I Owe You a Post

Just to let my loyal readers know: I realize I owe you a post.

There have been so many wonderful things happening in my life… I don’t know where to begin.

I promise I will post you something in the next few days that is one of the following

1. Heartfelt

2. Witty

3. Humorous

4. Thoughtful

Or maybe just a combination of such 🙂

Goodnight kittens

Shannon Rose Allen

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“BACKGROUND! Annnnnnd…. ACTION!”

If you work in my industry, these are words with which you are absolutely familiar.

Today, after three EXTREMELY long days of background work, I wanted to share my personal list of:

The 25 people you will meet while doing background work.

Yes, I understand that not all my readers are familiar with how my job works, but hopefully you too can find some humor in this post.

Here goes.

1. The guy who forgot his pen

This first one just baffles me. EVERY set we are required to fill out a talent voucher. Why you don’t have a pen is just BEYOND me. The only time I haven’t had a pen on set is when someone from the last set I was on stole mine, never gave it back, and I forgot to replace it. Now I just throw 20 pens in my set bag so that I’m never in this situation.

I actually had a guy offer to buy my pen off me two days ago because after working outside for 12 hours in the NYC blizzard, he just wanted to go home. The poor guy. I just gave it to him. HOWEVER… GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND HAVE A FUCKING PEN IN YOUR BAG. Come ON!

That’s Background 101.

2. The outspoken lady who knows EVERYTHING about the union and makes sure that EVERYONE in the entire holding knows

Oh lord. This one.

Listen, I always appreciate a good know-it-all, for the simple fact that they are a wealth of knowledge about some things that I would actually like to know. And what’s better is that there is never a union question too stupid for them because they just want to talk.

However, lady, you need to SHUT THE FUCK UP FOR LIKE FIVE MINUTES ABOUT THE UNION BECAUSE NO ONE CARES! We also don’t care that you have a personal relationship with every PA and AD on various sets around the city, (because you don’t), or how long you’ve been doing background work, (forever), or that you were featured as a “female detective #14” on Law and Order that ONE TIME.

We will solicit your knowledge as needed. K Thanks.

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3. The guy who never actually does any background work and sits in holding all day

Some people are just the master of not working. This person will always sit in the corner of holding, with a hood above their heads, ear buds in. Whenever the background PA asks for volunteers, you will never see this person’s hand go up. He will spend the 8-14 hours on set reading a post-modern novel, or taking a nap.

He will always be first in line for lunch.

4. The angry old man

He looks something like this:

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He hates EVERYTHING and EVERYONE. Don’t tell him “Good Morning!” or worse, try to ask him how he’s been, because then you will get a 15-minute rant about why his life is awful and how NOTHING IS EVER GOING TO GET BETTER IN LIFE BECAUSE LIFE SUCKS AND IS AWFUL AND TERRIBLE AND THERE IS NO GOD.

Good to know.

5. The wildly inappropriate middle-aged man

There is one on every set.

That guy who is in his 40s who thinks it’s okay to grab a 20-something’s ass, whom he’s just barely met. I had one of these men tell me (after I commented on my muddy boots) that he would like to “lick them clean.”

Ew.

I could honestly share story after story about this one. It’s amazing to me that these men are functioning members of society.  No, I actually did NOT ask you to casually grab my arm when we are talking because it’s MY FUCKING PERSONAL SPACE.

Now go chase after some other poor girl before I knee you in the penis and balls.

6. The first-time fan girl

A newbie background actor is endearing. A first-time fan girl, not so much.

Seriously girl??? You’re going to ask for a picture with the hunky lead guy? REALLY??? We are around famous people all the time. They are at work and so are we. Pictures are for pedestrians. Let’s all be professional here and get back to work.

You’re making the rest of us look bad.

7. The kid who’s SO above it all/The Diva

Listen… NONE of us want to be background lifers (even though we know plenty of people who are). We all believe that we are good enough to be principle actors, or else we probably wouldn’t subject ourselves to being human props for 14 hours at a time. But there is no reason to act like you’re better than the rest of us… because guess what???

You’re not.

8. The eager one

I actually admire this person, because they genuinely excited to do just about anything from the production team 100% of the time. Not to say that I don’t love what I do, but being over-zealous to jump into a scene where I know I’m just a blurry blurb in the background is just not my style.

One time I was placed in the DEEP background of a pedestrian scene and a woman started taking deep breaths in and out thinking about what her “character” would be. Good for you girl! Get that acting. I’ll just be over here making fart jokes until they yell “rolling” and then I’ll walk normal through the shot 2-5 times and call it a day.

I’ll waste my talent and energy when the situation is appropriate.

9. The lady who thinks everyone loves her, but actually, no one can stand her

She never shuts up. She never stops complaining. She knows everyone. She’s a background lifer. She makes jokes that no one thinks are funny. She bends your ear about things you don’t care about.

Run away from her.

RUN.

10. The stage parents

It’s funny to me watch these mothers fuss over their children being perfect, when really this is what they’re thinking:

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11. The conspiracy theory guy

Yesterday on set I literally had a guy ask to borrow my phone so he could show me a theory about how famous Renaissance artists were actually painting images reflective of a black hole in space.

Or something like that. I don’t know… my eyes glazed over in about five minutes.

Then he started talking about how robots are going to take over the world and start reproducing, and humans are going to become obsolete, unless we create a self-sustaining utopia.

I can’t MAKE this shit up.

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12. The guy who ALWAYS has a piece of crafty in his hands

I love this guy! He knows exactly where the crafty table is, what’s worth getting, what you must stay away from, and is ALWAYS willing to share!

For those of you who don’t know the lingo, “crafty” just stands for the craft food service table. Just think the “snack table.”

Crafty guy never has a problem sneaking away even when production is ready to call “rolling,” and will usually return five minutes later with one plate for himself, and a coffee (exactly the way I like it) for me!

Crafty guy, Shan Baby salutes you!

13. The person who never fails to share their personal resume with every person they encounter on set

I don’t care how many times you’ve been on Blue Bloods, or Nurse Jackie, or that you’re core on The Following.

We’ve all pretty much worked the same shows in New York.

You’re not special.

Also… I’m not a casting director, so you are wasting your time bragging to me, because I don’t care.

14. The non-union person who bends your ear about why their career is so much better because they are non-union/The union person who bends your ear about why their career is so much better because they’re union. 

Unfortunately these conversations are un-avoidable. There will always be the pro-union people and the anti-union people. We can argue all day long about non-union commercials disappearing when you join SAG, or why it’s worth it to join SAG and work less, for more.

The argument is endless, and no one will ever leave this conversation anything other than angry or confused.

I’m guilty of getting into several of these conversations. Sigh.

Let people decide whether they want to join the union on their own.

I’m tired of talking about acting… let’s go back to fart jokes.

15. The union person who thinks they are an A-list actor because they do union background work

We all hope this will happen:

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But until it does… you are nothing but a background actor.

16. The complainer

After I got into wardrobe the other day, I had a woman come up to me and complain about how her week was awful, and how she hated the way her costume fit, and how she was worried about getting sick in the cold, and how there was no more eggs at breakfast, and how her coffee was too hot, and that she had a zit on her face, and that her shoes were too tight, and her daughter was mad at her, and blah blah BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.

When she was finally done, I turned to her and said, “I’m sorry to hear that, but my week was FABULOUS!”

She shut up.

17. The socially awkward one

Doesn’t know how to interact with people, so chooses a profession where he has to be around people all day!

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WIN!

18. The actor/model

I’m jealous that ever time a show is looking for a “model type” that you can apply in addition to all the posts for us “normal” people. Stop being so damn pretty!

While you’re looking all pretty… this is me at the crafty table:

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19. The actors/singers/theater people

Oh this is DEFINITELY something I’m guilty of being. After we get to a certain hour, the singing starts happening… complete with theatrics.

My favorite recent relapse of theater behavior was being dressed in 1900s attire skipping around with an umbrella for a prop, singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite,” at the top of my lungs.

Then everyone joins in, but there is that ONE GUY, who is annoyed.

And to him, I say:

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20. The young charmer guy

Now I know I might take some flack for this… but this guy is usually from Jersey or Long Island, has a thick accent, probably Italian, buff, good looking, and hits on EVERY WOMAN on set.

And then there is…

21. The pretty/innocent girl who is charmed by the young charmer

Poor girl.

22. The career advice guy

Somehow I always end up getting myself into these conversations with people older and “wiser” (note the sarcasm) about how I should “never give up,” and “keep going,” regarding my career.

No matter how many times I tell them that I’m definitely not giving up anytime soon, it’s like they just ignore me and continue to give me positive reinforcement. I have to imagine in their mind they imagined me coming up to them, about to throw in the towel with acting, and begged them to give me their “expertise” advice.

From then on, whenever I see these people, they point and wink at me and say, “Don’t you give up now, Shannon. You’re talented!”

Thanks?

23. The DEMENTORS from Harry Potter who literally SUCK THE SOUL RIGHT OUT OF YOU

The complainer, the grumpy old man, and a few others are close to this, but the Dementor is just on a whole OTHER level.

They will literally suck all the joy out of you until THIS happens:

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The Dementors have the ability to ruin days on set.

Damn soul suckers.

24. The person who only knows how to talk about background work and refuses to talk about anything else

I have lots of interests.

I’m sorry you don’t.

I’m going to go talk to someone who does.

Bye! 🙂

25. The normal people

So finally, after all the bullshit, I will find those friends on set that I love and respect.

We giggle and sing and talk about things OTHER than background work. We quote movies and play games in holding. We don’t make stupid stories up about our “character” when we talk through sets. We can fill out a W2 and I9 in our sleep and always bring extra layers/gloves/shoes/socks for whatever inclement weather we are going to face. We commiserate with each other when there are crappy circumstances on set, but never go into bitchy, crazy complain mode. We find silver linings in everything. We sleep on each other’s shoulders in holding. We share tips about the best way to take shits on set. The hair/makeup/wardrobe department LOVE us, as do the PAs and the AD because we are nice and agreeable. We don’t talk to the leads, unless for some reason they want to talk to us (which sometimes happens because we are awesome). We get drinks with each other after long days.

These people make everything worth it.

So there you have it.

I work with crazy people.

Such is the life of a performer.

We’ve all been at least one of these people. Hell… I’m guilty of several of these numbers, some of which I’m less proud of than others.

So cheers to all the struggling actors, performers, theater kids, singers, musicians out there. Paying our dues is part of the process, and I’m happy to say that I  get to work on television and movie sets until I “make it big.”

Love,

Shan Baby the crazy actress/singer/musician/performer/outrageously theatrical/loud/driven lady

2014: Hopes and Dreams

Well, here’s my obligatory “what-I-hope-to-accomplish-next-year” blog.

I started writing this on the 31st, and am just now getting around to finishing it… mostly because I’ve already got my 2014 engines pumping with gas.

So without further interruption…

2013 has been QUITE the year.

If you would like an even more concise view of what my year has been like, please read my previous post about my 26th birthday here: https://shannonallenmusic.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/26/

I’ve learned a lot about myself this year.

I’ve learned a lot about the world this year.

It’s funny to reflect back on my time in Ohio, then Cincinnati, then Boston and realize how much I’ve truly changed every time I’ve moved to a new city and how I’ve matured as a human being.

I just took a look around my cluttery room with two big windows that overlook 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen and thought to myself, “DAMMIT Shan Baby you are so lucky to live here!”

And I am.

So here are my hopes and dreams for 2014.

1. Record my second album

SHIT: If I have to keep writing in this blog about how the “album is on its way,” or “I can’t wait to record this,” I’m going to start punching babies. This album WILL get recorded THIS year, and I’m not going to let others dictate whether or not it can happen.

It’s happening.

Period.

I’ve already started assembling an entire new band of players and I’ve been very upfront about the fact that I want ZERO bullshit. If any bullshit shall occur, they’re out.

Period.

I’m getting the band back together!! WOOOOOO HOOOO! Let’s GO!

2. Continue my career in acting

Now that I’m SAG-AFTRA, I’m going to start getting absolutely serious about making myself a better actor. Not that I ever WASN’T serious about this, but I feel as though the new year can only bring me new opportunities, but also tougher competition among my peers.

I have a few friends who have written roles for me in new shows. I have friends who write scripts for me to practice. I see auditions for countless student films and indie projects. All of these things are amazing little gems that I can collect and turn into not only resume highlights, but also put some serious experience under my belt.

I don’t want to half-ass anything. If I’m going to be an actress/singer/performer I’m going to do it RIGHT.

3. Stop letting others dictate my feelings

I know my worth. Others who choose not to see it or respect it, DO NO deserve my time.

4. Start making money

I know this might seem shallow, but I need money. I’m essentially living below the poverty line.

5. Expand my horizons

I want to explore all the different corners of New York City. There are so many things I have yet to discover and so many places I want to go. I’ve started creating a list of different restaurants, galleries, parks, etc that I want/need to explore this year.

6. Let go

I’m never going to stop working my ass off, but I’m also going to try to let things happen to me.

7. Become the FITTEST person I can be…

Whether that means losing 20 pounds, LOOKING like I’ve lost 20 pounds, or hell… staying the same weight and looking exactly the same.

I’m not going to concern myself with pound and ounces… I want to FEEL good.

I want to look the best I can look.

I want to get validation from MYSELF instead of others.

I want to get rid of my body dysmorphia for GOOD.

8. Be of sound mind and sound soul

This one explains itself.

I think this is a pretty solid list, and although I could probably expound on each and everyone one of these goals/hopes, I don’t think I need to.

I’m going to let 2014 wreak havoc on me for better or for worse.

xoxo

Shannon Rose Allen

Conversations With Myself

Hey there Shan Babe! How’s it going!?

Oh you know, just the usual…

I can’t stop listening to Lady Gaga.

You’re such a gay man… 

All my gay friends are AMAZING.

And super hot! 

Ughhh I wanna be super hot.

You ARE super hot! 

Yeah, but I’m also kind of crazy.

People like crazy…

Just put on your skinny jeans, a hipster sweater and a knit cap. 

Don’t forget the combat boots.

Where are my fucking keys!?!

Did I leave my straightener on?

Look in the mirror one last time.

Adjust the red lipstick.

Stand back and do one last look. 

Why can’t I be 10 pounds thinner?

Ughh why can’t I be 20 pounds thinner?

Nevermind… I want chocolate.

Ugh, I feel fat after that chocolate.

I need coffee

Okay, what am I doing today?

What am I doing with my life???

You’re being a ROCKSTAR, that’s what. 

Yeah but I’m just a background actor.

So what!? You are about to get your SAG card, AND record your second album. 

What if no one likes my second album?

Where am I getting the money for all this?

I don’t want to be poor anymore.

Someday you’re going to make a fucking ASS-LOAD of money. 

YEAH! It’s gonna be fucking sweet!

YEAH! And you’re going to have a hot fucking boyfriend.

Speaking of boyfriends… I haven’t gone on a date… in like two years.

That sucks. 

I’m the queen of attracting creepy men.

Dating in New York sucks. 

Dating sucks.

Never mind… I LOVE being single. 

Oooooo that boy is cute.

He might be gay… we’re in Hell’s Kitchen. 

Oh well… maybe he’ll be a new friend!

That reminds me, what gay club am I drinking at tonight?

Industry? Therapy? Barrage? Fairy Tail?

You’re never going to meet a straight guy at a gay bar.

So what, I’ll get to dance and be fabulous.

Straight bars are full of douche bags. 

Yeah… but what if ONE time, there is a nice guy?

Ooooo maybe. 

Nah.

Maybe I’ll stay in and write songs. 

That sounds like fun!

I want to gig more. 

Yeah… but we ALL know that every time you gig, you think 100 people are coming and 10 show up.

You’re right, but maybe I can get more people this time!

Ok… let’s try to book another show.

I miss my old band. 

Too bad your ex was the drummer.

Yeah… never doing THAT again. 

Don’t shit where you eat, Shan Babe.

Good advice. 

Does this mean I can’t have set crushes anymore?

No, just don’t take anyone from set out for drinks. 

But it’s so FUN.

Ok… you’re just going to do whatever you want. 

I’m a sucker for romance…

Or maybe just “fake love.” 

Yeah… love doesn’t happen in NYC.

But MAYBE it does!?!

Who cares.

Where’s my whiskey?

Oh Shan Babe…

Stop thinking.

Not possible. 

Fair enough.

Goodnight Shan Babe. 

Goodnight, Shan Babe.

The 15 Guys You Will Encounter While “Dating” Online

At this day in age, we’ve all probably dabbled in online dating. Whether your site of choice is Tinder, Plenty of Fish, OK Cupid, Match, E-Harmony, etc, you will probably encounter some, if not all of these men.

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Here is my list of the “15 Guys You Will Encounter While ‘Dating’ Online”

1. The “wasp”

All this guy’s pictures are on a boat in the Hamptons, Cape Cod, etc. He wears Sperrys even when he’s not on a boat, and his wardrobe is mostly pastel Polo shirts and Vineyard Vines khakis. He only wears classic Ray Bans and probably works in finance.

Don’t count on this guy to be interested in you unless you A) Have a lot of money, B) are incredibly attractive, C) don’t have a brain (because wasps love women who don’t talk, but look good on their arms), or D) a combination of these.

If you ACTUALLY end up dating this guy, or even worse, MARRYING him, be prepared to discover that your man has a mistress at age 35.

2. The “musician”

This guy has a picture of himself playing guitar in every single picture. His quotes on his profile are all from either The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, or Kurt Cobain. He has at least one shot of himself hugging his guitar with the caption, “Music is my life.”

He wants you to think he’s really sensitive, but in reality “The Musician” is just incredibly self-centered and probably cares more about his music career than making time to date someone, let alone someone he met online.

Don’t expect him to fall in love and write a song about you. His first love is the only one he ever writes songs about, and he will compare every single relationship for the rest of his life to this girl, and probably be emotionally unavailable until the end of his days.

3. The “I throw up peace signs in every picture” guy

When I look at this guy, the song “If I Only Had a Brain” from the Wizard of Oz plays in my head.

4. The “I’m too cool for a picture” guy

This guy is so hip, he doesn’t need a picture.

He probably lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has a long beard, doesn’t own a television and only reads post, post modern literature that no one has ever heard of.

He also wears lots of ironic t-shirts.

5. The “I go to lots of EDM shows” guy

This guy has several pairs of colorful sunglasses and a glow stick permanently glued to his tongue.

He does a lot of drugs, so be prepared to deal with that.

However, he probably has great weed, so instead of dating him, just make him your drug dealer.

6. The “I have many pictures with A-List celebs to make me look cool” guy

“Hey look at me! I met a celebrity one time at some fancy event that I shouldn’t have been at in New York! Look at the A-List star who is probably miserable with his arm around me in this picture.”

He doesn’t actually know Ben Affleck.

But he will act like he does to sleep with you.

7. The “my friends are hotter than me, so I put them in all my profile pictures to make me look better” guy

You will never know which person is the guy you are ACTUALLY talking to in this case, because THIS guy is so insecure with his looks, that he surrounds himself with his hot friends.

Tip: The hot one in the picture is NEVER the one whose profile it belongs to.

Ever.

8. The “my pictures are only selfies” guy

This guy doesn’t have a lot of friends.

He spends most of his time working out and taking pictures of himself.

He also has a large collection of flat-brimmed hats with the stickers still on.

9. The “EXTREME” guy

This guy has a picture of himself surfing, snowboarding, and backpacking through Europe. He has quotes from famous philosophers and artists in his “about me” section.  He also has something along the lines of “I only feel alive when I’m a part of nature,” on his profile.  He wants you to think he’s super cool because he travels and is into extreme sports, but the truth is, he’s living off Daddy’s money and probably a douche bag.

If you are looking to be exhausted every single day of your life, date this guy.

10. The guy who clearly misses college

This guy is in his mid to late 20s, but all his pictures look like he’s still a sophomore in college in the depths of a never- ending fraternity party.

He has pictures of keg stands, himself double fisting beers, playing beer pong, all while sporting a sweatshirt of the University he went to.

He is miserable, because the prime of his life has passed.

And along the same lines…

11. The guy who played college sports and wants you to know it

He will spend every single date comparing life to the big college hockey game he played.

Run. Just, run.

12. The “I took a picture with my dog, to make me look more attractive” guy

He wants to have sex with you.

His dog will help him.

13. The “I’m a model” guy

This guy only post pictures of photo shoots he’s done. He probably has an accent and five girlfriends who all think they are his only girlfriend.

He also probably has at least one boyfriend, so ladies, don’t get excited.

14. The “I’m too cool for online dating, but I’m here because I secretly want to meet someone” guy 

In his profile, he has something along the lines of, “Not really sure why I’m here,” or “I’m curious about this site,” or some quote that makes fun of the online dating site he’s on.

FYI: THIS guy is so desperate for a relationship, but wants you to think he’s not.

He is.

But he is also clingy.

15. The “nice” guy

He doesn’t exist.

So there you go.

Now I’m not saying that online dating can’t work… because it absolutely can. I know people who have met their husbands/wives online, and that’s GREAT! However, it’s not an easy world.

I think it’s time for a break from online dating.

xoxo

Shan Baby

Be Nice or LEAVE!

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I am a fun person.

I like to have fun.

ESPECIALLY when I’m on set.

My goal whenever I work a job is to walk away with AT LEAST two friends.

And I usually end up with five to ten…

I am so friendly and excited to be doing what I’m doing, that I’m the girl you WANT to hang out with on a 12+ hour day.

Seriously.

But DO NOT think you can take advantage of my niceness with your negativity, bitchiness and complaining.

Home girl don’t PLAY like that.

Ain’t nobody got TIME for that. Especially me.

I used to bite my tongue when people got nasty with me. I used to avoid confrontation, and just put my head down and lay low. Sometimes when people were nasty to me, I assumed it was just me, and that it was MY fault.

But no. There is NO excuse for being mean when there are NO grounds for it.

Example A: The Middle-Aged Woman who Acted like a Child

I recently did commercial shoot where I was filming a night scene in Staten Island. It was FREEZING cold, and we were getting “rained” on by a machine. We were ALL miserable, but some of us, like myself, were trying to make the best of it.

The PAs came around with ponchos when the rain machine was going to get particularly bad. One PA threw a poncho DIRECTLY to ME. No one else… just me. And some SAG bitch literally reaches behind her seat on the bleachers and RIPS IT OUT OF MY HAND.

I’m talking I had a GRIP on it. And she RIPPED it from me.

Now this woman is about 35-40. A GROWN-ASS WOMAN.

She NEVER shuts up on set. I’ve worked a few things with her. She struts around like she’s something special because she’s in the union and thinks she’s hot shit.

So I looked he STRAIGHT in the eye and said, “OR you could just rip that out of my hand.”

And she acted like she didn’t hear me.

Then when I turned my head to continue my conversation with the incredibly sweet woman sitting next to me, she apparently looked at me and stuck out her tongue.

Seriously!?!

At least say you’re sorry. AT LEAST be honest about your selfishness.

Every other shoot I’ve been on with her, she avoids me.

Good!

BE NICE OR LEAVE

Example B: The 20-something Princess

I was on a tv show talking to my good friend who I’ve been on a few sets with. Both of us were talking about trying to get union status, and different ways we could further our career.

UNSOLICITED, all the sudden this girl who couldn’t have been more than 25, starts blabbing about how “SAG let’s anybody in nowadays.”

First of all… you are NOT old enough to be saying things like “nowadays.”

I was so taken aback by this girl who just THOUGHT she could come up to me and my friend and complain about how WE shouldn’t be able to join the union.

So I looked at her and politely said, “Well we are ALL trying to be actors here. What makes you think that we don’t deserve to be in the union, just like you?”

She then started fumbling her words and walked away.

Thank you, ma’am for your opinions, but please keep them to yourself. And DON’T tell me that I don’t take my acting career seriously and that I’m just wanting to join the union for the better pay. YES, that will be nice, but I’m ALSO trying to start my career, AS you were when you joined SAG.

BE NICE OR LEAVE.

Example C: The Mean Queen

Another commercial shoot I did lasted WAYYYYYY longer than expected and we all started to get stir-crazy at the 10 hour mark.

I made friends with 5 or 6 people and we started calling ourselves the “Dream Team” because we kept everyone in good spirits with singing and laughing and joking. We weren’t TRYING to be Mariah or Whitney. We were having fun.

There was a group of three people a little ways away from us who were singing in 3-part harmony and wanted NOTHING to do with our silliness.

And that was fine.

They were doing their own thing.

But then this guy in front of me turns around and asks, “What are they singing?”

To which I replied, (with no attitude whatsoever, just simply answering him,) “Oh, I’m not sure.”

Then he says under his breath, “Well they sound better than you.”

EXCUSE ME QUEEN????

So I said the following, “EW! You are MEAN. We are doing NOTHING but having a good time and spreading love over here and we have NO time for hate. You can turn around with your mean self and not talk to us anymore.”

Then he said something about how he wasn’t mean.

And I said, “Yes. You’re mean. You insulted me and my friends under your breath and we want nothing to do with you. Bye.”

The rest of the night he kept trying to join in on our fun and we wouldn’t allow it.

BE NICE OR LEAVE.

Now some of you might be saying to yourselves, “Shan, I though you said you were the nice person on set??? Because it sure doesn’t sound like it.”

And I AM.

But I REFUSE to let people get away with being mean to others right in front of my face without addressing it.

I apologize for jumping on a small soap box here, but social media has made it so easy for everyone to be mean and not think about anything but their own feelings. People blindly post flames and negative feedback on the Internet without even thinking twice.

I will not allow it.

Not in my house.

Not in my work space.

The acting industry is already full of enough bullshit without your dumb attitude.

BE NICE OR LEAVE.

I’m always giving out lots of love, but I will not share my love with those who creative negativity.

Fin.

Shan Babe

A Few Drunk Thoughts

Ok.

More than a few.

1. I worked 16 hours today… in five-inch heels. When I got to hour 12, I almost started crying.

No joke.

2. I got 3.5 hours of sleep last night. It’s almost been 24 hours since I’ve been asleep.

3. I watched the Cleveland Indians lose tonight and it hurt my heart.

I love Cleveland.

Why?

Just.

Why? I can’t take this sports buzz kill anymore.

4. I saw a lot of couples kissing on the subway tonight.

And I wanted to PUNCH THEM IN THEIR STUPID FACES.

Stop it. Stop being cute. Stop loving each other.

I hate you, cute couples.

Watch. Your. Back.

Cause I might punch you in the face.

5. I miss watching baseball with the person I loved.

Baseball was something Jon and I always did together, and I miss that.

6. On a happier note, I got hit on by a Cleveland fan.

However, he didn’t seem too interested… at least not interested enough to continue a conversation after we lost, which I’ll admit… we were all pretty defeated.

7. I drank a pitcher of Bud Light tonight by myself.

No shame.

8. I then took the train back to my place and ordered a whiskey drink at the bar below my apartment because I wanted to end the night on a good note.

Not so much.

Nothing happened.

The live band was pretty decent though.

9. I met a really nice guy on set today who kept talking to me about Cleveland sports and seemed really interested in me…

Then he “nonchalantly” mentioned that he lived with his girlfriend.

Fuck off.

10. I don’t really like Britney Spears’ new song. I think it’s just a lazy hook repeated over and over.

And the video is not that great.

(Don’t kill me, gay men!!! I still love me some GAGA!)

11. I just want to be loved.

For real.

No fake, Hollywood, love.

Just something real.

xoxo

Shan Babe