Marilyn's Life From East to West

The “Write” Way
September 10, 2012, 7:44 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The “Write” Way

It’s never to late to brush up your writing skills! Check these tips out and see where it takes you…


California Life Thus Far
October 8, 2010, 1:40 am
Filed under: California- The Newest Chapter

Hello everyone!  Sorry it has been such a long time since my last post.  I have actually been pretty busy which has been great!  Although finding a job in the PR/Communications field has been slow to say the least, I have found a “job” in the meantime that is in the field that I hope to be in one day: a background performer.

I signed up with a background casting agency in LA called central casting.  They basically do most of the background work for the TV shows and movies that you see; basically they cast people to fill the streets and football stands in the entertainment industry.  So far, I have really enjoyed it because I have met a lot of great people my age and seen a lot of behind the scenes work with some of my favorite shows.

I started off doing some work on 90210 which was really fun and I even saw myself a couple of times on “The Bachelors” episode that was shown on Monday October 4th.  After that I worked on CSI: Miami as an office worker.  That was one of my favorites since I watch it frequently.  Another reason it was so great is because I saw the entire cast and it was filmed on the actual set, which surprisingly looks really real and high tech even on set.  I even got to stand next to David Caruso (Horatio) during a few of the shots.  I have also worked on Desperate Housewives, Castle, Chuck, Mr. Sunshine, The Undercovers, Lie to Me, and Friday, CSI: NY.

Desperate Housewives was awesome because it is my #1 favorite show.  Bree was the only housewife I saw, but one of my favorites, so it was great to see her; she is even more beautiful in person than on TV.  The only thing that could have made it better would have been to be on Wisteria Lane rather than on location, which was in a park in Burbank.

The weather continues to be fabulous in California!  The past 3 days have been rainy, but I can’t complain since it is the first time that I have seen rain in 2 months.  It is great to be so close to the ocean, especially being close to the dog beach in Huntington Beach.  Riley loves going there, but is very afraid of the water go figure.

I am also interning at the SAG Foundation in Beverly Hills and it has been a great experience.  They do non-profit work with various people in the entertainment industry and love what they do.  I have assisted with their Internet and social media the most.  I hope to soon go to some of their Q&A sessions with well-known people in the industry.

So far that is about it!  I wish I could upload some photos, but you are not supposed to take pictures on the sets.  Maybe soon I won’t be such a wimp and sneak a few.  Love you all!

Here is one from 90210


And I’m in the preview

First Few Days in “The Golden State
August 11, 2010, 6:24 am
Filed under: California- The Newest Chapter

The road trip out to California was grueling at times, but over all enjoyable.  I never thought I would see so much different scenery in 9 states.  The drive went through: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally… California!  New Mexico was one of my favorite states to drive through, possibly because it was the last state of our 16-hour car trip on the second day and we were just excited to be done.  Really, it was just a beautiful place and unlike any area I am used to driving.

New Mexico view from the hotel
Arizona was another favorite!  We visited the Grand Canyon and it was somehow a million times bigger than I expected.  Definitely a sight to see!

And then what seemed like 15 years later, we made it to California!!!
The apartment is so great!  It is in a great location in Newport Beach in Orange County.  We are near Fashion Island (which I can’t wait to spend $$ at whenever I have it) and a bunch of trendy place.  We are right across the street from a little market, Kean Coffee (which is supposedly really big here, and we can bring Riley), and some cute restaurants.  The downside is that gas is super expensive, however it change from 10-20 cents less than a mile down the road (weird!).  The weather is AWESOME.  Since I have been here it has been sunny pretty much all day.  The weather is usually in the 70’s during the day and even a little chilly at night.
This guy we met at Kean Coffee tonight told us about this amazing place 1/2 mile away from the apartment to watch the sunrise- he said it is breathtaking, so we might check that out tomorrow.
Going to update pictures soon!
Lots of Love 🙂

Road Trip to the West Coast: Day 1
August 5, 2010, 3:42 am
Filed under: California- The Newest Chapter

Today was Day 1… 8 hours down… 24 more to go!  We went through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and finally Conway, Arkansas (our first real pit stop thanks to Triple A).

It was actually pretty cool to get to see all of the “Welcome to ?” signs and I would have taken pictures, but unfortunately we were driving separately.  Arkansas is the only state that I have never driven through before and I had pretty low expectations but it is actually a beautiful area just from the highway.  Overall it was a pretty long/low-key day.  Will update more tomorrow on our 12 hour drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Note to any travelers:  Always follow directions from your provider; don’t try to outsmart them, which is what we (Carter) did today and we were putzing around the wrong side of Birmingham for a while  🙂

Did You Know- Social Revolution
July 8, 2010, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Personal

Welcome to the Real World
July 1, 2010, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Personal

Here are a few suggestions from the one and only Bill Gates.  These reminders should be taught at a young age… or at least I think so.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your
self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

If you can read this -Thank a teacher!
If you can read this in English –
thank a soldier!!!

My College Experience- A Brief Overview
April 28, 2010, 12:39 am
Filed under: Senior Seminar

I can’t believe how fast college has gone by…

4 years has gone by in the flash of an eye and I feel like I have only been here for one.

I wanted to share a few things that I have learned along the way and the progress I have made as an individual.


  • Truly a time to learn all of your boundaries.  It was so new and scary at first to be three hours away from my family even though all of us secretly appreciated it a little bit.  Everyone knew you were the freshman if you were holding up a map of campus the first few days of class and I was one of those people.  It was a year of constantly meeting new people in the dorms, through joining Phi Mu and just out and about.  It academically was certainly not my best (at least the first semester).  It was also a year I learned how to be on my own in some respects.  I had to set my limits when it came to mixing fun with school.  It was one of my favorite years because I was opened up  to so many opportunities and people.  Statesboro was so different then too- No Chili’s, Olive Garden, or 4-lane 301 bypass- what would we do without it!


  • This was the year I moved out of the dorms and into Copper Beech and it was definitely my favorite place that I lived throughout the 4 years I have been here.  I knew my way around school and had a lot of close friends.  We were no longer “the new kids” and finally getting our grip on things.  I think at this point I was an education major but soon figured out it wasn’t for me and switched to PR.  I started taking more responsibility with my school work and working hard to learn a lot and make good grades.  This was one of my favorite years because I really felt like a good student but still had a lot of free time too which was nice  🙂


  • This was the year I really buckled down on school- BIG TIME.  I made the Dean’s List both semesters and considered that to be a pretty big accomplishment.  I also became the proud mommy of my dog Riley.  I adopted her at the Atlanta Humane Society and she has brought more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined.  Overall, the year was tougher that the previous too but still a lot of fun with good friends, good times, and the best school year yet.


  • This year went by way too fast!!!!  I love the major I chose- Public Relations!  I have learned soooo much and had some of the most amazing professors.  My favorite classes content wise have probably been Persuasion, Semantics, and PR Writing.  The first two are communication studies classes and I liked those because I learned about the way people think which was really neat.  PR writing was great because I learned how to do a lot of things that will benefit my future career if I stick with PR like press releases and media kits.  Dr. Muller and Mrs. Groover are some of my favorite professors I have had throughout college and are the type who really want to see you succeed.  That’s so important!  This year has been amazing because I have made a hard effort to kick butt in school and am proud to say that I have kept the HOPE Scholarship the whole time! WOHOOO!!!  I’ll be here all summer but am almost done with classes.  It has been an absolutely fantastic year!!!  Thank you Georgia Southern University for giving me the best 4 years I could ever ask for- it is the best university and I can’t imagine going anywhere else.


Always be yourself because there is no one out there just like you!

Follow your dreams-you are the only one who can make them happen.  Even if people tell you what you want to do isn’t practical- it’s not their life, it’s YOURS!

“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.” – Nicholas Sparks