Friday, June 20, 2008

The soon to be INFAMOUS B.E.P. story.

HAHA If you don't know ask me about it. The story is not Blog appropriate but here are the photos for all who heard already and want to see. It's not like its a dirty story at all. It is just much better if I tell you. So ask me sometime and I will fill you in!

Hello Mr. Emmy- " I felt like Kramer, when he saw the sunrise from Liza's, no not Menelli's.

The Black Eyed Peas suck and I hate them lol.

Little time to think

So since I have not been doing the best with posting new stuff while I’m here in NYC, I am making up for it and doing two in one day.

Well here I am mostly thru June and my time in NYC is flying by. I have learned a lot: photography, lighting, video, and mostly the business end of the media world. Coming out here truly has been so far amazing. One of my major goals for the summer was not do all and see all I could while I was here. What would kill me would be coming back to Michigan and feeling a sense of regret like I could have done more. Now I know I’m not going to do something crazy interesting every day but I have really been pushing myself to when I get some free time on the weekends or after work to not just sit on my butt and watch TV but to get up and go for a walk or a run in Central Park for examples. Recently I have done several things; I have gone to Coney Island, the Met art museum, and even a really swanky nightclub. Moving into the end of June and into July I have some amazing things on the horizon to look forward to. For one next week I will be attending a concert at an arena in Times Square with one of my best friends from CMU Peter. Both of us have been looking forward to this show for some time and should deal some good photos and stories. I can also look forward to some other guests coming in including friends from the old days in public school Kyle and Ed. Hopefully I will be getting a few more guests from the Maroon and Gold sector but prices for tickets and gas are high so the operative word is hope. As for this weekend not sure of the plans but hopefully I get some new pics to throw up. Continue reading towards another post and a couple photos.

This is on set in Time Mags personal studio. We were shooting some fashion stuff for someone, but i know it wasn't Time. Oh well it was cool and i got paid chicka chicka yeaaaa!

" Shoot The Freak": This stand on the boardwalk at Coney Island. You could pay different amounts of money for different amounts of paintballs to shoot at a live human target. HAHA I know right. Well anyone who knows me knows my paintball past so I was excited to see this. However I got a little less excited when I saw the prices and then saw the markers. I mean why would I pay for something that I used to do for free with my big brother Tom with both of us shooting at our little brother Alex Right? hahah ( Again anyone who knows my family can totally believe this.)

Ahh sit back and take it in. The B E A utiful beach at Coney Island. Plenty of litter and diapers off the ground to go around!!

You know how I do!!!!! No but seriously this is from my night out to the club. The other guy is Kevin whom I met through my friend Steph. whom I work with. These lovely Ladies were dancers at the club to i guess help make people want to dance. I didn't get it but they were nice to look at, sorry MOM people asked to see them!

Observations from an impartial intern.

Let me first describe to you where I come from. My home is located in the metro Detroit area. Although I have been in downtown Detroit several times for sporting events, concerts, and various other reasons I live in a place that is VERY different than Detroit itself. Now as far as where I attend school, Mount Pleasant Michigan. The easiest way to describe MTP, is basically like a recipe; take four parts farming, two parts college town, one part food joints, four parts bars, and add a Indian reservation with a casino resort. Mix it all together and you get Mount Pleasant The Chippewa area.

So my whole point is it is VASTLY different than NYC. Naturally coming into such an amazing city I have noticed several things towards this city that you can only experience first hand.

The stereotype that NYC is full of people who don’t care about you and are complete jerks is still true. However I was utterly surprised and impressed with how may people combating that there are. I have met so many people in this city who are so unbelievably nice and accommodating, it has southern hospitality getting a run for its money. Accordingly the feeling that a lot of people talked about post 911, about the feeling of pride for the city and being a New Yorker can still be felt through out the city.

Learning a second language is REALLY important. Considering it seems that more than 75% of the city don’t use English as their primary language.

It truly feels like this city never sleeps. Honestly I think the only way you can truly feel this is to live here for some time. Just walking down the streets it is just go go go.

If you have a passion for the arts you are in good company. More and more people everyday are doing or trying to sell you some form of artistic expression. Jewelry, music, comedy, painting, clothing etc., it goes on and on. This is the Mecca of artistic expression.

The notion that NYC has some of the best pizza places is completely TRUE, I prefer Bens Pizza.

Frankly I am just going to stop listing them right there. Frankly this is just such an amazing city and I have been blessed to work and live here for even this short time. I will urge all to at least take a trip here. New York really is the greatest city in the world.

More observations and Clips and Scripts from the intern to come thank you to all who is reading.

Nathans is an American institution; the hot dogs of the original Coney Island are amazing. And I will be there with camera in hand for the hot dog eating contest on the 4 of July!

This was one of the kids I went to Coney Island with who was a relative of my neighbors Ryan and Kate. He loved his experience, obviously.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Making Waves

Whelp into my fifth week in the Big City and I can honestly say that I feel pretty comfortable here. I was on a subway yesterday and to guys just started yelling and then fist fighting right next to me and I didn’t even care, Ahhh what this city can do to ones nerves. So since I have gotten out here for my original internship I have on top of that lined up yet another internship through a photographer here in the city named Chris Militscher, check him out he’s sweet. I started off as a bitch grunt basically just doing what I was told and running around. I fought through it and now have recently been promoted to 2nd assistant and NOW WILL BE GETTING SOME PAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I don’t really know how much this is going to be but its some income and that’s huge for me right now. I got a phone call from them telling me how impressed they were with my drive, knowledge and ability. So that has made my week; honestly now im a little nervous because they are starting to ask me to do more days and im worried about pissing the boys from Phear off so we will see how it goes. To be fair everyone at Phear has been very supportive with me busting my ass getting another gig or two and have said to just make the most of my time here, so I’m trying to do just that.
Speaking of that I worked for Chris yesterday in some Penthouse apartment near midtown. This place was pretty awesome, outside garden 30,000 dinning room table very cool. We were shooting some fashion for Samsung and their new phone coming out in July that is supposed to rival the Iphone. I have included a couple pics from the cool apartment just to have a couple images with this post. Tomorrow I was asked to work for them again but from what I am told it will be mostly in the studio, so that will be a cool change of pace.
This weekend I shall be going to the Hamptons. I am going out with Phear and we are going to be shooting a pilot for a show about these rich women throwing this lavish tea party’s and inviting these important people to the party’s. Im looking forward to getting a taste of the REDICLOUS good life and who knows maybe I will run into the Olson twins or something lol. So expect to see some cool photos from that soon.
Other than that not much else really hoping to line up some people to come visit me and hang out. If not no biggie just having a great time here and looking forward to making some cash here soon.



Monday, June 2, 2008

Working hard

1. This photo was of Ground Zero, the location of the World Trade Center.

2. This was taken when I went and visited Central Park. A very cool place to hang out.

2. Finally this picture was when I made a visit to Times Square.

A couple new things over the last week. While I was in a store of my specific interest a little while back I got to talking with the guy siting at the counter. I talked to him about what I was doing in NYC and what i was hoping to accomplish and he seemed to be impressed; he then gave me then name and number of a buddy of his who is a fashion photographer in town. After calling him and telling him the same story i was invited to come to a shoot of his and help out. So on last Friday i went on this fashion shoot and did a bunch of production assistant work. by the end of the day i had a seconded internship for myself for the summer as they asked me to stay on. So that was some good news.

Over the weekend I did some touristy stuff. One of which was going to ground zero. Needless to say it was not really what I had expected. While down there the whole area had a very touristy feel to all of it. It was just a very weird feeling all together. Although I am glad I took the time to go pay respects, as I think everyone should do if and when they do go to NYC for the first time since the attack. I also went to mass on Sunday at St. Patrick's Cathedral which was awesome.

Other than that not much else going on just working and running around trying not to take any day for granted. Tonight you will find me at Off the Wagon the bar right next to my apt. cheering on the WINGS and watching them hoist Lord Stanley's cup.
New posts to come.