Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How many days?

I'm sorry, how many days did you say?
Put it this way... in 504 hours i WILL BE ON A PLANE to Orlando
21  days

Friends keeps asking if I am nervous? Honestly, not at all.
Anxious? Nope.
Ready? VERY.
Its funny, having spent the past few months wanting this so BAD, it just seems so natural to grab my suitcase and head for the airport.. Something about this experience just feels "Right" throughout the entire application process, I haven't once felt nervous or thought twice about it, this program is not only right for me, but its right for my RIGHT NOW. 

I have officially reach an unnatural level of Disney stalking, I feel as though I have read pretty much every Disney college program blog, every ICP related forum, stalked current applicants facebooks - yet still after reading so much I am still going over with no expectations. The common thing I've read on all these blogs is that the program is what you make it. Same as everything in life I guess, you don't get unless you give (shame more people didn't understand that theory)

Whats next? packing. argh. As a serial overpacker, I am DREADING packing for this trip, and would even contemplate paying someone good money to pack for me. On a recent 5 day trip interstate, I took enough clothes to last me months. I openly admit, packing is NOT my forte.

I'm thrilled, I'm excited, I'm ready!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


It is impossible for me to put into words just how thankful I am for the opportunities I have been given.

A series of events over the past 18 months appeared at the time, to have "gone wrong" yet without each and every one of those "disappointments / failures" I would not be in the fantastic position I am in now, I wouldn't of had the opportunity to go back to study, and I would never had of been given the chance to apply (let alone get accepted) to the amazing Disney internship I will be taking part in, in 2011.

I am a MASSIVE believer in that things happen for a reason,  This past months have really made me realise without the "downs" in life, you will never truly appreciate the "ups", 

I've never let a day go by where thank my lucky stars for the path my life has taken.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I'm so vain I probably think this blog is about me... OH wait, It is.

Welcome to the life of a temp worker.

So what have I done in the past two weeks you ask? Okay so you didn't ask but I shall tell anyway. I have sat at a table for 45+ hours each week studying for my diploma and reading magazines whilst security guards bring my hot chocolates and green teas – all whilst receiving a nifty hourly rate. Bizarre antics like this seem to have become the norm for me of late. Doing this temp work whilst I study and to fill in time before I leave for the states has been amusing to say the least. I've worked at some very well known companies, some awesome charities and this recent gig doing promotions for a well known magazine company (and before you think it, no I wasn't selling anything or signing anyone up for anything – If customers spent a certain amount of dollars in specific stores they would come see me for their “gift with purchase”)
I wont lie, the past 2 weeks have been brain numbingly boring, but on the other hand I can't complain about being paid to study and to keep up to date with all the trashy mags.

Whilst temping I have done some ridiculously hard jobs and far more easy (to the point where you feel guilty actually being paid to turn up to work) jobs. Regardless of the work or the company, I have met some AMAZING people along the way and been given some incredible opportunity (including a well paying 2012 position in Singapore)

The last few weeks have really given me some time to reflect of how incredibly lucky I have been of late and what an absolute blast my life has become. Not a single day passes where I do not take some time to reflect on how grateful I am for the opportunities I've been presented with.

Be it being in the right place at the right time, or luck, or even fate – call it what you like but I seem to find myself in some pretty pinch-me-so-I-can-tell-this-is-real-situations.

And YES I fully realise how vain this “blog” is, but it has been written with the intent that when this heredity Alzheimers kicks in, (in addition to the craziness of everyday life) I will have a place to look back and relive some memories and to share some classic “loren” moments with my friends near and far.

People fear all sorts of things, my biggest fear in life is forgetting moments, forgetting the spark in peoples eyes, forgetting scents, forgetting the sound of certain peoples laughs – I've made my point, I do wish there were a way I could keep each memory close to my heart forever (having said that, I am not completely delusional, and for the record there are certain laughs i'd prefer not to remember)

2010 has, without a doubt been a blur of a year, and I certainly found myself in some bizarre situations – a few standouts in no particular order

Eddie with my story in the magazine
Hoddle St Billboard
  • Seeing a billboard on Hoddle street with my picture printed all over it (still bizarre) (and the adventures that come along with this including having a story printed in a magazine, having Eddie Mcguire read the magazine and being interviewed on TripleM Brisbane)
  • The absolute whirlwind of auditioning and appearing Millionaire Hotseat (and the many many bizarre antics which have since followed since then – see point below.....)
Samuel Johnson & I
  • Being introduced to Jimmy Barnes by Eddie McGuire was kind of a surreal (screw-the-pinching-hit-with-a-baseball-bat-this-can't-actually-be-real-moment)
  • Having Samual Johnson jumped the media barriers at the 2010 Logies awards for me
  • ACTUALLY being in the media zone at the Logies awards, and to awesomely share this moment with my sister. (and furthermore being interviewed for the 7pm project)
  • Being at an event where Samuel Johnson was a few months later and having him remember me and the random barrier jumping (oh and again, actually being invited to this event)
  • Getting a backstage private tour and vip treatment at The Regent Theatre (a theatre of which I have dreamed of stepping foot on for many many years – supposable having no talent or theatre skill has stopped me) and being able to stand in the middle of the stage and daydream.
My time on Millionaire
  • Winning tickets and limo transfers to see Rhianna's concert in March 2011... Then realising I won't be in the country for it - HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIS....
There is more but right now my tummy is grumbling and nose is smelling the pumpkin soup boiling - therefore my concentration has just left the building.

Maybe it was the fact that I grew up a stones throw from the Channel10 studios and almost weekly was in the audience of “Rove Live” and got to with some pretty big names (at the time) over the years including Good Charlotte, Destinys Child and.... Elmo. We were often called upon to be seat fillers for a number of channel 10 pilot screenings and shows, oh and then there is the brief period of my young days spent by Pin Oak Court where they filmed Neighbours just to get a glance of Daniel McPherson....but regardless of the "whos" and "wheres" I couldn't give two hoots about if someone is a “celebrity” or not, I just love the buzz which surrounds these events. 

Pumpkin Soup is calling.......

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Move Over Alice - Loren In Wonderland

4 Months Today
until I leave Australia and begin my time at Disneyworld.

Is it crazy to just wanted to pack up and head to the states for a 6 (possibly 12) month internship? sure a little, but oh so very Loren like.

After reading (read: obsessively reading) so many other Disney cast members blogs over the past few weeks, I thought it was only fitting to set one up myself for my friends and family to read once I begin the program.

 I first looked into doing this Disney program back in 2007 yet for some crazy reason never went through with the application process until this year, 2010, so for me having only 4 months to go is like finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Even after having heard and read so many AMAZING reviews about the program, I am attempting to go over with no expectations or preconceived ideas and to simply make the most of every opportunity that comes my way.

My flights are book, my job confirmed... I guess now I just play the waiting game.