So, I recently joined the events and activities committee at work. It's been a lot of fun meeting and working with people in other departments and doing something a little more lighthearted than my normal daily tasks. I've been helping the committee with designing graphics for internal communications pieces, like posters, email banners, desk drops, and menu table cards.
Here, Halloween is a really big deal. Like a REALLY BIG DEAL. The committee began planning for this day well over a month ago. People volunteer to stay at work into the wee hours of the night to decorate the floors from the ceiling to the ground. The festivities include a pumpkin painting contest, a rubber duck photo challenge, a desk decorating contest (it's more of a marathon, really), a catered lunch, a costume contest, a skit competition, and a lip sync battle.
My department's theme was Harry Potter, so naturally, the night before, I laid out my costume: a white button down with the Gryffindor crest on it, a grey cardigan, a striped tie, black tights, a black skort, and black character shoes. This was perfect since I was supposed to just be on photo duty. Little did I know that in the morning, I would only be wearing this costume for a whole 10 minutes.
Turns out, we were one lip sync battle participant short. Being the newbie, the committee asked if I would participate, so we could still do a "battle." What was I supposed to say?! I quickly dug through my things in my car to see what I could pull together; luckily, my brother was away at college, and I had "borrowed" his gold jacket. I also still had several items that I was going to drop off at a donation center. I landed on doing "Bennie and the Jets" sung by Haley Reinhart (originally by Elton John) and "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" from Disney's Mulan. I completely winged it, and this is what happened:
Video by Stephanie Yomorta
I went on first and did "Bennie and the Jets" then walked off not really knowing what I just did in front of 500 employees. The emcee announced my competitor; it was a group of 3. No one came up. He announce them again. Still, no one came. The emcee then said that their not showing meant that I won the battle and the cash prize! I just had to do an encore performance... Piece. Of. Cake.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to track down a video of the second song, but here are some photos:
Even though the day didn't quite turn out the way I thought it was going to, I'm really glad with the turn of events. I joined the committee to meet new people, and I certainly did that. Other employees came up to me throughout the day to congratulate me on the "win" and to introduce themselves.
If I learned anything today, it's to take up challenges as they come and to just enjoy the moment.
Hope you all have a fun and safe holiday. Happy Halloween, everyone!
One aspect of songwriting that I'll never get tired of is the ability to tell a human story. Three Little Words has such a special meaning to me. This song is about a very personal life event that I know many other people go through as well: losing a loved one and having to cope with the reality. It's a strange universal feeling that most people will have to face in their lives.
For this music video, I partnered with my friends at BuenPaso Collective and Triton Television to produce this film project. I co-wrote and co-directed with René Vargas Madrigal. Stay tuned for more info to come!
P.S. Here's an exclusive 40 second preview of the song. :)
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