Once I had loaded the footage on to my computer, total editing time for this video was two hours. Two. Hours. And yet, how long did it take me to sit down and do it? 4.5 months. So, did I procrastinate completely unnecessarily because I thought it would take more like 20 hours? Yes. Have I learned my lesson? YES! The lesson is: don’t procrastinate. Ever.
This is also the last video I think I’ll do completely on my own. I’ve recently come to know a lot of amazing, creative people who I think can and will help me to make videos that are sharper, more professional, and just better all around, so I look forward to working with them on future videos. I think the next one up I’ll do is Dance Dance Dance, and I think it will be black and white and mightily fierce.
So back on May 22nd, I performed with Krystal Something-Something and Charmin Ulltra at the Dance Parade in Tompkins Square Park. It was super fun. I put up the video recently, but it was really grainy since I uploaded it directly from iMovie, and I was really upset that I had this super sharp film of the event and didn’t know how to get it to look nice on YouTube. Then my lovely pal, Matt Adams, who is an internet video guru, clued me into some steps I needed to take to get video out of iMovie looking good. You can’t upload directly from iMovie to YouTube and have it look good, as far as I know. You have to export using QuickTime and change the video settings, save the file, and then upload it through YouTube by going there and clicking “upload” and taking the file from your hard drive. I did that and now you can finally see the videos looking almost as good as they do on my computer! Thanks again, Matt Adams!
So over the last many days, Krystal Something-Something, Charmin Ulltra and I worked on making a dance to Robin S.’ 90’s masterwork, “Show Me Love.” We only rehearsed together twice, but I was running through that routine on the subway cars, on the platform, on the street, in my mind, everywhere! This was in preparation for our performance at the first round of Break’N Through, an awesome unsigned artist showcase I recently got into. We taped interviews for the showcase on Sunday, which was super fun, and then, on Wednesday, it was time to do the show. It was one of my longest days ever, but also one of the most fun!
Things began at 12 noon for sound check at Red Bull Space, where I chatted with the other artists in the show until it was time to sound check my set. We ran through “Show Me Love” and “Dance Dance Dance” and the other artists loved it, which was so cool to see. It was another reminder that absolutely every single time you get on stage should be treated like your biggest show ever, because that was the only time the other artists really got to watch my whole set. After run through, the boys and I went out for lunch in SoHo, and we ended up sitting a few tables away from Moby, who I probably see like once every two months in New York. He’s ALWAYS out and about in the city, and I must say I love that about him. No entourage, no sunglasses, no bs. Just Moby, hangin’ out in New York, alllllllllll the time. It was Krystal and Charmin’s first Moby sighting, so they were excited. It was just another awesome part of an awesome day. After lunch, we returned to Red Bull Space to start getting ready, and once the boys were in full makeup and costume, we started taping pre-show footage and interviews, which was super fun. When the audience came in, we went downstairs to mingle, have our picture taken over and over, and walk the red carpet, which was SO much fun. We met lots of awesome people, and before we knew it, it was time to go on.
We got up on stage, and as soon as the first note of “Show Me Love” hit, the crowd was totally on our side. I heard the sounds of recognition and excitement as we started dancing to that infamous synth line, and I was so excited along with everyone else in the room, because that really is the best song ever, and everybody knows it. The crowd also LOVED when we did our little Stephanie Tanner from Full House dance move, which I specifically requested we do, since “Show Me Love” is such a 90’s song, and that’s such a 90’s dance. It was amazing. People literally laughed out loud when we busted that out. It was perfect. Then we did “Dance Dance Dance,” which always goes over well, and before we knew it, it was all over! Then we were whisked away for a post-show interview, more pictures, more schmoozing, and more fun. The people who had come to see me were blown away and kept telling me that everyone kept saying that we were their favorite act. So awesome!
As soon as it’s time for you guys to help me win round 1 by watching the video of my performance as much as possible on YouTube, I’ll let you know!!
This lovely video of the 6.27.10 Sugarland show popped up on NME.com, which is pretty cool! Not sure how it got there, but whatevs. Thanks so much to Edgardo Parada for filming and posting! Lemme know what you think of it!
I had no idea this was being filmed, though I guess I should have known. On June 12, my best bud Elijah and I went to see one of the most exciting acts we could ever see live, Crystal Waters, at Sugarland. because she is the singer behind some of our ALL TIME favorite club tunes, one of which is “Gypsy Woman”!!!!!! WHICH SHE PERFORMED LIVE 1 FOOT FROM OUR FACES!!!!!!! So I had to post these videos. You’ll see me front and center with Elijah right next to me as we dance and sing along. BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!! Listen to how loud and in love the crowd is! I’d never seen anything like it!!! People really do remember their favorite songs and the artists who sang them forever and ever. That’s why I gotta get my stuff out there even more!!!