It is extremely hard to believe but it has been 6 months since I made the big move to London. (I still can’t believe how fast time is going by!) I thought it was time I gave you a little update on the highlights of my time here, with some good old song recommendations slipped in the middle. How does all this have to do with Finding Dory? You will just have to read to find out…..
A lot can happen in 6 months and it has: from serving ice cream to celebrities to still not picking up the British accent… (I still get asked on a daily basis if I am American) to getting my first short film experience and to getting a mustache.
Just kidding! But that was a fun night out and I attribute it all to the mustache. 😀
Anyway, this song by The Academic, definitely represents my mood as I look back on all that has happened since my last post.
“Looking back on those days…. you and your mistakes, me and my mix tapes, nothing’s gonna change the way I feel”
MCM & LFCC – Conventions
Other than the famous San Diego Comic Con, I never really knew much about fan conventions: how they work, what you can do, who attends etc. but being in this media capital I have already had the opportunity of volunteering for two different conventions. For one I helped in the autograph area and for the other I was posted at the entrance guiding visitors. Both times were so much fun and I am already looking forward to the next one in October. Not only do you get the chance to meet some of your favourite TV and film stars but there’s always loads of fun things to do, buy, and even eat. For example at MCM I attended a panel with two actresses from Arrow where they answered a bunch of fan questions.
At LFCC I got a photo on the iron throne, yes THE iron throne (evidence below). It is also a really great way to meet people who share the same interests as you.
Also, as someone who enjoys event planning, its always interesting to see how these events are organised. Whatever your reason may be, I definitely recommend looking into volunteering for your local comic convention because the chances are, you will have an amazing time!
“Life can’t get much better….. we’ve waited so long”
I love all the songs on Good Charlotte’s new album Youth Authority but this one especially resonates with how I feel when I think about how far I have come since I left.
First Official Runner Experience
Thanks to this wonderful producer who was willing to take a chance on me, I finally had the opportunity to work on a short film as a runner for two days. On the one hand it was exactly as I expected from things I had read and heard but on the other hand it was completely different. It was a tiring but extremely rewarding two days and I cannot wait to see the final product. I was also really lucky to be surrounded by an incredible team who welcomed me in and had the patience to teach me. All I can say is I learned so much in just 48 hours and I cannot wait to do it again soon! For more information on the film and how post-production is going check out https:///projects/eduardo-munez#/
Photo Credit: from the official indiegogo website
“Hold on, hold onto me, ’cause I’m a little unsteady”
The X Ambassadors appeared out of nowhere with their hit Renegades and have since then only been giving us more great music. I believe that everyone has their moments when they feel “unsteady” and I have definitely had mine in the last few months. However I am grateful for those moments because not only did I learn a great deal about myself and get back up, but I was also reminded of the many people I have around me who love and support me. From attending London Pride with my housemates
to attending film galas with new friends
to movie nights with colleagues
to attending my dearest brother’s graduation ceremony
to visits from my beloved friends back home.
In between my busy life and efforts to reach my goals, I still find time to enjoy life and the perks of London.
“It don’t make sense but nevertheless You gotta believe us, it’s all for the best It don’t make sense It don’t add up We’ll always love you no matter what”
As important as friends are, family is too. Although they are both far away, I got to see both my parents recently. My mum came to visit with a friend as I showed her my new life and introduced her to my new home.
I also took a week off to visit my dad in the countryside of France enjoying the chill life and recharging myself for city life.
Since my last post, I quit my tutoring job and decided to work full time at the ice cream store (Udderlicious). For those of you in London, come check it out! There is one store in Islington and one in Covent Garden (I work at both). I promise I am not saying this just because I work there, but it is honestly, some of the best ice cream I have ever had.
I have learnt a lot during my time there so far. It has been challenging in so many different ways but rewarding at the same time. I am also really grateful to have such a positive work environment with so many colleagues that I enjoy working with. Some of which have become friends who I hope to keep for many years to come. Plus I now know how to make Oreo ice cream cakes so I think I am set for life 😀
From heartbreak to new friends. From tears to laughter. From fear to courage; I have felt it all. But despite everything, i wouldn’t change a thing. Tonight I went and saw Finding Dory in the cinema with my friends (shoutout to Dom and Crystal!) and I am not ashamed to admit that I got really emotional. I mean look at that cuteness…
Anyway, one scene near the end of the movie really hit me mainly because it resonated so much with my life now:
“What is so great about plans? I never had a plan! Did I plan to lose my parents? No. Did I plan to find Marlin? No. Did you and I plan to meet? Well, I don’t think we did and that’s because the best things happen by chance because that’s life.”- Dory
Even though I did make a plan before coming to London, almost nothing has gone to plan. But just as Dory says, some of the best things that happened to me happened by chance and it made me realise that, that really is what life is about. It is about all those unexpected moments and events put together that lead us to certain opportunities and friendships and experiences. So as important as it is to have a plan, I think it is just as important sometimes to just let life happen and see where that takes you. It has worked for me so far…. I am not saying that it is easy or that there won’t be bumps in the road, but it is okay to not be where you expected or planned to be at every moment. Give in to life and who knows? You might just end up somewhere even better…..
Love to all ❤