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Bully for you.

Happy June, rockers! Hope you guys are enjoying a sweet kick-off to the summer months. Here’s to three straight months of awesome vacations, chill time with family and friends, and /or the occasional ice cream-induced brain freeze. And for you writers out there, I’m hoping the time off from school will give you some much needed minutes to get your thoughts on paper or on the screen.

Summer means lots of different things to different people. This summer is a time of transition for me– one that I’m seriously excited about. Starting in the fall, I’m going to be working as a counselor at my old high school here in Jacksonville. I can’t WAIT to get back to campus– I’m a major dork and loved school when I was there, so what could be better than going back and spending my days talking with kids? Plus, I’m taking a month off between my current job and the new gig, which means 30 uninterrupted writing days. Bliss.

For some of you out there, summer might mean getting a break from a bully– someone who’s made your school days miserable. Or maybe getting out of school doesn’t necessarily mean getting away from your bully. Either way, it can’t hurt to have a few tips in your back pocket about how to deal with bullying. So I’m sharing my newest video for below. If you’ve ever struggled with bullying, or have tips on how to deal with that mean girl or guy at school, let me know in the Comments section. Your experience might be really helpful for someone else.

For more of my “How to Deal” vids, check out! Enjoy, rockers. And for more on bullying, check out this post from a while back.

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Get it, GURL!

Get it, GURL!

Hey, rockers!

I just got back from the most amazing trip to New York City, and I had the sudden urge to blog you all about it. I always love going back to NYC (I lived there for a bit after college), but this most recent trip was a particularly awesome one. I was in town to shoot some videos with Producer Extraordinaire Danielle Lurie and the team!

The videos are for a new, weekly series I’m doing called “How to Deal” for In each video, I’ll tell you guys How to Deal with different topics, from pushy parents to unavailable crushes. The series will go live on in mid-January, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on exact dates.

The whole day of shooting was so much fun. First, I met Danielle and her crew on location to shoot the opener, or the introduction that will air at the beginning of every segment. When I got there, I was so nervous– since I’ve never really done anything like this on camera, I just knew I was going to screw up in some big, humiliating way. But Danielle and her team were so nice, and really put me at ease. After we shot the opener, we headed to the studio, where we shot FOURTEEN segments in one day. And let me tell you, I have a brand new appreciation for film crews, directors, producers, actors– anyone who is involved in film. It is hard work!! And I had the easy job– just having fun, sharing advice on camera, and spending the day with a super cool team.

Below are a few pictures from the shoot. I can’t wait for you guys to see the final videos! And if you have topics or questions you want to see on future How to Deal segments, send me an Email! Chances are, if you’re struggling with a certain issue, there are tons of others out there who are struggling, too. And I’d love to be able to help.

Okay. Picture time. Here we go…

Shooting an opener for "How to Deal With Being the New Girl". Do I look bummed, or what?

The segments were shot in front of a green screen. Danielle will work her producer magic on these, and the background behind me will look amazing when the videos are finished.

Danielle Lurie, uber-cool gURL and an awesome producer!


Rock on,


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