How to Answer When Asked, “How Are You?”

I recently contributed to an article on UpJourney where I discussed how I respond to the commonly asked question, “How are you?” Do you answer honestly? Be concise but not honest? I found it interesting to write up my answer because it can vary depending on the situation and who I am speaking to.

My contribution to the article can be seen in the above photo but if you want to read more of the responses you can find the full article here.

Faces of TBI Podcast

Thank you to Amy Zellmer for having me as a guest on her Faces of TBI podcast. Her podcast raises awareness of brain injuries and how they are invisible injuries but very much real.

I discussed how I endured my concussion in high school, how I worked to overcome it, and how dealing with long COVID has brought back many of my symptoms.

It was so nice to talk to someone who understands what I went through and what I continue to deal with to this day.

You can listen to the podcast episode here.

My February Favorites

I thought it would be fun to write a blog post each month to include my favorites for that month. This will mostly include films, T.V. shows, and books, but also the occasional weird item, like a CD player or a new pillow.

1. Streetcar Named Desire

I was flipping through an old English textbook and came across this play by Tennessee Williams. I had almost purchased it last summer because I knew about the play for a while, but never actually read it. I was happy to find it in a textbook I already own because it meant I could read it for free.

2. Death of a Salesman

After reading Streetcar, I wanted to read another play because they fly by so quickly and are easy to get enveloped in. I felt a little differently when I finished this play, like I had bricks in my pockets. It was hard to digest and accept, but it made its point.

3. Hannah Montana

It’s on my T.V. every night. I would argue it’s one of my favorite comfort shows ever.

4. Righteous Gemstones

Everything is so ridiculous and absurd and outrageous that you don’t get a chance to truly digest it until the show is over, but that’s what makes it so special.

5. CD player

There is something so different about listening to music on a CD player, instead of a phone or a computer. It feels more personal. It makes music feel more important because you are limited to what is on a CD, and not what is on the entire internet.

I started a podcast!

For a while I have wanted to start a podcast, but I did not know where to start. I began doing research on how to physically make a podcast, where to upload it, and how to make the sound the best it can be. At first it all sounded so fun and interesting because I used to record “radio shows” with my brother when we were younger. But as I thought about it more, it became more daunting to think about listening to my voice over and over again. In the end, I decided to pursue it anyway, despite my fears!

While I have a lot to improve on, I am glad I got started somewhere! My goal is to upload a new episode every Tuesday, but that likely won’t happen until I get into the grove of things. If you want to check out the podcast, you can listen here on YouTube, or here on Spotify.

Feel free to tell me topics I should cover in future episodes, guests I should have on, and how I can improve! And if you’re feeling extra nice, it would help a lot if you rate the podcast on Spotify or like it on YouTube. 🙂

We Art Here Podcast

Last summer I had the chance to be interviewed on the We Art Here podcast hosted by Janeen Fagbemi. I met her through the online 2021 SXSW Film Festival and we connected through one of the Round Tables. On the podcast we discussed our experiences at the online festival, our favorite films that we watched, my self-published poetry book, the task of screenwriting, going on travels, and our goals for the future. It was nice to talk to someone who loves film as much as I do!

You can listen to the podcast here!

Emerging Content Creators Scholarship

Thank you NALIP for selecting me as a 2021 Diverse Women in Media
Forum Emerging Content Creators Scholarship recipient! I am thrilled to take part in the 2-day event where I will join diverse industry leaders to learn, grow, and connect
alongside talented creatives. You can get a pass or learn more about the event
happening online December 1st – 2nd, 2021 at diversewomeninmedia.org.

Reader at Austin Film Festival

One of the best known festivals for screenwriting is Austin Film Festival. This year I had the opportunity to be a reader for the festival. It was a great experience!

The 2021 festival will take place from October 21st – 28th. The festival has film, screenplay, playwriting, and podcasts competitions, as well as informative panels and Q&A sessions.

Check out what the festival has to offer here. Support independent filmmakers!

Running With Wolves short film

Exciting news! I am Associate Producing a short film! I am working with Xenja and her team to produce the short film, Running With Wolves. Right now the film is in the Kickstarter stage as we are trying to raise funding to make this film possible.

The film will take place in a black box theatre where a story will be told through the use of circus arts and movement. The performance will comment on the question, “Who are we before the world tells us who to be?”

If you want to contribute or learn more about the film, feel free to check out the Kickstarter page by clicking here.

Imposter Syndrome Podcast

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to be on a friend’s podcast. I talked about my experience so far trying to break into the film industry, doubting myself through everything, and trying to promote my book without using social media. I also talk about my favorite movies and the film that got me interested in movie making.

The episode is just about an hour long. If you want to give it a listen, here is the link to check it out on Apple Podcasts. You can listen through the podcast app on your phone.

Thanks for your support and thank you Crystal for having me on your awesome podcast!

Arianna 🙂