ok going to the interview thing now :)


DIEGO LUNA 🌙 APPRECIATION WEEK / DAY 4 Diego + Interviews : Diego mentioning his kids

Yeah, my son and my daughter didn’t keep the secret but it’s ok, they’re kids and I wasn’t going to hide it from them. It’s the first time that I see that amount of interest in them about my work, so to me it feels great. I’m proud I can share this with them and they’re excited. Work has been this horrible thing in our lives that has separated us. But now, my son would be like “go to work, please!” or “go do that film, that’s amazing, and make sure you bring some toys back!

Gillian Jacobs for Variety

It’s that classic thing of whatever you’re doing, you want to be doing the opposite. I was desperate to do comedy before I got ‘Community.’ Now I’ve gotten the chance to do a lot of comedy and I’m like, ‘I’d like to do a little drama again.’ I like having the ability to go between the two. I certainly miss ‘Community.’ I hope there’s a world in which we get to do the movie and I get to play that character again.

To Be or Not To Be…  Yourself?

By Karen Kirkland- Creative Strategist

There is NO question!

You’re sitting in a coffee shop waiting for “Mr or Mrs Right” to show up. You check the time- any minute now. A bead of sweat runs down your brow… Your palms are sweaty and you just remembered you forgot to put on deodorant! You gulp down a glass of water in an attempt to quench your dry-mouth.  In walks the man/woman of your dreams. Your heart skips a couple of beats and you find yourself wanting to say and do all the right things… Even if that means you have to become someone else.

You’re now six months in and things just aren’t working out and you’re wondering why. Chances are it’s because you’ve been pretending to be someone other than who you really are. Trying to sustain this ruse over any substantial period of time can be exhausting. Eventually you’re going to be “found out”.

Remember that the next time you find yourself on an interview- sitting across from a potential employer. For starters, take a deep breath… That’s it…in through your nose and out through your mouth. Once more. Ok- now you’re ready! The best thing you can do for yourself and for them is to, well- just be yourself.

But wait- who are you?

You are your own person, with your own thoughts and opinions. Don’t just agree with everything your potential employer is saying because you want to appear affable. If you have a differing opinion or a different experience, don’t be afraid to respectively express it. Believe it or not- your employer may be excited by the prospect of you bringing an alternate point of view to the conversation.

You’re witty, confident and insightful. You should absolutely be knowledgeable about your craft and you should be able to have a conversation about the process and know what you like and why you like it. But, if there’s a playful side to your personality don’t be afraid to express that as well. Don’t be overly self-assured or egotistical, but be confident in what you can bring to the company- and don’t be afraid to have some fun!

You have a history and you should be able to concisely and effectively communicate that backstory, making sure to hit all the pivotal moments in the journey that has shaped your career (up to this point). Your dialogue shouldn’t sound rehearsed, but it should certainly be rehearsed. You’re going to be nervous, so the better you know your “story” the more you can stay connected to your breathing and the more you can remain centered and present in the room. But take the shortest route possible and don’t meander when telling the story. Most importantly, don’t make stuff up… If you’re not an avid gamer, don’t pretend to be one just in an effort to impress.

You’re chatty by nature, and that’s okay, but just like on a date- don’t do ALL the talking. Or let’s say you’re the shy type… that’s okay too, but the conversation should be balanced. Ask questions- get to know the person on the other side of the table. Allow your potential employer an opportunity to talk and to give you a little more insight into what their expectations are, and be prepared to listen. If you listen attentively enough, you can then formulate additional questions. Then the conversation will flow and you can avoid those awkward moments of silence when neither party knows what to say. Or worse yet… that glazed over look someone gets when you’ve absolutely talked too much!

Remember- you’re in a relationship…it’s a two-way street. After a few interviews, you should absolutely know if you are a good fit for the company and just as importantly, if the company is good fit for you.

When interviewing, employers want you to do well because that means their search is over. But it’s not cool for you or your employer when six months into your working relationship you both realize you are someone completely different than who you were pretending to be during the interview process.

So go forth with the confidence of knowing you’re encouraged to be exactly who you are.

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i never post on here about my growth but i have grown a lot gang like… so much it’s hard to describe

dbt has helped me a lot - like today i had a really long day after going bike riding, doing an interview, locking myself out of the house and going to work and my phone died and waited an hour after work in the doctor’s office with nothing to read or do and confirmed i got a scratch my cornea again and i was so tired i almost lost it when the doctor left the room to do something 

but somehow i held it together and did not have a melt down or anything and i feel p ok right now

so yeah - i feel like i handle things a lot better also i got that job i think :>

There’s a homeless man that Eren passes by every day on his way to work. The man doesn’t ask for anything, doesn’t have any signs pleading for food or money. He’s often found in the park, brooding on one of the benches, face covered by ragged hair and a gnarled beard. Despite the fact that he doesn’t ask for anything, Eren often leaves him money - a dollar, five dollars, any spare change he may have on him that day. Sometimes he’ll buy an extra donut and leave it for the homeless man, the other one hanging between his teeth as he hurries to his minimum wage job as a grocery clerk.

One day, the homeless man isn’t there. Another day. Three days. A week. A month goes by and it saddens Eren to see the empty bench, thinking the homeless man passed away. But a month and a half later, the bench is occupied by a well-dressed and well-groomed man, who pushes back the sleeve of his suit jacket to glance at the time on his watch. He glances around as if waiting for something or someone and as Eren gets closer, he recognizes those eyes. 

He recognizes them because they used to be so dead and cold, because they melted away over time into something warm whenever Eren came by. Relief and happiness wells into him because he sees who the homeless man has become; because the man he thought dead was actually very alive and well.

The not-so-homeless-man spots him and there’s a moment where they just stand and stare at each other before Eren starts crying. The man waits patiently through his tears, describes how he saved up the money Eren gave him to buy a suit for a job interview, how he found a job, how Eren saved his life.

“My name is Levi. This will never come close to paying you back for all you have done for me, but can I start with taking you out for coffee?”

anonymous asked:

i hope you don't mind this question. but I've always thought willow was bisexual but the writers just wouldn't acknowledge it, and that's why it's okay to ship woz. I've always thought this because of the way she was written.

i know where you’re coming from. i used to say that willow’s categorization as a lesbian was bi erasure, but i’ve changed my mind on that. while i think the writers’ motives for labeling willow a lesbian are rooted in biphobia, that doesn’t change the fact that she is canonically a lesbian (i’ll tell you how it’s canon: that’s how she identifies. regardless of her relationship with oz, her attraction to dracula, etc, her word is gospel. if she says she’s a lesbian, she is.)

i feel like this conversation is complicated because you have to acknowledge two different “realities:” the reality of the writers and the “reality” in which willow exists. i think it’s good to acknowledge the writers’ motives in their labeling of willow, and i’m gonna try to put myself in their shoes. i can kind of see the seams of their storytelling a little bit; the little inconsistencies in how they portray willow reveal a lot of biphobia and lesbophobia imo. i can’t remember where i heard this but there was a writer who alluded to the fact that, when they first wrote about tara and willow getting together, they didn’t intend to label her as gay or permanently nix boys from her dating scene. the writer then went on to say that after the huge positive fan reaction the writers thought something along the lines of “we can’t go back now.” and by “going back” they seemed to mean willow dating boys (biphobic much? as if bisexual identity is less valid when people of different genders are together). this would suggest that, as originally conceived, willow was supposed to be bi. but given whedon’s beef with bi people (he doesn’t seem to think they exist) i’m willing to bet the dreaded b-word would never have been uttered. when i look at the vagueness of willow’s coming out to buffy in “new moon rising” (no labels are used) and willow’s goodbye to oz where she suggests they’ll find each other again when they’re older, i don’t think the writers meant to portray her as a lesbian originally.

although the writers settled on the lesbian identifier for willow after she got together with tara, they seem to want to have their cake and eat it too. of course they would never consider labeling her bi because, bah! bisexuality isn’t a thing!!!! bisexuals r not gay enuf 2 b on our show, we wanna make a P OL I T I C AL statement ok!!!!!! at the same time though, they choose to slip in these little references to willow’s attraction to men even though she’s obvs a lesbian. (her attraction to dracula in “dracula,” her attraction to giles in “where the wild things are” and her attraction to what’s-his-face in “him” all come to mind). it’s like they’re winking at the audience, going “she’s not reaaaaallllyyyyy gay.” see how they manage to be both biphobic and lesbophobic at the same time, by treating bisexuality as ~not gay enough~ (given what the writer said in the interview i saw) and also invalidating her gay identity with all these random attractions to dudes, played for laughs?

ok, so that’s one level. let’s now talk about willow’s identity from an in-universe perspective. this is where it’s gonna become clear why i’m so hard-headed about willow definitely being a lesbian, no ifs, ands, or buts.

we can talk all day about the writers’ biphobia and lesbophobia, their motives for choosing to label willow a lesbian, and their need to invalidate her identity regardless of label. it’s important to acknowledge all those things and recognize that these writers are flawed and therefore their conception of anything non-het and their treatment of anything non-het will be flawed.

but if we take away all this conversation about the writers, and focus on willow herself, it becomes incredibly important to support her lesbian identity and to not question it. i’ve seen plenty of people point to willow’s attractions to men as “proof” that she’s “really bi” and i’ve even been one of the people to do that in the past, but in reality that’s extremely hurtful to lesbians. taking everything willow says about her identity to heart, she is representative of a huge part of the lesbian community in that 1) she had a long term relationship with a man 2) she seems to struggle with compulsory heterosexuality 3) she conceptualizes her identity as changeable.

1) after willow identifies as gay we don’t hear much from her on whether or not she thinks her relationship with oz was “valid,” but regardless of what she might say, her past relationships with men don’t make her any less of a lesbian. her past relationship with oz doesn’t make her “really bi” because she identifies as gay, and that’s all we should need to let the subject drop. we need to trust that willow knows herself better than we do.

2) from an in-universe perspective, i definitely attribute willow’s occasional attractions to men to compulsory heterosexuality. she grew up being taught to see men in a certain way, and to perform heterosexuality. all that conditioning doesn’t necessarily disappear when you come out.

3) willow makes with the quippy “gay now!” line a few times after coming out. this has bothered a lot of people, understandably, because it’s a common misconception among straights that people turn gay or become gay. but willow’s assertion that she’s “gay now” tells us a little bit about her perspective. she may phrase it that way because she believes she was once bi or once straight, but is no longer. she may feel because of her past relationship with oz that she has no right to claim she was gay back then. either way i think the phrasing is rooted in uncertainty about her past identity, and while i know that’s frustrating, it doesn’t make her any less gay. it doesn’t make her less of a lesbian to suggest that in the past she may not have been one. people change, and evolution shouldn’t invalidate identity.

all of the above three points are things that a lot of real-life lesbians identify with and struggle with. i’m a lesbian and i can say that all three of the things i just listed apply not only to willow, but to me as well. i want to emphasize that willow is, of course, a very important character to the lesbian community and a lot of lesbians identify with her. it’s precisely because of willow’s identity and because of her popularity with lesbians that it is extremely hurtful to suggest she is bi, especially if you use any of the above three points to support your argument.

using willow’s vulnerabilities and inconsistencies to invalidate her identity from an in-universe perspective is hurtful because it suggests to all lesbians who deal with the same issues that they are equally invalid, pretenders, or “really bi.” it may not be obvious to you, but people often use real-life lesbians’ inconsistencies to invalidate their identity by saying “well you once dated a guy!” or “so you used to be bi… and now you’re… not? BUT YOU DATED A GUY” or “omg ahhaha you just said that guy was attractive….. u sure ur gay?”

also, just on a broader level, it’s very common in our culture to invalidate lesbian identity and experience. so suggesting that a lesbian icon (c’mon, that’s not a stretch is it?) is not in fact a lesbian takes away from the little representation we lesbians have. it’s also just another way of invalidating lesbians’ feelings and identities in a culture where lesbians are never believed to ~really~ be lesbians in the first place.

i hope this helps, because i turned this into meta and i didn’t mean to!

Watch ‘Rogue One’ Star Ben Mendelsohn’s Heartbreak Upon Learning Mads Mikkelsen Chatted with Rebel Actors on Set

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Ben Mendelsohn plays Orson Krennic, the man responsible for overseeing the construction of the Death Star. To accomplish his goal, he kidnaps Galen Erso, played by Mads Mikkelsen This pits them against the Rebel Alliance, willingly or not.

Yahoo Movies wondered if Mikkelsen and Mendelsohn stayed away from the rest of the cast. “Did you guys do anything to distance yourselves from those actors?” asked our Kevin Polowy. “Oh like that kind of method thing?” clarified Mikkelsen. “Climb a mountain and stay there for five years? Ask your kids to call you a different name? No. No, no. No, no, we did not.”

But it seems Mikkelsen shouldn’t have been so quick to answer for the both of them “You fraternized with the enemy?” joked Mendelsohn? “Yeah, but I’m in between,” replied to Mikkelsen, alluding to his character’s moral gray area. “Sorry, I’m just recovering. Really? You spoke with them?” Mendelsohn followed. “Yeah,” answered Mikkelsen in the affirmative. “I met them. Several times.” “Wow,” Mendelsohn said taking a breather. “Ok.”

It seems Mendelsohn isn’t out of his Krennic mindset yet! “Well, you know, it’s not like I antagonized them,” Mendelsohn said regarding Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and the rest of the cast. “I mean, it’s like, there was, you know, I was doing my thing. And they were, frankly, not supposed to be anywhere near any of the rest of us. So it was them that was the antagonist in this case…We weren’t doing anything but going about our business. However, having to see them around there? Around us? Bothering things, you know? Eating food that’s ours?”

Mendelsohn then shook his head disapprovingly. “You spoke with them?” he once again asked Mikkelsen. “When we were…? Wow. Ok. Cool”. I just didn’t think I’d find that out right here and right now.” “We’ll talk about it later,” Mikkelsen offered.

We have some new little plan in store, but I don’t wanna give it away yet. But there is some new Evanescence stuff that we’re starting at. But it is not exactly the most traditional thing. It’s just not “Ok we’re gonna make a new album right now!”. No that that is not coming, but first there’s something else, it’s a little bit special and different and it going take you down a different path that we wanna try.
—  Amy Lee reveal that Evanescence are start working on something new (AOL interview 2016)

Andrew stopped by BuzzFeed New York to channel his inner Dennis by attempting to assemble an Ikea chair while answering our hard-hitting questions. And because he’s cool as hell, he took off his jacket and shoes and got down to business. Watch Andrew hilariously struggle (and succeed!) at tackling the task so many twentysomethings know all too well.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Andrew Garfield: That’s a question that I’m actually asking myself. I don’t know where to live because my heart is in so many places in the universe. Well, in the world. My heart isn’t on Mars. But my heart is in England, where my family are and the majority of my closest friends are. But then on the West Coast of America I have the ocean, and I need the ocean in my life. That’s where I surf and I have very close people there as well that I adore. And New York City has great, fond, lovely memories — and also the problem is, I don’t like cities. And I’ve just named three cities. So I’m really having major issues about where I belong.

 Have you ever worked at a job you hated?
AG: Yes. I did a lot of odd jobs when I was a struggling actor. I worked at Starbucks and I really liked that. I really liked Starbucks.

 Did people ask you for secret menu items?
AG: I didn’t even know there were secret menu items! Like what?

Cookie Dough Frappuccinos, Birthday Cake Frappuccinos, Cotton Candy Frappuccinos…
AG: We were in England, so. You guys are crazy! I liked working there. [Screws in a part on the chair] I’m literally going to kill myself if this doesn’t go in.

 So you don’t want to work at Ikea, is what you’re saying?
AG: Nooo. But god, I’ve spent many a breakup in Ikea. Just a surefire way, if you don’t have the courage to break up with someone, just suggest a trip to Ikea, and it’ll do it for you! That should be the Ikea commercial. No, but I worked at a clothing store called Reiss in London. Reiss was terrible because not a lot of people came to the store, so I would sit down a lot because there was nothing to do. And my boss was like, What are you doing? And I’m like, Well, having a sit-down. I’m reading the Vogue magazine. And she was like, Well there’s so much to be doing. And I’m like, What? No one’s here! [Works on chair] You know what, I’m gonna cheat this. Sorry, Ikea, I’m cheating. Because you’re a nightmare. So I sat down a lot and she would never let me, and she’d be like, Separate all things on the rack six inches apart with a ruler! Anyway, I was fired, because I would just always sit down. And I argued. But then I got another job at the Wigmore Hall, which is a classical concert hall in London — I really liked that! But then I actually did go through a pretty grief-ridden breakup and again I would sit down a lot. I would find ways to sit, whether it was in the toilet cubicle — or, the stockroom became my place of choice to just cry and grieve the loss of my first love.

 If you had to trade lives with one of the characters you’ve played, who would you pick: Spider-Man, Eduardo from The Social Network, or Dennis from 99 Homes?
AG: That’s tough! None of them. I don’t wanna. Do I have to? I would pick Spider-Man, because I do like responsibility, I do like helping people, and being of use — as you can see. And I like pressure, and I kind of like the difficulty and confusion of being misunderstood. There’s something kind of nice about that, and [it’s] important to not be totally liked by everyone all the time, and obviously Spider-Man goes through that as a teenage boy. I love that it speaks to all of our ordinariness and all of our extraordinariness. So, I just love that. It’s like we have a duty to be simply who we are, in a simple way, as human beings. And we also have a duty to this very extraordinary thing we are gifted with, and we all have it, we all have some genius, we all have some extraordinary gift that we’re supposed to bring to the world. But none of them — I’d rather just be me!

 If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would you say to your 16-year-old self?
AG: I would probably just say keep going, like, stay true to yourself. I was pretty lonely as a teenager. I was on a different track than my mates, who are still my closest mates in the world. Because I looked much younger than everyone else, I couldn’t get into the pubs they were all getting into when I was a teenager. So they all started drinking, and I was turned away at the door because I looked like a 12-year-old. And it kind of sucked, to be honest — it was really hard just to watch them all bonding over this new thing and I just wasn’t interested in it, I guess. I just wanted to keep skateboarding and being stupid. I was just like a perpetual child. So I’d probably just say, “Ah, no, it’s OK. You’ll grow facial hair at some point. Just keep going!” [Continues to work on chair] OK, look! At least a part of it is done! I like it because it’s so distracting. Because then I’m just talking and I’m not worrying about what I’m saying. It’s actually pretty nice. This is actually going to be a prerequisite to every interview I do. From now on, I have to be building an Ikea chair.

 Have you ever been mistaken for a doppelgänger?
AG: [laughs] I don’t want to talk about this! It makes me kind of embarrassed. Some sweet girls from Japan, I believe, would give me pictures of Bambi the deer. And I didn’t really understand what that was about, but I think they were thinking that if there was ever a live-action version of Bambi, that I would play Bambi. Andy Murray — my friends take the piss out of me because they think I look like the tennis player Andy Murray. I genuinely don’t think I do.

What’s one thing on your bucket list you haven’t been able to do yet that you want to do?
AG: I’m 32 years old! I don’t have a bucket list. Um, gosh, it’s a strange thing; my dreams are very strange and very weird. Very weird things I dream of doing — and it’s not, like, bungee jumping off the highest place in New Zealand. The bucket list is hard. I really want to live a full life, a life of meaning. So I think that’s a constant bucket list. I feel like I’m always in the bucket list because every moment is so fleeting and vital and important. And again, it kind of relates to that seriousness thing of relax and just let yourself enjoy the wind and the air. I have a real hunger to understand what life is about, and for, and I get lost in that. So maybe my bucket list is to be more present, and maybe breathe a little deeper and notice how beautiful the world is and how beautiful people are — outside of, you know, Donald Trump and the other sociopaths out there.

Puppies or kittens?
AG: Puppies! Well, only because I’m allergic to kittens. And I don’t know, just puppies. That’s a BuzzFeed question right there. That is a full-on BuzzFeed question. It feels like we’re just hanging out, it’s really nice. I’ll probably regret everything I’ve said. But I’m happy, right now, in this moment.

The film is based in Orlando — have you ever been there in real life?
AG: Well, first of all, I went there as a kid for family holidays to Disney and all that. You know, what I thought was good stuff. I loved it as a kid, it was heaven. Roller coasters and water parks and miniature golf and excessive amounts of bloomin’ onions and Bennigan’s. But I recently went for research for 99 Homes, this particular subject matter of eviction and the economic crisis and the housing crisis — specifically in 2010 Orlando when Florida was hit particularly badly, and I just met a lot of families who lived down the street from Disney, and worked at Disney. A lot of the guys that I was speaking to would get often employed by Disney World and just had pretty rotten things to say about it, kinda behind-the-scenes stuff. And ironically, the motel I was staying at, which is based on the motel the Nash family stays at in the film, was five minutes away from Disney World. So you have all these families who have been exiled from the American dream — exiled from, you know, feeling worthy in the society they’re in, five minutes away from one of the main symbols of what it is to live the American dream. The excess and the “everything’s fine,” while, you know, five minutes away there are families who have been put in the most impossible circumstances to make ends meet. But I’m really excited for people to see the film, because it’s a part of culture that we don’t want to look at. Everyone has their own problems, and we’re all dealing with our own stuff, but I believe we were built to be empathic, we were built to be full of compassion and love for our fellow man, and we’re in an economic system right now that is kind of set up to pit us against each other. So, yeah, I like escaping as much as the next person, and I need it in my life, but also in order to feel like I’m living a life of meaning, I need to be involved in things that are life-giving. And that’s why I’m so excited about the uprisings that are happening around the country that are economic rights–related, or gay rights–related, or transgender rights–related, or feminist-related — anything that’s bridging the gap between people and calling for a more decent system, and a more decent way of perceiving each other. I’m really excited about that.

 What’s the last album you bought?
AG: Oooh, OK. Raury! A young kid from Atlanta, check him out. He’s very soulful. I think the album is Indigo Child. He feels like a really exciting part of a next generation of artists — again, cares about people, cares about love and compassion and the idea that there’s no separation between me and this chair and me and another person. Anyway, Raury. He’s really powerful and really beautiful.

A lifetime supply of chocolate or pizza?
AG: Chocolate.

 What’s the last book you read?
AG: Gosh. I have a problem with reading, I get so interested in so many things that I’m doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that. So right now I’m reading a lot about the next project I’m doing, which is about a guy Desmond Doss, who is an amazing person who lived an amazing life, so I’m reading a lot about him. I’m reading a lot about World War II, and I’m also reading about grief. There’s a book that a friend gave me about grief and praise which is very beautiful, very, very difficult to read because it’s about how we’ve lost our sense of what grief is in our culture, and how to grieve — you know what, I loved Inside Out. And talking about sadness being the partner feeling to joy, and you can’t have one without the other. I just love this consciousness that I think the mainstream culture is coming into, because we’ve exiled grief, we’ve exiled these emotions we’ve deemed as negative for so long. I think they’re coming back into fashion, and I’m really happy about that. Because there’s no such thing as a negative emotion as far as I’m concerned — they’re all needed. Oh, there’s another book I’m reading called The Soul’s Code, which is beaaauttiful, which is speaking to this idea that we all have inherent gifts. Is there anything else specifically you want to do in your career?

Do you have a big goal?
AG: Nahh, I’m done. I’m over it. Um, SO much. Unfortunately. So many scary things. I’m scared every time I go to act. But I’m scared of everything, really. Every time I go to start something new, all the voices come in saying, Who do you think you are, and why do you think you have any right to be making a chair right now? You’re gong to fail at this chair-making and everyone’s going to see how wrong you are!

You’re doing great!
AG: Thank you! It will collapse. So, I love storytelling and I love people and humanity and making sense of what we’re all doing here, so I love acting, I absolutely love it. But I would like to be more involved. I produced 99 Homes, so that felt really good to be more hands-on with the process from the beginning, but that still wasn’t enough. It kind of makes me think maybe, Oh, you need to try to direct, just because life is short and also you never know, maybe you’ll enjoy it and maybe you’ll be good at it, and maybe you won’t be! And then you’ll know and you won’t try again. But the hesitancy and the not doing is what scares me the most. The bucket list is just doing, doing, doing, doing. And also I love young people. I’d like to be involved with young people and teaching about acting maybe, or theater, because theater was my first passion. Without my first teacher bringing me to that, I would not be building this chair with you right now. I’d be somewhere strung out, on some awful class-A substance — homeless, probably. I don’t know what I’m talking about. But I’d love to give opportunity to young people who maybe don’t have the opportunity to explore whether this is something that they’re called to. Those are the things that are kind in the forefront of my mind right now.

You Should Know Where I’m Coming From

What if I said I would break your heart? What if I said I have problems that made me mean? What if I knew I would just rip your mind apart?
Would you let me out?

{a/n: this was a collaboration of the requests “you play hard to get” & “ you’re scared to date justin because you’ve been heartbroken in the past”. it’s a little over 2000 words. idk if it’s any good honestly, i redid it about 10 times because i didn’t know how to start it or where to go with it, but this is what i eventually came up with. i hope you like it even though i don’t lol.}

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ericwilliamsart  asked:

As a character artist that has been drawing traditionally since the beginning what is a good way to start transfer into painting digitally? I feel as though I don't have many portfolio pieces because I don't have them finished to the point of being digitally painted and that hinders studios from considering my portfolio. Is that true? Also I wanted to say I am truly inspired by you and when I get into a artistic slump one thing that always helps is your interview with Chris Oatley. Thank you.


The way to start is to honestly quit reading this sentence and begin painting, Period. 

In fact, you shouldn’t even be reading this sentence right now, what are you still reading this for? 

Stop.  GO paint and come back in a few hours…I’ll wait here……

No really… GO

OK.  Back?  How was that?  Sucks huh?  You aren’t there yet.  What’s in your head isn’t on the digital canvas yet.  But it will be.  Given time, energy, and patience.  It will.  You’re learning workflow.  Lighting, where you like to start, if you enjoy working from a sketch or a blank canvas, what colors you enjoy seeing next to each other , and so many more ideas as you screw up, adjust, and paint some more.  It’s all building up steam.  But it just takes time and effort.  Things many artists don’t like to hear.  But the few who do?  They have careers.  Remember, the only difference between a professional and an Amateur is not quitting.  Well that, and meeting your deadlines….. being personable…. giving the client what they want….oh and  having a business sense…. well you get the picture.

For me, drawing is the first stage of a 4 part play. 

I think a brilliant draftsman can get a job and keep it.  But those people are rare in this industry. They’ll also have a certain something they add to their craft.  Like Glen Keane is a brilliant draftsman and animator, Nico Marlet adds a tone and light pencil to his design work, etc etc.

But people identify with you as an artist if you have something to say with your art.  Either it’s humor, sophistication, horror, story telling, etc.

It’s less about what do they want to see and more what do you want to show them.  If you want to be a line art guru than own it.  Learn a ton.  Cross hatching, variations on pencil tone, strokes, thick to thin. 

But don’t just “do something” because you think it will get you a job.  What if it doesn’t?  What if you spend the next 4 years doing it and you hate it and still no one hires you?  So now you’re broke and hate painting……That will really suck.  Learn to paint for the right reasons.  If you want to be a better painter and it will help you become a fuller artist, that’s the right reason.   So again…..quit reading this right now and paint…

We’ll wait here……



Translation: Myojo February 2003 - Jin x Yabu

Okay I know this is old. Like very very very old and more than a decade old. But this has always been one of my FAVOURITE interviews so I decided to do this.

Plus this Jin/Yabu shampoo picture is all over the internet and is probably one of the first pictures to pop out when you google their names but I think many people haven’t had a chance to read this interview, so enjoy♪


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I adored and worshiped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool. He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, “OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals.” My friends and I were huge musical-theatre geeks and we would go back and forth to New York whenever we had free weekends.
—  Ariana Grande in her interview with Telegraph

anonymous asked:

Any comment on how your friend COLE is trying to get Posey off the Ellen show? Your fellow shippers are gaining on hell of a reputation

So here are my official thoughts on the matter.

Posey said some stuff that was unprovoked that insulted not just sterek shippers, but slash shippers and really everyone who is not watching the show for “the right reasons”. In the process, he ended up sounding homophobic as crap.

Do I think Posey is homophobic? I have no clue. Do I think that statement was homophobic? Yup. Do I think Posey was trying to be homophobic when he said that statement? No.

I think he was frustrated, and angry and jealous.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep going until the gravity of it really sinks in.


The worst thing Posey did was not apologize and he’s going to get dragged every single time he does anything public until he does.

So am I mad that some people are writing to keep him off Ellen? Nope. Will it work? Nope. Will people blame all Sterek shippers and call us crazy. Yep. Is that going to stop them? Nope. Should it?

Nah. Eaddy said in the interview the thing I say all the time. One statement would solve so many problems, but they refuse to do it. And while most would go into that good night, the sterek fandom is loud, pissed, and hurt. And now with this scorched earth campaign that MTV has going, they’re going to act out.

You call us crazy? We’ll show you crazy! (well, I won’t, I have a full time job, but more power to the rest)

Anyhow, it’s not right, but it’s OK, and it’s never going to stop until an apology is made. I don’t think it will be enough to hurt his career or reputation, but if a sterek shipper, or just a fan of slash ships in general gets their peace from writing a letter, more power to them. They deserve the right to stand up and fight for themselves.

And to you, dear Anon. Though I know your hatred for Cole and love for Posey are what fueled this ask (which, both concepts are fluid and not mutually exclusive. I like both of them), I would caution against ever mocking someone’s journey to right a wrong. Pay attention to the letters and tweets and contacts, you might need them for your own cause later down the line.

Thanks for the ask!

Backstage - Jensen Ackles x Reader (Singing at a Supernatural Con - Part 5)

Title: Backstage

Pairing: Jensen Ackles x Reader

Word count: 3,622

Warnings: Just some embarrassing moments I guess

Summary: After Jensen’s interview and his rather embarrassing moment, thanks to Jared, Reader has some teasing to do. But what their conversation leads to is certainly something she never expected.

Read Part 1 here! l See Jensen’s tweet of you and your conversation with him here! l Read Part 2 here! l Read Part 3 here! l Read Part 4 here!

A/N: Just one part left and this will be over so that I can work on Spice a little more! The imagine/story with Brendon/Jensen was supposed to be up yesterday but I got tired and didn’t have much energy so I hope I have it up tomorrow!

You stood in your place even after the interview was long ago over. Your food was not touched as you stared blankly at the TV screen in front of you. All sorts of thoughts running through your mind, the blush on your cheeks clearly evident.

“Alright-” (Y/f/n) spoke up “-I know I said I’m never going to tease you about him again but uhm…” she trailed off for a while as you slowly turned your head to look at her “HE SO FREAKING WANTS YOU!” she all-but-screamed. She jumped up and down on your bed, squealing from happiness.

“(Y/f/n)” you groaned, looking down at your hands as she took the plate with your food away from you “It’s not like that” you mumbled fidgeting with your hands.

“Sheesh girl! Are you deaf or blind?” she rolled her eyes “Did you just hear all of the things Jared said? Did you just not see Jensen laugh like a school-girl in front of her crush there? Did you just not see that he was freaking blushing?! Jensen Ackles was blushing, (Y/n)! For something that had to do with you, might I point out!” she exclaimed with hand motions.

“I saw it (Y/f/n) but… it’s just nothing. It’s probably just because Jared was teasing him.” you mumbled and she groaned loudly.

“You girl are unbelievable! Jared said it himself and Jensen did not deny it! What more do you want?!” she said with a grumble.

“I…” you bit your lip, staying silent for a while before a big smile spread on your lips.

“You think?” you whispered, looking at her with a look of hope in your eyes.

“Finally! So you admit you saw it as well!” she said with a victorious grin and you nodded shyly “Of course I think he wants you (Y/n)! Now all you have to do is make him say it” she took hold of your phone an waved it in font of your face.

“No, no (Y/f/n) you know I can’t do it. I have never been so forward with a guy before much less now that it comes to Jensen.” you shook your head, knowing fully well that she meant you calling Jensen to talk with him.

“Aw come on, I was thinking of you teasing him a little bit. I know you’ll get something out of him sooner or later” she said with a sweet smile.

“I know, I thought about it as well. But it’s easier said than done, (Y/f/n) and I- What are you doing?!” you stopped yourself and then asked her once you saw her press the call button and move the phone towards you.

“What you are so afraid of” she said with a sly grin, shoving the phone towards your side.

You took a look at the screen and saw that she had called just the person you were afraid she would. Jensen. Whose of course you had gotten the number long ago.

“(Y/f/n) no! I told you-” before you could say anything more or even cancel the call a different voice was heard. It sounded far more distant and surely more manly than any of yours.

“Hello? (Y/n)?” Jensen’s voice was heard through the speakers of your phone.

You swallowed the lump in your throat and brought the phone to your ear “H-Hey” you croaked out.

“Hi. Are you ok?” he sounded kind of worried.

“Yeah yeah, sorry I didn’t reply immediately. Just- Just (Y/f/n) being a bitch” you said and glared at your friend.

Jensen laughed on the other line “I can imagine. Jared’s a total bitch today as well” he said and you could imagine him glaring at Jared that should be nearby.

“Yeah I uh- I saw that” you said with a small smirk.

“Oh no. Please just please don’t tell me you watched the interview” he sounded desperate and at imagining the look on his face you couldn’t help the smile from appearing.

“(Y/n)? (Y/n) you there?” he asked after a rather long silence.

“Yeah yeah” you said.
“Then why are you not saying anything?” he asked again.

“Well, you told me not to tell you if I watched the interview” you said slyly and you heard him groaned lightly.

“Fuck.” he cursed and you giggled “Sorry for a moment while I go kill a moose and I’ll be back soon, ok?” he said and you laughed more.

You could faintly hear Jared shouting at him to stay away and Jensen cursing at him and threatening to cut his hair in his sleep.

“Jensen? Hey Jensen, no need to threaten him now.” you told him on the phone “Don’t worry, I didn’t take any of the things he said seriously”

“Oh, you didn’t? Can I- can I ask why?” he sounded a little bit sad and you could hardly keep the smirk from your face.

“Well, because obviously we’re just friends right?” you said and heard him clear his throat.

“Yeah, yeah friends. We’re just friends” he let out a sigh and you could hear Jared clearly shout frustrated ‘Oh come on now!’

“Uh sorry for a second” he told you and you could hear some murmuring, obviously Jared telling him something. You heard at some point him saying to 'Ask her’ which you thought was about you.

“Hey uh sorry about that” he said and you quickly replied with a 'No problem’.

“So uhm I was wondering if you uhm, if you would like to hang out sometime?” it came out as hesitant and awkward.

You bit your lip at the thought of actually getting to spend some time so close with Jensen “I uh- I don’t know. You- you have shooting these days, don’t you? It’s- you don’t have much free time” you ended up mumbling and biting your lip.

In all honesty you didn’t want to say no to him, under no circumstances, but you were also kind of scared of spending time with him like that. You had just made a fool of yourself in front of him through camera- ok (Y/f/n) had a lot to do with that - but the chances while you were actually with him were much higher.

“Well, then how about you come over by the set? We- we could get to spend some time there. You know just hang out and-and I could even show you around, right? How does that sound?” he said, hope lacing his voice, and if you were having a hard time saying no before to him then you were having ten times the difficulty to say no now.

Getting to spend time with Jensen Ackles was a really sweet deal but having to spend time with him while on the set of your favorite show was really a deal you could not dare of even thinking to say no.

“Yeah, yeah I would love that” you spoke your mind.

“Really?!” he sounded really happy “Great! That’s great!” he said excitedly.

“I mean, yeah that’s…” he laughed nervously “That’s nice. Cool.” he said awkwardly and you caught yourself giggling at finally managing to have Jensen in your shoes.

“So uhm I’ll come and pick you tomorrow, ok? Around 11:30. I have only a few scenes at the evening so we’ll get to spend some time together” he said and you bit your lip to hide the huge smile from your face.

“Yeah, yeah sounds good” you murmured.

“Alright, so see you tomorrow?” he asked one last time.

“See you tomorrow”


The night went by agonizingly slow and you found yourself not getting much of a shut eye. Your mind would not stop thinking. All kinds of bad case scenarios run through your mind and you could not help but panic ever so slightly. You were really scared of making a fool of yourself in front of Jensen. You clearly remember how you were the first time you had him in front of you at that Con, how you could hardly utter a word and how you felt your cheeks burn hot. Maybe Misha and his comments had to do something with it but this time was no difference.

You were going to be at the set of Supernatural and Misha was definitely going to be there. Sure you had somehow gotten used to him after you had talked a few times on twitter but the situation was not likely to change now that you were going to be with them on set. It was much obvious how they guys treated you as if you were one of them  and you could not deny how you were happy about that. But the pranks they played on each other was something quite known among the Supernatural fandom and that was what scared you.

Despite that, though, you could not help but be really happy as well. Who would not be? Getting to be on the set of your favorite TV show, watch your favorite actors act live in front of your eyes, while your ultimate celebrity crush showed you around and got to spend time with you was certainly a dream coming true. You were nervous, of course, but at the same time you looked forward to it. Well, you mostly looked forward to spending time with Jensen. That was something you could not deny.

That thought alone had you turning on your bed, unable to sleep, for most of the night. You could not help the smile that spread on your lips as you thought of how your day would be with him. Sure you were only friends and despite everything that Jared had said in front of the camera you still found yourself blushing like a little girl when you thought of being so close with him. Well, scratch that, being near him in the first place made you blush not to mention in any other way. You could not deny at least to yourself that you had a crush on him but you definitely were not going to make a move on him- even if he was single and even if (Y/f/n) or Jared insisted on your doing something, there was no chance you would.

You bit your lip for what seemed like the millionth time that night as you tried the smile from spreading on your lips. You were lucky that (Y/f/n) was asleep on her bed next to yours and she couldn’t see the smile or else she would not stop teasing you- or well, bugging you to do something because she had promised to not tease you ever again. Yeah right. The moment you got back later today then she would surely start teasing you again.

You turned on your bed once again as you glanced at the clock next to yours. It was almost 5 in the morning. You had not gotten any sleep till now but you actually did not care. It was different for (Y/f/n), though.

“Will you just stop and go to fucking sleep?!” you heard her groan irritated next to you and you blinked several times.

“You’re not asleep?” you asked slowly.

“What do you think?! How can I freaking sleep with you huffing and moving all the time. You even giggled at some point! I know you are thinking about Jensen and although I would love to freaking tease you about it I am too fucking tired to do so- So please, just please shut your eyes and go to sleep! I have work in the morning!” she exclaimed and you moved further inside your covers.

“Ok” you almost-squeaked and you heard grumble something that sounded like 'Good’ and then silence.

You bit your lip as you thought if you had really giggled but you were sure after a while that you probably had, without just realizing it. The thought of Jensen alone managed to make you blush and as you thought to all those funny or cute moments that were about to come you did not doubt you’d be able to keep yourself from giggling.

Before you could realize it you felt your eyelids get heavy and soon sleep enveloped you. You did not feel that much tired and the thought of spending the day with Jensen had you really excited, so much that even if you did not get any sleep you’d still be full of energy to do anything. Your body seemed to have a mind of its own, though, as you obviously were quite tired and you needed the sleep.

A smile was still on your lips, though, as even your dreams were surrounded by him.


“(Y/n)?” you heard your name and felt yourself being shaken by the shoulder just slightly “(Y/n) come on wake up” you heard (Y/f/n)’s voice being heard again as the shaking continued.

You let out a small groan as you were successfully pulled out of your sleep, and moved the blankets higher to cover your head “Five more minutes” you mumbled sleepily.

“Sure, five more minutes. But you better tell that to Jensen… He’s waiting” she singed the last part and your eyes snapped open.


“Shit” you mumbled as you threw the covers over your head and before (Y/f/n) could say something - she had just opened her mouth to do so - you got off your bed and started running around like a mad, searching for your clothes. In your panic forgetting for a second where you had left your clothes- the clothes that you had chosen from last night because there was no way you’d leave that for the morning. Who knew what could happen?

Just like now that you had overslept and were searching for them like crazy.

“Fuck, (Y/f/n) where the hell did I put my clothes? Have you seen them?” you asked your friend, not even glancing at her, as you searched frantically around you for them.

From every desk, or table, or chair. You searched through a pile of clothes in case you had thrown them there but no chance. You even decided to take a look at your closet but they were not there either. Well, basically the 'Always Keep Fighting’ shirt you wanted, the green jacket that reminded you a lot of one Dean had worn on one episode and the specific blue jeans you meant to wear.

“Fuck where the hell are they?!” you groaned as you started searching more frantically around you. Throwing blankets here and there and even some clothes that were in your way. You run a hand through your hair and bit your lip.

“Shit shit shit I am so going to be late” you said nervously. An idea immediately popped in your mind as you bent down to look under the bed, just in case you had thrown them there in your hurry. Your shirt lifted just slightly as you bent down and exposed your black female boxers that had batman signs on them.

“Uh (Y/n)” you heard your friend say.

“Yeah?” you asked as you still looked under the bed and the couple things you had thrown under it.

“(Y/n)” she repeated.

“Yeah?” you asked again.

“Uhm (Y/n)…” she once again said and this time you’ve had enough and your head snapped in her direction.

“What?!” you asked exasperated looking at her but then started searching again, still glancing at her occasionally. She averted her eyes to look from you at something behind you and before you could question her, when you caught her gaze, you frowned. You opened your mouth but stopped and froze in your spot when you heard a chuckle.

A rather rough and deep chuckle. A chuckle that soon turned into laughter.

A laugh that could only belong to…

“Jensen” you breathed out before you could even turn your head to look at him.

“Goodmorning to you too (Y/n). Mine certainly is” he said laughing some more.

You slowly got up and turned to face him. He was leaning against the door-frame, a big smile on his face as he tried to recover from his laughter. You immediately tucked your shirt down as you realized how his eyes were roaming your form and bit at your lip when you felt a huge blush spread on your cheeks.

“Nice shirt by the way. You gotta tell me where you get those” he pointed to your shirt and you frowned just slightly.

Until of course you remembered what it was saying.

Save an Impala, Ride a Winchester

“Shit” you cursed under your breath and bit your lip harder as he laughed some more.

(Y/f/n) laughed and spoke up “We didn’t find them at the store. She actually made it herself”

You felt your heart stop beating and your eyes widen as soon as the words left her mouth. You saw Jensen’s smirk only get bigger as he raised an eyebrow at you “Or really? So the logo is your idea huh? Sounds good to me” he said with a chuckle as he winked at you and if you were blushing before bow you were sure you looked like a tomato.

He chuckled some more and you heard your friend giggle next to you. He cleared his throat after a while and spoke up.

“Well, anyway, (Y/f/n) said you hadn’t woken up yet and I said I would not have a problem to wait for you to do so. This was certainly more than I bargained for and I can’t say that I’m not glad” he laughed out loudly and you turned your head to glare at (Y/f/n) for not having warned you ever since the beginning and just let you make a complete fool of yourself in front of him.

“Five months” you growled at her and her own giggling was cut short.

“What? Oh come on! You eat pie more often than Dean does, I won’t be able to afford it for five months!” she exclaimed, throwing her hands in the air.

“Well, you should have known better” you hissed at her and then turned to look at Jensen who was just chuckling softly, his eyes not leaving you form and when you noticed the way he was looking at you, you just could not help but feel the blush get darker on your cheeks.

“Uh Jensen, mind if you wait outside till I change? Swear, I won’t take long” you told him a little bit shyly and he nodded.

“Sure sure. I’ll just wait outside in my car. Take as much time as you need- Or basically not. If you are late I’m going to come upstairs anyway and I’m warning you, I’m not used to knocking” he chuckled and winked at you.

You felt your eyes slightly widen and immediately averted them so that you were looking at the floor as you fidgeted with your hands.

“Ok then” he cleared his throat, the smile still on his face “I’ll be outside. Bye (Y/f/n) hope I see you sometime soon and you, lady, better come out soon or else I’m barging in and going to take you as that. Not that it is a problem for me, be sure” he said turning to look at you, pointing a finger and smirking at you.

“Bye Jensen!” (Y/f/n) said rather cheerfully, waving her hand at him and he did the same.

He waved back at her and exited your apartment as you heard him walk down the stairs till you could not hear anymore.

You immediately turned to look at your friend with a glare and her eyes visibly widen. As soon as you were about to make a move towards her she raised her hands in front of her to stop you “Hey, you heard what he said. If you are late, he’s going to barge in and take you as that” and she pointed at your clothes.

You narrowed your eyes at her and pointed a finger at her “You are not off the hook yet” you grumbled and immediately set off to search for your clothes.

You were lucky to find them soon laying on a chair that, in between being nervous and in a hurry to not be late, you had not noticed. You got dressed just as quickly, brushed your teeth and hair. You put on just the slightest of make up and grabbing the essentials, bag with phone and keys along with a couple bucks, you rushed out of the door.

You saw him lean against the side of his car, arms folded over his chest as he looked up at the sky. A small smile was on his face as you noticed his eyes were actually closed, clearly enjoying the warmth of the sun. You stood in your place for a while, just looking at him with a soft smile. He looked so peaceful at that moment, as the rays of the sun bathed over his form and above all his face features. If only you could stand as that forever then you’d willingly do so. Just looked at him and the smile that graced his lips. It was a smile you had never seen on him, whether on photos, movies, videos or the few times you’d been face to face with him. You could never say you did not like it.

You hated that you had to break this moment but you did so, nonetheless. You cleared your throat and walked a few steps closer to him. He realized you were there and immediately moved his head so that he was looking at you now, a small smile on his lips when he saw you.

“Ready?” he asked, smiling brightly at you.

“Ready” you breathed out as the butterflies started dancing like crazy in your stomach.

Selena Gomez inspired by BFF Demi Lovato's struggles

For the March issue of Seventeen, cover girl Selena Gomez dishes about everything from her kick-butt career to fame and friendship. 

Opening up about BFF Demi Lovato, Selena dished on how Demi’s past struggles inspire her.

“Demi’s very, very strong. She’s the only person that I would tell the deepest, darkest secrets to. The only person.

"I’ve known her since we were seven—and we did fall apart for a while. She was going through things and I was so young and it was confusing—I processed it saying, ‘OK, I don’t understand what she’s going through so I’m just going to do this.’ And I don’t think it was fair, and I’m so happy that I have her back in my life now.

I feel like we’re all given what we can handle, and clearly someone thought she could handle so much—and she could, and she did. And she’s incredible for that. I couldn’t imagine going through some of the things that she went through, and the fact that she is who she is today is insane—she’s one of my inspirations.”

narry is everything [masterpost]

If you’re ever doubting your love for Narry then just look at this
warning for a hella lot of images that might give you heart ache

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Larry David on how his character on Curb Your Enthusiasm has changed him in real life: 

“The character has emboldened me to be much less inhibited and to take on all of the things that the TV Larry David does. If I’m at a dinner party and I want to go home, I can go, before dessert: "OK, I’ve had enough. Alright I’m gonna go.” And nobody would be shocked to hear me say it. Whereas I could never do that before Curb. And now people are not surprised and they kind of expect it.“

Photo Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times