Someday. by Avalonne Hall

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


the reinvention of avalonne hall

To reinvent is to bring back something into existence. This year has been a year of reinvention and bringing back something into my life. Since I moved to New York City, I've felt overwhelmed by the pressure of finding a job and earning money. Rapidly, my blog became less and less of a priority. My thoughts were sitting in a corner collecting dust, as well as my camera. After four months in New York, I am slowly becoming acquainted with the city. Physically, I know where all the neighborhoods are, but I still haven't found my niche yet.

Niche: a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted. It is so important to have a niche, when you're living in a huge city with another eight million people and you feel so small and insignificant? I love New York. I have dreamed of living in New York for such a long time and I am finally living my dream, but as Carrie Bradshaw once said her loneliness is palpable. A small part of me feels this void within me that cannot be fulfilled unless I am really working and earning and spending my own money and being a full fledged adult. I am not fully independent until I can support myself. Meanwhile, I'm trying to find my niche in the city, in terms of neighborhood, habitat, people, activities. Thankfully, I do feel most at home when I'm writing here. This is my home.

This is a place where I can be honest and genuine. I try to be honest and genuine in life also, but this is where I come and be creative. Since I moved to New York, I have been fortunate enough to embark on a few adventures in the world of filmmaking. I was fortunate enough to intern on two feature films. From these two experience, I learned so much about the protocols and politics of the industry. I also met some really great people and I hope we can be friends for a very long time.

Friendships in life can be so transitory, especially New York friendships. You can meet a lot of people and have a lot of friends, but I would personally prefer a small group of close friends and be each others' support systems. Everyone has their different groups of friends from their childhood, high school, college years and then work. It doesn't help that I've lived in four different cities. Nevertheless, I am hoping to build the kind of friendships here in New York that will last and persevere, which will make my time in New York that much more enjoyable and fulfilling.

I still have not decided where I fit in. My biggest issue is that I don't drink. This may come as a shock to a lot of people (because I have caused lots of jaws to drop with that revelation), but I really don't drink. I've gotten into copious debates about why I don't drink and at the end, we always agreed to disagree. I can't say that everyone drinks, but everyone drinks.
Please note: I am not against drinking as such, it's just not my activity. It's your choice, not mine. If someone here doesn't drink, I'd like to know that I'm not alone. I'll dedicate an entire post about this sometime in the near future, so I can clear up my reasons once and for all. Drinking is such a huge part of the New York lifestyle or any lifestyle in general, but I personally can have fun without drinking. When I've revealed to people that I don't drink, the immediate response would be "what do you do for fun then?"

I can have fun. I can have so much fun without a drop of alcohol. It is my goal to document all the fun I can have without alcohol. And the honest truth is that I have the alcoholic tolerance of a child. Alcohol kills the fun for me. I can list out all the fun activities and adventures that I've had since I moved to New York! At the beginning of this year, I said that 2010 was the best year of my life, well now 2011 has been the best year of my life. 2010 was a roller coaster ride of emotions with quite a few downs and now I can safely say that 2011 has been a year of lots of ups and hopefully more ups to come.

On another note, I was told that New York is going to fuck me up. Big city, crazy people, fucked up morals. Well, I'd like to say this in response to that, I love New York and I love my life. I think I'm levelheaded enough to know that I have that kind of self control and discipline that will allow me to remain the same person I am, work hard, achieve my goals and have a fucking awesome time. I HEART YOU, NEW YORK and I hope you heart me back.

Two Thousand and Eleven!

February: Started my new blog http://www.avalonnehall.com/
May: Graduated! Goodbye Academy of Art University. It will be the last time I mention you on my blog ever!
May/June: Went to L.A. with my parents as a graduation trip. L.A. is exactly what I envisioned and it didn't change my previous opinion on it. It was a fun trip, but I couldn't live there.
June 10th, 2011: Moved to New York, New York!!!
July 2nd and 9th: Saw The Normal Heart at the John Golden Theatre and met the lovely Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg!
July: Met up with JT and Dyanna of The SF Style. Had lunch on St. Marks Place, did a mini shoot and went to Trader Joes!
July-August: I'm not at liberty to reveal the name of this movie, but I got to be an art intern on a feature film, which stars one of my favorite actors of all time. Best experience ever! Met some truly amazing people! I will flip out when it comes out and we should all go watch it together!
September: Getting my first ever IMDb credit! Or maybe I can reveal the name of the movie since I am on IMDb now?
September: Fashion Week and Fashion's Night Out at Prada. Discovered Holy Ghost! at Prada's Fashion's Night Out Party. Met up with the lovely Erin of Calivintage, Rebecca of The Clothes Horse, Ashley of Fancy Fine. Sadly, I couldn't make it to the Stylish Picnic, because I was at home walking the Semi Finals match between Roger and Novak and Roger lost :(
September 12th: As an early birthday present from my parents, I got to see the US Open Finals Match, Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal. Four grueling sets with a victorious Novak at the end! I was in absolutely awe walking into the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
September 14th: Saw Bryan Greenberg and Julia Sinclair at the Canal Room. Kind of been in love with Bryan Greenberg since Prime (2005) and started to watch How To Make It In America.
September: Discovered an amazing band Jump into the Gospel and seeing them live four times already. Seen some other awesome bands: CHAPPO, People Get Ready, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Spacecamp, Computer Magic, U.S. Royalty, Datarock. Missed going to live shows!
September: Getting snapped by Kadeem for The Fader in SoHo. Seriously charming description:
The first thing that caught our eye was her courageous combination of bright red pants and yellow socks. After pulling that off, everything else just fell into place—the Katherine Hepburn fit of her trousers, some classic tasseled black and white loafers and an amazing black fedora makes her a modern age Dick Tracy.
Worked as a set intern on another feature film, starring an actor that is in one of my favorite romance films ever. Met more awesome people! Played poker with the electrics on my last day on set with sugar packs, because obviously we didn't have chips. It was hilarious! Hopefully, I'll be getting paid work in the near future.
September: New shows like New Girl and 2 Broke Girls came into my life. Seriously, stories of my life. Jessica Day and Max Black are my soul mates!
October: Jenn, one half of the stylish dynamic duo of Clothes Encounters posted up the Style Profile of me. Thanks again Jenn for interviewing me and giving me a chance to be part of Clothes Encounters. It got quite a few views, thanks for watching it. I am so awkward in that video, I've only watched it once and I won't watch it again.
October 24th: Best birthday week ever with Caro, Marissa, Jay, Inez, Sasha! Received birthday macarons from Vicky! Thank you guys for everything!
October: So I did something pretty liberating and spontaneous and I'm pretty proud of myself. You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... You will someday. (Hint: where is that quote from??? Ahhhhh think!)
October 31st: Didn't dress up. I had the idea of dressing up as Dolores Haze (Lolita) and then Caro suggested Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Didn't go to the parade. But the funniest thing happened, when I was walking in SoHo and this guy screams, "are you that lady from The Incredibles?" For a second, I had to think Violet? OH EDNA! Haha! I responded, "No this is how I dress normally! You made my day!" You gotta admit that's pretty hilarious. Next year, I have every intention of dressing up as a slutty artichoke (not slutty pumpkin, because artichokes have a special meaning to me). Thanks for the inspiration, How I Met Your Mother!
November 1st: Same blog, reinvented: someday. by avalonne hall
November 1st:
Although, I was going through an unproductive phase, I did manage to start a few new Tumblr blogs to keep me entertained. I had this fun idea that today I would officially start a new Tumblr dedicated to showing the way I dress on set: http://howidressonset.tumblr.com/ I managed to take a few snapshots during the first film I worked on. On the second, I somewhat documented a few days on Twitter, but that's it. This time, I will document every single outfit with the iPhone, fun, fast, simple! 

November: Going to learn to drive and get my license!

Two more months till the end of the year and then hello 2012! Can you believe it? I can't believe that I took another unintentional half year hiatus, but I'm back and I am ready to dedicate myself to my writing again. My goal for the end of the year is to write a feature length screenplay and then make the short film version in the spring. I have so many goals and I have time to make my dreams come true, but now I have to buckle down and make sure I can be the artist and writer I deserve to be.
Now is the time.

the sf style iii
avalonne & ashley
bryan greenberg!
sasha loves HTMIA!
avalonne loves HTMIA!

thank you crossroads!
subway with sasha
the fader magazine
birthday macarons!
so retro

retro ladies at the parktimes square!
faux fur weather


  1. i drink, but i could go for months & months at a time without drinking & i've never found it necessary to down three shots to have a good time. actually, i've always sort-of judged those who DO think that it's a necessity for an enjoyable evening. i could easily give it up, but at the same time i've had tons of tipsy fun over the years & i genuinely enjoy certain drinks simply as liquids/beverages that just HAPPEN to also get you drunk (mostly - cider & margaritas.

    i used to be friends with this guy (he's terrible so i'm no longer pals with him) - he moved to new york after college. at one point he called me in a state of worry - his parents were visiting him for four days and he didn't know what to do with them: "i mean, i can't take them to any bars.... what're we going to do?!?!" i wanted to hang up. the worst.

    when i studied abroad in london i didn't make any friends because i had no desire to go to pubs and waste my precious funds on beer. i wanted to spend my money on plane and play tickets - i was alone in this choice. i couldn't fathom why so many people would bother studying abroad when they seemingly only did so to go to european drinking establishments.

    on another note - i love prime (it's one of my comfort movies i put on before bed), so i would've been overjoyed to see bryan greenberg too.

  2. I'm so glad that you're back! I've been wondering when it's going to happen and here you are!

    I do drink as per the commenter above. I'll go out with friends, and, as a collective, we'll each have a cider or two over the course of several hours. I can go ages without having an alcoholic drink and not give it a thought. I've never understood the mentality to drink for the sake of getting drunk, but having a drink just to have a drink, in my opinion, is alright. If you're doing it responsibly, I'm alright with it.

    I'm lucky in that, my friends and, in general, the people in my program, are people that would rather spend their money on other things. We're all in a photojournalism program: equipment is usually that thing. And then there's the enjoyment of going out for films or food or a coffee date. Yes, a cider at the pub every few weeks is nice, but when we do go, it is, quite literally, one cider, and we'll sit and talk over it for hours. The alcohol itself is not the focus of our enjoyment.

    As well, I have moved blogs, mostly for 'professional' reasons (Oh Lord, that sounds so grown up!). I can now be found at: amiechristophotography.blogspot.com I know you used to comment on my posts, and figured I would give you a heads up. :)

    Again: I'm so glad you're back. I really have missed your posts. <3

  3. Avalonne, seriously. You're one of the most awesome people I've ever encountered on the internet. And now your back!! It's been a while, but it's nice... you've had such a good year so far! I'm glad that everything seems okay!

    I think it is good you stick with your decision not to drink. And I totally agree that you don't need to drink to have fun. But I do drink occasionally, just because I like wine when I'm having a nice home made dinner with friends or family.

    I loved what you did to your room in the first video. I have the same bed and now I've seen what you've done to it, whew... luuuvly!

    I like how you document your life in such a creative way. I'm glad you're back.

  4. welcome baccccck!!

    ps. i don't drink either :)

  5. ahhhh avalonne i missed your posts so much! it's great to hear you're back , hehe (: your hair has grown ( that sounds stalkerish but i assure you i am not stalking or anything ahahah )

    oh gosh i love that first video, your room is lovely! (:

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  7. If only I had the memory to remember what I've done from January until now haha.

  8. I don't drink. Never been drunk. Don't want to. Just don't like the taste and I don't need a drink to "loosen up" -- which I think is sad. Yup, I have plenty of fun without it; this is coming from a native New Yorker. But, you are right that drinking makes up most of the city's activities, or more appropriately, one of its main. Thank you for letting others know what you choose to do. It was really refreshing to read! Thank you.

  9. Did you have a good experience with Academy of Art University? What did you study there?