Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017

Wow, 2016 was a difficult year, but there were some great moments. 2016 was hard for me personally, because I found out at the beginning of 2016 that a good friend of mine had passed away.  I took it pretty hard, though I did my best not to show it. However, I realize I probably came off disconnected and or distant.

Also a few people who shaped my childhood or at least within the last 10 years of my life had passed away: Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, Debbie Reynolds, Prince, and Anton Yelchin just to name a few. This past year was filled with a lot of hurt and loss.  There were great moments though!  And I don’t want to make this whole post about pain and sadness.

I pushed myself a bit more in 2016 than I had before. Well at least in some areas I did.  I applied for a T.V. writer’s workshop.  I didn’t get in, but the fact that I had actually pushed myself to apply to it was such a huge step for me.  And I firmly believe that everything (good or bad) happens for a reason. I’m going to apply again though this  year.  Also, I launched this blog/website in 2016! I don’t post on here as much as I’d like to, but I hope this year that will change.

In 2016, I also got to do quite a few voiceover work for, my friend, Andrew’s short films.  I didn’t get to do as much acting as I was hoping to though in 2016. Like I said though, everything happens for a reason. However, I did get to do a lot of writing. I started writing a web series (that’s still in the writing stages).  I wrote a short film that I hope I’ll get to film either closer to the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018. I wrote a spec script that was apart of the application process for the T.V. writer’s workshop. Also, I started writing a script for a full length, and I finished a first draft for a pilot.

The coolest thing that happened to me in 2016 was getting to be apart of DCTVPodcasts network, where I co-host a podcast called DCTVClassics, and I live tweet the CW DC shows for the west coast feed at the DCTVPodcasts twitter.  I got to be a guest on two podcasts (The Flash Podcast & Legends Of Tomorrow Podcast)  as well in 2016. I’ve made some really great friends being apart of DCTVPodcasts. And in general, in 2016, I had some great friends outside of the DCTVPodcasts fam.

In the beginning of December, I got to meet up with some of my nerdy POC twitter friends and hang out for a bit. It was one of the best nights of 2016.  We had so many laughs! Can’t wait to see them again. It’s nice knowing as a WOC nerd, that I’m not the only one.

That essentially wraps up my personal life in 2016. But here are some other highlights of 2016:

For live performances in 2016: I got to see Spies Are Forever  (a musical) twice; I went to one of  the Little Mermaid Hollywood Bowl shows! Also, I got to see Hedwig & The Angry Inch. I had a great time at each show. So many talented people. I did see a rock show in 2016, however, the lead singer was heavily under the influence, so it was hard to understand what he was singing.

For new music: Beyonce and Bruno Mars’ albums were amazing !  I discovered CHVRCHES in 2016 as well. So good!!

For T.V.: Stranger Things, The Get Down, Easy, Love, Luke Cage, Speechless, and Crazy Ex- Girlfriend are my favorites from the new shows that debuted in 2016! I highly recommend every single show listed there, if you haven’t seen any.

Films: Captain America: Civil War, Rogue One, Other People, and Fundamentals of Caring are faves that were released in 2016.

I hope for 2017 that I’ll be able to do more creative projects and collaborations. I’m excited for more podcasting!  And I hope that in 2017, I’ll be much nicer to myself. And love myself more.

Hopefully, 2017 will be a much more happier year for everyone. And I hope that people will be more loving and accepting.

I’ll try my best to keep this website/blog updated. If you aren’t follow me on twitter @HiBritneyMonae to see what’s going on in my life.

Happy New Year!