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10 Nov

This is the story about how I got the opportunity to make a short documentary about the comedian Anjelah Johnson, for school. Yeah I know, CRAZY AWESOMENESS!!

So if you aren’t someone who follows comedy and has no idea who Anjelah Johnson is (there is something wrong with you), let me educate you. There are only three short videos (of probably hundreds that I’m sure you will watch later) that you need to see and then I promise you’ll love her just as much as I do.

1) Nail Salon – This is just one of her many stand-up skits, the very first one I saw.

2) Bon Qui Qui– This is a skit from the show Mad TV.

3) Wedding Dance- And last but not least, this is a video from her wedding (June 2011). And this one is on here just because I like it.

So now that we’re all on the same page (she’s hilarious right?!)…

As you might know I’m in my second semester at the Academy Of  Art University in San Francisco. And I’m kind of in love with it. It’s just all around a great experience. The students, the teachers, the city, the things we’re learning and the projects we get to do.

So I’m taking this class called Motion Picture Language and one of the assignments is to film a 3-5 minute documentary on any thing/person you’d like. And then in a class called Non-Linear Computer Editing, which I’m also taking, you have to edit your film together (this is one of three films we have to make this semester).

For a long time I had no idea what I wanted to do my documentary on. Other people from my class were doing it on things like their Grandfather, a homeless man, an animal shelter, or karate. But I wanted mine to be awesome.

I knew Anjelah would be in my area in about two weeks doing shows, so I got this crazy idea to just try emailing her to see if I could do it on her. And I really didn’t think it would go much further than that.

I went to her website, Anjelah.com, and found contacts for her various managers. I started by emailing one of them. Waited about a week and didn’t hear anything so I emailed her other manager. Waited another week and got an email from her assistant (shout out to Lauren!). Basically saying she’d love to help coordinate the details and help in whatever way she could to make it all happen.

What?! Come on guys how cool is that!? Let me help you out, it’s the coolest!!

I only really had a few days to prepare, because her show in Cache Creek was in a few days. Needless to say though I was super excited.

Finally it was the Saturday of the interview. The plan was to meet up with her assistant (shout out to Lauren!) at 6 pm and she would get us all set up and into the venue to do the interview with Anjelah.

I got off work early, rushed home to change and then was on my way. I brought my husband along as my camera man. And thank God I did, cause this whole thing was very intimidating and that guys my rock.

So we show up at the Cache Creek Casino around 5 o’clock. We go inside to just look around and see if there are any marquees or signs that we can film to use as B-roll footage.  We ended up talking to the head of security because uh you can’t really film in a casino. Apparently two twenty somethings look smart enough to cheat at craps with the help of a handheld camera. Anyway the second in command at the hotel shows up and was like “Oh you’re the documentary crew?”

Hold the phone.

Were the what?

Crew? Where? Just a minute buddy.

Oh you mean were the idiots that are trying to figure out a 700$ video camera and have somehow managed to get an interview with Anjelah Johnson?

Well if that’s what you meant, than yup that’s us. Here we are!

“Do you guys need any help with your equipment?”

No this is pretty much it buddy.

All of the security guys were very nice and helped us get security passes and showed us into the venue.

I was beginning to feel overwhelmed and a little bit like I had no idea what I was doing. But I’m a huge fan of faking it until you make it, so I just kept pretending like I belonged and interviews with celebrities were just an everyday occurrence for me.

We didn’t have to wait long once we were into the venue for Anjelah’s people to come down. I had texted her assistant (shout out to Lauren!) to let her know we were already inside.

The entrance all happened very fast. All of a sudden Anjelah and her people were standing right next to us, I didn’t even see where they came from. It was all handshakes and pleasantries and Anjelah being whisked away to do sound check. Her assistant (shout out to Lauren!) told us to stay and watch sound check and then Anjelah would take us with her to the green room to do the interview.

Sounds great.

Sound check was awesome, they just run through all the intros and music for the show. Making sure it sounds right and all the lights are where they need to be. Anjelah sings a little bit and beat boxed to check the mic, she’s clearly in her element on stage.

She exits stage and then walks over to where we’re sitting to take us to the green room with her. The green room is basically her waiting room backstage. And it’s awesome, the lights in there are perfect, their are plush red chairs, flowers, food, the works.

We go inside with her and she’s so sweet. Offering us tea and asking about my school, telling us about her family coming to the show. Really really I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. She was gracious and humble and answered my questions perfectly.

I’m not gonna go into detail about the actual interview, you’ll have to tune in for the documentary to see how it all turned out 🙂

*A  special thank you to Anjelah Johnson for opening up her world to me and letting me be a part of it for an evening.

*Her Assistant (shout out to Lauren!) for coordinating the whole thing and being so nice to people who were complete strangers to her.

*The people at Cache Creek Casino for letting me be “The Documentary Crew”.

*And the very bald security guard, Keith, for letting us hang out in a bunch of places no one else gets to hang out in.

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The Breakdown: Teen Mom Episode 2×10

9 Sep

I mostly watch “Teen Mom” because I’m fascinated with Catelynn and Tyler’s relationship. Where did they get all that maturity at 17? Plus Bentley is extra cute. This is a recap of the latest episode titled…”Stay With Me”.

This episode starts as always with a little tidbit about the trouble these girls have gotten themselves into this week.

Amber gets arrested and charged with domestic battery for beating up Gary like six months ago. This also means there is a no-contact order between Gary and Amber. Gary is heartbroken over this news which is sort of baffling to me. Um guy she bashed your head into a wall (he points out that this only happened a few times, he’s clearly the girl blaming herself for her abusive boyfriends actions in this scenario), she’s an unfit mother and you guys are broken up, why so down?

Did she bring her own jail house attire from home? Or did they make her put on that sweet outfit before picture time?

Farrah has decided to look into moving to Florida with Sophia. I’d like to know where she gets all this money? In the last two episodes she’s gone to California and Arizona just to check out places to live and as far as I can tell she has no job to speak of. Must be nice. I think her parents pay for everything which is unfortunate because she’s probably the most ungrateful person on the planet. Plus she makes this face at her mother a lot.

Yup that face.

Maci’s boyfriend Kyle gets into a dirt biking accident and shatters his knee. Maci feels overwhelmed with taking care of Bentley, her school work and now taking care of Kyle. But nothing new ever really happens with Maci except Bentley gets cuter and her ex Ryan comes up with something new to say proving how much of an idiot he really is.

See, so cute.

Catelynn is still in her Senior year of high school (cause having a baby when you’re 16 puts you back a year or so I guess) while Tyler is starting his first day of College. Tyler decides to go clubbing with his friends that weekend, and when he invites tells Cate he’s gonna go with or without her she proceeds to freak out. I really feel for her here because I totally understand being the kind of person who’s completely awkward in a club type situation and steers clear of dance floors at all costs. Before they can even really start to argue they decide to go to counseling to talk about the issue. WHO DOES THAT? Did I mention they were my favorite?

Farrah thinks that because her dog is small-ish she can put diapers on it. Actually the episode where she got the dog she brings it home and holds it over the toilet and tells it to pee. I don’t think she understands how dogs work. Diapers are way more expensive and a bigger hassle than just training the dog to pee outside in the first place. But that’s too hard for her to comprehend so she gives the dog to her old lady neighbor who I’m pretty sure didn’t understand Farrah wanted her to keep it forever and not to just babysit it.

For a second I thought it was also wearing shoes but that's just it's feet.

Remember when I said Farrah was ungrateful? This is what she said to her Dad when he comes over, in the most condescending of tones…”Hi Michael, thanks for knocking.” I’m surprised her parents aren’t happy she wants to move away.

Amber finds out she has to stay in jail for 24 hours. Gary decides for like the billionth time that he wants to work things out with her, I’m so over their relationship that I stopped listening to Gary after this.

Oh look Bentley got cuter!

Catelynn and Tyler go to see this therapist lady…

Not only is she kind of scary looking but that squatting fairy on her desk kinda freaks me out.

…who doesn’t really give them any solid advice, except that there’s a possibility that in the future they might decide they don’t wanna be together. I’m no therapist but shouldn’t she be telling them the opposite of that? I digress. They found her helpful nonetheless cause they head home to get ready for a night on the town! Where they end up having a great time and all of Catelynn’s preconceived fears about clubbing are put to rest.

Farrah decides Florida IS where she wants to move to, finally. I hope this works out for her considering Sophia is scared of the sand AND the ocean.

Apparently after a night in the slammer Amber has a whole new appreciation for life and the people in her life (I’ll believe it when I see it), so she decides to pick up around her house as a little celebration. Meanwhile Gary sits at home and cries all alone (they don’t actually show him crying but I’m sure it happened).

And one last time, Bentley is cute and Ryan says something that I’m sure was idiotic, but I wasn’t listening.

The End.

ROLL CREDITS.