Wow! My last blog update was last July when I wrote about the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre! Actually, looking into my blog drafts, I had actually started another blog article in September and saved it as a draft and just never got around to publishing it. It was called "Finding strength for one more fight" I wrote that last year when my life was overwhelming me with changes. I hope you enjoy giving that post a read, too. I wasn't quite ready to make the news public yet then, but now I feel like I am.
This will also explain my lack of posts and artwork in general as of lately, but I'm going to get back into my groove for 2018.
I've just been through a divorce. A huge life change. My partner and I have been drifting apart for years. We were always so different, so opposite, yet somehow we made it work for a very long time, up until the past couple of years. We were drifting apart and unhappy. Yet, we went about our own lives. I don't want to dive too much into the details since they are very personal, but basically we separated over the summer of 2017, and finally we said "This isn't getting any better, we need to make a change" and make a change we did, and decided divorce was the right path for us. It was what we both wanted for our happiness, yet I was still shook and heartbroken. My emotions were a wreck, and my life was going to completely change. After a decade of being with someone, of course this was going to be completely new. I knew it was the right decision, yet it wasn't going to be easy.
We decided to tell the family, and I knew I had to move out on my own. Another huge life change. I hadn't lived on my own since I was first in college when I was 18, 19. Luckily, as fate would have it, my mother told me "You know, I am moving out of my old house and selling it, if you want it, I can sell it to you" What amazing timing! It was an affordable little 2 bedroom house. It lies on the outskirts of Atlanta, so a little bit further out to drive. But I would be living on my own. Exactly what I needed. To be by myself. I needed this alone time. Quiet reflection, to think about what I wanted, what I needed in my life. To find myself, to create myself new again.
Of course, this isn't the end for me. Far from it. This is only the beginning.
So, as you can already tell, the past few months have been quite busy. Moving, working on divorce papers, finding new work to do, dealing with new finances, paperwork, taxes, home improvements, etc. etc. The list goes on! I feel like I've been having to work extra hard to make ends meet. I'm constantly juggling things in my life. I've barely had time to hang out with any of my friends, let alone actually work on my own stuff.
Winter is always a bit of a struggle, too. It's my least favorite season, haha. Not that I mind the cold, it's just when it's too cold to want to do anything! Plus, work isn't quite as busy in the January/February months. However, Spring time is when things really pick up! I'm very excited!
When it comes to work, I bet some of you may wonder exactly what it is I do for a living? Do I animate? Graphic Design? Kids Party Entertainer? What??
Well, all of the above! I'm a Freelancer. Self-Employed. Independent Contractor. All of those things. Basically, I do work for several clients, most of them based in Atlanta. Many of my clients are Event-Based. I love working Events, plus these clients give me several different things that I can do, making each new day a new adventure!
One of my longest running clients is Party Animals Entertainment. I've been working with them since 2007 and I entertain at Events and Kid's parties all around Atlanta! Balloons, Face Painting, Magic shows, and costumed characters! It's a blast! I also write their blog articles! I love working with them because I love to bring smiles to kids and adults!
IWeLife is an event company that puts together races in Atlanta. We put together 5K/10K races that usually benefit local charities! Their goal is to make Atlanta the #1 fittest city in the country and I think that's very cool! So basically I work as the Race Director's assistant- I help prep for the races, do their graphic design, help set up the races, take pictures, run the website, all that fun stuff! It's a blast!
LimeLite Atlanta is yet another client! They have all sorts of things for events such as DJs, Lighting, Outdoor Movies, Red Carpet Banners and more! I host a couple of their trivia nights at local bars in Atlanta! Plus, during the summer I will be helping to set up their Outdoor Movies!
You should definitely check out these places- they are Atlanta businesses that are all event based and very good people I adore working with. You know, Atlanta is my home. I may have come from Daytona Beach, Florida, but after living in Atlanta for so long, I've really come to fall in love with this city. It's why I love exploring the city and telling all my friends about it. Why I love writing about it. Why I love supporting all the local businesses. In fact, guess what I start doing today!?
I'm going to be an Atlanta tour guide with ATLCruzers! I actually start my first orientation session today! I will be driving the Electric Car and giving locals and out-of-towners a tour of our beautiful city of Atlanta! I'm going to be doing some intense studying for the next few weeks, but I'm very excited as this means I get to learn so much more about this beautiful city, the layout, the buildings and their history! Plus, another great networking experience! I love meeting people so this is something else that's absolutely fabulous!
So if you ever come to visit the beautiful city of Atlanta, you just might run into me! I tend to be running around all over the place! In fact I might even start doing Lyft driving, since I go into the city all the time, so that's another possibility!
Now you might be wondering, Julie, how the heck do you do all of these things? Well for one, I tend to be a bit of a workaholic, haha! I am seriously passionate about what I do, and I love to be productive. How do I juggle it all, if you may wonder, well actually I think that'll be a blog post for another time, for all you Freelancers! I have a system and tools that work very well for me!
In addition to all of this, I still plan to draw, animate, write blog posts and make YouTube videos, like vlogs! I have actually been wrapping up a couple of projects and tying up some loose ends but I will certainly keep everyone posted! In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter @Kitsulie for all my latest! I'm on Instagram/Facebook too, but Twitter is where I post the most. Lots of updates, polls, and live tweets, and also stuff. I like stuff!
I also love to bring joy to all! I try to be positive, motivational and supportive of all of my friends! So reach out and say hello, I'm very friendly and I love making new friends! To those of you who took the time to read this, thank you for your love and support! *Bakes you a cookie* Have a cookie! XD
Blue Skies! Enjoy the Chaos & Stay TOONed!
It's September. Autumn. Fall season. A very transitional time.
Honestly where to even begin? So much has happened within the past couple of months that it's become quite overwhelming. A lot of personal things. I've been doing lots of self-reflection and thinking and discovery. It's an exciting yet terrifying feeling right now- like the feeling I felt right before jumping out of a plane. Terrified yet excited. Part of me wants to stay in the plane with the safety of gravity, yet my heart tells me to leap forward into that vast blue sky! When that leap is taken, oh what a freeing, wonderful exhilarating feeling it is. It's flying, and your soul is on fire. You're full of such passion and love... all because you took that leap.
Of course, you don't really have to literally jump out of a plane to get that feeling. I just love to use that analogy because it resonates with me deep in my heart, and I use it when there's new changes along the way.
I have one of the biggest changes in my life coming up. It's not something I'm quite ready to tell everyone just yet, but many of my close friends already know and have been nothing but supportive. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life that care about me. It has certainly made this uncertain time in my life a lot easier to handle. It really is an intense experience. It's scary and hurtful, yet I know it's for the better and I will come out a better person in the end. Like a new chapter in my life. A blank canvas. It can be intimidating, but we can only move forward, and keep moving forward. The past is done, we cannot change it- we can only learn from it. Hold the good memories in our hearts and let go of the bad ones. What's done is done. Live and learn. Live life to the fullest.
Speaking of living life to the fullest... It has been almost a year since the passing of my friend Clay Martin Croker- an amazing voice actor and talent. He was an amazing person and friend I'll always remember. This year...just last week... a very close and dear friend of mine passed away- Katerina Marks. This came as a shock just as Clay's did last year. She seemed fine, everything seemed fine. We use to be very close, as we use to chat all the time, worked at haunted houses, I would come over and she would do my makeup or we would just go out to restaurants and hang out. She was a beautiful spirit and a wonderful amazing artist. With life, it's easy to get lost and busy. That's what happened to us. I think the last time I saw her in person was last year. We would always say we were going to hang out, and catch up- and we just never got around to it. I feel awful because I feel like I should have tried harder. To reach out to her more. We drifted apart, which can happen in friendships, but I guess it feels like they'll always be there. One thing I feel horrible about, at one point I was a bit stubborn, as I had felt like I kept reaching out to her so I had said to myself- "well, she can reach out to me if she wants to hang out" I wish I hadn't thought that way. Life is too short, too precious, and I truly cared deeply about her as a friend, so I wished I could have just swallowed my pride and did what my heart told me to do. I really do feel like "Guilt" needs to be added to the stages of grief, as I had felt like that last year after Clay had passed away. I kept thinking, "I should have hung out with him more" "I should have said this to him" and so forth. I remember having a dream about him not long after- we were hanging out at a convention and I saw him and was so joyful to see him, almost like I was seeing him in the Afterlife. I hugged him and told him I was so sorry and crying and everything, and he had chuckled at me, saying "It's ok! Everything is going to be ok, you're being silly, don't be sorry. Celebrate the moments we had together!"
I think that's very true. Celebrate life and those you're with. When it's time to say goodbye, mourn the loss but celebrate their life and the impact they made on Earth and with you. I know that when it's my time to leave this Earth, I would want people to remember my spirit, my impact, and what I did to make the world a better place.
That's what I really want to do. I want to make the world a better place. I want to spread positive vibes, love and cheer. There's too much negativity and anger in the world already. Doesn't it feel better to feel good? I know I think so! It's part of what makes life so rich! Sorrow is unfortunately a part of life, but that just means there's intense joy to be had! Yin and Yang, good and bad. I mentioned that in my "My Advice on Being Positive" Article on here.
So in addition with my life being full of new changes, I've decided to give myself a makeover. As in the words of Cher in Clueless- "I decided I needed a complete makeover. But this time, I would make over my soul" As I mentioned before, this is an extremely transitional time, at least for me- so it's perfect. I've decided I want to be more passionate and more positive than ever before. I also want to be bolder and take more risks. Sometimes there's been times I was too nervous to do something and only regretted it later. Or maybe I did take a risk and it backfired and I got too nervous to try again. But you know what? Really. Life is short. Take that risk. What's the worst that could happen? Will it matter 100 years from now? So why not take that risk? It'll make you feel free and empowered. If it's something you want, go for it! You never know if you don't try! The best part is, when you're that passionate, you are setting your soul on fire and it feels awesome! Passion, love, joy. You are creating an amazing energy that is cast into this world!
Life is amazing, and we're all living it right in this moment! Isn't that wonderful? We're all alive and feeling all of these emotions. We're all going through this crazy thing called life. We're all doing it right now. As these words are written on my computer in my present moment, you are now reading in your present moment- thinking and feeling. Time is always on the move. Time is now. There's the past to remember and the future to look forward to. It's interesting really. Thinking about time and how it affects us. The concept of time affects us in more ways than we may realize, I think. We think about the past- the regrets, the memories, what we did and didn't do- we look at pictures and read old posts, reliving the past as what happened and how it affects you today. Then there's the future. Always uncertain, always looming- we're always planning in our calendars, preparing for what's next. Anticipating something, excited for something, fearing something.
Then there's my favorite. The present. The present really is a gift. The present is now. That's where you live! Right now! What you're thinking, what you're feeling, what you're doing- you're doing it all right now! Living in the moment feels wonderful. You're truly free. Breathing in and breathing out. Like meditation, clearing your mind and just taking it all in. We're all in such a rush all the time, but isn't life more rich when you really take the time to appreciate what's around you? This is your world and it's constantly changing! Take a deep breath. Fix your favorite drink and as you take that first sip- take the time to smell the aroma and feel the cup in your hand and look around you. Go outside and feel the breeze, look at the trees. Take a walk. Get lost in nature. Go laugh and play. Relax.
Another thing I wanted to talk about was art. Art is beautiful and amazing and it really can change the world. My friend Kat was an artist- she was a painter and a poet. You could see passion in her art and it made you feel. Reading her words and what she was thinking. Seeing her paintings and feeling those emotions, whatever they may stir in you. That's what art is, creating and expressing yourself and your soul to the world. Her soul now lives on not only through us but through her art.
Art is everything. It's everywhere. It's the movie you watched or the song you just listened to. It made you feel, it made you think. Something with it resonates with you. It inspires you. More art is created. Maybe a painting for someone to look at. Maybe a book for someone to read and get lost in. Art is the design all around you as well- the couch or chair you're sitting on- someone designed and created that you may enjoy it, both with its function and the look of it. Entertainment is art and one of my favorite forms- It's living in the now. That's why I love Events- They are almost a symbol of living in the present- many people gather for a variety of reasons, but usually the number one reason is having a good time. To laugh with friends, to dance or run, to drink and be merry. Entertainment an art because it's expressing something to the world- it's the laughter and the smiles and the memories they create. You're creating a character and a story that they remember.
Stories are also my other favorite form of art. I love getting lost in a tale, becoming those characters for a while, living out their adventures. What would life be like that? They're things that you think about. That story could inspire you in some way. Maybe you connect with one of the characters or maybe that character inspires you in some way. Art to me feels like getting lost in another world.
Art is magic. It really is! I was listening to Vincent Price one day and he was talking about magic, how it's the unknown, otherworldly things that can't be explained.
I feel like art is like that- It's not just one thing. It's several things! Everyone's reality is different. What art means to one person could mean something entirely different to another. It's all in interpretation. How did that artist feel when creating? Did they express that to you? We are all so similar yet so different in many many ways.
I feel like art is a connection between us, between everyone. We're all connected in so many ways. We're all artists expressing ourselves to each other- whether through it's what we're creating or just being ourselves. Life is art. Art is life!
Creating art together is amazing as well! So many different people coming together to make something that they all feel and want to express. Music is like that- many different instruments and personalities coming together to make something. Movies are like that- a variety of talents from the writers to the special effects artists to the actors themselves- they are all using their art and their personalities to make an impact and to create something to be enjoyed by the world around them.
That's what art is to me. It's love, really. It's that love in your heart and expressing that to the world. It could be anger or sadness or joy or excitement but it's all passion, feeling those feelings that can't be explained- maybe, feelings are feelings because we can't control them. Don't feel bad for how you feel- it's you, that's how you feel. It's your personality, it's your self. We can't control how we feel but we can control how we carry ourselves in the world. How do you want to carry yourself in the world- what do you want to convey? What impact and legacy do you want to leave behind? What do you want the world to say about you?
I've had the pleasure of working with many wonderful, talented and amazing artists- they are people who've impacted my life and really made a difference. They are creators that I've connected with and developed life-long friendships with. Those who are no longer around are far from gone- they live on through their spirit, their energy, the impact they've made on you and how you carry that with you. The world around us affects us all the time and we as human beings affect each other in so many ways. From the friend you're talking in an intimate conversation with to the stranger you bump into on the street. We're all living in the moment and putting energy out into the world like a ripple- what sort of ripple will you create? What ripple do you want to create?
For me, personally, I want to create a ripple of passion, love and pure happiness. I love to make people laugh and smile. I love to make people feel good about themselves and their situations. I love to cheer someone up. I want to brighten someone's day. Smiles are contagious, feeling good feels, well, good! Isn't that amazing? I want to motivate people and inspire them. I know everyone on Earth has a wealth of talents. Let them flourish! Do what you want to do and don't hold back! Give it all you've got! It feels wonderful to be truly immersed in what you do- whether it's creating or living in the moment enjoying the world around you.
Life isn't about its length- it's about what you put into it and making it rich. Living this time completely and truly. It's our one life, live it up!
What made me think of art and changing the world was actually my most recent meeting with an awesome band called Run With It- they are doing a series- "How art can change the world" and that really got me to thinking about how it has impacted me and my life. One of the questions in the interview was a story about how art has impacted me- one of the questions that was pretty difficult to answer, actually because... well, art impacts me every day of my life! It's the music I listen to in the morning that inspires me or makes me feel. It's the show I watch at night where I'm invested in characters. It's writing my thoughts out like this. It's making a drawing, studying the colors, the designs, getting lost in that world. It's talking to close friends, expressing myself to them and they expressing themselves to me. Art is everything to me. Everything is art to me.
The band has a song which I'll be animating to and it's perfect for me, especially at this time in my life. It's called "One More Fight" and it is certainly inspiring me right now. It's about continuing on, no matter what. Just putting one foot in front of the other. Stepping forward. Keep moving forward. You have the strength within you, more than you realize. When the world seems against you, you can keep going, keep climbing, keep persevering because you will make it through. You're living so you can keep going no matter the odds. Breathe in. You're here.
Now go forth, and be awesome!!
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog article of ramblings. These are my thoughts and expressions, you may or may not agree with them, but they are mine and how I'm feeling in this moment, so I'm living and creating in it. I wanted to share that with you, world. I hope that it inspired something within you.
Have a beautiful marvelous excellent wonderful stupendous fabulous amazing rest of your day, and I'll see you soon!
Blue Skies! Enjoy the Chaos & Stay TOONed!
Hey Toonsters and my fellow ATL friends!
Ahh, Summer's here! School's out, the days are longer, and everyone's outside enjoying that warm summer air! What better time of year to throw fun parties and events! Summer can get pretty hot, so we're always looking for ways to beat the heat! I know my favorite way of cooling off- with a cool, refreshing ice cold Coca-Cola! Hey, I live in Atlanta, home of the World of Coca-Cola, so of course that's my favorite soft drink!
You know what else is great about Coca-Cola?
The 2017 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at The Fox Theatre!
The Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta's #1 Premier Venues for all sorts of live entertainment! An Atlanta hot spot, it's definitely a place you want to see, whether you're just visiting our beautiful city or have been living here for years, there's no denying The Fox Theatre is truly an unforgettable experience! What better place to hold the annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival! Also, check this out!
Guess what movies they're showing this year??
Harry Potter Fans rejoice! That's right, ALL EIGHT Harry Potter Films will be showing at the Coca Cola Summer Film festival starting August 5th! Go to any screening of your choice, or better yet- for you HUGE Harry Potter fans (AKA "Potterheads"), why not go to ALL of them? Fox Theatre is offering a special package discount for those of you that just gotta see more than one of the Harry Potter Films, and who wouldn't wanna do that? Ask them about multi-movie packages when you buy your tickets! See 2 or 4... heck, why stop there? Might as well go see them all!
Get out those magic wands and put on those wizard robes- This is a family friendly event that's sure to be fun for kids (and kids at heart) of all ages! The movies will be shown on a GINORMOUS 26 foot high screen (That's nearly 3 stories tall!) so you won't miss a detail of the action packed fantasy! Perfect for fun family outings, groups of friends, or perhaps even a date night with that special someone!
Another really cool thing that you don't wanna miss out on- before select screenings, movie goers will have an option to enhance their movie experience by adding on a really cool movie tour! You'll be able to learn all about The Fox Theatre and how Mr. William Fox introduced inspiring innovations to the movie industry that are still used around the world today! It's a Film Buff's dream, so definitely check that out!
Seriously, have you been inside The Fox Theatre? There's a reason why they're called the FABULOUS Fox Theatre! It's Atlanta's Crown Jewel, and for a good reason! You walk in and you'll be in awe as the place gleams with elegance. Delicious refreshments and amazing staff, you'll feel right at home as you make your way to your seats, which are super comfortable by the way! The ambience is astounding, you'll really feel like you're outside under the stars watching your favorite film at The Fox Theatre. Truly a magical night!
The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival of 2017 is something you don't wanna miss!
I know that I'll be there, celebrating summer and all its festivities, just like I do every year! Are you going to be there? Which Harry Potter screening will you be attending? I look forward to seeing all you wizards and muggles there!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!
Blue Skies! Enjoy the Chaos & Stay TOONed!
It was another bright and beautiful day one fine weekend. I was getting ready for a birthday party that day with Party Animals and I thought to myself- I wonder if my readers would be interested in learning more about the life of a clown? Well, you're here reading this now, so you must be interested! So, I'm here to tell you the inside scoop on what it takes to be a birthday party entertainer and clown!
Just another quick Blog post update!
I've been pretty busy lately doing Freelance work for clients.
I also got a new Cintiq Tablet so you may have noticed an improvement in my Digital Artwork. It's so magical being able to draw directly ON the screen! Quite a change up from working on a regular Wacom Tablet that I'm so use to. I try to draw everyday if I can, even if it's just scratch sketches in my sketchbook.
I also haven't forgotten about all the things I want to work on. It's just a matter of finding time and focus, ya know? I've got about a billion (give or take) projects that dance around in my head. Everything from making those Muse Toon Animations, to podcasts or voice acting, to more frequent blog writing, to illustrating, writing children's books, and so on! It's all coming together, I haven't abandoned anything, mostly just organizing and finding the time. It can be overwhelming when there's so much you wanna do, you're like- "Where do I even start!" haha. I'm working on another Blog article right now actually that I'll post soon- "My life as a 30-something clown"
Anyway here's some recent artwork for your viewing! :)