This Thursday I took the next step in on my journey here in LA. Me and Saga had the OPT meeting with the school to change status to OPT (Optical Practical Training) which will allow us to work in USA for 1 year with what we have studied starting May 15th for my sake. I am both excited but also terrified. So often do I wonder what the hell I am doing. I have no plan for how I will get money in case I don't get a job within acting since I am not allowed to work in any other field. There is one side of me that tells me that it will all work out, you will see once you start that this worrying was for nothing. But the other side just tells me how stupid I am, how much stress this will bring me. The challenging side vs the safe and more logical one. I don't have a logical solution at the moment, I'm working on finding one. But I am so happy that I have a family that support me no matter what. Whether I stay or go, they would do what it takes to help me. The easiest thing would to just pack my stuff and move back to Sweden again after my certificate is done, but something inside me tells me to at least try and right now I will follow that voice to see where it takes me.
Last sunday I started to feel sick so I stayed home on Monday from my internship. I went on Wednesday cause I thought I was feeling better but that only made me worse. I went to class yesterday and am planning on going to class tomorrow too cause I don't wanna miss anything but I am not feeling good. Went out to print some things today and of course did it rain. Other wise I just stay in bed, watching movies which is nice. Catching up on my "One movie a day" - challenge that I always fall behind on. I watched " Que Culpa Tiene el Nino" a mexican movie and "Footloose" the 2011-version today. Watched "Boyhood" a few days ago too. If you haven't seen that one, please do. The concept of filming for that many years is so cool.
I leave you guys with a nice cover of "More than words" that I discovered today.
Yesterday I finally got a day off where I could just breathe. I am so grateful that I have an internship, don't get me wrong, but I need my days of just doing nothing and eating chocolate hehe. When the night came I wanted to go to the movies and since most people have class or similar I went alone. For the first time ever, completely alone. It may sound silly but a year ago I would not have gone alone, I would have stayed home afraid of looking like a lonely loser, which is crazy. I still prefer going with other awesome people, but going alone had a certain charm to it too. And I could not have chosen a better movie theatre of the debut. I went to Broadway in Santa Monica which has comfy leather chairs that are reclinable. How about that? Anyways, I saw "Arrival". It was kind of confusing at first, but I liked it. Afterwards, did they show a "Behind the scenes"
Sunday 29/1: Started the day with a FaceTime-date with my dear mom. Then brunch with Carola, Gaia, Emma and Isa. Bottomless mimosas, yes please. The food was too spicy though. Me and Isa had to leave cause we were shooting a short film with Elina. Isa was the DP, Elina the director and I was acting. It was about bulimia. A lot of cookies and chips stuffed into my mouth. There is a wonder I still wanted to eat afterward. I was so klutzy at the shoot though, spilled coke and dropped cookies and chips all over. Poor Elina had to clean everything. But that is what you get when you are the Director, PA and Producer for your own film, in your own house like Isa said. Had a lot of fun though, the hardest subjects are the most fun shoots cause you actually do something interesting.
Beautiful Gaia and me and My beloved Isa and me
At the shoot. We has one shot with the camera in the fridge. Me after eating like crazy.
Me in my Noora-inspired look (Mom and Dad said "Hey Noora" as soon as they saw me haha. And then my 2 beautiful girls who helps me here in LA and life <3
Saturday 28/1: I overslept, Isa woke me up 20 min before we had to go to class. Thank god we have the same one, otherwise, I would have missed the whole class. We started breaking down a script and talked all about that. It is so hard, but this as well, very fun and good once you know it. Went to Santa Monica with my girls (Emma and Isa). They were celebrating Chinese New Years in the mall. We went to H&M and shopped some clothes (I need it for my job, OK!?) and then we watched the sunset. Santa Monica makes me so happy and inspired. It's the place where all my doubts about moving across the whole world just disappear. After that did we go to the food court and I ate at "Pinches Tacos" (the best tacos EVER).
Friday 27/1: I had my second day at the internship, I intern at a talent agency. I still feel like a confused chicken sometimes but it is a lot of fun learning about this side of the entertainment business as well. After that did I take the bus home and did my homework for tomorrow's class, which was deciding on a scene from a film we had not seen or saw a long time ao from before 1980. Everything was either too long, too short, too many characters or not good enough. Damn it. But I sent something in around 11 PM so I at least had something. I have chosen a scene from "Taxi Driver". Will see if I stick with that one or choose another one.
Don't mind my stupid post. But this is 2 of the outfits I have had for work
On Monday when I came home I had had the worst day. Emma kindly listened to my complaints and then it was out there and I could move on. Today, when I got home, did I first notice that she put up our LA LA LAND posters on the wall, which made me very happy. And then I noticed this note. I will translate it since it is in the magical language of Swedish and only I few selected understands:
"Hello Roomie! I hope your day was better today! If not, eat some candy! There is food for you in the fridge, sweet potato and chicken! I also put your FRIENDS-poster a more straight and put up La La Land. Hope you like it!! HUG (cause we say that instead of LOVE at the end)"
How amazing is she? Bet you had my roomie now.
Saturday: Had class, first one in this course. It was "Directing Actors for the Screen" with David, who is amazing. Isa and Saga are both also in that class, WIE.
After class, I ate lunch and then I went to Carolas place. We talked for forever, like we do and then we went to Trader Joe's to buy ice cream, wine, gnocchi for dinner and guacamole and tortilla chips. REAL MOVIE NIGHT PREP. We watched a British movie called "Love & Friendship", witty and sweet, And then we started watching "Kung Fu Panda" but we got tired and went to bed.
Sunday: Woke up at Carolas. We remembered that we forgot to buy breakfast yesterday and since she had nothing, we went out to buy bagels. I did not mind at all since the bagels there are AMAZEBALLSSSS. Bagels with lox spread is life. Continued to watch "Kung Fu Panda". It was raining like crazy(!!) so I took an Über home (or had a better reason to take it hehe). A few hours later I took an Über to Century City to see a movie with José and his friend. We saw "Live by Night". It was kind of slow and not that good. I am not that big of a fan of Gangster movies and this had at least a story and not just dead people for no reason, but the story was not good enough to make it a good movie.
Carola took the broken umbrella by mistake. The best bagels and Carola chose her mug carefully for me 🤗
Now here is finally the post about Warner Brothers. Wrote this weeks ago but was just waiting for the pictures from Emma.
My beautiful and amazing roomie Emma had the best surprise christmas present for me. SHE TOOK ME TO WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO TOUR!! We got a coffee and then we got to see a little intoduction video, which made me realize even more that I would love this tour because it was so many movies I know and love. We got to tell the tour guide what we wanted to see and I love, love, loooove F.R.I.E.N.D.S. so that was my top suggestion obviously. And they also had the set of other awesome shows I love. Usually, it's only "cool" movies aka action and sci-fi that gets parks and studio tours and stuff but this was all for me. So awesome to get to see it for real and see how some houses are the same. Ross and Monicas parents from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and Emily Field from PLL had the same house for example. And the town square was shown in Hart of Dixie, PLL and Gilmore Girls. It was just amazing!
Afterwards we just walked around in Burbank for a bit before we went home again.
THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR THIS DAY!! <3
I got so incredibly happy and excited when I saw where we were! Cool lamps, that is rentable
The F.R.I.E.N.D.S. stuff was what got me the most excited of course!
Emma shows love for our Swede Joel Kinnaman aka Robocop Rosewood High School (Pretty Little Liars)
Was so much more stuff and pictures but this sums it up. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and PLL was what got me squeaking with excitement and seeing how they shared so many locations.
15th: Started the day out with brunch. It was Jamie, from my Acting for the camera II class that celebrated her birthday. Or first I went to Carolas place and then we took an Uber together to the brunch place, which was in Marina del Ray. We met Jamies two friends who were both American and both lovely. We don't know that many Americans so we were happy haha. We had a great brunch and really got along, it was just the waiter that took 20 min to charge our cards that got us a little irritated. After that me and Carola went with Jamie to Cabo Cantina to meet her other friend and drink bottomless mimosas and watch a football game. We then went to the beach a while before we bar hoped to another bar and at the end took an Uber to Santa Monica and went to Barneys. Jamie got a birthday shot and bought some cake. After that I saw Manchester by the sea, again, with José, Thomas and Juan. Yuhan, who suggested it all, could not come but we enjoyed the movie at least (even though we sat so damn close to the screen, happy it was not an action packed movie cause then I would have died). Got a lift home, which is always appreciated.