Tonight I attended the #ATXbloggermixer , a gathering of bloggers based in #Austin , #Texas . A lot of you have probably heard me say that I've started a blog, and are probably wondering whatever happened to it. Well, it's been a work in progress which is only a half-truth: while I do have a website with a couple of posts, I haven't been putting in the time and attention that it deserves. Mainly because I'm still getting the hang of writing again, finding my voice, figuring out WordPress, and dealing with self-doubt about whether people would actually care about what I have to say. But I think every blogger starts this way and the remedy to overcome all of those doubts is to get up and just write! So, here goes 😄
What do I write about? Mainly things I enjoy: eating and cooking #food , #travel , #style , #French things and #music (especially the #AustinMusic scene). I also touch on issues that are important to #AsianAmerican /#FilipinoAmerican women because it is so rare to see ourselves represented. I feel like so many of us are so good at mimicking and modeling ourselves after what is 'normal' and 'cool' that we've neglected to shine a light on what makes us unique and special✨
While I didn't get a chance to mingle with everyone at the mixer, it was inspiring to see others who are on the same path of finding their voice. While we all have different reasons to blog, we're all in it for the same reason: to share our own perspectives and tell our stories in a way nobody else can.
Thanks @jessecoulter for putting this event together and thanks to the sponsors (@erincondren and @austincocktails) for making it extra special! (And thanks to my friend and fellow #atxblogger @alyssathayne_ for the moral support!)
Big thanks to @bossbabesatx for helping us promote our Crazy Rich Asians Night Market and Luxury Experience happening Saturday, August 4th. But start time is 7pm! Admission is FREE. If you’re hungry, buy food from one of our many Night Market vendors. Proceeds go to @aaafilmfest a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to help filmmakers tell Asian and Asian American stories in the media arts. #crazyrichasians#representationmatters
Follow the campaign on Seed & Spark all ready! Ok? It’s free or contribute to the film, that works too! 😘😍❤️🙏🏼👊🏼 😂 #Repost @staciegancaycoadlao with @get_repost
HUGE THANK YOU to all of our supporters for getting us to the green light this week!!!! WE LOVE YOU!
We only have 8 DAYS LEFT and we still have 15% left to be fully funded and reach our ultimate goal! We're also almost to 250 followers which will unlock the first level of filmmaker rewards for our team (you need to create an account and follow our campaign through the link in our bio ⬆️ for this to count towards the 'followers' count). $1,715 to 100% FUNDED
25 more followers to 250
To keep the momentum going, we're releasing a new video starring our lovely cast explaining what this film is about and why it is so important to make.
Please keep sharing our campaign if you can, we're almost to the finish line! If you haven't pledged but are considering doing so, we would love to have that extra bit of support! Link in bio.
Every bit helps!
Much love & thanks,
Stacie & Tyson 💛
Whaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?? Voyage Chicago reached out to me to be featured as part of an article. Excuse you, I’m an influencer / tastemaker now. 💁🏻♀️👸🏻😘 if you wanna check it out, link in bio. Tonight, you can catch me at Navigator Taproom for a hilarious showcase and tomorrow find me at Comedy that Killz at Shakers on Clark!
On #wcw we honor @fongsung5254 who embodied this classical Chinese poem about resilience. The poem (translation in comments) is about the tenacity of wild grass that grows in extremely adverse environments, how in spite of being burned by fire, the wild grass grows again in spring. Elizabeth Sung was a pioneer who was part of an early generation of Asian-American actors who opened the door for those of us today. @forizzythemovie is her last feature - see it at @asiancinevision in NY on Aug 3 8:15p @asiasociety and at @tafilmfestival on Aug 4 7:30p at the Downtown Independent.
ACT TWO is a performing arts program for formerly incarcerated and system-impacted youth ages 15-24 from throughout Los Angeles, and a platform for young people of our community who have been impacted by the juvenile justice system to use the performing arts to tell their own story onstage.
From January through March of 2018, our cast of 15 young artists spent two days a week developing performing arts skills in order to create an original show, showcasing the creative voices of the young people most impacted by the criminal judicial systems in our community. Over the course of 10 weeks, our program participants built skills in theatre, dance, spoken word poetry, music, multimedia, and visual arts, and used those skills to work together to create a fully staged devised theatre performance.
The resulting show, ACT TWO, was performed to a sold-out audience at UCLA’s Northwest Auditorium in March of 2018. Through magical realism, movement, and poetry, this original piece of collaboratively devised theater bravely confronted the crisis of incarceration, and our power to transform it through the creative visions of our community’s young artists.
-Laurel Butler, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network ACT TWO program #schoolsnotprisons
Congratulations on getting past 80%! Check out my IGTV to see my complete interview about the song I wrote for the film!
Let’s get it to 150%
Go to the bios and click the link: @cherrypickingfilm @staciegancaycoadlao @tysonadlao #asamcreatorrollcall#baytola#livethedream#makethemovie
#Repost @cherrypickingfilm with @get_repost
We’re ALMOST TO THE GREEN LIGHT EVERYONE! 5% until we get to 80% - the point where we can keep anything that we raise. If you haven’t FOLLOWED or PLEDGED already, we would love to have your support through the link in our Bio.
BEHIND THE MUSIC. Meet @dedward007, the creator behind the original song for our film #cherrypickingfilm and learn about his influences and creative process. Lyrics by Filipina singer/songwriter @itsmarilauren Watch the full video through the link in our bio 💛
This is a poem by Wang Wei called “Red Bean” (translation in comments). Classic Chinese poems often use metaphor, symbolism and allegory - here, the poet reminisces about the red beans in his homeland, a yearning and lovesickness (red beans are a symbol of love) - a core trait of the main character Peter Yip (played by Jim Lau). Come see him in our film screening next in NY @asiancinevision on Aug 3 at 8:15pm at the Asian Society, and then the next day in LA at @tafilmfestival on Aug 4 7:30p at Downtown Independent.