out there as it was, I never felt like I was having to struggle to believe in what was happening. It all felt naturally a part of the story, and I felt like I was just along for the ride.

So what do you think? What’s your favorite kid’s movie? Have you ever struggled with feeling like you’re “too old” for a movie? Or you just didn’t get the humor?