I’m back from my week of Hollywood excitement. It was a busy week as I kept myself doing as much as I could sightseeing lots of things.

So what was my purpose in Los Angeles? Originally, I wanted it to be a vacation where I could visit lots of people working in the music/movie industry practicing audio engineering in one form or another. I was hoping to see a few sessions, some with recording and scoring, some with post production. What I actually saw was a 2 hours post production section. It confirmed that the one class that I don’t enjoy as much is the one class that I really need to get something out of the most. Isn’t that ironic…

I’m also a few years away from even thinking about living and working in a more mainstream market. I need experience. I know many of the technical reasons why certain things are done, but practicing and implementing these reasons takes experience I don’t have. And I’m glad that it’s early enough for me to realize this. So now it’s on to finding a job somewhere that I can make a comfortable living.

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Well, I’m here only a few days and I already made the paper… that Dallas Morning News that is. I was interviewed by a reporter for the paper who saw me talking to J-Love and I knew that it would probably be published because of how I did it. But I wasn’t expecting anyone to care that I did that. Still pretty cool however.

See it here.

You have to sign in to the site to see the article, but I might try to post the quote or the article on my website for reference. Can’t do it now because it’d take too much time.

Yesterday was a busy day as I started driving along the coast. Got my first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. Pretty cool to have seen the Atlantic and now the Pacific. I ended up going back to Hollywood to see the area where the Oscars were held. I believe that I saw Roger Ebert exit a hotel in near the Hollywood strip and he was joking with a lady accompanying him. It turns out he was probably on his way to the taping of The Tonight Show.

I also just missed seeing Jimmy Kimmel walk into his theater because they were breaking down cameras by the theater where he tapes. I went to the NBC studios today and I’m thinking about either tomorrow morning or Thursday morning waking up early to go to a taping of The Tonight Show. I’d have to get there by 7-7:30 to get Stand-by tickets so we’ll see. That would be really cool if it happened though.

I ended my evening last night with a Clippers-Rockets game where the Rockets smeared the Clippers. The Staples Center has some really comfortable seats, and even the top row of the highest level seating isn’t bad to see anything. Nothing like many pro football stadium seats.

Today wasn’t too productive but I decided to spend a few hours at Universal Studios. It was expensive for the ticket but I’ll be able to use it again when Jonathan and I make our “Tour of the West” roadtrip. (I made that name up but it sounds good)

…Oh yeah, I believe I also saw in passing the Ozarka guy. The same guy who now acts on Alias. He was at the Clippers game. He’s extremely short!!

I’m going to San Diego sometime in the next two days, possibly tomorrow. That’s the last thing I plan on doing while I’m here.

I’m a little upset because I can’t get ahold of the guy who I was originally trying to watch and visit. He’s an audio engineer and works with many people, but I was looking forward to observing him interact with a composer. Doesn’t look very promising being that I’ve heard from him once and he hasn’t called back. Guess I’ll keep sightseeing.

I missed my initial flight to fly into LAX. Typical. So, after waiting for a few hours, reparking my car, and rearriving at the airport, I waited on standby for the next flight . . . the last flight of the night. Obviously, I didn’t get on that flight either. In a brush of miracles, they found an extra seat flying into Burbank. So I made it that night!

My first brush of fame was with the girl who won the Colorado tryout for American Idol. She was sitting across the plane from me and I mostly listened to the person next to me chat with her.

So I guess the biggest thing to happen up to now was I found the Oscar after parties where all the celebs partied. So I parked my car and walked over to check out celebs. See, I had been driving in Hollywood that evening trying to find the sign and couldn’t find it for the life of me. I didn’t want it to be an unproductive drive so I stuck around for a long while, ate, and then accidentally found the parties. Dumb luck.

So who did I see? I’ll try to remember…

Jessica Alba
Richard Gere
Cameron Diaz
Jennifer Lopez
Ben Affleck
Chris Cooper
John C. Reilly
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Brendan Fraser
Adrian Brody
Sean Astin
Queen Latifah
Ray Liotta
Michael Caine
Lucy Liu
Susan Surandan
Topher Grace
Doris Roberts
Roger Ebert
Jon Voight
Naomi Campbell
Carey Lowell
Diane Lane (distantly
Josh Brolin (distantly)
Peter O’Toole
Natalie Portman (how could I forget her!)
Marcia Gay Harden
Geena Davis
Rob Marshall
Martin Landau
Ted Danson
Mary Steenburgen
Tim Robbins
Susan Surandon
I also saw many producers and film production crew who won Oscars, though I don’t know their names.

And Jen Love acknowledged me! She was walking out of the InStyle party and I was across the street when I saw her walk out. She walked down the street to get find her ride when I yelled across “Hey Jennifer”, she then looked over and I yelled “I’m from Texas” with my thumb up and a big smile. She smiled back and gave me the Hook’em Horns sign when I mimicked it back to her. That ruled! (See above for link in Dallas Morning News, I made the paper!!)