I am currently heading to the airport, about to fly to sunny Anaheim for Vidcon. I’ll be repping Job Hunters when I’m not at Disneyland or meeting with friends. If you’re going, you should check out the following things I’m doing:
Job Hunters Q&A Session
I’ll be on the Job Hunters panel on Saturday at 12:30pm in room 209! We’ll show episodes 1-3 as well as run a Q&A session.
Throughout the convention, we’re going to be running a game called “Vidcon Arena”! You’ll receive a QR code in your Vidcon bag. Stick the code onto your Vidcon badge, and scan others to get points for your “kills” in the arena. Top scoring players will get to face off against the Job Hunters cast in a game of laser tag for prizes! Find out more in this instructional video:
I’ve been working with QR Wild to make the Vidcon Arena game come to life, and they have gone above and beyond with it. I’m so psyched to see people playing it!
Will you be at Vidcon? (If you see me, stop me and say “Hi!”)
The web series I produce, Job Hunters, has just released the first episode of its second season. We’ve been working on this for a year, and I’m so excited to have it out in the world now.
Some of you may not have even known me/read this blog back when the first season came out. But if you can give it a watch, I’d so appreciate it! You can start with the second season (there’s a recap at the beginning), or you can see the first season here.
Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you like it, please share it with your friends!
For those who may not know, I am one of the producers of a web series called Job Hunters. And over the past year and a half, we’ve been working on the second season of the show. We’re launching our first episode on Tuesday (watch for a post that day!), and in the meantime, we’ve created some new in-world merch:
Avery World Tour Shirt: You’ll look like you were at Avery’s famous “Dancing on Rainbows” world tour with this shirt! (I’m personally planning on getting one of these to wear at Vidcon!)
MAEWIN Jumpsuit Shirt: Want to look like a job hunters but don’t want to wear a full jump suit out in public? We don’t blame you. Get this shirt instead.
Safe House Posters: These posters were created by our Art Director and can be seen in the Safe House during season two! Get them for your house and it will be like YOU live in a safe house!
You can check out all of the merch at dftba.com. Are you looking forward to season two?
Excitement is in the air in the Geek World. This week brought us Hunger Games: Catching Fire and is about to bring us the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. I’ve loved catching up on all of the trailers and excitement and can’t wait to see the reviews and posts that next week brings! Here are some of my favorite things from this past week:
Favorite Trailer: Job Hunters Season 2
We launched the teaser trailer for Job Hunters Season 2 today. It gets me excited and I know what happens! Watch it here and share it with your friends!
Favorite Kickstarter: Zeppeldrome
A boardgame involving dirigibles that encourages you to screw over your neighbor. I’m already intrigued! Plus, I know the folks behind it and they do fantastic work. This is a solid bet if you’re looking for a fun new game! Check out the Kickstarter page here.
Favorite Movie: Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The new Hunger Games movie is FANTASTIC. Much better than the first. I’ve read the books are there are still parts where I jumped during the film. I was on the edge of my seat, I laughed, I cried, I was in awe of the beauty in some of the shots. Just go see it!
Favorite Drink: Birthday Cake Tea
I’ve been sipping on a birthday present from my brother lately, and it’s Birthday Cake tea from David’s Tea. It has sprinkles and freeze dried ice cream bits in it. Enough said.
What are some of your favorite things from the past week?
I want to take a quick minute to thank Brad Roberts. He donated to the Job Hunters Kickstarter campaign at a level that got him a dozen Geeky Hostess cupcakes of his choice. Without him, we may not have been funded! So if you’re a Job Hunters fan out there, thank him. In fact, you wouldn’t have gotten Season 2 of Job Hunters OR this delicious cupcake recipe without him! (And yes, that is a cupcake on top of the Season 2 script. And yes, I did purposely cut off the title. I’m mean like that.)
Brad chose to have me create cupcakes based off of this Apricot Nectar Cake recipe. What resulted was a light, fluffy, and fruity cupcake that works with or without the frosting! (Brad prefers the cake in a more traditional format sans frosting. I, being a bit obsessed with anything buttercream, choose to keep the frosting. It’s delicious either way!)
Brad Roberts Cupcakes
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup apricot nectar
1/3 cup hot water
1 (3 oz.) package lemon JELLO mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 24 cupcake wrappers in cupcake tins.
Mix the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and apricot nectar together.
Dissolve the JELLO mix in the hot water and add to cake batter. Mix well.
Pour the batter into 24 cupcake tins evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick/cake tester can go through the cake cleanly.
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
4-5 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 TBS vanilla extract
3 TBS lemon juice
Mix the butter and confectioner’s sugar together until well mixed, light, and fluffy.
Add in vanilla and lemon juice, mix well.
If the frosting is too soft, add in more confectioner’s sugar. If it’s too stiff, mix in a bit more lemon juice.
Fill a pastry bag and pipe onto the cupcake.
Are you a frosting or no-frosting kind of person? Let me know in the comments!
I’m on my way to sunny Anaheim for a weekend full of Youtubers and Disney! It doesn’t get much better. If you’re at VidCon, make sure you say “Hi!” I’ll be doing a Job Hunters panel on Friday at 11am, and I’ll be manning the Job Hunters merch section at the Wyrd booth at various times throughout the weekend.
Job Hunters merch includes some cute postcards that you can fill out and we’ll mail for you, and some posters that make perfect signing-material for our panel! I also have some free Job Hunters and Geeky Hostess swag if you find me around the con.
Happy Friday! It looks like Seattle’s finally remembering it’s almost June. I’m looking forward to a sunny weekend ahead of us!
Favorite Video: Job Hunters
We’re busy in pre-production for the second season of Job Hunters, and it’s been fun being back in that mode. Second season is going to be amazing, and it’s a good chance to go back and watch the first season. Check it out if you haven’t already!
Favorite Activity: Re-Watching Arrested Development
This is more of an anticipatory activity, because I haven’t had the chance to do much of it yet, but from the couple of episodes I’ve re-watched, I’ve already loved it more. My friends are saying the same thing. Give it a try!
Favorite Site: Netflix
Oh dear, I’ve fallen onto the Netflix bandwagon. I’m doing my best to get everything out of my system before my free trial runs out, but there are so many cool shows and movies that I’ve missed on there! Plus, I hear I have to check out some of their original shows (House of Cards and Hemlock Grove). What would you recommend I see while I still have Netflix?
Favorite Exercise: Prancercise
You know you want an excuse to prance around town, and now you have it. If anyone asks what you’re doing, just do your best “hipster-only-doing-this-ironically” look and say “Prancercising.” Anyone making fun of it is just jealous they’re not confident enough to do it.
Whew. Did this week fly by for anyone else? Here are the things that have been keeping my brain occupied for the past week!
Favorite Home Good: Cake Stands
I’ve been wanting a great cake stand or cake plate for a while. It makes the presentation better and if it has a lid, it keeps your baked good fresher longer as well! Unfortunately, my small kitchen means that items with only one use aren’t usually purchased. However, this cake plate can also be used as a platter and a salad bowl. Ridiculously cool and not too expensive!
Favorite Video: Job Hunters Table Read
We took footage from our table read of Episode 6 and spliced it with footage of the final product. Take a look at the changes made from script to scene, and see what it’s like to cold read something! You can see it here.
Favorite App: TicTrac
If you’re a stats nerd, you can finally get all of the stats about yourself and your life in one place. TicTrac syncs with pretty much every app/social media site you use and will compare the data against each other, creating awesome graphs and charts. Plus, you can create goals and tell it what to track to get you closer to that goal. Don’t have a goal in mind? “Shop” in their Project Store and get some pre-existing goals. Sign up for your account at Tictrac.com.
Favorite Treat: Leftover Easter Candy
I have to eat it all up so it’ll be gone and I can start eating healthy/exercising again. That’s how it works, right? Either way, I’ve been living off of jellybeans and mini chocolate eggs. I’m ok with this.
Favorite Kickstarter: Job Hunters
Ok, you all knew it was coming. We’re down to a little over a day left. We still need your help. Please, consider donating even a few dollars, and tell your friends. We really want to do a second season, and are SO close to making it happen. Donate at Kickstarter.com.
This Saturday from 12pm-6pm PDT, I’ll be live online. Yes, for 6 hours straight. The Job Hunters producers will be counting down the final hours of our Kickstarter campaign with our traditional live show. Basically, we’ll do goofy and embarrassing things in exchange for your donations. Last year included nicknames, eating disgusting things, a sing-along, and a giant jump into a pool among other things. Who knows what this year has in store for us?
Our tentative schedule so far:
12:00 – Intro/Welcome/Q&A
1:00 – Dating Game with Job Hunters characters
2:00 – Play-through of Job Hunters Showdown!
3:00 – Job Hunters Interactive Mafia!
4:00 – Gaming Hour – there will be some surprises here!
5:00 – Final Hour Ramp Up/Excitement/Dares
6:00 – FINISHED!
I’ll update this post with the link when I have it, but in the meantime you can RSVP on Facebook to be one of the first to get the link. Stop in, stay awhile, and see why Job Hunters is so important to me!