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I was watching Adventure Time like a giddy kid when my grandpa passed by, saw what’s on tv, stared at me, and angrily shouted, “What kind of nonsense are you watching? Change the channel!”

 

I didn’t.

 

Why?

First, this dark comedy show is obviously for the adult audience only—so I am allowed (while I don’t get why it’s okay for children to see Twilight).

Second, I love its surreal themes; and as a very visual person, I appreciate its playful and artistic style.

Third, this Emmy-nominated series is simply remarkable because the people behind the success of Adventure Time are as fearless as Finn and Jake…

..and that brings me to talk about Fred Seibert, the founder of Frederator Studios (the production company behind Adventure Time), and how he inspired me to go on an adventure of life.

 

Fred Seibert was MTV’s first creative director, became president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Nickelodeon online.  As a producer/media executive/agency man/cable pioneer/jazz cat, this man’s journey is never ending and he is enjoying every minute of it.  And to be honest, I kinda want to be like him—I want to be successful in the creative field, no matter how crazy it gets…

Because “…being crazy isn’t such a bad thing,” said Mr. Seibert.

Thanks to “If I Haver”, I got to know more about him.  “If I Haver” interviewed him via Google+ and was kind enough to list the important things Mr. Seibert shared with them.

-Know what you want to do.

-Work is like dating, you never know when the frog is going ot turn into a prince.

-Where do you wanna be?  Get as close to it as you can.

-Work around creative people.

-Be open to experiences.

-Be happy in the work hours more so than in the play hours because you only get so many play hours a day.

-Find a job at a place you like.

-Hold your breath, close your eyes and jump in – the water won’t be too cold.

-Stop looking for the right thing and start looking for something.

-Network!

-To really succeed you have to be too stupid to think you can’t.

As a twenty-something unconventional person who is hungry and seeking for a creative career, I find Mr. Seibert’s words comforting and assuring.  He is a living proof that I can be where I want to be if I stick with what I am passionate about and take risks in this adventure called life.

 

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Know more about Fred Seibert here.

Thanks to Nicole of “If I Haver” for letting me share her interview with Mr. Seibert.  You can check out her site here.

This particular comic strip (Dykes to Watch Out For) started The Bechdel Test–named after its creator, Alison Bechdel.  So what is this Bechdel Test?  For a movie to pass the test it must satisfy three rules:

1. There must be two named female characters,
2. who talk to each other in a scene,
3. about something other than a man
1 and 2 are easy.  Many movies do have two female characters having a conversation.  And there goes number 3, cue fail buzzer, the movie fails.  After learning about this Bechdel test, I went through my collection of movies, assessed them and recalled the scenes.  Almost all of them failed–even Harry Potter.
Failing the test doesn’t mean that it’s anti-feminist or a bad movie.  However, why does it bother other people like me?
Come on, we women do not talk about boys all the time. Whenever I hang out with my friends, we always talk about our lives, careers and dreams.  Sure, we ask about each other’s love life but it was NEVER the bulk of our conversation.
“Bridesmaids” passed the test.  Although, it’s about a wedding, they never talked about their   beaus or lovers–they talk about friendship.  I think “The Help” passed as well don’t you think?

books dance.

Sean Ohlenkamp and his wife Lisa have this obsession with organizing books in shelves and making them dance! I bet it’s exhausting to move and stack hundreds of books for each and every frame.

Here’s another stop motion video they did a year ago.  It’s more simple but still entertaining!

Don’t you just love the part when the dragon on the side table dances around until he falls, then the plant goes to check where he’d gone?

 

Because of my undying love for Disney, here I am posting again about it.  I stumbled upon this blog by a graphic design student named Jirka (Yir-ka).  He specializes in photo manipulation and by using this skill and his vision, he was able to create ‘real life’ portraits of Disney princesses.

I will not be posting everything here so you better check out his other works in his blog.  Here are my favorites:

In “The Little Mermaid”, I reckon Ariel is just sixteen and I loved how Jirka was able to make the real life version young and playful–exactly like what I also envisioned.

The sleeping beauty, Princess Aurora.  Very 1950’s, realistic and Claudia Schiffer-ish!

One of the prettiest princesses (in real life) for me.  I would also love to see her in her majestic transformation, I bet she’d look stunning!

The very sexy Princess Jasmine, my personal favorite princess.  The version is absolutely spot on! She kinda looks like a Kardashian.

The nature lover Pocahontas.  She freakishly does look a lot like the animated version!

The cutest princess ever, Amanda Seyfried, Rapunzel of Tangled! Jirka made a good job in this one.  He was able to capture the fun-loving side of this princess 🙂

Want to see more princess (and even Ursula)? Click here.

I can’t believe that it’s been 50 years since Ms. Holly Golightly ate her breakfast in front of Tiffany’s.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is considered to be one of my favorite romantic comedy films of all time because this is where I first fall in love—with fashion and NYC.  It is a true testament of a real classic film.  For over 50 years, the film’s storyline, characters, location, and (specially) fashion have a huge influence on pop culture and continuously permeate the sense of style and (sometimes) the way of living of the society.  Thus, it is timeless.

Before New York fashionistas Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf, there was Holly Golightly, the character that made Audrey Hepburn a fashion icon.  Audrey’s famous Givenchy LBD (little black dress), pearls, and big “wayfarer” type of sunglasses never go out of style and in fact remain as fashion staples today.  Also, the Hepburn fashion was as ageless as the famous Oscar-winning song, Moon River, which was originally written for the Audrey to sing in the movie.  I will never forget that heartwarming scene wherein Audrey croons Moon River alone with her guitar by the fire exit.  Such a classic!  Every once in a while, I still play the Frank Sinatra version on my ipod, and my heart still melts every time I hear it.

Apart from the fashion and music, what makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s a classic?  Well I think it is because the film and Audrey Hepburn herself took a very big risk.  The fact that the film adapted Capote’s sensitive novel is already a gamble.  In the film, Audrey portrays an escort or a call girl who parties with men for a living.  In the 60’s, people are still old fashioned and these topics are considered as kind of inappropriate or immoral.  Although originally handpicked by Capote to play Holly, Marilyn Monroe turned down the role since her acting coach advised her that it would be bad for her image.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the first to break that norm and it caught the attention of many.  It turned out to be a good risk since it became a success.

Until now, many young ladies like me find Breakfast at Tiffany’s relatable because we all dream of being loved and treated like a woman.   So if you have the “mean reds” you should go treat yourself and watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s…it will make you feel better.  Take it from me.