Q:Are you related to Peter Block?
He’s my cousin. And, I wish I saw him more often than I do. If you know him, please give him a hug for me.
Q:What is the secret to happiness?
This question seems to be a very active topic of discussion and art lately. Which has got me thinking about this a lot. That, and a year ago I went through a depression. The upshot is that I’ve been paying closer attention to when I am happy. Listening for it. Sometimes making a mental note of happiness as it’s happening will increase the joy in the moment, making room for even more.
As for creating happiness… I think everyone’s happy place is different, but a few things that work for me that also might be universal:
2. Moving my body, and breaking a sweat. For me it is often on a bike or dancing. Do what suits you.
3. When I remember to stop comparing myself to anyone else. Choosing to revel in the fact that there is only one of me. Sounds cheesy but that shit works. And, it’s true.
4. Building and fostering community.
5. Smiling, especially at strangers. Definitely in that moment when I would normally look away.
For more in-depth ideas on happiness I highly recommend the documentary, “Happy.” I found it to be incredibly enlightening and informative. You can click the link here, or check it out on Netflix.
One study mentioned in the movie talked about the difference in the types of goals we create for ourselves, and their effects on our happiness: extrinsic goals (money, image, status) and intrinsic goals (personal growth, relationships, helping others) – Extrinsically oriented people tend to get stuck on the “hedonic treadmill.” Intrinsically oriented people are found to be happier.
There is a lot of other great information in the movie as well.
Two more things that I just remembered -
6. Taking stock of the things in my life that I am grateful for. Even if it is just the fact that I am breathing.
7. Consciously putting the phone down and stepping away from the computer.
I hope this helps.
The first step.
A year ago, I bought a camera.
Then, in my calendar, scheduled one shoot per month without knowing what they’d be, perhaps to justify the scary purchase.
To my surprise, I actually stuck to that schedule. In fact I exceeded it.
I would like to share all of the things that I have shot this year, but I don’t want to try your patience, and some projects are still under wraps, some are still in production. (Look at me sounding all Hollywood)
So here are a few highlights:
[link coming soon]
I Forgot My Phone: or “The shot heard ‘round the world.” Char’s idea for this video came out of an ongoing discussion she and I had had since 2011. After we posted it I remember thinking in the first few hours before it caught fire, “I’m glad we made this video, it’s too bad only our friends will see it.” …35,000,000 views and counting.
Relationship Status: My first foray into directing sketch, written by the hilarious Cynthia Kao, this one video taught me so much about pacing and tone and coverage. Very grateful to have worked on it.
Nice Rap: Another result of my job this fall as an after-school teacher. I can only take credit for cinematography and editing on this little gem. 12 year old, Owen Plofker (in blue), wrote the rap and staged this music video which was so much fun to shoot.
There is a lot in store already for the coming year, I can’t wait to share what’s next!
Thank you for watching!
Q:you're so interesting, i'm currently on page 14 of your blog (mega creeping) and it's amazing to read about some of the things you've been able to do. i want to be an actress even though i'm from a small town in england and you have just made me realise i'd do anything to make this come true and it's possible (because of the fact you've been in so many amazing things and have toured (almost?) the world) you've also just made me want to move to hollywood/la 1000000x more
It is possible. DON’T GIVE UP.
There is something that all of my actor friends that live here live by: It is a last-man-standing game. If you love it, stick with it.
If there is something you’d rather do, then do that.
At this point in my life I really believe that you owe it to yourself and to the world to do what you love, wether you get paid for it or not.
LOVE, it is what we are here for.
ps. Thank you for sending me your love.
Q:hi, got any photos from intro at middlesbrough? you were amazing
Q:Do you take naps?
Q:I just saw your "I Forgot My Phone" short on Gawker (awesome), and it linked to your tubmlr. That's a lot of really great photos that really make me miss LA. I'm glad things are going well for you. My best to you and yours. - Wes
Thank you Wes! That is very sweet of you. I’m glad you like the pics, even if it makes you homesick for LA.
Q:Can you please put up the crowd shot you took at glasto on the john peel stage
me and my friends were front row and need some evidence or we have no braging rights
thank you from stripy t-shirt girl x
Just in case you never got it.
And there you are, waving.
Q:Las fotos son como la música Universales... Por tus fotos baje este programa, puse seguir, me olvide del password de Apple, dediqué 30 minutos de mi mañana del sábado... En fin, me trasmitieron sentimientos bellos, plenos, me sentí cerca de L.A... GRACIAS Lorena Mvd- Uruguay
Gracias por sus bellos sentimientos. Significa mucho para mí que algo que hago en Los Angeles puede hacer que alguien se sienta bien, tan lejos como Uruguay. Esto me hace sentir cerca de todo el mundo y para la humanidad. GRACIAS LORENA!