Archive for November 2010

Who am I anyway?

November 29, 2010

“Who am I anyway? Am I my resume? That is a picture of a person I don’t know. What does he want from me? What should I try to be? So many faces all around and here we go…” – A Chorus Line

I am going to be embarking on an actual college-like experience which is pretty much the anthesis of everything I stand for and believe in. But I need some “college days” stories in my autobiography, so it’s a necessary evil (as opposed to a great, unmerited one).

Anyway, I need to decide how to best describe myself to these new people, especially since I tend to come off more snotty and mean than I want people to know I am the first several times I meet them.

Basically, I need to devise a spoken profile for when I meet people. I am thinking that it will go something like this:

My name is Dana Lizik and I’m an alcoholic. Just kidding. I don’t drink or smoke or party or have any fun. Just kidding. I do have some fun, but not in the mainstream/call-the-cops kind of way. I am known best as the comic relief although I tend to be overdramtic given my 16 years of dance and theatre training. I am a diehard Saturday Night Live fan and have been watching the show since I was like 8 years old. I was even named after Dana Carvey.  I known all the lyrics to more than several Broadway shows and I am going to be a Rockette. Just kidding. I’m barely 5′ tall. I could never be a Rockette. I have a B.A. in Communication and an A.A. in Journalism, so obvious grammatic errors and unnecessary commas drive me crazy (although you’d never know it because I don’t proofread my own stuff worth crap an couldn’t spell my way out of a paper bag). I choose apple over PC any day. I get along with gays better than any other type of person and I am a strong gay rights supporter. I love Lady Gaga, which is weird because once the masses of society begin to like a celebrity, show, movie, etc. I usually feel the need to stop liking it. If I was rich I would own a closet full of Urban Outfitters clothes. I am an extremely picky eater and a tad OCD about certain aspects of my life. I have three jobs and the Protestant work ethic. I am overly responsible and a natural-born leader, which means I like to be in charge of things.  I have a stripper pole in my bedroom. I know all the words to the videos in the WeeSing series. I am seriously considering working for the government. I hate to drive. I love sarcasm and deadpanned jokes. One day I’m either going to famous or infamous depending on many factors including the weather. So tell me a little about yourself.

What would people do if I actually said all that when I met them? You know you know somebody who does something like this. Hopefully I am not the person that comes to mind. Yet.


Letters to me (from me part deux)

November 28, 2010

Dear Dana,

Stop procrastinating.  Haven’t we had this conversation before? Actually don’t we have this conversation all the time? Do you want a degree? You have like ten things left on the school to-do list and like 2 weeks. Just get it done. Then it will be over.

On that same note, are you ready for this? Life is about to actually start and you can’t f&*k it up. School is going to be over and done with so you will really have no more excuses. But you cannot get lazy or dumb because that would be such a waste of potential. Maybe you can finally teach yourself some math skills or start freelancing for websites or study to retake one of those G-tests to get into grad school when you have some dollars. Just don’t become part of the uneducated and ignorant masses.

You can start becoming educated by learning about time zones. Seriously, learn how time zones work. I cannot even begin to tell you how upset I am with you for missing an FBI interview based on your lack of time zone knowledge. Elementary school kids learn how time zones work. Your dog probably understands time zones. Way to go.  Mega wasted opportunity right there.

Stop spending money you don’t have. You are going to have more living expenses now and lord knows you won’t settle for eating soup all the time. Where do you get this saved money? By not using the money you earn. Don’t forget about student loan payments too.

I do have to congratulate you on becoming so tech savvy.  Good job at setting up the MacBook. But make sure you learn how the Internet thing works because that could be another living expense. And also try not to break anything. Start taking better care of this ghetto phone that you have now or you will not be qualified to get an iPhone.

Finally, there are going to be a lot of changes going on and you are going to have to handle this. You are going to have to start liking people and learn to live with roommates, which might be a challenge at first (or the whole time depending on your attitude). Not everyone is as soul-less and feeling-less as you, so try to be a nicer to people you meet because you are not going to spend 5 months in Disney World pouting at your lack of friends.

In fact you shouldn’t pout about anything anymore because guess what? You are no longer 5 years old. You have lost all of your pouting rights. It a thing. Its written in the Constitution. Once you get a B.A. you can no longer pout about anything because you are supposedly “grown up.” See that is just one more thing you obviously didn’t know.

Keep it together. Make it through school, through Christmas and make it to Orlando. Do not even try to pull that “seasonal depression” crap this year because that has really ruined like the last three Christmases. Also don’t end up on crutches, especially not before Disney. And don’t get fat either.

Best of luck in your future endeavors,

The voice of reason (aka the better side of your brain)



Who stole the cookies?

November 15, 2010

I love Wee Sing videos. I grew up watching the Wee Sing series, which is a VHS series that takes kids on magical adventures where you can meet all kinds of crazy characters that sing and dance with you.  My mom thinks this is what made me begin to love musicals and theatre and part of what made me so weird.

Anyway, last year I rediscovered these VHS tapes and since I still have a VCR in my room, Aaron and I are just as likely to e found watching a Wee Sing video at my house as we are to be dancing on the pole in my room. It’s great. We like to watch the “stellar” choreography and find all kinds of great innuendos. I would love to remake a Wee Sing in a more modern way that kids today would like, because these shows are just classic amazingness.

For my graphic design class, I had to create a children’s story book illustration and of course I immediately wanted to relate mine to Wee Sing. I got my inspiration from one called Grandpa’s Magical Toys, where the kids shrink using a magical key and meet all of these toys at their grandpa’s house. Our favorite part is when the cookie jar comes to life and yells at the toys because they spend like 10 minutes singing about who stole the cookies from the cookie jar.

So here is my representation of that scene:

And here is a trailer of Grandpa’s Magical Toys. You have got to find these videos and watch them. They will change your life!


November 14, 2010

Last weekend King A and I ventured to House of Blues to see one of my all time favorite bands of all time, fun.

The show was fantastic and the opening bands were good too. Gold Motel was awesome and I really wanted to love the band Steel Train, but I just couldn’t. However they did play a song they have on the kids show, “Yo Gabba Gabba” about how its fun to dance, which is an ultimate party song.

I fell in love with fun last year when they opened for Manchester Ochestra. I actually liked them better than Manchester. So this show was awesome cause I knew all the words and I could sing along. Also it wasn’t as hot in the Bronze Peacock Room (yes, that’s what the venue was called) at it was during the Manchester concert, which means I didn’t almost pass out. I think I would like concerts more except for the fact that I’m pretty short so I get lost in the crowd, who also constrict my air flow. It can get gruesome, but I was good this time around.

The grossest part was this unattractive couple that kept making out the whole and running into us. At one point they were  basically making out with me squished between them. That was pretty gruesome. Each of them kissing one of my cheeks.

May I say that fun’s lead singer Nate also got a lot better looking sans the nerd glasses and a better haircut. He pretty freakin cute.

King A and I made a whole nigh out of it, even eating at an upscale restaurant with reservations made under fake names, because how else would you make din din reservations?

The best part of the evening, however, was forgetting which lot we parked in at midnight in sketchy downtown Houston and momentarily thinking the car was gone. While Aaron immediately started wondering about how we could get home, the first thing I said was “Mom is gonna be so pissed.” Which, as with everything we say, gives insight into our personalities.

Here are some videos I took of fun. They are not the most aesthetically pleasing, but the sound is mostly good, as are the glimpses of Nate.

Start Spreadin the News

November 6, 2010

“When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. When you wish upon a star, your dreams do come true.”

Guess what?

I’m going to work here:

I’m going to be a performer in the Disney college program from January-May of next year. You should come see me. You better believe I am excited. 

I have a feeling this is going to make a great story and be one of those life experiences that I can re-live even when I’m in a nursing home.  

After the auditions at Ballet Austin