college reps

A guide to being a vocal citizen

For people wondering how to take action post-election of a racist demagogue (pulled from Twitter and cleaned up):

Make a spreadsheet or a file for your representatives with names, addresses to their offices, phone numbers, and contact forms. Put everyone there. Make a note in your calendar app to check in on issues once a month.

Pay attention to news. If you get angry, upset, or worried, seek support from friends but ALSO shoot these reps an email, too. Be courteous but firm and blunt. It’s a numbers game. Often we remain invisible because we don’t go to events and rallies and can’t be physically present. But we can attach our names to emails, we can write letters, we can be vocal. We don’t have to be invisible.

You can do this with your national reps, state reps, and local reps. If someone reps you anywhere, note them. Open a line and revisit it. It’s hard work and slow. One email at a time. One letter at a time. One call at a time. Emails are easy these days, so splurge every few months on a stamp and send a letter if you can. Put your humanity in front of these people. Flout it. Some won’t care, but others will. Change ONE mind and results can cascade.

Rural areas are bubbles full of bigotry and now it’s newly revealed. But we white people who live here have the clout and power! We can speak up when our reps say terrible things, and do terrible things, and vote terrible ways. We can go “I am disappointed in you.” It’s work, but as we’ve seen the last six months, it’s time for us to do that work. If someone goes “who are your reps” you gotta know. If you don’t know and you’re mad about this election, it’s time to create that file and keep it with you and use it.

The time for social media rants only is over. Or, do those, but maybe pull those threads out into a paragraph and send them to your reps. And don’t ONLY email or contact when things go badly. Also reach out when things go right. Even if they voted AGAINST something. Treat them like you would want to be treated if you were wrong or mistaken. But we’ve gotta reach out and let them know we’re here.

Anyway, I know this is hard work. If you need help collecting your reps, give me a ping via DM and I’ll help you get started.

I happen to not have any lessons tomorrow, no rehearsal, no work… inadvertent day off! So I want to do a video Q&A for you guys. Send your questions tonight, and start your ask with “VIDEO QUESTION” so that I know you want it answered in the Q&A! Questions can be about technique, the industry, auditions, me, rep building, colleges, nerves, or anything else I discuss on this blog! No song recs or cut recs, as always. Alright, bring them on!

College AU || Jinki & Kay

@sangtaeduburp continued from here

“Why do I come to these parties?” She asked herself this question every time she allowed her roommate to drag her off to some house party thrown by one of her class mates. The jocks at her school really knew how to party hard. Alcohol was flowing so easily and in so many different forms she wasn’t sure how the first few drinks ended up in her hands but she carried them around to make sure nothing else was aggressively offered to her. Eventually she settled on drinking a beer and taking a few shots to loosen up.

For the most part, the young woman drifted through the festivities without really attaching herself to one thing in particular. It was the same at all parties. She stepped over intertwined couples casually making out on the floor and up against walls. There was a chugging contest going on in the kitchen so she knew she had to steer clear of that totally. Beer pong was set up on a pool table and she eventually found an empty spot near by it to stand. Kay had lost her room mate over a half hour ago and she was sure the other woman was off having the time of her life in the house some where.

Once she was settled in her spot her eyes started to wander. Yes the game in front of her was quite amusing considering the players were already pretty drunk, but there were just so many other events happening that she just couldn’t focus on one thing for too long. While she was scanning the room her eyes landed on someone who looked just as out of place as her. She watched him look around the room for a moment before his eyes connected with hers. When she didn’t look away, he walked over leaning down to speak to her.

‘Quick make out with me. My ex is heading this way.’ Now Kay had heard this line before from dudes trying to get in her pants but this guy looked genuinely nervous about this ex approaching him. His cute face combined with all the alcohol in her system already made her decision was pretty easy. “Okay.” The stranger had already basically closed the space between them already so Kay just leaned forward pressing her lips to his already tasting the alcohol on his breath. Her hands rested on his shoulders in order to push him away if he got too handsy but that never really happened. She didn’t pull away from him until he stopped first and was sure whoever he was avoiding was gone.

Be who you needed when you were younger.

I saw this quote today, and it made me pause to think.  It really is one of the main reasons I ended up running this blog.  Growing up and throughout my teen years, I didn’t have any guidance in performance, and if I did, it was always negative.  “Pick any other career.”  “You know you’ll be poor, right?”  “That’s not a job.”  “Ha, good luck with that!” “But what’s your real job going to be?” “We’ll see how long this lasts.”  Nobody was pushing me to be better–they were just pushing me in different directions, telling me my dreams were not possible.  I had incredibly supportive parents, but we were just guessing at how to make this career work.  Guessing about colleges, guessing about rep, guessing about everything!  And I would have given anything to have somebody to go to, just to ask questions, and to get honest and encouraging (yet realistic) advice.  But that person did not exist.

I hope that I am that person to some of you.  And I hope that down the road, when people need help, you reach out as a positive force as well.