Best Interview Ever!

I know it’s been a while, but I promise to try and stay regular! I had my first job interview this week at WRGC radio station in Sylva, NC. I’m excited, because it really looks like they need my skills and all the help they can get. It’ll be good to get back on the air.

I guess its strange to some people, but being on the radio in the studio, just you and the mic and the music is a very freeing experience. You can’t help but be who you are, and the listeners eat it up! The best radio personalities are true to themselves, and that is the beauty of radio.

At one point, I’d forgotten why I went into radio in the first place. That interview, not even getting in the studio myself, just seeing it, reminded me of the freedom of the air waves. I’m beginning to think that maybe I was born for radio. I’ve been listening my whole life, and creating part of it for about half my life. Feels so strange to say that.

At the same time, I’m working my applications to graduate school. I plan on pursuing a degree of MA in Creative Writing. I’m currently in the middle of a massive edit/expansion to a piece I originally wrote four years ago: The Black Castle. My dream school for this is UNC-Charlotte so wish me luck!

I leave you with this, the latest piece from my photography: Image

This piece is exclusively mine, taken the morning of July 19, 2012 at Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee.

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My Life After College

Well, I’m still looking for work. Surprise surprise. I’m taking on a lot of personal projects to learn my way around new software and to beef up my portfolio.

I’m currently in Las Vegas this week with my mother, she has a Human Resources conference. It’s my first time out here without my grandmother. So how have I been spending my alone time in Sin City? Well, Shopping at Planet Hollywood, Spa Day at Bally’s, dinner in Paris, hair color at Color by Michael Boychuck in Caesars Palace, makeover in Chanel at Bellagio, and tonight dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant in Paris followed by Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere. Okay, so I’m with mom for some of that but…tomorrow we’re going out to the Western Rim of the Grand Canyon owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation. I will be taking several photos.

And when I get back on Friday? I will cry and hug my yorkie and mourn the loss of Jasper, a collie/shepherd pound puppy I’ve had since I was 7 who passed away in his sleep at the age of 13 yesterday. I’ve broken down three times today, because our pets are family in every capacity, and he waited until I was out of town to let himself go. I knew it was coming, but I thought I had one more year with him. Just like that, another link to my grandfather and my childhood is gone.

I am still studying for the GRE which I take sometime in July. Brushing up on the math section mostly. I’m looking at Coastal Carolina University and UNC-Charlotte for either a journalism or creative writing masters. If I can’t get hired, may as well go back to school.

As for Wind Song, Stefani is taking the summer off, interning in Franklin, NC, and looking for a new co-host. I hope to be involved in the process for the life of the show.

Final Semester? Graduation? So soon!?

Sorry it’s been a while, but I’ve been very busy. So here are some updates:

This is my last week interning with Clear Channel Asheville. I learned a lot, made great connections, and even managed to leave with an audition reel. I’ve also freshened up my skills in XHTML and CSS coding within Adobe Dreamweaver.

My photography skills have increased dramatically this semester, photos to appear soon! My lighting techniques still need work, but I am ten times better than I was in January.

My acting final seems to be going well, despite a battle with two GI viruses back to back. Present preliminary to professor tomorrow, he sees it again the day of finals. Which are next week! I can’t believe this semester has literally flown by!

Monday, I take the GRE, which I only started studying for yesterday! Many thanks to Olivia Bellamy for giving me her prep book!

My other two classes are going well, and Wind Song will finish strong with a final episode of season one on Sunday, May 6. Hopefully this fall, it will return for season two with Stefani at it’s head and a new co-host by her side.

Hunger Games Midnight Premiere in Asheville

As many of you know, I am interning with Clearchannel Asheville. This week, the Hunger Games had it’s midnight premiere all across the country. Guess what? I Was There! But you won’t find me in all the pix on the website….because I took all the pix on the website! That’s right, an entire costume portfolio is displayed for all of you to see!

Hunger Games Midnight Premiere – The NEW Star 104.3.

Acting: A Beginning Journey

I am currently working on my Neutral Scene assignment for my Acting I class. My partner and I have created our own set of given circumstances. One of my more brilliant ideas to help get us started was for us to write a character bio. Instead of A and B I thought we needed names. Of course we had to decide on setting and relationship etc, but for a creative mind like me, the details are crucial. So, below is my character bio. I am no longer portraying bland B, but the cruel, popular, and selfish Daphne Castle. Pretty cool, huh?

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Daphne Castle

By: Kaitlin Blaylock

Age: 22                                                                                                Sign: Cancer

Her entire current objective: get A to talk to her=> take her back=> restore her ego=>affirm the world revolves around her.

Became the “it” girl in Middle School after puberty. Dated every star jock. Only dumped once by “A” in the middle of senior year. Obsessed with fashion and appearances at every level.

Daphne was raised to be a “trophy,” a model, only meant to be seen. She is an only child. She vacationed in Europe with her father to visit his family and contemporaries.

Clothing is strictly designer label. Had her first coffee at age 15 in Milan. Blackmailed her principal in high school to graduate. Never taken anything seriously aside from her.

After high school, takes a part time job with her mother’s firm filing paperwork. Job was taken only to get to know the celeb clientele. Never considered college, no desire to work or educate her. Expectation of self-entitlement is all encompassing.

Daphne felt pressure to keep A until she was tired of him. She felt him growing distant, and reacted by clinging. Did not understand why he insisted on spending time outside of her and sports with his family, friends, and doing homework. The actual breakup was private, and she passed it off to her clique as her own boredom.

She doesn’t have actual friends, only superficial entourage. No confidante’s, no sincerity in her life. They shop, gossip, and wreak havoc. She knows their secrets but no one knows her secrets. Her desire for attention leaves no room for ideals such as monogamy, family, or empathy.

She is a chameleon, an actress, with miniscule ability for empathy. She was never taught how to actually care about other people outside of what they can do for her.

Mother is a lawyer on the cutting edge of fashion and precedent with zero time for her daughter. American, modeled in high school, exclusive celebrity clientele, high rate of success in court.

Father is a neuroscientist on the brink of curing multiple sclerosis. British, MENSA, several awards and accreditations for his medical discoveries, arrogant, direct, cold.

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I feel like I could take the neutral script and this character and write a novel on Daphne! I may do just that if time allows. Would you be interested in reading that story?

 

Celebrating 98 Years Alive!

My great -aunt Sally Bradley just celebrated 98 years! I took some photos of her celebration at her home in Cherokee. She is my mother’s father’s sister. I realized a few things as I was taking these photos and taking part: 1) I need to spend more time with the elders in my family 2) I need a lot more practice with my camera 3)It is vital to make time for the little things in life 4)If she is still healthy, driving, and walking on her own then there is no reason for me to be unhealthy.

So I have renewed energy in my workout/health plan for myself. There is absolutely no reason for me to get seriously, medically ill after seeing her so full of life!

Neutral Scenes

My acting I class is starting on neutral scene study. I’m partnered with a guy who’s schedule is almost as complex as mine. For those theater newbies out there, a neutral scene is barebone dialogue without given circumstances of any kind. No setting, no reference, no character bio. All circumstances are created by the actor(s).

We’ve decided to make our scene between two people formerly romantically involved, and currently strained. His character is a college athlete, the relationship ended in high school, and my character show’s up on his turf. The assignment for class is to rehearse, we have to show the prof/class the scene on Tuesday, and work on it for the next week and a half. Then we show it again for a grade.

Wish us luck!

Photoshoot 4

I am taking a digital photography class. Up till now, I’ve always done black and white film photography with a Minolta XG-1. So this was my fourth digital photo shoot. This semester, I decided to focus on portrait/studio photography. These are the most recent. I am using a Canon T3i in my university’s studio. I finally have the hang of the softboxes and backdrops, and I know what I’m doing with the camera (mostly). I’m looking for something specific, but I don’t know how to get at it just yet.

 

YAY!What's Up?Ahhh!This is my happy face!Don't BlinkYeahRaecoon is here to help!Raecoon has a huge oneI hate cold weather!Rae's Superhero alter ego Raecoon!

So Monday, February 13th a friend of mine let me take studio portraits of her for my digital photography class. We basically talked about Dr. Who and other sci-fi pop culture references. As we spoke, she moved in a relatively still space, and I took my shots. A lot of technical difficulties on my part, but here are a few that turned out well. Rae is a good friend to me. She is a source of information and creativity for me. You can learn more about her in a feature story I wrote for the Western Carolinian.

My professor liked some more than others. Can you guess which were successful, or not, and why?