Face of MyINDY-TV

Lisa The Face: My Life Story Under 5 Minutes

October 9th, 2012 at 6:13 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV, Uncategorized

Hey guys! I figured since my bio is out, I would elaborate on my life story a little bit right here in a blog.

So, I’m originally from the Westside of Indianapolis, IN just off of 38th and Moller Rd.
Me and my family left there in third grade and moved to Avon! On the way out of the city, teachers and friends enjoyed joking about how I was moving to a ‘snobby’ town.

When I had to go to my first day of school in Avon, it was everything but snobby! Pine Tree Elementary was so nice and so were the teachers and students. I was welcomed with warm smiles from everyone and was very comfortable in my new town of Avon.

I’m going to have to shorten the details of my preteen years in middle school, and only tell you that I was a cheerleader, I loved art class, I went to cheer/tumbling classes religiously, and I hosted the morning announcements which aired on the classroom TVs every morning.

Aside from the odd years of growing up, I finally started coming into my own in high school. As soon as I started to grow up into a teenager, I began to get bullied by upper-class female students, which stunted my happiness at the time.

Eventually, after surviving the torment and cheering those girls out the door when they graduated, I was more motivated than ever to be somebody. So thanks ladies!

Being an excelled student in art classes all the way into the later days of high school, rung a bell in my head that echoed inspiration to study art in college.

When I enrolled in The School of Informatics New Media program, it was sort of what I wanted, but it was missing that organic ‘art’ element. So I went over to Herron School of Art to obtain that feeling. But Herron was too hard on their students in an emotional way, where during art critiques, you would feel naked and exposed, then crushed at the end of them like you weren’t ever good enough. At The School of Informatics New Media program, the critiques weren’t as long or as in depth, but they would still point out where you needed to correct your work- just in a way nicer external way. In the end, I believe that the tough criticism gave me tougher skin, and broke me of being too sensitive. I was then able to create art and not feel as attached umbilically. Is that good for an artist? Yes! Many artists do need tougher skin and discipline. Beneath it all, both schools were great and I had a wonderful education.

During college, I did all sorts of art related activities on my own time. I dabbled in acting in short films, did some hosting, started recording my own music in Sony ACID, sang in a band and even danced professionally for the Arena Football Indiana Firebirds Fabulous Flames.

Then, I moved to Los Angeles, California! I needed inspiration and wanted to explore the Hollywood lifestyle, so I checked out of Indy for a few years.

My experience in Los Angeles was great. I go back to visit friends and attend movie/TV functions sometimes. People in L.A. are interesting. Most people who move there have some sort of huge motivation behind what they are doing… maybe even a hidden agenda.

For me, I wanted to try to work in movies and TV somehow, and did. I worked as talent in front of the camera on movies like “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” and TV shows like “Entourage” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” I also worked behind the scenes to make people on camera look even better, whether it was doing makeup or body doubling for stars who didn’t like their hands.

During my stint in L.A., I even wound up uncovering a talent I didn’t know I had- writing. I was published for celebrity related interviews and stories on Hollyscoop, People, MTV and TheCount. Right now, I am focusing on my position as the Face, and not writing anywhere full time.

Back to the L.A. chat, I bet you want to know who my favorite and not-so-favorite celebrity is, as well as a story or two about hanging with them.

Firstly, I can’t say enough good stuff about Adam Sandler. I did some bit parts on a few of his movies, and we got the chance to interact on set and even got to hang out with him at Frankie’s in Hollywood for dinner.

Sandler treated every employee from various ends of the business- equal. He was never once stuck up or too good to say hello if you walked by him. He would sometimes even eat with the crew and cast, which was a big score in the commoners’ world. Ha! I just called me and my friends commoners, and we sort of are compared to how rich and famous Adam is. He’s great.

Another successful, rich and famous actor who stood out to me was Will Smith. Two bodyguards at all times, but still said hi to everyone and even asked how your day was going! Tops!

Let’s not forget Corey Feldman! He is the nicest and most normal child star I ever met. Corey and I still keep in touch. I’m sure you’d like to hear about Leonardo DiCaprio now…

I was uber lucky to be in the same vicinity as Leo one night. He rarely goes out, but he happened to go out the same night as I did. He was with Kevin Connelly and Lucas Haas. They sat at a table and Leo was wearing a ball cap really low down so you couldn’t tell it was him. I spotted him with the guys but didn’t make a big deal about it. I sat with the guys at the table since I knew Kevin from around. They didn’t talk much with Leo there. Everyone seemed surreal to me, and before I knew it, they were leaving the venue and bolted out the door covering Leo from flashbulbs. Their driver took them off into the night. Since then, I saw Leo’s picture in the tabloids maybe once or twice. So I am thinking that a Leo sighting is super rare.

No, I never met Tom Cruise, but I did meet Justin Timberlake. Weird comparison? As for the not-so-nice celeb, I don’t have anyone for that list! Ask me personally  j/k.

After making my goals of being in movies and TV shows, it was all good, and then I moved to Las Vegas for a little while.

As soon as I moved to Vegas, I started working creatively on the Web. I made a living on it, but after days and days of staring at a computer screen, I made new goals again.

That’s when I wound up back in Indy. I was on vacation in Indy during the Summer, and just couldn’t get back on the plane to Las Vegas. I kept extending my stay, and did so even longer when I made the finals as the Face of MyINDY-TV 23. A couple months went by, and then I landed the job. So I moved back.

As I keep saying repeatedly, Indy has changed in so many positive ways. The arts has grown here, and the town just has more going on in general. I’m especially glad to be back with my family, and they are glad to have me back.

Working here at MyINDY-TV 23, who shares the building with WISH-TV, is great. Everyone who works here is nice and that’s a plus!

I’m really excited to get out and meet all of you, and feel free to ask me questions! I love talking about Hollywood, and of course, what’s happening with and on MyINDY-TV 23.

For everything else, you’ll have to wait for my autobiography to come out someday. Haha!

Til’ then!

-Lisa


My Taste Of Oranje Indy 2012

September 24th, 2012 at 4:21 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV

Oranje, the annual end of Summer and beginning of Fall party in Indy, has done it again!

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I’ve missed years of Oranje since I had been living in L.A., and now that I am back in Indy- my oh my has it grown in many ways.

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Now that Oranje is being held at the Indiana Fair Grounds, it’s obvious that the Oranje heads are doing extra mighty fine, and we’re able to upgrade i.e. running toilets :) hooray guys!

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Artists Stuart Sayger, Eimaj Designs, Iggy Arana and Mallory Hodgkin caught my attention. These guys pour their hearts and souls into their work, and you can tell when you are standing in front of their pieces.

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Band Verdant Vera caught my eye as well. Mostly because the lead singer was fun with long blonde hair and was barefoot the entire set. Oh, and their music was good too :)

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It seems that everyone goes to Oranje for different reasons, whether they are looking to dance to music, get drunk, see great art or meet minds alike… But one thing that everyone had in common, was something simple, yet so remarkable. They were all human beings. At least they appeared to be.

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Lisa The New Face of MyINDY-TV 23

September 19th, 2012 at 1:02 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV

Lisa The Face

Hey guys! It’s Lisa The new Face of MyINDY-TV 23. Just wanted to say hello, and test out this blog.

Keep up with me on Facebook as well at Facebook.com/FaceofMyINDYTV and on Twitter @FaceofMyINDY

Looking forward to the year with you. More coming soon!

-Lisa


2012 Easter Egg Hunt Guide!!!

April 4th, 2012 at 9:16 am by under Face of MyINDY-TV

 HAPPY HUNTING!!!

  • Sat, April 7th: IMS Kids Club Member Egg Hunt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Update: Open to the public but you must RSVP! Check out “IMS Kids Club Easter Event” http://imskidsclubeasterevent-estw.eventbrite.com
  • Sat, April 7th(10am):Clay Terrace is hosting an Easter Egg hunt with over 3,000 Easter Eggs to be gathered up and there will be prizes for adults as well. Meet up at the Grassy Area behind Kona Grill and Mitchell’s Fish Market. Adults will have a special opportunity to hunt for Easter Eggs!
  • Sat, April 7th(10am):Easter Eggstravaganza at the City Market. Easter Egg Hunt registration will be…gin at 10am and is open to children age 3 and older. Children are asked to bring their own baskets to fill. Kids of any age may have their picture taken with the Cottontail the Bunny, eat lunch and take home a brown bag dinner from U-Relish for the Crockpot®.
  • Sat, April 7th(11am):The town of Brownsburg is hosting an Easter Egg hunt at Arbuckle Acres Park (200 N. Green Street, Brownsburg) with candy and toy filled eggs. Free for ages infant to age 12. Big prizes include a Nintendo DS3, a scooter and a bike!
  • Sat, April 7th(11am):The Indianapolis Propylaeum (1410 N. Delaware, Indianapolis) host a  FREE Easter Egg Hunt for infants to age 12. Bring your camera for Easter Bunny photos. Don’t be late!
  • Sat, April 7th(Noon):Holland Park (11650 Holland Drive, Fishers, IN 46038) Egg hunt is at 1pm, Easter Bunny pictures are at noon with your own camera! This is for school grades 2 and under. The event will take place rain or shine.
  • Sat, April 7th(Noon):The City of Beech Grove presents a city wide Egg Hunt where 10 plastic eggs have been hidden throughout the city. Clues will be posted on the city website http://www.beechgrove.com/ on March 30th. Eggs have numbers in them and when brought to City Hall by 2pm on Saturday, April 7th, cash prizes will be given. http://www.beechgrove.com/uploads/1/0/1/2/10129925/city_wide_easter_egg_hunt_2.pdf
  • Sat, April 7th(2pm):Join Danville Parks and Recreation and the Kiwanis Club of Danville for an Easter Egg Hunt at Ellis Park. The hunt will begin at 2:00 p.m. and pictures with the Easter Bunny will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Train Station. The hunt will have 3 age categories, 2-3, 4-6, and 7-9. Eggs contain candy and prizes!


Why I Love March!!

March 15th, 2012 at 2:30 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV, Uncategorized

It has arrived!! This is my Christmas month!! Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, but I am talking about March Madness!!

My love for college basketball started at a young age, before I can even remember. I had an Indiana University mobile above my crib, so you see the ingraining began early. My father took me to my first game really young and I think that was when I was hooked. So hooked that I was in the hospital on a ventilator during the 1987 NCAA Championship game and requested a TV so I could watch – yes I am probably a little overboard.

I continue the same tradition every year, when the selections have been made on that Sunday it begins. I print a minimum of ten brackets and have to fill them out in pencil. Which 12 seed is going to upset the 5? What 14 seed is going to bring on their 3-point shooting advantage over the 3 seed? And, ugh, those pesky 8 and 9 seeds that are too close for comfort! Once completed, those brackets, a highlighter and red pen will follow me everywhere I go until April!

Ahh don’t you just love March!!!


My First Company Christmas Party!!

December 6th, 2011 at 1:32 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV

It’s December and that means the holiday season has officially arrived! Usually, I have friend’s parties throughout the month, but this year marks my first company one! I had to say I did not know what to expect – what do you wear, do you have a drink or do speak of work or not?! Oh the pressure!

When we arrived at The Hilton, it was so nice to see everyone in their holiday best! The party was filled laughter and genuine appreciation from everyone – what a relief! I can’t believe I was even stressing over it! I also loved meeting some of the spouses – they were so much fun! They had a full spread for dinner my plate was overflowing, and did I mention over six desserts to choose from?!

I was able to learn who has been with the company the longest and who won a cruise?! How do I sign up for that? ;) To end the presentation we all got to enjoy bloopers from everyone, and I made the cut! Remember my Purdue drum incident?! Oh yeah, slow motion on the big screen for everyone to see! Thank you Audra!

Overall, what a fun night! I’m just going to have to sneak in next year! ;)

 


Eating Contests

November 22nd, 2011 at 1:55 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV

So I think I have a new calling! I have been The Face for almost three months now and I have just competed in my third eating contest! I have always been competitive, so when a challenge arises, I can’t help my self! :)

It started off with Zup’s Rib Eating Challenge, where I finished 26 ribs in three minutes! I am not even a rib fan, but to receive that trophy from Big Joe Staysniak was worth it! Now it sits on my desk for the next year!

Then came breast cancer awareness month, and what better way to help out than by having a yogurt eating challenge! Sure why not! This one was only 90 seconds, where I finished five and a half yogurts! The winner had 11?! I am not worthy!

And last night at the Butler basketball game, I had the most recent challenge of QDoba burrito in 30 seconds. I almost got half of it! This one was tricky because I had to store everything in my cheeks and worry about chewing later – it  paid off though because I won!

All in all, I have no idea what I am thinking when entering these, but man do I love winning! ;)

You can watch my latest eating contest on INDYTV.com under videos!

 


The Zone

September 22nd, 2011 at 12:31 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV

 

Everyone keeps asking me, “What is The Zone?” To answer your question, The Zone is high school sports! Since Fall is upon us, that means football!! MyINDY-TV 23 along with WISH-TV 8 find the exciting game of the week and visit that school! There have been three Friday night games so far, two Horseshoe Classics at Lucas Oil Stadium and they have been a blast! The school spirit that the fans show has blown my mind! The Zone wraps up every Friday night at 11PM on WISH-TV with highlights and scores from around central Indiana. So if you just happen to be at your high school, past or present, and see The Zone crew come say hi! You could score a Zone t-shirt if you do! See you guys on the field!

 


My First Emmy!

June 23rd, 2011 at 1:21 pm by under Face of MyINDY-TV

Last weekend was amazing! Not only was I blessed enough to experience my first Emmy nomination this year for my work as the Face of MyINDY-TV… I won! The regional Emmys awards ceremony took place in Cleveland on June 11th. I took home the Emmy in the “Outstanding Talent – Host” category and I’m still in shock… the ceremony was a new experience for me and it was inspirational to be around so many talented media professionals. I also had the pleasure of meeting legendary meteorologist Dick Goddard. MyINDY-TV took home trophies in all three categories we were nominated in… I love working for such a great station!

 


COLOR The Runway!

February 17th, 2011 at 11:09 am by under Face of MyINDY-TV

Sooooo… I’m super excited because a really cool event is happening in Indy this Sunday!

Students from all over the city are coming together, partnered with industry professionals, for a cultural explosion of music, dance, fashion and art.

The event is going to showcase our community’s cultural diversity and the talents of area young people as they pursue their dreams against all odds.

Fight the Wackness and the COLORS program are putting on the event and I will definitely be in the house!

If you’d like to buy tickets to support and hang out, here’s some info:

COLOR THE RUNWAY
SUN, FEB 20
IUPUI CAMPUS CENTER ROOM 450
317-401-9225