So these past couple of weeks have been filled with awkward moments, epiphanies and other great little tidbits. LA is already promising to be a city with so much to offer. It’s the kind of city that you either grow to love or hate. It manages to be beautiful and hideous in the same breath, exciting and dull, invigorating and taxing. Most of the people I’ve met have either been in the “industry” or want to be in the “industry”. And those people always fascinate me. For people who want to be in such a tough business you’d think that they would develop thick skin. But so far all of them have had this visible vulnerability that’s hiding just below the surface. It’s as if their very existence depends on the knowledge that one day they’ll be praised and/or worshipped like demi-gods. For some, that vulnerability will get them far because it will make their emotions palpable through their art. For others, it’ll just make them look extra thirsty and desperate. LA offers such an array of characters and things to do and below is just a short glimpse of the adventures I’ve had this past week:
1. A fairly attractive man struck up a conversation with me outside of Starbucks. He seemed nice enough, had all his teeth at and the conversation was great so I gave him my number. Turns out this negro was a schizophrenic/bipolar rapper.
None of those adjectives are figurative. While mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and he was getting help, there are some things I just can’t foresee taking on at this point in my life. Needless to say, I don’t think that’s gonna work out.
2. I MET ISSA RAE!!!!! And it wasn’t one of those drive-by meetings either. I was attending a live taping of one of their shows and hung out at their office for over an hour. I learned that 1) Issa Rae is absolutely gorgeous, 2) The camera really does add 10 pounds, 3) I’m more awkward than the original Awkward Black Girl, and 4) My voice should never be recorded because that shit sounds irritating! Why have y’all never told me this? Do I go around sounding like this in daily life?
Even with my awkward tendencies and the fact that only 2 people RSVP’d (including myself), I had great conversations and Leslie, from Let Leslie Tell It, is not only internet famous but incredibly funny and thinks quickly on her feet.
3. I developed a newfound deep admiration and respect for the genius of Spike Lee. It’s easy to forget how groundbreaking and timeless some of his movies are. I got the chance to go see She’s Gotta Have It (please baby, baby please) and Bamboozled. Bamboozled left me questioning how much progress we had really made as a people. A movie that was made almost 15 years ago was still so relevant to the plight of black actors and black people in media (*cough* Tyler Perry *cough*). After we left the movie, we had to go sit at IHOP and discuss until 2:00 AM. I highly recommend it. (Sidenote: I saw another youtube celebrity at the event and awkwardly thought she was part of my meetup. Yeah….she wasn’t)
This past weekend in Los Angeles was great. I did other non-noteworthy things like learn how to play Spades (don’t threaten to take away my black card. I’m an immigrant, we play dominoes) and went to karaoke. For the most part, the awkward interactions were a little low which was a little disappointing to be honest, but it was packed with great little moments, so I can’t complain too much.