the best of 2010

20 12 2010

It’s been a while since I posted on this page, but I’ve been brainstorming and now I’ve figured out interesting ways to keep you updated with me in 2011. [Considering the point of me starting this was to talk about the search for a real job… and I got it a few weeks later.]

But it’s been a pretty crazy year for me. Both 2009 and 2010 brought me incredible life changing opportunities and it’s only right that I reflect on the past 12 months in a way that I’ll always be able to look back and remember.

These are my top 10 moments of 2010.

10. Getting my stilts

I’m not lying when I say these things are my favorite thing that I own. They’re epic. I was doing my radio show when they arrived and couldn’t wait to try them on. I had been wanting these suckers for 5 years or more and finally I was going to be able to flip around and do cool tricks….. Or so I thought. We all know how it ended:

9. MTV TJ commercial

When the TV is on in the background as you work and you suddenly hear your name as a front-runner of the competition you’re working so hard at, you’ll probably think it’s a dream. My friends started texting me saying they were crying from excitement, and it hadn’t even sunk in yet. Then it happened again. I can’t even explain in words how I felt as I rewinded and  played it again and again. I was ecstatic, of course, but I was also terrified. It meant I had a lot to live up to and I couldn’t let my momentum or success fall. I couldn’t let it jinx me…. but man, the butterflies were goin’ hard in my stomach.

8. Raini and Rico in studio

I’m a HUGE fan of Modern Family, so when I found out that “Manny,” AKA Rico, was from my new home, and his uncle was my taxi driver, I did everything in my power to get him in studio the next time he was in town. I was successful! It was my first in person, big time interview and they were both awesome. We played my new favorite thing to do- Truth or Dare, and even ate some crickets.

7. My goodbye party

My friends in the DMV know better than anyone that my motto is “work hard, play harder.” I wasn’t going to leave town without an epic bang. One night was spent at my favorite place- McFadden’s. I practically owned that place. [Or so I’d like to think.] The next day everyone I knew came to my house for a crazy daylong party that lasted well into the night and ended with people passing out all over the house. As fun as everything was, it was more about the amount of people that came by to see me off and remind me of how brave I am for making such a big move [still don’t know how I grew the cajones to do such a thing, but I’m pretty freakin’ proud of myself]. I have some of the best friends a girl could ask for.

6. Flying out for an interview in College Station

Before April, I had never been further west than Morgantown, WV. I had never traveled further than Florida, and that was less than a handful of times. Beyond that, I had been applying for jobs all over the country for almost a year, with no real bites. I had a feeling from the moment I saw the ad for the job that this would be my new home. I knew it before I even had the interview. The night after my interview and everything I did to meet everyone at the station, I walked along University Avenue alone, just taking everything in and preparing myself for the move. Sure, I didn’t know for a fact that the job was mine, but like I said, I had a feeling.

5. The MTV TJ Finale

Never, ever will I forget the journey that MTV took me on this summer. I’ll never forget the other 19 people who ran by my side or the hundreds of you that supported me. The finale gave me closure with the whole competition, but also allowed me to meet so many amazing people from all over the country [and Sway!]. The show was beautiful and just knowing I was a part of it, even if I wasn’t on that stage, was amazing.

4. The rejection

Well, I never really got a call to let me know that I didn’t make the top 5 of MTV TJ, but just like with my job here, I had a feeling it wasn’t meant to be for whatever reason. When all of us figured it out the night before, I sat in my bed crying, video chatting with the other rejects, drinking a bottle of wine [that I woke up to empty in my bed the next morning]. It was the most severe heartbreak I have ever felt in my entire life, and it’s actually pretty hard to relive in my head right now. The next morning was pretty hard considering the headache I had and the official announcement that confirmed everything, but it was my boss here that made everything better. By the end of the day my desk was covered in balloon animals, and I couldn’t help but smile.

3. Live Chat on MTV

After working my ass off on everything Real World: DC related, and hearing all these great things people at MTV were apparently saying about me, it was incredible to finally see it all publicly recognized on MTV.com as I hosted a live chat right there on their website. More than 900 people came in to chat with me and all my fellow RWDC gurus and cast members. The high after the success of the chat was so great that I had to go out and get a Slurpee to let it all sink in. Chris Wiggins and I thought we were practically about to take over the world after that.

2. The MTV TJ call

I had been in Texas for one weekend. That’s it. Then I get a call that I had dreamed of getting my entire life, offering me a shot at my dream job with MTV in NYC. At first, I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it. What the heck would I tell my new bosses?! [Thankfully some industry friends talked some sense into me.] Just as I thought this would be a rather slow transition into a new town, I had to break the ice and dive in head first thanks to someone at MTV thinking I was a little entertaining.

1. The call that I got the job

The biggest, most life-changing call I have ever received happened as I was on my way to the station in DC after leaving my job at the restaurant. It was so matter of fact. “You want the job?” “Sure!” “Okay, see ya in two weeks!” Literally. That’s pretty much how it went. I immediately pulled off the highway and started texting all my radio friends, crying happy tears. When I had to make the call to the boy and my brother, the tears turned to sad ones. It was the craziest mix of emotions I’ve ever had. I had prepared myself for the move, but not this moment. There was no way I could have. Thankfully the excitement outweighed the sadness as I told my parents I was finally making their dreams come true and becoming a big girl, and my dad replied with “oh no.”

As always, I wish I could go on and on about my year and all the amazing things that happened, but that would defeat the purpose of “Top 10” lists. Plus, why waste my time if no one cares enough to read a word of this? I’ll just leave myself and all of us with a slideshow of my favorite pictures from the year. And also with one final thank you of 2010. Thank you for being my rock, my motivation, my everything. Without any of my blogs, I don’t know where I’d be today. And if I didn’t have you, I wouldn’t have my blogs.

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CHEERS to an amazing 2011, and the unknown craziness it will bring!





if i could follow only ONE person…

17 07 2010

Challenge 4 for MTV TJ asks us: If we could only follow one person on Twitter, who would it be?

Ummm.. what?! How on Earth am I supposed to only pick one person?! Before I tell you my answer that I’ve come up with, let me share my thoughts.

When I first joined Twitter, I won’t lie. I thought it was dumb. When I realized that I was able to “talk” to celebs and really get a chance to see their personalities and what they do with their life beyond what they’re famous for, I became addicted.

That being said, I think if I had to follow only one person on Twitter, it would have to be someone who gives me all of them, so to speak, via Twitter and nowhere else. They have to offer me something through their tweets that I couldn’t find anywhere else.

Because of that, I ruled out my two favorite girls: @britneyspears and @TheEllenShow. I also ruled out all of my blogs that I follow because I could always stop being lazy and go to all of these blogs, websites, shows, etc. and keep up to date on what’s going on. Most of their tweets are promoting what they’re doing.

What I love the most on Twitter [probably like most people] is seeing Twitpics, videos, etc that these celebs are posting every day of them without their “polished look.” It really makes you feel connected to them like never before.

I also gotta have someone interesting. Someone who will make me laugh. Someone who tweets something that makes you pay attention every single time.

Now comes a question for MTV: Does “one person” mean that I can follow them on every Twitter handle they have? If so- I absolutely, 100% know my answer: Chelsea Handler.

She has about 4 different Twitters that are all interesting and very involved. She has her personal account where she posts a million hilarious pictures, her dog’s account, her show’s account, and then there’s an account with some hilarious quotes from her show. Here is one of my favorite recent tweets from each of them:

@ChelseaHandler: This is my sexual predator. Did I give in? Yes. I’m an equal opportunist. Everyone needs coslopi. http://tweetphoto.com/33005250

@ChunkHandler (her dog, duh): To those who tell me to cheer up. I’m fine. Trust me. I’m more worried about you… Tweeting a dog.

@ChelseaQuotes: “The things that Chunk has seen, if that dog ever learns to fucking talk, I’m in trouble.” – Chelsea Lately 06/21/10

@ChelseaLately: Chuy Blog: Sigh a Nara http://bit.ly/d93YoR

I have a feeling this isn’t going to make #BrettfromOz too happy… Giving multiple handles as the “one” I’d follow… So fine… If I have to pick one, I’m stickin’ with @ChelseaHandler. No one entertains a Twitter crowd quite like she does. Although I wish she’d be a little more interactive with her audience, I can forgive her.

Who woulda thunk it’d take so much thought to pick one person to follow on Twitter? Goodness gracious great balls of fire.