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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Living in NYC, we are always searching for 3 things: (as via Carrie from Sex and the City) The perfect career, the perfect relationship, or the perfect apartment...

Guess which one I'm searching for currently. All friggin 3!

Nah I'm kidding, just an apartment actually :)

But seriously tho, It's like finding a needle in a needle stack! And when you finally do find that one glorious apartment you've been searching for all along, that's just the beginning! These days when you find an apartment, it's like nobody trusts you worth a dam.  It's like applying for college! They want to know everything about your present, past, future... all with clearly photocopied proof.  They want letters, references, bank statements, deposits, SECURITY deposits, proof of 40x the rent, guarantors, arm, leg, first born child... My word! I just want a place to sleep at night! The world is so full of stupid technicalities now that I wonder if anybody really knows what's going on anymore. There is a quote I heard while watching one of my favorite nerdy shows (Bones), and you know how I just love quotes, so here it goes: "Trying to make the system secure, we make it more complex, but the more complex we make it, the more insecure we actually are."

In doing their very best to keep all of the supposed "riff-raff" out of their buildings, landlords make us basically jump through fire hoops before we can even think about signing a lease.  But what kind of system is that if it's for something that we all NEED in life? A place to live! Does all of that paperwork REALLY mean that one person is more likely to pay the rent than another? Anything could happen! People are completely unpredictable, no matter how hard we may try to specifically and meticulously calculate their every waking move.  Also, in times of desperation, people can and do resort to desperate measures. Forging of documentation, stealing, lying, threatening, can all be used to forgo some of the obstacles that block us from our goal. Nooooot saying that lil ole' ME has done any of this.... but some people, ya know?

I just think that the world has way to many supposed "security measures" that it takes to "ween" out the less desirable portion of humanity from attaining anything decent in life. Why can't we all just go back to the barter system and just trade things for things?  Why can't we just take what we need when we need it and give to others who need it more? (which actually reminds me a bit of communism, but let's not get all political)

When I've finally achieved my final calling, and have become the Princes of the island Breoria, there will be LOTS of differences in the way things are run, just you wait!

**Allllll that being said, I think I may have found the perfect little apartment yall! It is in Brooklyn, which I was a bit on the fence about, but the place is absolutely positively freaking utterly gorgeous! It's right across the street from a park, exposed brick, all new appliances, high ceilings... ahhhhh. It's just great. I put down a deposit and emailed all of my (totally unaltered) documentation this weekend. So as I sit here typing while crossing my fingers (which is a skill, but totally possible), let's all hold hands and pray that I get approved! This will be my first legit lease ever signing. Something to call my own! Hopefully it will all work out :)

As far as the other 2 things New Yorkers are always searching for.... till the next blog post!

** p.s. I'm in California right now again! (Gosh I come to this place like 3 times a year now) I love how beautiful this state is. I'm finally gonna venture to northern Cali this time around too, so stay tuned for pictures and video.

*** p.p.s Also stay tuned for the critically acclaimed Gettin' By to return to a silver computer screen near you! As soon as I get my film studio/ apartment all figured out. It will be amazing trust me.

Peace in the middle east!

Monday, September 02, 2013

What is art without suffering?

What makes people decide to create?  What inspires them? Motivates them?  I suppose a number of things can attribute to the creative process. But what separates the good art from the GREAT art?  The timeless art? The art that stays with you in your soul forever.  Artists are inspired by a number of things, true. Love, hate, passion, happiness, sadness... all sorts of things.  But is it really true that great art doesn't come with out some sort of suffering?
I've heard once before that one cannot truly know what pleasure is unless they feel pain. Are the two really as connected as such? I believe so. Without feeling hate, it is almost impossible to know love. And vice versa actually.  Thinking about all of the great artists of our time, for example Picasso, never truly thrived in his own respective artistic category until he went through a sufferable period in his life.  When his friend committed suicide, that's when the whole "blue period" of his art began... The pain and sadness inside him provoked something so raw, so uninhibited, that all of his inside emotions began to spill out onto the canvas.  When we let down all our guards and fears, and just... feel. Feel free to feel. Feel free to express our feelings without criticisms.  From ourselves OR others. Then we create something beautifully pure from our hearts that others recognize as pure as well.
Even musically.  How can one create such deeply passionate songs about love, and love lost without going through something like that which makes you realize that everything in this world isn't within your emotional control?

Of course there are some forms of art which are light and fun... and cute, and upbeat, and blah blah blah. But the pain from within always shines through beautifully. Misery always loves company. lol, sad but oh so true! We all can relate... even if we can't... to the struggles of others.

I believe that the art which comes from suffering is the most beautiful.  The most dangerous.  The most uninhibited. This is why sometimes I don't really mind going through adversity in my life.  If I didn't, what would I even have to talk about?? Where the hell would I get my material from?  Nowhere that's where!

Idk guys, what do you think about this subject?