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Engaged: My Favorite “Greek” Couple

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photo cred | Amber’s Instagram

Congratulations are in order for my favorite television  on-screen and off-screen couple Amber Stevens and Andrew West! The two didn’t end up together in the television show “Greek,” but they ended up together in real life so that’s all that matters, right? Congrats to the both of them!

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School: 10 Favorite Posts

Earlier this afternoon, I received my school’s quarterly magazine and instantly missed everything about being back in school. This past week, I have been feeling all sorts of nostalgia. I wanted to be a freshman again. I wanted to see my friends. This time last year before class started, I was doing happy hours every day (not just for the drinks y’all! Happy hour food is my guilty pleasure.) It also didn’t help that some of my favorite professors that I’ve ever had were featured in this magazine’s issue too. So all of these mixed emotions led me to looking back on my college days and selecting my 10 favorite “school-themed” posts to highlight.

It’s time for a blast from the past! And when I say past, I mean three months ago.

  1. What I’ll Miss About “Greek” (Because I lived vicariously through these characters who had a Greek system)
  2. From One Post Grad to Many Undergrads
  3. Work With Me, Mentee
  4. {Guest Post} By Ashley de Leon
  5. Pickwick Surprises
  6. Prom Season Is Coming Up
  7. Dorm Life
  8. Meet: Brendan Leonard
  9. Smart
  10. Connie is a Graduate [from my idol Connie Wang]
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Remembering Television in 2011…

As some of you may have noticed, there wasn’t so much postage going on this past weekend. The reason for that is because I was recovering, but I also came across a post on Ohnotheydidnt about the television shows that ended this year. One of them – near and dear to my heart – was Greek. After reading that post, the only sensible thing to do was watch an entire marathon of the show starting from episode one throughout the whole weekend. So I didn’t write anything for Yow Yow, but I became reacquainted with a show I once loved and can still relive through NetFlix – thank goodness. It was a weekend well spent.

And now, here’s your second end of the year recap post of shows that I will personally miss.

Greek: July 9, 2007 – March 7, 2011

I was deprived as a college student from the Greek system and the only way for me to feel like I was not missing out on anything was to live vicariously through Casey Cartwright. This show is extremely special to me for reasons I can’t explain. These kids barely did any school work and their entire lives revolved around the Greek system social calendar. Naturally, I was envious. The show has taught me a lot about love and friendship and karmic synergy, but they all couldn’t stay in college forever. At some point, every one of them needed to graduate and it was at that point that I had to let them.

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In the News…

Fashion

- I love this shot of Chloe Sevigny impersonating photographer, Terry Richardson, on the cover of Candy Magazine. [Source]

- Tom Ford will design the costumes for the next James Bond film. [Source]

- Sarah Jessica Parker is trying too hard with this hat. [Source]

- Prince and Nicki Minaj will perform at the H&M x Versace launch party. [Source]

- Levi’s suggests that we freeze our jeans instead of washing them. [Source]

- Kanye’s kilt causes a stir. [Source]

Music

- Listen to The Flaming Lips‘ 24-hour song. [Source]

- Franz Ferdinand will return in 2012. [Source]

- Former Quadstock performer, Dan Deacon, has signed to indie label Domino. [Source]

Television

- What the series finale of Greek could have looked like with this alternate ending. [Source]

- Lady Gaga will sit down w/ Katie Couric for a holiday special called, “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.” [Source]

- FOX has decided to renew The X Factor for a second season. [Source]

- 60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney passed away last night at age 92. [Source]

Movies

- Is “Project X” our modern day “Can’t Hardly Wait?” Ehhh probably not.

Seattle

- Could a “Bruce Lee Action Museum” be moving into the International District sometime soon? [Source]

- EMP’s Sound Off! entry deadline is Monday! [Source]

- Is anyone else aware of how many restaurants are popping up in Seattle recently? There’s way too many to count for me to post about all of them so just check out Seattle Met’s Nosh Pit blog for everything that you need and more.

- Seattle rock group, Visqueen, will be playing their last show ever on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Neptune Theater. [Source]

Other

- Beyonce and Jay-Z’s fetus is a girl! [Source]

- The New York Daily News decided to place a media ban on The Kardashians. [Source] I’ve only had to do that for Heidi and Spencer and Jon and Kate, but I adore the Kardashians too much.

- On a related note – Kendall Jenner is getting a Sweet Sixteen special on E! Not shocked. Still excited. [Source]

- Pippa Middleton is writing a book. [Source]

- Want your brown eyes to be blue? Want a laser to take care of that for you? [Source]

- One footballer decided to name his son “Trendy” because he loves Twitter. In the words of my friend Tina, “You F-A-I-L FAIL!” [Source]

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In Things I Learned Today…

- Nora Kirkpatrick (Greek and Dorm Life) plays the accordion in Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

- Toenails grow one millimeter a month. I wish I would’ve known that before I wrecked my feet at Dance Marathon four months ago.

Did you know you can now use Google Images as a search function by uploading a picture you have to find similar results? I tried it. It’s actually pretty cool. [Source]

[Learn Something Everyday]

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What I’ll Miss About Greek…

On Monday night, I watched my last episode of Greek ever. After four seasons, the ABC Family series finally came to an end and I just wasn’t ready to let it go yet. This is going to sound super silly, but I find myself getting incredibly attached to certain television shows. I can accept growing apart from television series like Grey’s Anatomy because I went through the stages of not having time to watch it, then falling so far behind that it was impossible to catch up. In my eyes, it was a mutual break up – sort of. However, I’ve watched Greek for the past couple of years and though I did not start watching the series when it first started, I spent a whole summer day watching the marathon to get caught up. The students of Cyprus-Rhodes have always had a spot in my Monday night TV time and a place in my heart. [swoon]

I think a large part of why I enjoyed the show so much was because I went through my entire college career without being in the Greek system. Well, Seattle University doesn’t have one so I didn’t really have a choice, but had I gone to another university, I’m almost sure I would have been involved. Through Greek, I was able to live vicariously through their experiences. At some point, I knew this day had to come. You can only attend college for so many years… In honor of Greek, I would like to dedicate this post to what I will miss most.

Casey and Ashleigh’s friendship was the epitome of all friendships! I’m pretty sure everyone was envious of this relationship, but the best part about the two of them was that they were relatable. They were the friends you fought with and had spontaneous adventures with. It was easy to identify with either Casey or Ashleigh and if you didn’t you probably wished you had a best friend just like them.

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Meet: Chris Smith

In the middle of finals week last quarter, I discovered a web series called “Dorm Life.” Not to be confused with MTV’s failed reality series, “College Life,” - Dorm Life is a fictional short series that revolves around a dorm floor and their crazy antics. You have the overly-excited about everything resident, the best friends from high school, the sheltered geek who hopes to branch out in college, the funny guy, and then there’s the dreaded RA that everyone can’t stand. Sound familiar? Maybe even like your own college experience? As soon as finals week was over, literally the first thing I did was catch up on this series. I spent the first week of my winter break watching both season 1 and 2. As soon as I had finished, I started researching when a third season would be in the works. I contacted a couple of the actors from the show, and managed to get in touch with the main character Mike Sanders played by former UCLA alum Chris Smith. Dorm Life is a refreshing series with a whole lot of wit, charm, silliness and nostalgia. I guess I can’t technically say nostalgia yet since I’m still in college, but hell – nostalgia for my older readers.

Q: Hi Chris! How old are you and where are you from?

Chris Smith: I’m 25 years old and grew up in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  I was born in Hillerod, Denmark.

Q: What was your major?

C: Theater Acting from UCLA and I graduated in 2007.

Q: Tell us a little bit about Dorm Life and how it was created.

C: “Dorm Life” came about pretty simply actually.  Me and six other friends who were part of an on-campus comedy troupe decided that we wanted to keep making funny videos together after graduating.  We brainstormed through a number of ideas, but “Dorm Life” kept sticking around and making us laugh.  We all had unique dorm experiences and we really bonded over that.  I had been in communication with the Social Media Studio “Attention Span Media” and we both partnered on the creation of the first season.  Attention Span served as the production company and the rest, as they say, is history!

Q: How did you come up with these characters? Were you imagining certain stereotypes of college students at all or were some of their traits based off of the actors or maybe even people you knew in college?

C: The characters in Dorm Life were like mosaics from our collective dorm experiences.  Early on in the writing process we brought in lists of our individual “Dorm-Lives” and basically sat around telling stories.  Naturally, certain common traits and characters started to rise from the crop.  From there, we decided on which characters we thought would be most fun to pair together in rooms and started to play in their interactions.  After we cast the show, the actors started to add their own layers and we found a fun rhythm through improvising on set.

Q: You play new freshmen Mike Sanders, were you anything like him at all in college? How were you similar or different?

C: Haha, truthfully I was similar to Mike as a freshman…but I think I had a twinge of Josh in me as well.  I was a theater major and was voted ‘floor entertainer’ in my floor government.  I drummed up a lot of adventure and pranks on the floor but I was much sillier than Mike I think. Mike is more ‘movies and TV’ where Chris is more ‘circus’.

Q: I read that all of you were students at UCLA, but assuming that the show was created after you guys were finished with school, how were you able to film it? You didn’t actually film on their campus did you? How were you able to film “the res hall” scenes?

C: Because it was way too expensive to film on UCLA’s campus, we started looking into hostels and welfare hotels (no joke!).  When that didn’t yield any results, we almost didn’t get to make the show!  We only had a small window of time where we could use all the actors and the opportunity was closing.  But at the last minute, Attention Span spoke with representatives from a small Buddhist college in Rosemead, CA that had a dorm wing available to film.  We checked it out and it was perfect.

Q: Were any of the storylines from the show based off of your own experiences?

C: Many of them were sparked by our experiences.  One of my favorite storylines was the ‘Mystery Hot Girl’ pursuit. My college roommate was a bit ‘new-to-everything’ and ended up falling for a girl down the hall.  He didn’t know how to tell her, so I devised that he write a note and we would attach it to his Roomba and send it to her.  I’ll never forget piloting the remote control vacuum with the fate of his love life on its back.  We smashed it a few times into her door, and when she opened it, we bolted.  I’d like to say that they ended up getting married….but it didn’t work out.  Instead, we used it as inspiration for one of the sequences in the show.

Q: Give us your craziest college story.

C: My craziest college story (or at least the one that comes to mind right now) actually happened my freshman year at UCSD.  (I was a sophomore transfer to UCLA).  Me and a buddy on my floor really wanted to explore the UCSD campus at night.  So we decked ourselves out in black and armed ourselves with flashlights to see what back alleys and secret passages we could find.  We ended up staying up all night and brought our exploration to the edge of campus near Blacks Beach where there is a long winding path that leads you down some cliffs to the ocean.  We decided to run down and catch the sunrise, but along the way, I saw this strange mass climbing up the path towards us.  It looked too big to be a person and was moving in a strange gait.  We were both convinced that we were approaching a strange ocean creature that had wandered up the path- a sea lion maybe?  We both got really freaked out and debated going back.  But after we decided that it was for the good of science that we document this creature, we pushed on.  We got closer and closer to the ‘thing’ and saw that it was black on both ends with a large white stripe in the middle, but it was still too dark to see clearly.  Finally, we got close enough to really see it and saw that the white stripe wasn’t a pattern of fur or anything, it was actually a bare butt.  The ‘creature’ was a super-drunk surfer who was wandering aimlessly up the path with his surfboard and his pants around his ankles.  We asked if he was okay, and all he could mutter was, ‘rough night’ and then kept walking.  I later found out that that person was Jim Brandon from Dorm Life.  (Okay, that last part is a lie).

Q: What was your favorite episode?

C: I think my favorite episode is ‘Pranks’.  Early on in the writing of that episode, I was a huge advocate for the ‘Window of Pane’ (the glass prank Mike pulls on Marshall).  A lot of other people thought we should come up with something a bit easier to do, but I fought tooth-and-nail for it.  We ended up finding a polycarbonate dealer who cut a piece to fit the doorframe perfectly.  It was our most expensive prop on the first season and we knew we were only going to get one take to pull it off.  While we were shooting it, we had all of the cast and crew gathered around to watch.  When it worked, everyone broke out into cheers.  I think that episode is a lot of fun, and also brings up one of my favorite on-set memories. [This is also one of my favorite episodes!]

Q: College is the best four years of your life. True/False?

C: Tralse.

Q: If you had to give advice to a new freshman student living in the dorms, what five things would you tell them?

C: 1) Hang out with your floor.

2) Play floor bowling as often as possible.

3) Don’t IM your roommate while they’re sitting across from you.

4) Bring a surprise pizza to one of your floor government meetings, even if you’re not in it.

5) Watch Dorm Life!

Q: What do you think college has REALLY taught you?

C: To be a sponge for new experiences and people.  Having an open mind in college sets a precedent that you can carry with you into the ‘real world’.

Q: I recently acted in a friend’s five-minute movie and until that experience, I never really understood how much work and time went into something like this. We spent about two days filming for a five minute short film. For Dorm Life, the episodes ranged from 5-14 minutes, about how much time did you actually spend filming per episode?

Both seasons of Dorm Life were shot like feature films- meaning that we shot most of the episodes and scenes out of sequence so that we could be most efficient with people’s schedules and each new location.  Season 1 was shot in 16 days (about 12 hour days with one day off) and season 2 was shot in 21 days.  After production, I spent about two months editing season 1 and about five months editing season 2.

Q: Can you tell us any behind-the-scenes secrets from Dorm Life? Any juicy gossip?

C: I’m pretty sure that every cast member in Dorm Life has, at one point, kissed each other.

Q: The show was incredibly popular on Hulu and it was even nominated for awards in which you had won a couple. Did you ever imagine Dorm Life to become this successful? What has the success done for you and all of the cast?

C: I think we all knew we were tapping into something special when we set out to make the series.  Not in a ‘let’s make this and get a bunch of awards!’ way, but rather, doing our best to make a college show from the college student point of view.  I think the success of Dorm Life stems from that sense of familiarity for people who went to college.

Q: This is off topic, but can you tell me a little bit about That Juggler Guy?

C: Haha!  Absolutely!  “That Juggler Guy” is my ‘juggling persona’.  Yes, I said that right.  I have been a juggler since I was twelve years old and started a juggling group with my brother and a friend called ‘The Tahoe Jugglers’.  We performed around town while I was at high school and did a bunch of charity events and street performing.  When I went to UCLA, I was ‘The UCLA Juggler’ (a position me and my friend came up with) and performed at the football and basketball games which got me to travel with the basketball team to three final four tournaments and a couple football bowl games.  I went on to juggle in Hong Kong, Beijing, Copenhagen, and just got into Cirque du Soleil as a physical actor.  Like I said before…I’m a bit more circus than Mike Sanders.

http://www.thatjugglerguy.com

Q: Do you think the webisode could ever be turned into a television show? Would you push it if you had the chance to?

C: We’ve always considered pushing Dorm Life to TV and would love the opportunity.  Hopefully it comes sooner than later before we need to turn it into ‘Retirement Community Life.’

Q: I spent the first few days of my winter break off from college to watch both seasons of Dorm Life. I was so mad that the last season was actually released back in 2009 and that I was almost two years too late. Any chance of a third season?

C: It’s definitely possible!  I know the third season is still being pitched around.  It’s just a matter of the right pieces falling into place.

Q: Chris, what are all of you and the cast up to now? What can we expect from you in the future?

C: All of us dorm lifers are still pursuing careers in the arts.  Jim Brandon and Brian Singleton just finished the NBC Writers on the Verge’ program in hopes of getting staffed as TV writers.  Jessie Gaskell is the head writer for E!’s TV show “The Dish”.  And the rest of us are still pursuing various creative paths in acting, writing, and producing. [Note: You can also catch Nora Kirkpatrick on ABC Family’s Greek!]

I spent my 2010 getting agents for acting and writing and am excited to start creating again.   I’m going to be making a bunch of comedic shorts (with some Dorm Lifers) this year while writing a feature film to make next year.  My first feature film (which I made when I was 18 in tribute to my late father) just came out on iTunes last week.  It’s my first filmmaking attempt, so I still cringe a bit at it, but it’s a great feeling to get it distributed.  Plus all the proceeds go to a scholarship I set up at my old high school for kids who have overcome adversity and pursued a career in the arts.  You can rent or buy it here:

Beyond that, the Dorm Life group is still chugging away in LA.  After all, season 3 is always a possibility…

To watch every single Dorm Life episode, click HERE! Your ability to be unproductive begins now.

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Pretty Little Liars Pumped

The Pretty Little Liars marathon will begin at 11AM today! (January 3rd)

Oh I am so there…

If you have not caught on to the series yet, but are interested in finding out what it is all about, you might as well start tomorrow. In fact, there’s no better way because it is the ONLY way.

New episode begins at 8:00 PM and catch the new season of Greek at 9:00PM right after.

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Tips from a college junior to a new college freshman

As the students of Seattle University prepare themselves for another year back, a new batch of freshman prepare themselves for the epic first year upon them. When I was a freshman, I didn’t know anything about college. My perception of college was based on movies like Accepted and Road Trip and television shows such as Greek. [But not really.] Most people will say that you have to learn as you go and that’s completely true, but why not take some helpful hints along the way? I tried asking some of my own friends what advice they had, but I think I didn’t phrase the question correctly. Common tips include studying hard, get involved, etc etc, but that stuff is a given.

Here are some things that I have learned from college:

  • Don’t add everyone in your class on Facebook. Facebook is for people you know so don’t force any friendships, just let them happen when you get to school and actually meet people.
  • College is not all about drinking and partying. Remember that the school doesn’t actually care to keep you there if they don’t want you.
  • Lanyard around the neck? Not a cute accessory. That’s how we spot out a freshman.
  • Crate & Barrel, IKEA, and Pottery Barn claim to have the ultimate lists for college dorm rooms, but that doesn’t mean that you actually need all that stuff.
  • You are not the shit just because you are in college.
  • Care about something. Learn something and have intellectual conversations.
  • If you can avoid buying your books in the bookstore – do it. Look for your used books on Amazon first or any other discount textbook site – just be careful of which one you use. There’s no reason to buy a new book. Seriously.
  • Core classes may seem pointless in the beginning, but you’ll be grateful for them later. It’s better to be well-rounded then knowledgeable in one area.
  • Study group sessions will help your grade and possibly your social life.
  • Take classes you want to take and are interested in. You’ll “regret” it if you don’t.
  • If you go to a smaller college, use your professor’s office hours. If you don’t – at least attempt at letting your professor know who you are.
  • It’s normal to not know what you’re going to do after college.
  • I know that your school has lots of food options, but try to stick to the  normal routine you had before college. Restrict yourself from getting fro-yo every day or endless bottles of pop.
  • Invest in a good alarm clock. If a class starts at 7:45 that doesn’t mean you wake up at 7:45. [Actually had a class with someone on this type of schedule.]
  • Get organized. Use a day planner, post-its, or excel spread sheets.
  • Don’t be…a douche bag.
  • If someone tells you that taking a shot of vodka straight to the eye will get you drunk faster…don’t do it.

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Song of the Day

Ellie Goulding – Sweet Disposition

I really like this song. It’s one of my favorites despite it’s over hypeness right now. Seriously I hate mainstream music. A lot. If you didn’t know, the original band that performs this song is The Temper Trap. You’ve probably heard this song in that one car commercial, that one episode of Greek (season finale of last year) and 500 Days of Summer. Twice.

Also Ellie has a very pretty voice, I know some people don’t like the soft whispery types, but I LOVE it.

Kthanks

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Sorority Lyfe

Before coming to Seattle University, I always dreamed of having the “college experience.” I wanted the football games, the dorm living, the opportunity of being in a sorority, etc. Instead I got just the dorm …and the chance to be in a city and not some nothing-to-do college town.

When I was considering between Seattle University and a school with a Greek system, I used to wonder what it would be like. I would be living with 80 + girls,  but did that mean I would have to dress a different way also? Did that mean I couldn’t wear my band t-shirts anymore or my ripped tights and layers of jewelry or socks with strappy sandals?

Believe it or not, this was a huge concern for me. Because no offense who wants to dress like everyone else? No, I do not want to get my hair cut when you tell me to get my hair cut or always have mani pedis (I hate them!) or wear a mini dress every time I go out. That’s just not me.

I don’t mean to offend my friends who are actually in the greek system and in sororities, I mean some of my best friends are sorority girls.

Recently, someone got a hold of the dress code for Cornell’s Pi Phi chapter… (That’s not allowed is it?)

Anyways, according to Fashionista.com here are the most ridiculous rules under the cut!

On Clothes

— Denim leggings are appropriate as long as it’s done right: aka, not from American Apparel and worn with chic, cool, chunky boots over them and a longer top.

— No satin dresses. No one looks good in satin dresses unless it’s from Betsey Johnson or Dolce & Gabbana, you weigh less than 130 pounds, have three pairs of Spanx on and it’s New Years Eve.

— No Frumpy.

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Life Unexpected

Tonight was a television premiere night for three new shows. First on the review board is Life Unexpected. Before I start, I would just like to say that I haven’t watched regular television in quite some time. Every Sunday, I watch Tough Love with my girls and Greek when it is in season. I watched the entire season of Glee when I was at home for break. With my schedule, it’s really hard to make time for television, but somehow tonight I managed to free up two and a half hours for this.

I first heard about Life Unexpected a couple months ago. The previews looked decent. I was mostly drawn to the show for Shiri Appleby because  she used to be in one of my favorite shows, Roswell, (once on the WB) back when I was ten.

Synopsis: Lux is a fifteen year old girl on the verge of her sixteenth birthday. She has been in foster care all her life and is now seeking emancipation, but she can’t do that unless she gets her birth parents to sign the papers. Both parents are shocked that she has come into their lives and are young and frazzled. Surprise! What else is new? The judge doesn’t grant her emancipation in court because the girl has no job and no place to live. Clearly she isn’t fit to live on her own so she grants her birth parents joint custody.

My take on the show: I’m really quite interested in it so far. The advertisements say it’s like a Juno meets Gilmore Girls, but it is not. For some reason, I do feel like I have seen a show like this before. Do I think it will survive? It’s hard to say. I would really like it to, but it had better have a more hard hitting second episode, cause the premiere was just a tad bit predictable.

Mondays – 9 PM – The CW

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

At the end of June this year, I had posted a recap of stats up to that point. Another six months have passed and a lot has changed with Yow Yow. Let’s see where we are now comparing June 2009 up until today

I have had 34,357 visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – – – –  173,197 visits to Yow Yow!

711 Posts, 307 Comments and 1,907 Tags – – – – – – – – – – – 1423, Posts, 667 Comments, 3470 Tags

Top post – “Dora Grows Up. Gets Sexier While Doing So? – (10,351 views) – – – – Still the top post (18,834 views)

My busiest month in terms of views: June (10,603 views) – – – – December 2009 – 29, 863 views

Average visits per day: June (364 views) – – – – - December 2009 – 1,030 views

My busiest day was March 9th 2009 (1,862 views) - – – – – – October 15, 2009 (3,873 views)

Interviews include:

Singer Aaron Carter (Dancing with the Stars)

Fashion designer Jazmin Whitley (MTV’s House of Jazmin)

Actor Derek Mio (ABC Family’s Greek, NBC’s Day One)

Singer Cathy Nguyen (California)

Singer John West (California)

TV personality Chet Cannon (Real World Brooklyn)

Singer Eleanor Seabird (UK)

YouTube Vlogger Alex Day (UK)

Awards and Credits

Featured post by WordPress.com “Tinkerbell’s Extreme Makeover”

Sourced by Perez Hilton’s “Coco Perez” – “Meet the Bundler”

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Out on the Town: 12/8

Tomorrow, one of my favorite singers, Marie Digby and band Alpha Rev will be performing an all-ages show at The Triple Door in Seattle.

$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show

Doors open at 5:30 PM / Show starts at 7:30 PM

Both Marie and Alpha Rev have been featured on the ABC television show Greek.

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Meet: Derek Mio

Tonight at 8 PM, the new season of Greek premieres on ABC Family. What are you doing? Cause you should be watching.

I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite characters from the show, Kappa Tau brother, actor Derek Mio. I’m a huge fan of the show and actually just started watching this year, but got myself caught up through watching the first season on Hulu and hosting Greek viewing parties with Lucia at school. It was an intense battle for Lucia and I to search for a lounge and an open tv in my building just to catch the new episode.

Q: Derek Mio, where are you from and how did you get started in this business?

Derek Mio: I am from Huntington Beach, CA.  I attended USC Film School and during the summer of my freshman year I interned at a commercial agency and they decided to send me out because I figure a) their Asian clientele at the time was pretty limited and b) I had spikey bleached tips.  From then on I booked print jobs, then commercials, then TV guest star roles, then independent film roles, and here we are with you interviewing me because I’m on Greek.

Q: Have you wanted to be an actor your whole life or did these gigs just fall into your lap?

D: I can remember daydreaming about being an actor from a very early age as I sat in front of the TV watching Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jaws on TBS for the 37th time, or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Last Starfighter on VHS; throw Big Trouble in Little China in there too!  Oh, and The Secret of My Success with Michael J. Fox! Anyways, I kind of had it in my head that I would eventually make it to being an actor and that probably influenced the cosmos to act in my favor.  For real, do you remember those posters in elementary classes that would say “Believe it and Achieve it!”?  Well, I guess I just applied that particular poster to my passion of acting.  I’ve been acting now for close to 9 years so I can’t really say that “these gigs just fall into my lap” but I have been fortunate enough to see a progression of one gig leading to the next.  We’ll see what happens…next!

Q: What is a typical day for Derek Mio?

D: I’ll get up around 9 or 10. Check my Gmail.  Check my Twitter.  Pour a bowl of cereal.  Maybe run to the gym and work out for a bit.  I like to edit videos so if I’m working on a project I will try to find a coffee shop and do that for a few hours.  Ummm…other days I might go play a round of golf with my buddy Zack Lively from Greek, who btw I saw you had a dream about the other day?!  I gotta tell him that one!


Q: You and the other Kappa Tau guys have a great relationship in front of the camera, are you guys bffls in real life as well?

D: I don’t think many people are “best friends for life” because that is a long time.  A lot of times you will lose track with friends over the years either because you switch jobs, or you move, or you just lose touch because you get married and have a family and now your whole life is devoted to your wife and kids.  I just think it’s a stretch to call any friend a bffl’er.  But to answer your question, our relationship onscreen is pretty accurate to that of ours in real life.  We don’t all hang out together a lot but when we do it’s like we’re back at the Kappa Tau house and we’re close as can be.  I’ve been pretty fortunate to work such cool professionals.

Q: I was reading a previous tweet of yours the other day when you said, “Just wrapped my last scene/episode of Greek. Bittersweet for sure. Love that crew! Look out for @Day_One on NBC!” Explain yourself please. Say it isn’t so, I don’t want Wade to leave Greek nor do I want to see Greek end.

D: Well don’t turn to my Twitter page for your source of official news!  I did land a role on a new NBC show called Day One which will air next year and that might conflict with Wade’s enrollment; hopefully not, but let’s just emotionally prepare for that now if it happens.

Q: The new season of Greek premieres Monday, what can we expect out of this season and out of Wade? A possible serious girlfriend?

D: You know Wade is up to the same tomfoolery and shenanigans but he’s older now…and a little wiser…by a semester.  You’ll just have to tune in to see what I mean.  Serious girlfriend?  Pssh!!  Wade doesn’t get down like that!  Ask Casey, Ashleigh, and Rebecca!

Q: How much alike are you and your character Wade?

D: Wade dresses much better than I do.  I’m a little more intelligent than Wade.

Q: What’s on rotation on your iPod right now?

D: I don’t really use my ipod as much as I should.  I go on Pandora.com a lot.  If you haven’t tried it you definitely should.  It plays music similar to a song or artist of your choosing.  But in my car’s cd changer I got Eminem’s Relapse, Doors-esque psychedelic rock band Black Angels, Hawaiian reggae band Katchafire, and L.A. based hip hop band DDL Roundhouse--definitely worth checking out!

Q: What’s new with Derek Mio and where will we be seeing you next?

D: What’s new with me?  I just went deep sea fishing with my brother, cousins, Aunt, and Uncle and caught some yellowfin tuna.  You will be seeing me on Greek, Monday nights at 9/8c on ABC Family and next year on Day One on NBC.

Q: Anything else you want to tell my readers?

D: If you watch Greek, thank you for supporting the show!  If you don’t watch Greek…

Thank you so much Derek for the great interview :) Can’t wait to see you on this new season of Greek and your new show next year. Take care! Watch Greek every Monday at 8 PM on ABC Family

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