Sunday, August 15, 2010

UPDATE

So as you guys can tell- I totally started slacking on the blog. But for my sentimental self and those still reading, I'm going to try to go back and fill in with stories of my last few weeks in New York. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

7/17- Siren Music Festival

On Saturday I woke up later than expected, just like every other weekend morning haha, and then Sami and I got ready to go to the Siren Music Festival on Coney Island, which is a free concert series put on by the Village Voice.

On our way to the subway we noticed that there was an open air fair going on on 4th Ave and let's just say we got a little distracted. We walked around for a bit, bought amazing smoothies, and then somehow ended up in a thrift job that was having a 50% of day that all went to diabetes research.

We shopped for a bit, got pizza, and then finally headed towards Coney for the music festival.

It was unbelievably hot and I honestly didn't know any of the bands but it was so much fun. We hung out with my friends Chesne and Steven, walked the boardwalk, and heard tons of great music.

We got back from the festival, had dinner, and went to bed early because I was heading to New Jersey the next morning.



Song of the Day:
"Lay Me Down" by The Wreckers, just because it's a good song that came up on my Itunes shuffle.

Friday, July 16, 2010

7/16- Mason and Amy's Birthday!!

On Friday both of my bosses were out of town so it was another slightly crazy day. I was reporting to Lila all day, who is the Senior Marketing Director, and my bosses' boss.

So at first I worked on finalizing the report about the Q&A to send out first thing that morning. I also had to get the recaps printed for Lila's big meeting, which was actually cool because I then got to work on the recap from beginning to end.

Throughout the day Lila asked for help on different projects and though I was a little nervous about reporting directly to her, she was great to work with and I enjoyed being able to help on so many different projects.

After work I went home and took a nap since I was up so late working on the report and then put the final touches on Mason's 21st birthday cake.

I swear I'm the only one out of my friends that LOVES birthdays but we had a great time celebrating Mason's. I think he liked the cake and I had a lot of fun meeting a bunch of new people and hanging out with a lot of great friends.

Song of the Day:
"Don't You Know You're Beautiful" by Seabird. The intro alone is to die for and I love Seabird.

7/15- Biggest Day at Work

This was a big day at work because since one of my bosses was out of town, I was in charge of all of the social media for Billboard which is about 5 different accounts that reach over a quarter of a million people. Ahh. And everything had to be updated every thirty minutes. Ahh.

BUT not only that- I was also in charge of monitoring the Live Q&A session with Pete Wentz, counting the number of social interactions involved, and providing a recap for the entire marketing department the next day. STRESS!

Everything went really well though and I had multiple bosses compliment me but I would not have made it through without Jenna and Amanda keeping me calm. Especially since changes still had to be made to a recap report that was due and there was a strict deadline, another stresser.

After work I was rightly exhausted though! I had dinner with Sami, worked on the recap due the next day, and made a cake for Mason's birthday, which was the next day.

Song of the Day:
"Life is Beautiful" by Vega4.This song calms me down when I'm slightly stressed lol.

Lyrics:
"Life is beautiful, but it's complicated.
We barely make it.
We don't need to understand,
There are miracles, miracles.

Yeah, life is beautiful.
Our hearts, they beat and break.

When you run away from harm,
Will you run back into my arms,
Like you did when you were young?
Will you come back to me?

I will hold you tightly
When the hurting kicks in.

Life is beautiful, but it's complicated,
we barely make it.
We don't need to understand,
There are miracles, miracles."

7/14- Dinner with Sarah

Work was not too stressful today but I was pretty tired so I moved slowly in the morning. One of my bosses had to teach me how to maintain all of our social networking sites because I will be taking over for the next two days and then the final changes needed to be made to The Dream recap report.

After work I met a fellow Grady Ambassador, Sarah, in Greenwich Village for dinner. We had a good time catching up about our summer and after that we wonder our way through the village, stopping at a park to talk and then eventually ending up at Magnolia's Bakery again. I really do loooove cupcakes, haha.

I got back to the dorm pretty late, did laundry, and hung out with Sami. It was a good, restful Tuesday, and I got to prepare myself for the next day at work, which I knew would be a little crazy.

Song of the Day:
"Sparks" by Coldplay. I'm reclaiming Coldplay in my life!

7/13- Dinner with Sammie

Work that Tuesday was pretty chill, I worked some more on recaps and got to catch up with the other interns about our weekends. It was raining all day though, which I am not a fan of.

After work I was finally able to introduce Sami to Cafetasia and thankfully, she loved it, but how could she not? Yes, once again, I am obsessed with this place.

We then headed back and watched two movies on her NetFlix, including "When Harry Met Sally". I made my favorite dessert, rice krispies with butterscotch and chocolate and we had a great girls night in.

song of the day:
"Hero" by Regina Spektor. It's a song from 500 Days of Summer that randomly popped into my head again recently.

Monday, July 12, 2010

7/12- A Day of Catch Up

On Monday I was able to catch up on older blog posts, do some reading for my internship course, and worked on a cover letter for a fall internship in Atlanta. I also was finally able to upload all of my pictures of my trip so far, which were really cool to look back and realize what all I've been able to do so far.

After that I watched a fair amount of shows and just had a chill day, which I was definitely in need of.

Song of the Day:
"Maybe You Could Love Me Anyway" by Sean McConnell. This is currently my FAVORITE song. If you don't go listen to anything else I suggest, just go listen to this song. It is so heartfelt and beautiful, I almost cried when I heard it live for the first time.

7/11- World Cup Finals

On Sunday we woke up really late because we were all exhausted from staying out late at the movie. We had Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, which is conveniently right next to my dorm.

Tyler went and played Chess in Union Square and although he lost terribly, he had a really good time and met a very interesting man from Cambodia. After we were done with that, Tyler, Sami, and I went to watch the World Cup at a pub near my office. It was really packed and hot so before too long we headed back to my dorm and jut ended up watching the rest of the match with Bryan and then a bunch of NYU students downstairs in the common area.

After the match Bryan had to catch his bus back to DC and then I took a nap because I was still exhausted. I slept for a while and then Tyler and I went to meet Mason and some more UGA friends for dinner at this great southern restaurant in Tribeca.

On our way back from dinner Tyler and I stopped in Union Square park and just talked about the weekend and what we both had going on the next week. It was a beautiful night that just reminded me of how much I love this city.

Tyler had an early plane ride the next morning so after watching The City, which Tyler agreed to only because he thought it was cool that it is filmed here, we both called it a night.

It was a great weekend and I'm really glad Tyler was able to come visit!

Song of the Day:
"Halfway Home" by Jason Mraz because I love it and Tyler refuses to listen to Jason Mraz.

7/10- A Busy Saturday

Saturday was so much fun because we were able to cram a lot into one day. We woke up decently early and then made our way down to Chinatown for lunch. I took Sami and Tyler to Joe's Shangai and they fell in love with it instantly as well.

After a great lunch we all headed to the highline, which is an elevated garden/park in the meatpacking district. We walked around the highline for a little while, which was gorgeous, and took some dorky pictures of us, the Empire State Building, and the DVF that Whitney Port worked at on The City.

Then when I was looking on google maps (SO helpful), I noticed that Magnolia Bakery was pretty close by. We headed that way, ended up stopping at a sports bar to watch some of the soccer match, and then finally made it to the famous Magnolia bakery that was in Sex and the City. The cupcakes were soooo good and I was excited to finally try one.

After getting back to the dorm we had to book it in order to go to the Mets/Braves game at Citi Field. The game was a lot of fun- we won 4 to 0 I believe- and I even ran into a sorority sister that I didn't know was in New York.

It took a little while to get back after the game but then Tyler and I got ready and went to dinner in Little Italy. The restaurant was great and after dinner we walked around, shopped a little bit, and bought gelato. Tyler bought a shirt that said "Hug me- I'm half Italian", which totally fits his personality.

When we got back we hung out with Sami a little bit and then went to see a midnight showing of "Despicable Me". Tyler wore his shirt and tried to hug strangers on his way, the looks from the mean people were by FAR the best part. The movie was also pretty cute and a good way to end a full, fun day.





Song of the Day:
"Desecration Smile" by Red Hot Chili Peppers for no other reason than Tyler really likes it and made me listen to it.

7/9- Tyler Sgro and Lady Gaga

So I came into work on Friday and decided pretty last minute that I wanted to go see Lady Gaga at Madison Square Garden with my friend, Tyler, that was coming into town to visit for the weekend. It was a minor pain in the butt to get the tickets because Stub Hub's server was down but luckily, everything worked out.

That afternoon was crazy at work because we're currently doing a promotion with Sprint- live Q&A sessions with various artists- but I needed to find two EVO phones that day because the promotion was starting the next week. Well, easier said than done. The EVO is the only 4G phone so it was a little hard to find on the island of Manhattan. Luckily after calling about 10-12 stores we were able to find two and I rushed over to get them. Crisis averted but man was that stressful.

After work I went back and got ready for the concert and before I knew it, Tyler was there. We rushed to the show and our very crappy seats but we had so much fun dancing to "Poker Face" and "Love Game". The special effects for the show were phenomenal and only further solidified the fact that I want to work in touring at some point in my life.

After the concert we met up with my friend, Bryan, who was also staying with me that weekend and then I took them to this little place in Koreotown. We all caught up and the boys got to know each other and then we headed back because we knew we were getting up early the next day.





Song of the Day:
Obviously, anything by Lady Gaga but her new song "You and I" is really good, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ4Z3lXE6PQ

7/8- Dinner with Chesne!

Thursday at work was pretty average. Jenna is still out of town so it was just Amanda and I working in the marketing department and Joe from digital. I worked on the Big Boi recap some more and continued some work with some RFPs.

We went to lunch at this great burger place by our office, burger creations, and it was exactly what I was craving. After lunch Amanda and I had to go to Sprint to do some research for a future promotion. It was cool because we got some time outside of the office and it had stopped raining at that point.

For dinner I met a friend, Chesne, at Cafetasia. Yes, I really do love that place. I had previously met Chesne in Athens through my friend, John, and she is up here interning with Marc Jacobs.

We got to catch up a lot about our internships and how we're liking New York. Chesne's internship sounds amazing and it was great to hear about someone else that came up here not knowing too many people because it was a dream of theirs. She is thinking that she's going to stay up here after her internship and I am most definitely jealous.

After dinner we went to Pinkberry, which I now love. Pinkberry is an amazing yogurt place that is only in New York and LA and is absolutely to die for! They have every topping you could imagine and I was so excited Chesne suggested going there because it was actually on my list of things to do while in New York.

We stayed there talking for a while even after finishing our yogurts and I really enjoyed getting to hang out with her. I think we're suppose to go to dinner again sometime soon!

Song of the Day:
"I Look So Good (Without You)" by Jessie James! Girls- it is great to rock out to! :)

7/7- Wednesday

Wednesday was a pretty chill day at work because once I finished my projects for my bosses, I had free time to work on some personal work that I've been meaning to get to. I worked on this blog for one, catching up a little, but I also started developing my cover letter for an internship I'm applying for this fall.

Around 4:15 though things go a little crazy. Long story short, my boss' boss needed something printed for a meeting at 5 and I had to go pick it up from a printing shop more than a bit away. I got downstairs around 4:30, hailed a cab there and back, but made it with about 10 minutes to spare to the delight of my bosses. It was stressful but I'm just glad everything worked out!

After I got off work I just went home and had a chill night with Sami. I have now gotten her addicted to Pretty Little Liars as well, primarily because we both love the music so much. I have a playlist of about 20 songs from the show and it's only on it's 5th episode, that's impressive.

I then went and grabbed chipotle right as it was closing before heading to bed pretty early to ensure an easier time getting up the next morning.

Song of the Day:
"More of You" by Mozella is yet another song that I'm in love with from Pretty Little Liars. Go take a listen!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

7/6- Well that was awkward...

Tuesday had rough start because my alarm didn't go off and even when I got to work (no more than 5 minutes late shockingly) I still wasn't quite awake for about 20 minutes. Joe, who is a digital intern for Billboard, tried to have a conversation with me and I had to tell him to try again in 10 minutes because I was still half-asleep. Those of you that know me well know that I'm not a morning person so none of this should really come as a surprise haha.

Work was good though once I got into the swing of things. I worked on another recap about our Release of the Week program and I honestly really love putting those together.

That night I decided that it was a good night to get to know my roommates a little better. Sammie, Christina, and I all went out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant near our dorm and then went to see a movie.

The Chinese restaurant was great but let's just say, the movie was a little... awkward? We saw Solitary Man, which is pretty much just about a 60 year old man that sleeps with girls that are WAY to young for him. About half-way through I screamed "EWW" and seriously considered walking out.

We all suffered through it though and hey, at least the movie was cheap because there's a $7 deal on Tuesdays where students can see a movie and get free popcorn. heck yeah! I think this'll become a regular trend because even though the movie wasn't great, it was a fun roommate outing and gave us something to do on a Tuesday.

Song of the Day:
"Jack and Jill" by Katie Herzing, just because I like it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

7/5- Another Monday in Manhattan

So shockingly enough, I woke up late and then had a pretty chill day haha.

I caught up on shows and got to meet my new roommate, Sammie. She is from LA so I asked her a fair amount about that and she seems really cool. She's here interning with the NYU history department and for that reason kind of reminds me of my last roommate, Melissa, who watched the History Channel all day, every day, over the past year in the sorority house.

I hung out with them a fair amount and then was planning to get my haircut but on the way was offered a coupon for a better deal and will do that sometime this week instead.

I then bought baking stuff and went to Jerry, Corey, and Brandon's apartment where Mason made amazing vodka pasta with shrimp and I made turtle brownies for dessert. The food was great but I really just enjoy baking for people and having a group dinner makes me feel older and even more adjusted to the city.

Song of the Day: "Fresh Pair of Eyes" by Brooke Waggoner. It's another song from Pretty Little Liars, I seriously want to work with this music supervisor.

"'Cause I want to be seen
With a fresh pair of eyes
The single white tree
In a black hood of disguise"

7/4- 4th of July in NYC!

On the 4th I woke up and then went to meet my friend Chase, who I worked with last summer at Star 94, in Chinatown for lunch with his friend, Katie. We went to Joe's Shanghai, which despite the name, is a really authentic and AMAZING chinese restaurant. I was about to order all the cliche American Chinese foods- lo mein, sesame chicken- but Katie ordered for us and got soup dumplings, steamed rolls, and some kind of pancakes. I LOVED it all and will hopefully go back again this weekend!

After lunch I headed back to the dorm to meet Anita and Naveen and after catching up for a bit, we went and saw Eclipse. Naveen LOVED it. Well, not really. He MOCKED it. BUT that was to be expected and Anita and I loved it just the same.

We then headed to go watch the fireworks, which turned into quite an ordeal. We got off at 42nd Street (Times Square) but had to walk to 11th Ave. and continued to follow that all the way to 54th Street with thousands of pedestrians and a bunch of very unhelpful cops. One honestly admitted that they were making up streets to send people to because a) they didn't know what was open and b) they just didn't care. It was chaotic and stressful and HOT but totally worth it once we got a good view by the Hudson and I got to watch fireworks in NYC.

Once the fireworks ended we had to book it because thousands of people were all going in the same direction. To avoid some of the craziness we stopped and had dinner at a great Mexican restaurant, my new favorite!, and then headed back.

Naveen and Anita had to go back to Jersey so I went and met up with the boys for a bit, caught up with them about their day, and before to late I was exhausted and headed back.

Overall it was a very good Fourth of July and I am very thankful for the freedom that I have and the amazing opportunity I've been given to live in this city this summer.



Song of the Day: Another song from Pretty Little Liars, "Begin Again" by Measure. It is hauntingly beautiful! please go listen and enjoy :)

7/3- Promises, Promises

So I slept in late on Saturday, which was great because I can't during the week, and then I went to lunch at a Mexican restuarant with Mason. I've tried really hard to find an authentic mexican restaurant in the city and I really liked where we went.

After lunch we went shopping for a bit and then hung out at my dorm where I took a nap- I was still exhausted- and Mason watched movie trailers for what seemed like forever.

That night Mason and I went to see Promises, Promises on Broadway starting Kristen Chenoweth. The show was great!!! I really did love it because I'm obviously a fan of musicals but also because I think Kristen Chenoweth's voice is phenomenal. She used to star in Wicked on Broadway and just recently made a few appearances on Glee.

We were both starving after the show so we went to Olive Garden in the middle of Times Square. I got majorly made fun of for going to Olive Garden because yes, we do have those in GA, but sometimes you just crave their salad and breadsticks. :-p

It was late before I got back to my dorm but I caught up with Christina, who had also seen a Broadway show that day, and then went to bed. I really had a great Saturday and it was fun to hang out with Mason because he's one of my closest guy friends.



Song of the Day: Kristen Chenoweth's version of "A House Is Not A Home" because I love singing it and it gave me chills when I heard it on Broadway. I believe she also sang it on Glee :)

7/2- The Start of the Long Weekend

So on Friday I continued to work on the recap for our Release of the Week program, which featured The Dream for that week. Pretty much I had to put together a ppt that talked about all the different advertisements we had for the album in Billboard Magazine, on Billboard.com, and in our daily and weekly bulletins.

I really liked this project because it is very marketing specific but also because I feel like I learned a lot of tricks with ppt while working on it. Plus I am a creative person that is very detail oriented so something like this is a perfect project for me that I really enjoy.

I was able to finish up most of the ppt before we got out at 1pm for the day because of the holiday weekend. My boss, Kerri, said that I did a good job and that I'll be helping her more with those in the future, which is really encouraging.

When I got home I was actually really productive- I cleaned and organized a lot and then hung out with my roommate and her friends from her production class. Christina is also studying film production so it's cool that we have that in common.

After that I finally got to catch up on some of my shows, we don't have a tv and I've been computer-less for so long, and then I went to dinner with Mason. We tried a new thai place, Spice, and it was good but I'm still biased for Cafetasia ;).

When we finished dinner we left and hung out at Jerry's for a while. There were a few people there that I hadn't met yet, Ford and George, so we all got to know each other before going to meet my friend Nicole (she interns at Adweek on the same floor as Billboard) at a place near my dorm. Everyone got along really well and Friday was a really fun night!

Song of the Day: "I Won't" by Colbie Callait. It came up a few times on Pandora and I really think it's a soothing, beautiful song. Take a listen if you haven't heard. Her Itunes Session CD is really great as well.

7/1- NO MORE TRIVIA!!!

So...today... was... the...last...day...of...TRIVIA!!!!

We completed our 4 thousandth question on Wednesday and today was our last day to edit the questions before sending them off the the game company. I can finally say it- we are completely done with the trivia project and genuinely, I think I learned a lot about music that I didn't know beforehand.

I am relieved to be finished though and it's crazy to sit back and remember how overwhelming it looked when we first started. We were able to finish ahead of schedule by just taking it one step and section at a time and I do feel accomplished.

After we finished that one of my other bosses gave me a new project where I'm helping her compile recap reports for advertisers. I'll go more into the details later but pretty much, it's the biggest role I've probably been given within the marketing department so far and I actually really like what I'm doing.

After work I met Anita and her boyfriend, Naveen, for dinner at my favorite place, Cafetasia. We got to catch up, man do I miss her, and we had a good time hearing about what's been going on over the past week.

When we finished dinner Anita and Naveen went to see a show in Union Square and I headed to meet my friend from UGA, Libby, at the Frying Pan which is a restaurant/bar on a boat at Chelsea Piers. We had a great time catching up there about our internships and experiences in the city and then we went to meet her friends at a place by my apartment. We all hung out there together for a while but I was exhausted so I headed home before too late and hung out with Christina and finally got to Skype with Bo (one of my best friends) before I crashed for the night.

Overall it was a very good day! :)

Song of the Day: "Remember" by Kari Kimmel. The music kind of sounds like a worship song at the beginning (lyrics not so much lol) but the chorus is beautiful and very high. I LOVE singing it and it's currently one of my favorite songs. Please go take a listen,you won't regret it :)

"One moment imprinted
Inside my mind
Could there be
more to this love
or will it be left behind?

'Cause if it's all I can take
I'll remember it all,
remember it all
If it's all I can take
I'll remember it all,
remember it all"

6/30- Wednesday

So Wednesday was a rough day just because I was exhausted from walking around the city all day on Tuesday.

But we got a new intern named Jackson and we got to go to a huge meeting with the heads of the Marketing, Sales, Digital, and Video departments. The meeting was kind of intense and intimidating but I took a lot of notes and was able to follow most of what was going on. I asked my boss a few questions after the meeting and she seemed glad that I had paid enough attention to write down whatever I was confused about.

That night I went to see a movie with one of the interns, Jenna, and her friend. We saw Grown Ups, which was...kind of funny? kind of awkward? Let's go with both. The best part was that there was a guy sitting behind us that had the most unique, overwhelmingly loud laugh I've ever heard in my life. I swear it was a blessing that he was there though because he even found the stupid jokes funny and hearing him laugh made Jenna and I laugh as well.

After that I went home and did a lot of cleaning now that the first set of roommates are moved out and it's just Christina and I. I went to bed relatively early because I knew it was going to be a busy day at work the next day.

Song of the Day: "My Way of Thinking" by Greg Holden. I just came across it on my ipod and it's catchy. It was stuck in my head all day, which was better I guess than a song that everyone knows.

Lyrics:
"When I fall face down sinking
What's in store for me
With my eyes gracefully saving me from insanity
What is wrong with my way of thinking?
Do I need it, do I want it? Yeah..
What is wrong with my way of thinking?"

6/29- Casey Comes to Visit

So on Tuesday my guy friend from GA Tech, Casey, got to town around 11 and we met the other Billboard interns at my favorite lunch spot, Cafetasia, which was a lot of fun. Everyone got along really well and we talked about a little bit of everything.
After lunch the other interns had to go back to work and Casey and I started our adventurous journey across the city. We took the subway and got out at Times Square where he took some pictures and then we decided we wanted to see if we could get into a filming of David Letterman last second. We walked to the studio, took some pictures, but had to resign ourselves to the fact that Letterman was just not going to happen.

So then we walked some more on the outside of Central Park all the way to Dylan's Candy Bar, which was AMAZING!!! It is a three floor candy shop with great ice cream sundays and I think I'm in love lol. We stayed there for a while and Casey told me about his mission trip to South Africa where he will be for 7 weeks.
After that we decided to be really touristy. We went to the Empire State Building, which was beautiful and I was amazed by the amount of buildings I could recognize (even without the cheesy $8 map Casey got coned into buying lol).

After the Empire State building we got coffee and then decided to search out Famous Joe's Pizza on Bleeker. Casey had been there once before and said it was the best pizza in New York. When we finally found it, which actually didn't take that long (go Casey!), it wasn't long before the pizza was at our table and man was it good.
After that we walked back towards Union Square, stopping by Washington square and a few other sights on the way, and then went to buy my new computer.

I got a new macbook, which is love!!, and then Casey and I went back and he spent a few hours setting it up. I was so thankful to have him there to help me with it because my lack of setup knowledge became very apparent and mildly frustrated Casey in fact haha.

After that we watched Meet Joe Black (my favorite movie)and then I went to bed because I had work in the morning. It was great having Casey come visit and I think he had a good time!



Song of the Day:

"Manhattan" by Mozella. It's a great song that I got off an episode of Pretty Little Liars. I have to tell you- I love the music from that show and you'll probably be seeing a few songs from it.

Lyrics:
"Ive learned to take it all in stride
To see the world with my own eyes
I've learned to trust the other side

I don't want your this
I don't want your that
I'm moving to Manhattan
and I'm never looking back"

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

6/28- Work on a Monday

I don't typically work on Mondays but I got a call from my friend, Casey, who said he wanted to come visit on Tuesday so my boss let me switch my days. She only had me work a half day though so I didn't come in until around 1.

Most of the day we had to work on trivia and then help my boss, Kerri, organize the budget for the marketing department. We had to look through a lot of old invoices and whatnot, which was kind of fun because I was working with both Jenna and Amanda but let's just say I'm not studying finance or accounting for a reason lol.

After I got home, I took a long nap and then had to help Christina organize the apartment and cleaned since Casey was coming the next day.

It was honestly a little bit of a boring Monday but that'll only make Tuesday even more fun!

Song of the Day: Our Monday Mashup with "Neon Trees" covering Justin Bieber. I love Neon Trees and this version of "Baby" is pretty solid. Check it out below:

http://www.billboard.com/column/mashupmondays/neon-trees-doo-wop-justin-bieber-1004097860.story

6/30- UPDATE!!!

I NOW HAVE A COMPUTER!! AHH, YES!!!

CHECK BACK FOR BLOG UPDATES, THERE WILL BE SOME NOW!

-Katie

Friday, June 18, 2010

UPDATE

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let you know why I haven't posted lately-

My computer is broken and has been in the shop for almost two weeks now. I'm typically too busy to write posts at work though so I haven't been able to keep up with the blog. I promise, I will be writing again once my computer is back.

Sorry everyone, love you guys!

Katie

Friday, June 11, 2010

6/6- My NY Acting Debut

So Rebekah and I woke up relatively early on Sunday so that we could go get breakfast before she had to catch her flight. It was great having her come visit and I'm really going to love working with her on Grammy U next year.

After we said our goodbyes I was exhausted and headed back to my dorm for a nap. When I got back though, Laura was freaking out because her actors for her short film for her production class were all backing out at the last second. I offered to act if we could come up with a new storyline and that's what we ended up doing.

When we got to the shoot location we still didn't have a story but everyone threw around a few ideas and we ended up coming up with something that I think is really cool. I won't go into all the details but pretty much I shoot someone and walk out like a b.a. proving that no one is all bad and no one is all good, there's a lot of grey. It was a cool short film, especially since it was silent, black and white, and shot on film. I can't wait to see the finished project but either way, it was a lot of fun to film and I'm glad I got to help Laura out when she was in a bind.

After we got back we all changed and met Mason, Jerry, and Corey (some of the finance boys from UGA)at an Indian restaurant near the financial district. They all got to meet Anita and vice versa and we had a great time getting to know each other and joking about different things. After that the girls headed home and I went to see "Get Him to the Greek" with the boys. It was entertaining and I'm glad I got to see it since I had already gone to the promotional event for it with Russell Brand and Jonah Hill.

The boys all had their first days of either training or work the next morning so we parted ways after the movie and I headed home to get some sleep!

Song Of The Day:

"Paris" By Benton Paul. I just love it, just as I love Paris. He speaks french in the song and it's beautiful.

6/5- Saturday in the City

I didn't get back until pretty late on Friday night so I slept in on Saturday morning. Then I went and met Rebekah and her friend Hatty for lunch at a pizza place where they were meeting Rebekah's friend Weston, who works in TV production here in NY.

Lunch was a lot of fun because we all just got along very well and joked for a couple hours. I also got to talk to Weston about his job and the shows he's worked on (Celebrity Apprentice, Project Runway, Design Star), which was really interesting since I'm also interested in film production.

After lunch Rebekah and I headed back to my dorm, rested for a bit, and then met Mason to go to Washington Square. I swear, that has turned into one of my favorite places in the city because there's always something going on and it's great to sit by the fountain on a beautiful day.

After that I showed them my office and we went back to hang out at my dorm and they all met the roommates. We joked around for about an hour, devoured a bag of dibs, and then Rebekah, Laura (a roommate), Nick (Laura's boyfriend), and I decided we wanted to go to a concert on Governor's Island.

It sucked because by the time we got to the ferry to take us to the island, they were over capacity and had shut the island down. I've never really heard of people shutting down an island before but hey, we still decided to make the most of it. In the distance we could see the Brooklyn bridge so we decided to go walk on it because it's beautiful at night.

We did that for a while and took some pictures (which I will post when I get my computer working again) and then heading back towards Union Square for dinner. We went to this japanese restaurant that was SOO loud but really New York-esk and then we headed back for a restful last night in New York for Rebekah.

Song Of The Day:
"Brooklyn" by Wakey!Wakey! just because I walked on the Brooklyn bridge that night :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

6/4- It's Friday Night

At work I got to help a lot more on the marketing side of things on Friday because I was the only intern working.I had to draft a pitch about the newest editorial gallery all about Carrie Underwood's fashion evolution and then send it out to different press outlets to gain exposure. It was slightly intimidating but a good experience and I think I've already learned more about different pitch structures.

I also made an intern calendar for my boss, went on a staples run, and sent out some packages before working on more trivia. Finally, towards the end of the day one of my bosses took me to the closet where they store back issues of Billboards because she needed me to find some with Tim McGraw on the cover to get signed for fans at the Country Music Summit in Nashville.

The closet was crazy! It has very little to no organization but it was actually a lot of fun rummaging through old issues and I got to keep a few included a Michael Jackson memorial issue, an Olympics issue, and a 100th Year Anniversary of Billboard issue.

Friday was a good day at work because I liked what I was doing and I had two of my bosses stop by my desk and tell me that I was doing a good job. I'm very much a words of encouragement person and it meant a lot for them to take time out of their days to say that.

After work I went to see my sorority sister, Stephanie's, dance show because she had been doing a two week long dance intensive in NY. My friend Rebekah went with me because she was in town visiting for the weekend and afterwards we went to dinner and met up with the boys for a bit. It was a fun night and it was really cool to get to see Stephanie perform in NY, I was so proud!

Carrie Underwood Gallery I wrote a pitch for: http://www.billboard.com/#/features/carrie-underwood-s-fashion-evolution-1004095986.story?tag=hpflash4




Song of the Day:
N*SYNC's "Friday Night". I'm in a super good mood so even though the song isn't accurate for me, I'm blasting some old school "just got paid, friday night"...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

6/3- work, son!

Thursday was a busy day at work- and very stressful. I worked on trivia a fair amount, then a bunch of invoices- starting to look like my daily routine- but then I made a lot of phone calls and tried to get my computer issues worked out with IT. Working with IT was frustrating to say the least but hopefully all the issues will be worked out soon.

I met a new intern from the digital department, Joe, who is a third year at NYU. He will be working in the same cubicle as me on Tues/Thurs and might even be helping us with trivia, yay! He is shockingly enough from Jersey, where it seems like most people at NYU are from and we bonded over the ridiculousness of "Jersey Shore" because you actually have to drive through his town to get there.

My guy friend Mason got in town on Thursday because he is interning with Goldman Sachs here this summer. He met me at my dorm and we walked around for what seemed like a very long time before going to dinner at a n Italian restaurant where we caught up since this past semester had been crazy for both of us.

We then met one of Mason's friends, Jerry, for a while who is also interning up here before realizing it was late and that we needed to head back because I had work in the morning. It was a really fun night and I'm excited to get to hang out with both of those guys more this summer.

Song Of The Day:
"Bright Lights" by Matchbox 20. It's an oldie but a goodie and I'm going for songs that have lights in the title because they're NYC appropriate!

6/3- Work and fun in Soho

At work I focused on the trivia project in the morning- I figured out we'll have to come up with about 4,000 trivia questions, yikes! But then I did a few more invoices, had to follow up with a few companies and have them fax us receipts, and just did a lot of random jobs for my three bosses. I also helped out a lot with a brand summary that just talked about the success of a previous campaign for one of our sponsors and I was finally able to set up my billboard email. I am now officially legit and can be emailed at katie.sorrels@billboard.com! at least until mid august haha!

After work there was a promo at an Apple Store in Soho for Get Him to the Greek and both Jonah Hill and Russell Brand were there talking about the movie. And by talking about the movie I mean really just having a little comedy set on stage randomly interrupted occasionally by a moderator and video clips. It was great- they're both really entertaining and it was something just cool and free to do during the week.

After that Anita and I went to dinner in this really cool place in Soho called Peep. The reason they call it that is a little awkward though- their bathrooms are really just two way mirrors so you watch everyone while you're in the restroom. It was kind of uncomfortable and unnecessary but o well.

We then walked back to the dorm from Soho, which is about a 20 minute walk. It was really nice out and I stopped and got ice cream- I'd say that walking in NYC on a beautiful night with ice cream is probably the most content anyone could ever hope to be. BUT then it got better. When Anita and I got back we got to watch the new episode of Glee while I finished my ice cream- I've now officially turned Anita into a Gleek- and it was a great way to end the night!

Song Of The Day:
"Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit because A) i'm currently exhausted while writing this B) it's stuck in my head & C) my roommates were talking about probably going to their concert in late June or July!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

6/1- My Sister's Birthday

Tuesday was my big sister's 23rd birthday, woohoo!! I'm bummed that I'm having to miss it but I hope she'll understand.

Tuesday was a crazy busy day at work. A new intern, Jenna, started and although I've only been there a week, I had to help train her, go with her to get her badge, and help get her settled in. She is really great- very geniune and easy to work with, which is great because we'll work together three days a week.

I now have a Billboard email, ahh, so legit. SO legit. And yes, I know I shouldn't be that excited but I am haha!

Jenna and I continued to work on the trivia project, I'm excited to have someone to split that with, and then sent a few packages, returned some emails, and learned how to create and organize invoices.

I came home after work and I was honestly absolutely exhausted. I watched Glee with my roommates on my semi-broken computer, read a little more in my book, joked around with Anita for a while, and then went to bed.

Song Of The Day:

"So Contagious" by Acceptance. Once again, just because I like it. The song and the band are e great. "Different" is very good as well, check them both out!

5/31- Memorial Day

My memorial day was really chill. I was originally going to try to go to Jersey for my friend, Michelle's, birthday but plans kind of fell through and I was also worried about not getting back in time for work Tuesday morning. So I updated the blog, hope you guys appreciated it lol, did some work for Billboard, read one of the many books I'm currently working on, and caught up on some of my shows.
Then my roommate Anita got back from visiting home and we both got dressed up and went out to a nice dinner at Cafeteria. It's a great restaurant not too far away from our dorm and there's typically a few celebs there. I got fried chicken and waffles that were to die for!!! It's funny that I've never had those together in the south but just had to try it in NYC.
We then headed back to the dorm and it was an absolutely beautiful night in the city. We walked passed some navy seals and it reminded just how thankful I am for those who have fought and died defending our country.
I've already figured out that I truly love to just walk around this city, taking it all in, and I know I will miss being able to do that when this summer is over.

Song Of The Day:

The live version of "City" by Sara Barielles. The lyrics are "here in these deep city lights/
girl could get lost tonight..." and it was stuck in my head as we were taking our time walking back to the dorm!

Monday, May 31, 2010

5/30- Sarah Gets to New York!!

So I woke up late on Sunday morning to a text from my friend Sarah telling me that she was in NYC with her mom and wanted to know my plans for the day. I ended up meeting them in Times Square before we walked around looking for a place for lunch. We walked through Rockefeller Center and then along 5th Avenue before finally finding a place near central park. We had a great lunch and I got to hear more about Sarah's summer internship in New Jersey.

After lunch we then took the Subway and ended up walking around Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, and I showed them Washington Square where the Friends intro was filmed. After that I showed them my office and my dorm. It was great to get to catch up with them and I'm so excited that Sarah is going to be up here with me this summer!

After they left I just had a quiet night in. I walked around union square a little bit and got spaghetti to go from a local restaurant but I was exhausted after all of the walking and exploring that day. I've already crossed off a lot of places that I wanted to see this trip and it's only my first week!

Song Of The Day:

"To Remember" by Josh Kelley. It has a great intro, here are the lyrics:

"You work to be the best
And now you've got your shot
Taking every opportunity, To give them everything you've got
Never will you surrender, Never will you fall
Never will you break down under the pressure of it all

You did it all with purpose, And we'll hollar as we stand
Cuz we'e so proud of you oh
Not just for the glory but for everything you do
Oh we're so proud of you
Oh you've given us a story that forever we will use
Because this is how we choose to remember
To remember, To remember
To remember, Just where we were
To remember, To remember"

5/29- My First Saturday in New York

Saturday I got to sleep in late and then decided to be pretty productive. I finished organizing everything in my room, took out the trash, did the dishes, and ran some errands. On my way back from running errands I stopped in Union Square and took a look at all the artist booths because before we leave I want to buy a painting of the city. I've been collecting paintings from all of the places I've visited for a few years now and I can't wait to add one to commemorate this summer.

After I got back my roommate, Hillary, invited me to dinner and to go see Sex and The City 12 with some of her friends. We went to this cafe type restaurant called Grey Dog and it was really good- I have a feeling I might go there a fair amount, especially since it's close to the dorm.

I met her friend Jamie and one of Jamie's friends. We talked a lot about where we're from, how I'm adjusting to the city, and what we are all studying. Jamie is also studying communications and is interning with Disney this summer.

We then went to see Sex and the City 2, which was...interesting? Slightly stupid? let's go with both and then some. We saw some navy seals on the way there though because it is fleet week, which reminds me of one of the few Sex and the City episodes I actually have seen.

After the movie Jamie and Hillary took me on a little walking tour of a lot of the east and west village. We wound up at a cute little place in the west village that matches homemade cupcakes with different wines and beers. It was very cute and very New York-esk, plus my cupcake was fantastic :)

Song Of The Day:
When I was out running errands I decided to do it New Yorker style and listened to my music as I walked. I put my ipod on shuffle and "Your Love Is a Song" by Switchfoot came up. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shining on me, and I just felt so unbelievably blessed. The lyrics are "oo your love is a symphony/all around me/running through me/your love is a melody/underneath me/running to me/ your love is a song."

5/28- My First Week At Billboard

Since Friday was the beginning of Memorial day weekend, it was a short but productive day at work. I had my first RFP meeting with the heads of the marketing and sales departments. 'm not going to lie- it was an intimidating meeting. I mainly just sat back and listened to different proposal ideas and took notes. At one point I was asked my opinion on some commercials I had watched because they're geared towards my demographic. I think I offered my opinions clearly and hopefully made a good first impression.

The office then closed at 1 pm for the day and I headed home. On the way I ran in to 10 people dressed as mongols and shirtless army men. I'm guessing there was a movie being filmed somewhere close by but if there's anything I've learned so far it's that you never really know in New York, haha!

When I got back I was exhausted so I had lunch, took a nap, and then had a relaxing night in.

Song Of The Day:

"Falling Slowly" by The Frames because sometime during my relaxing night I looked back through some of my favorite dances from So You Think You Can Dance. I love this song and the dance is beautiful!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og72_DQ4Elk

Friday, May 28, 2010

5/27- Rich's Last Day :(

One word will summarize my day at work today: TRIVIA. TONS of it. I briefly mentioned in an earlier post that I have been assigned to work on a trivia project off and on for the next few weeks and I spent all day working on it on Thursday. It's not too bad though because I am a) amazed by the amount of random facts that I already know (surprisingly a lot to do with boy bands and pop divas, no judgments) and b) I'm learning a lot that I feel like I should already know.

One category was on classic rock for example and I think I already have a better feel for who the main members of the top 15 or so classic rocks bands are. I know that'll come in handy when everyone talks about the role this person or that person played in transforming the music industry (those conversations actually do happen a fair amount) and I won't have to depend upon the polite "nod and smile" technique to get me through. PLUS, if I' ever on any type of trivia show- I should totally have the music category in the bag by the end of this haha!

BUT today was sadly Rich's (another intern) last day. We went out to lunch to celebrate and he gave me even more tips about the city, where to go during down time, restaurants to check out, and pointed out the park the Friends intro was filmed in. I really am going to miss him even though we didn't get to work together that long.

We got back to the office and my bosses continued to introduce me to more people that were all very nice and welcoming. They seemed impressed that I came here without knowing very many people and asked how my parents were handling it since some of them have kids my age- I fibbed slightly and said they were taking it unbelievably well, which is what I know both of them want me to believe :-p.

I went back to working on trivia for a while before IT came upstairs and set me up with my own username and password to go with my nifty new badge. I'm starting to feel pretty legit and cannot wait to have my own billboard email as well (yes, I know that's dorky but I know you guys love me anyway).

I then headed home for the day and didn't have any celebrity sightings this time, sadness, I know. But I got dinner and watched Green Street Hooligans with two of my roommates and Laura's boyfriend, Nick. None of them had seen it although they're huge movie people so I was excited to watch it with them for their first time. From what I can tell they enjoyed it and next on the list to watch are Boondock Saints and Meet Joe Black (two of my all time favorites).

Song Of The Day:
"Rotten Apples" by Voxhaul Broadcast- I got it off of the series finale of "Ugly Betty", which is a show about a girl that comes to the big city to work at a magazine (familiar? maybe..). She's slightly overwhelmed at first but ends up loving her job, standing on her own two feet, and making everyone in her life really proud. I'm hoping for a similar ending to this blog!

I'll write again later today!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

5/26- Oh Hey, P. Diddy?!

Today was my second day at work and I got to meet two of the other interns- James and Kewanee who are both nice and really helpful. I was excited to find out that although it's Rich's last day tomorrow, sad day, they'll be working with me for the rest of the summer.

I spent most of the day working on the trivia project I was assigned where I'm pretty much just coming up with and grouping trivia questions so that we can have more games on our website and facebook fanpage. I ended up staying until 7 finishing up what I needed to of that for the day and then headed home.

It was gorgeous out so I stopped for ice cream and thank goodness that I did because then everything got a little crazy (in a good way). A guy with a huge camera jumped pretty much right infront of me as I was crossing the street towards my dorm and I stopped, stunned and confused only to be surrounded by about 10 people dressed in white and wearing Sean John. Then I realized what was going on- I turned to my right and saw Diddy (P. Diddy? can never keep it straight) walking with his bodyguard, assistant, and about 3 video cameras. I'm not sure what was going on but I took a crappy picture with my phone ( I was still holding my ice cream with my other hand lol but I'll try to post that tonight) and then got out of the way before getting trampled by the mob that had begun to grow around me.

I headed back to the dorm to have chinese food and watch Glee with my roomates, great way to end the day by the way, and tell them all about my run in with Diddy. They insist that I've just had crazy good luck with celebrity sightings and that it'll run out shortly- I hoping that's not true but that my blog will be interesting enough either way ;)

Song of the day:
"Something Beautiful" by NeedtoBreathe because I love it and they're signed to Atlantic where Kewanee (another intern) interns as well so we talked about the band briefly. Take a listen, I love the song and the band!



5/25- My First Day At Billboard

Tuesday was my first day and boy was I nervous but I think I did a pretty good job at hiding it. I met my three primary bosses Kerri, Nicole, and Julie and they're all really great and approachable. I met another intern, Rich, and worked with him all day on various projects. We first had to draft an RFP (request for proposal, learned what that was lol) and then draft a one sheet to present to potential advertisers. All of that was completely new to me and I already feel like I've learned more about marketing and advertising since most of my experience is more promotions specific.

I then worked on a few other projects, started my trivia project that I'll be working on for the rest of the week, and before I knew it it was 6 pm and work was over for the day. I headed home for dinner and then ended up hanging out with Anita for the night!

Song of the Day:
LGA by Wakey!Wakey! because it talks about Laguardia, which I flew in to and because it's just a great song.


My first subway ride in NYC this trip!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

5/24- My Second Day

So yesterday was all about settling in to my dorm and NYC itself. I slept in late (first time all summer), unpacked some, and then wondered around for a few hours getting my NYU ID, shopping a little (not too much lol), and getting a new memory card/internet cable for my computer. Luckily and dangerously enough, we are right next to the world's only 24-hour Best Buy and a two story Forever 21. Dangerous? Yes. Awesome? Most definitely.

I eventually made it back to the dorms to hang out with my awesome roommates. I went and got a "first day of work" manicure with Anita, which comes with a complementary shoulder massage (heck yeah!). Then on our way back I had my second celebrity sighting - no other than Corbin Blue was walking down Broadway where he is staring in "In the Heights", which I got to see with my dad when I was here for my interview. Dad nicely refers to him as cordon bleu and yes, that did flash through my head when I saw him, thanks pops. Anita will tell you I gawked a little bit but hey, who can fault a girl?

Then we came back and hung out for a few hours with Laura and her boyfriend Nick, which was really relaxing and a good way to bond some more before I went to bed because I started my internship the next day.

I think the best part was that I really got a much better feel for the city. I got to explore, figure out what restaurants I want to check out, and never even got lost! That is a huge accomplishment for me (even with an iPhone) and I hope everyone is very proud! I'm also not nearly as overwhelmed by the city now and it might not be AS obvious that I'm still technically a tourist.

Tomorrow I'll tell you all about my first day at Billboard so make sure to read and comment! Love you guys!


Song of the Day:
"Ocean Wide" by The Afters
Solely because I like it. Some songs will just be random but I think that makes them even better.

Monday, May 24, 2010

5/23- My First Day In NYC

Yesterday morning I woke up around 7 to finish packing, get ready, and leave for the airport around 9:30. This was my first time flying completely alone and I was feeling nervous/excited to get to New York and get settled in. I made friends with the guy next to me on the airplane, Josh, and the flight went by really quickly.

Once I got my luggage and made it to a taxi, it wasn't too long of a drive to my dorm at NYU. I checked in, got my keys, and met my roommates- Anita, Laura, and Hillary. We got to know each other a little better and then went to Trader Joe's to get groceries and I had a slice of genuine NY pizza for dinner (yum!!).

After dinner we watched some tv and headed to Barnes and Noble where I had my first celeb sighting of the trip. Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Definitely, Maybe, Signs) was there shopping because she is playing Helen Keller on Broadway. We then came back to the dorm and I fell asleep early because I'm still recovering from my two weeks helping with the rebuild in New Orleans.

So far my summer is off to a great start- New Orleans was amazing and I'm thinking about volunteering for a year there through AmeriCorps after I graduate. Now New York is already more than I hoped it would be and I'm getting to fulfill my dream of going to NYU (I'm taking a course for summer interns) and living in the big city. I'll write again tomorrow, I have a lot more settling in to do before my first day at Billboard, ahh!

Song Of The Day:
"One Step At A Time" by Jordin Sparks
This song was playing at the airport as I was waiting for a taxi and feeling more than slightly overwhelmed. It's reminding me not to stress and just take everything one step and day at a time :)

Why I'm doing this...

Hey so I'm interning in NY this summer at Billboard and to receive credit for my internship, I have to keep a daily journal. I figured I might as well just post it online and start a blog! I'll keep you guys updated on everything NY, celeb sightings (one and counting), and my day-to-day at Billboard. Also when I can I'll try to add a song of the day just for fun. Post comments if you wish :)

Song Of The Day:

"Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

"In New York,
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There's nothing you can't do,
Now you're in New York,
These streets will make you feel brand new,
The lights will inspire you,
Let's hear it for New York, New York, New York"

Then it says something about living on Billboard, how fitting :)