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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


The Best of the Best for Cinco de Mayo

May 4th, 2012 at 11:11 am by under Uncategorized

What is not to love about Mexican food – especially on Cinco de Mayo! Finding the BEST can be difficult, especially when there are so many great restaurants in Indy! After much research, I have compiled a list of what I believe to be the tastiest around!

  • Cancun Mexican Restaurant4 Indy locations – The food portions are large and the margaritas are strong – what more could you ask for!
  • La Margarita – Fountain Square
  • La Piedad – Broad Ripple – Best known for it’s quaint atmosphere, but the food is right up there as well! This restaurant now has it’s liquor license, so make sure to stop by and have a margarita on the deck!
  • Chile Verde - 2 Indy locations
  • Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant – 5510 Lafayette Rd.
  • El Sol de Tala – 2444 E. Washington Street
  • Acapulco Joe’s – Downtown Indy – This restaurant has been in Indy for over 40 years! Make sure you try their breakfast menu – famous biscuits and gravy (if you like a little kick!)

 


Too Old for the Junior’s Dept?!

March 26th, 2012 at 11:24 am by under Uncategorized

So I haven’t been in a department store in ages, but one was having a huge jewelry sale, I had to stop in. While there, like almost every other woman I know, I started browsing for more! So I headed over to the Junior’s department and started perusing – then it hit me! Am I too old for the Junior’s department now?! I looked around only saw teenagers with their mothers so I ventured out and was overwhelmed!! Who knew there were so many options outside the Junior’s – not this girl! But how do you choose?! Is there a transition section? So I ask this question…

At what age are you too old for the Junior’s department?!


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!!!


Editing

November 9th, 2011 at 12:07 pm by under Uncategorized

I used to always remember sitting and watching ads and promos on TV thinking I can do that! Since starting The Face job, I have been learning how to edit – what a wake up call! These editors know what they are doing! A 30 second ad can take two hours to put together. There is the clipping, the music, the dissolving – I could go on forever! I have been sitting with Amanda, who is an amazing editor, and we have been putting my Face packages together that you see on Indy Style as well as the website. Now it’s time to start on my own! What?!

By the end of my Face year, I will have such joy looking back on this post while laughing! Because, by then, I can be known as: Danielle, editor! :) Maybe!


October 31st, 2011 at 2:11 pm by under Uncategorized

To introduce D’Buzz to everyone, Janine and I went out around the circle to meet with fellow Hoosiers to see if they could say it. We met some very nice people along the way that were so nice to be a part of this. The most memorable would have to be those guys from Japan! They were such good sports about the whole thing and even liked my Facebook page afterwords! Good thing I was familiar about Facebook because it was all in Japanese. All in all, it was such a great experience, not only great weather, but having the opportunity to introduce myself to the public face-to-face!


My First Show

September 7th, 2011 at 3:18 pm by under Uncategorized

So this is my very first blog!! Big thanks to Jason for showing me how to do this – hopefully I will make him proud!

I wanted to share with you my first co-hosting experience on Indy Style! After a whirlwind night of our live show to announce the next Face of MyINDY-TV, it was right to work the next morning! Still in shock from winning, I arrived bright and early to start my new job! What should I wear? What do I say? How do I interact with all the guests? These questions were plaguing my mind all morning! As soon as I walked on set I was greeted by Chef Jim from the Mucky Duck and Peggy the producer. Chef is a character making you laugh at anything and everything and Peggy was so nice to put me right at ease. What an amazing show to be part of! Everyone makes you feel right at home and have to give props to Andi Hauser! She made it seem like we were the best of friends just talking on a Friday night about what’s going on! Was there a camera even there? :) I want to truly thank everyone at Indy Style for making my first day one I will never forget!

 


IT’S 2011: Woohoo!!

January 3rd, 2011 at 1:24 pm by under Uncategorized

Happy new year y’all! I’m so excited to kick off 2011… 2010 flew by and was full of blessings for me–including landing my gig as the new Face of MyINDY-TV. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store. :-)

As far as resolutions… I have a ton (don’t we all?) but I’ll let you in on one that everyone will get to follow along with as I (if all goes as planned!) progress: GUITAR!

I started lessons with Fishers Guitar this past autumn and love it. I can be a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to practicing (anything, lol) but I’ll keep you updated and maybe even get some behind-the-scenes footage of my lessons… practice sessions… and dare I say, performance? I’ll have to work my way up to that one! (Way up…)

Well, anyhoo, hope your new year celebration was as awesome as mine–can’t wait to mix and mingle with even more of Indy in 2011!

Over and out!
Z


Purchase Tickets to See ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ on the Big Screen!

November 29th, 2010 at 3:36 pm by under Uncategorized

Nothing says the holidays like Jimmy Stewart in the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life! Bring your friends and family Downtown to view this classic movie on the big screen. In the spirit of giving, you’ll definitely earn your “angel wings” Dec. 2! All proceeds will benefit Downtown Beautification, helping to keep your city clean, green and vibrant!

United Artists Circle Centre 9 Theatre presents “It’s A Wonderful Life”
Benefiting Indianapolis Downtown Beautification!

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

5 – 6:30 p.m. – silent auction & free appetizers
6:30 p.m. – It’s a Wonderful Life screening

$5 – includes movie ticket & all festivities
United Artists Theatre – Circle Centre – 49 W. Maryland St.
Purchase tickets at the theatre or online at www.fandango.com.

Grab some great deals and holiday gifts at the silent auction. Items include gift certificates to some of Downtown’s best restaurants, hotels, attractions and more! And know your contributions are going to a great cause: Indianapolis Downtown Beautification. We’ll see you there Dec. 2!


Tailgating at DUNAWAY’S!!

November 2nd, 2010 at 12:02 pm by under Uncategorized

OMG! Had an awesome time last night at Dunaway’s… it’s an amazing restaurant in downtown Indy on S. East St. They have a real cool rooftop area for eating in warm weather and their tailgating food was amazing… tiny little burgers fresh off the grill, topped with a Parmesan garlic butter spread were my faves of the night!

I held a paper-football-flicking contest and the winner walked away with a one-of-a-kind Colts prize pack that included an autographed football, $50 gift certificate to Dunaway’s, and official Colts’ and MyINDY-TV gear!!

Executive Chef Jason Alexander showed us an awesome time and we’ll definitely be back soon! Be sure to “Like” my Facebook fan page for your chance to win in the future and follow me at Twitter.com/FaceofMyINDY! ;-)