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Wednesday, April 4 a 101 mile day

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Today was a VERY busy day, and Mama Jett got us everywhere we needed to go — which was apparently everywhere! With auditions at both Disney and Warner Brothers, and a call-back at Disney, there was not a lot of down-time. But it was fun for all of us to get a sense of Bex’s schedule when things are busy. AND, it was a good thing it was only one day while we were all there. This is what the day looked like, starting at about 7:30 a.m. and concluding at about 9:30 p.m.:

101 Miles +

1 coaching on 2 scripts

1 visit to prospective school

2 auditions and 1 callback

1 shlock shop at The Alley

1 Sunset at The Observatory

1 dinner with cousin Marley

<posted by David>

Thursday, Short Window, Lots to do

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I don’t have a lot of time out here this visit, so there’re no wasted minutes, and people to meet.

We started off going to see Miss Alicia, the new tutor. Bex likes her, and yet there was clearly something that was holding her back from wanting to go. I needed to assess the situation and see whether I felt like it could really work. David had been over there and wasn’t clear whether the piles and piles of stuff all over the place was an episode of “Hoarders” waiting to happen, or the honest result of a publicist moving in to a new house in the middle of Pilot Season.

At the kitchen table Alicia’s assistant was trying to convert Alicia — who prefers people to technology — to a new computer. Another mother and daughter came in — I think they actually live there. We seized a lull in the activity to sit down to talk.

First, my quick assessment was that the necessary living areas — Kitchen Table, Living Room Couches, and Bathroom — were all put together and clear. No hoarders episode, just an understandably slow un-packing. Cool — we can handle that. Thanks to the dry climate, no worries of mold. ¬†ūüėČ

It was clear that it could be a good place for Bex. Alicia¬†gets learning style differences, and life-work balance,¬†¬†the need to take breaks and run around, that some people actually need noise to concentrate, etc. Bex just needed to communicate what she needs without worrying that she was hurting Alicia’s feelings.

So I pulled out my coaching tool-box and designed an alliance between Bex and Alicia, which worked well! We left with a clear understanding of what each of them needs from the other, and what they were willing to commit to. Bex has regular hours, communication with Paideia got Alicia the information she needs, and Bex left with clear homework assignments. Confidence is high.

Lunch at Hugo’s — I’m like a homing pigeon, I can’t visit LA without at least one trip to Hugo’s. We get home at 4:45 and Bex is off to make arrangements to pay for the broken window with the people from earlier in the week (remember the pine cone?). I get a rather frantic text — yes, frantic reads in texts — to come over now, there is someone you want to meet. I have no clue what she’s talking about — this is Hollywood, so I’m thinking it might be some celebrity or something — and I find myself in a rather dark 2 bedroom apartment that is clearly a “permanent” residence. Apparently, G-d threw the pine cone through the window so that we could meet.

Candy kicks a teenager off the couch so we can sit down, and offers me a piece of cheesecake. WHY am I here, exactly? The joys of a non-communicative teenager. I listen and start piecing it together. She wants Bex to stay here and rent the second bedroom so that she can continue to stay here with her two adopted, teenage daughters. She’s not trying to convince me, or anything, but

Okay, Candy is a big woman, a former US Post Office Police Officer who has lived here with her 2 teen-age daughters for 3 1/2 years. Her husband is still a postal worker back in (I think) Wisconsin. She’s been constantly relying on “G-d to provide room-mates” so she can make it work. She doesn’t have a job any more — she was in a car accident that left her in a coma for six months and so she can’t carry a gun anymore. When they don’t have a room-mate, the husband works lots of over-time, which is hard because he has seizures. They only see each other twice a year. She would be like a second mom to Bex. I get a glimpse of her parenting style as she praises the older teen who is focused with her work, and then criticizes the younger one for not being committed. She even demonstrates for me as she yells at the kid to get off the computer, and then looks back at me with satisfaction, as if to say, “see what an attentive mom I am?” OMG!

Back to find David and figure out what we’re doing for the evening. Bex realizes its Karaoke night. We negotiate the math that needs to get done before tomorrow, and she’s outta here. There is, clearly, a lot to talk about.

And remember… I’m not a fiction writer. Who needs fiction when the characters are so creative?

<posted by Elaine>

Community of Kids with Creative Living Arrangements

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Cold brrrr day here in LA…but we had a good breakfast and¬†Bex headed out to class…

Bex spent the day with her friend, the aspiring young actress Stella, whose guardian was unavailable today. Bex is one of a surprisingly large community of kids living out here without parents in a wide variety of creative arrangements, trying to get work.¬†Bex hung with Stella and had a session with Coach Eric at 1pm…then they went to class 5-9pm

Brooke & I headed out to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) to see the 20th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit!¬†Saw The Staples Center where the Grammy’s were held Sunday night, and used great self restraint on the shopping in Santa Monica. Enjoying life’s journey.

Obama was in LA today. Apparently, when he comes here the President lands in a special lot near a dog park, where they take down the tents and clear out the area for a few days before his landing. Who knew?

<posted by Lauren>

Sunday, No rest for the Weary

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Sunday brought a session with acting coach Eric (drama division), and bonus points for the proximity to a fantastic panaderia perfect for killing an hour and a diet at the same time.
But wait, that’s not all – not content to only do an hour’s worth of work on a Sunday, Bex had a 2-hour reading/brainstorming session with fellow actress/ATL alum Jenna Kennel. (Mom’s note: Bex and Jenna took Hazel Hunt’s after-school acting class together — Shakespeare, Elementary-school style —¬†at The Epstein School in something like 2003. Awesome to see them still connected and pursuing their passion after all these years!)
Like the rest of the world, we found time to watch the Super Bowl, followed by a jaunt to downtown LA for dinner somewhere.
And this was just the weekend! More activity to come.
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Day 3 – “Who’s Your Monster?”

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Wednesday, Jan. 25

Morning¬†Bex preparing for an afternoon audition for a movie for TV, “Who’s Your Monster?”

We climb into the Jetta together for the first time (thanks PaSid!), and quickly name her “Mama Jett” — cause she’s gonna watch over Bex and take good care of her while she’s here!

2:00 p.m. arrived at “Good luck Charlie” studios on Bixel Street for audition for “Monster”

3:15 p.m.¬†Bex walks out and says, “Adrian (CAC) is going to kill me. I’ve got a call-back tomorrow and am going to be late for class.” If she only knew! Woo –hoo — one audition, one call-back.

5:00 p.m. Bex to class

6:00 p.m.¬†Texts and phone starts — audition scheduled for 3:00 tomorrow, coaching scheduled for 1:30. Here’s the catch– gotta navigate some medical appointments on Thur & Fri, but all will be well, I’m sure.

8:00 p.m. Get it all resolved, work it out, manage the logistics with the agent (this is definitely a more stressful time of year out here than summer!)

10:30 p.m.¬†Bex collapses (she thinks she’s tired now!)

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