The Island Connoisseur for 60 Days in Paradise has been announced, and probably from the title of this post, you can figure out that I didn’t win. While I am kinda disappointed that I didn’t get this gig, I’m also okay with it. Like I said in my #60Days Top 10 post, being chosen for the Top 10 is proof that I’m doing something that people are responding to which is reassuring when you’re still just starting out.
To be honest, I’m not surprised I didn’t win. These online voting things are kinda bullshit. I mean, I’m a recent grad still trying to get my foot in the door so of course I’d apply. However, I don’t have a huge network or a massive following online to vote for me. It’s just the nature of being the noob on the block. My brother, who as a director has submitted short films into contests that had a similar voting structure, summed it up perfectly: “They should just decide based on your actual talent and merits, not make it some online popularity contest. Now, some dud with a lot of FB friends could win.” Well said good sir, well said.
*SIDE NOTE* My brother has mad skillz so if you’re looking for a director in Toronto, check out his stuff: jaydidit.com
But that’s enough about that – onto the future! It’s obvious that I’m not going to be spending the summer in Tobago so, what am I going to be doing this summer? Honestly, the large majority of it will be spent working at my day job. I’m still trying to save up enough money to move abroad but just because I’m in ultra money saving mode doesn’t mean I can’t have fun adventures!
I’m currently talking to a travel app about partnering with them (first partnership ever!). Even though I’m still drafting up what I want to do for them, I’m currently leaning towards getting out into the Waterloo Region for some exploration of my new town and region. If you’ve been to or are from Waterloo Region, let me know of some cool things to hit up. I’m always open to suggestions!
TBEX! I’m planning on going to the North American TBEX when and wherever they decide to have it. We’ve been on the edge of our seats waiting for it to be announced for a while now. Hopefully things will get solidified soon because after the amazing experience I had at my first TBEX there is no way I’m going to miss it but you know, I also need to plan stuff.
I’m also going to be accomplishing one of my bucket list items (or at least half of it) this summer! My father, who has been proving he knows me exceptionally well, bought me tickets to see my favourite soccer team play. That’s right! I’ll be going to see Real Madrid play in Michigan the first weekend in August. I mean, it would be better if I was going to Spain (a country I’ve dreamt about since I was a small child) to seeing them play at the Bernabeu but I’ll take it. I also haven’t seen much of Michigan so maybe there will be some Detroit area exploring to be done while visiting my dad who lives around there.
In non-travel related news: this summer I’m also going to be SERIOUSLY working on getting my art website up. I’ve been saying that I’ll do this for years but now as a post-grad it has become more pressing to have a good self-hosted portfolio online. I’ve been debating for a while what I want to call my art site and a logo and whatnot and I think I’ve finally decided on things that I could live with… or at least until my irrational eccentric artist brain kicks in and decides EVERYTHING needs to be changed.
Well, that’s it for now. I felt like after all the little competitions I’ve been in recently, I should give an update of what I have planned for the next couple months. Of course, these could always change if some exciting opportunity pops up or if I decide to go do something impulsive (which is somewhat typical of me) 😉