Road to Publication (Pilot)

Road to Publication (Pilot)

Episode 1: The Wonders of Referrals

Good evening! So today, I’m starting a new thing that I’m calling “Road to Publication.” This series will include my journey to becoming published, as well as my thoughts on other things that could or will lead to getting published.

In episode one, I’ll be giving my thoughts on the science of referrals.

For the few that are asking, “What is a referral?” a referral is the act of referring someone for consultation or review. A referral doesn’t happen just in writing, referrals can be for any type of business or anything you can think of.

In the subject of the entertainment business, a referral is probably one (or if not the biggest) of the ways to get your foot in the door. Remember when people would say “I know a guy,” or “I’ll hook you up?” Then they go off and tell that guy about you, and somehow you got what you were looking for. That was a referral. And it is one of the biggest ways to get into a business.

Story Time!

Back in high school I had a friend (for the sake of keeping things anonymous, we’ll call him Phil). Phil was signed on with this talent agency. I asked him for the name, and he said he’ll put in a good word for me.

Fast forward to a year later (because I had to get my headshots and resume done), I submit to the agency. Shortly after I received an email asking if I could come in for an interview. And here is where it got interesting. During my interview, I was asked “How did you come across us?” And I answered “Oh my friend Phil, who is a client of yours, told me about you.” At that moment I saw their face light up, almost like that was the thing they wanted hear about.

After a week or so of waiting, I got the call that they wanted to sign me. I got excited and signed with that agency. About another year later, I decided to leave the agency to pursue writing and since my schedule was getting hectic with school.

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What I learned about the grace of referrals, is how it can get you so far or enough to get your foot in the door. Just by dropping the name of one friend, I was able to get into an industry that would’ve tossed me aside.

Here is what I found out, referrals make it easier to get into the business. After finishing and editing and rewriting my novel The Impure, I’ve began to submit to various literary agencies with little to no success. Granted I will continue to submit to agencies with a few breaks to refine the novel even more (it’s been five rewrites so far).

This post is getting a little long, so I’ll end it right here. The point of what I’m trying to say is that referrals could mean the world to everyone.

Have a good night and I’ll see you next time.

-Andrew 🙂

Thoughts On: Unravel

Thoughts On: Unravel

Unravel Into Beauty

Good evening! So today I thought I’d give my thoughts on the game Unravel by Coldwood Studios.

So in case you don’t know, Unravel is a platforming game made by Coldwood Studios and published by EA (yes, that sounds bad, but keep reading). The story focuses on a little red devil made of yarn named Yarny. And his goal is to reconnect loved ones and family together through old pictures in an album. There is something strange with games released in the first quarter of the year. Because this is my favorite game of the year.

Starting off with the gameplay, it is challenging as it is enjoyable. Yarny starts his adventures in a house, and ventures out into the world through pictures scattered throughout. Each chapter is varied and comes with its own challenges. In one chapter, Yarny has to navigate his way through a beautifully rendered Swedish country-side, and in another he has to carefully venture his way through a radioactive infested dump. The biggest challenge is to make sure that Yarny has enough yarn to make it through to the end of the chapter with out unraveling or dying. And in that challenge, there are many different obstacles that stand in your way, like a ravenous gopher or the swarm of crows trying to take Yarny away.

Next off is the graphics. Unravel is by far the most beautiful game I have ever seen. All the enviroments are beautifully detailed and photo realistic views of Sweden. There is just so much detail put into all the enviroments and you could stand up to the TV, and count the individual blades of grass. Everything about the graphics and the visuals is absolutely beautiful.

If you didn’t read any of the top, the bottom is what you need to read.

What I love most about Unravel, is the story. The main focus is about Yarny reconnecting loved ones together through a photo album and little patches of art made of yarn. In the ensuing chapters, you will come across random echoes of memory. That will form a picture of various things, ranging from friends playing in the grass, to a family hiking near a lake. Most of the memories are happy and cheerful. But they can also be saddening. Yarny ventures throughout life. Finding the things that make us smile or frown. And it is Yarny’s ambition to love and adventure that brings back the tidings of a family. I remember fondly, of a memory echo of a little girl sitting on a tree branch with a smile on her face. It’s those little memories and snippits of life that we cling onto as life continues. As the memory went away, I had a tearful eye and a smile on my face, as I continued playing.

Something else that should be comended for, is the music. Just like the graphics, the music is a beautiful as it is calming. To this day, I listen to the music as I do my homework and when I write my novel. It is that good. The calming guitar strums and soothing music makes me just close my eyes and picture the beautiful scenery of Sweden. If the soundtrack was released on iTunes, I would buy it in a heartbeat. The music greatly reflects what is happening on the screen and makes the emotional scenes even more emotional.

So to wrap things up, Unravel is a heartwarming, challenging, and beautiful game that I had the most pleasure of playing. I will absolutely keep this game and Yarny close to my heat. If you own a PC, Xbox One, or PS4, I strongly encourage you to pick up this game. If you were to play just one game in your life, it has to be Unravel. This is the definition of art in a video game form.

Short Story: Dreamland

Good evening! So I didn’t really have a thought or any topic I wanted to talk about. Instead you get to read one of my short stories *slow clap*. I wrote this one back in high school on the idea of how crazy dreams can be and how after a dream, we go on about our lives like nothing happened. Have a read, and enjoy your night.

-Andrew 🙂

P.S. I’ve recently came across this song called “On and On” by The Score. It’s an amazing song and you should hear it and spread the love.The Score – On and On

Dreamland

As I lay down in my bed, I began to think about the things that happened during the day. I realized the repetitiveness of my mundane life has begun to unfold. As I thought of the constants beeping of an alarm clock and the siren of the school bell, I closed my eyes for only a second.  I opened my eyes and felt a slight change in scenery. The darkness that was my room now turned into an open field; I thought to myself if I had woken from a dream. I was walking through the field, not a care in the world. But as I look down at the ground, the once green grass turned into the chrome floor of a spaceship. I thought again to myself if this was a dream, but I still haven’t done anything about it. As I wandered through the ship, barefoot, I found an empty observation room. I walked towards the oval window with great curiosity; just to see what was on the other side. The other side of the oval window revealed the vast emptiness of space. The quietness and serene scenery gave me a sudden chill, as a shooting star past my eyes. I felt like I was alone in a world I created. As another star past my eyes, a meteor began to come towards me. The sounds of alarms and sirens began to fill the spaceship. I tried to do something about it, but I can’t. It was as if I had become paralyzed and I was watching the destruction come towards me. I panicked. I felt the walls closing in on me. All I could do is watch. As the meteor closed in on my position, I closed my eyes as to not see what will happen. I felt a sudden jolt in my body. The chrome floor disappeared from under my feet. I was in the field again. I felt my heart return to its regular beating pattern. I then proceeded to walk through the field again. As sudden breeze of wind began to flow through the field; the wind felt nice as it flew through by hair. The wind then started to become more and more violent. I looked around to see what was making it faster. The field then fell apart between my feet. Before I ever noticed, I was falling. I tried to grab a hold on something, but I couldn’t. As I fell I saw the nothingness of space. I thought to breath, but I was not able to. Every breath I attempted resulted in frequent gasps and constant panic attacks. As my descent came to a close, I landed on something soft; I closed my eyes in an attempt to shut out this world. I opened my eyes a few seconds later to the pleasant sight of my bedroom. The alarm clock was beeping beside me; as usual, I then started my day.

The Dream Conundrum

A Dream to Remember

Good evening! It’s Monday, the start of the week. And the bane of my existence. So for this entry I thought I’d talk about something that’s been on my mind since the day started.

Last night I had a dream. And usually I don’t remember dreams because they don’t seem to be interesting. But there was something strange about this particular dream that lingered on throughout the entire day.

So in this dream, I was sitting with a four other people I never knew. But I had the feeling that we were all friends. All of a sudden a monster comes out of nowhere and ruins the day. The five of us stand up, and one person stands in front of us as we faced the monster. He wore a green shirt and said, “It’s morphin’ time!” At that moment I realize I was dreaming of the Power Rangers. But this team didn’t consist of any known actors. This team was made of complete unknowns. Anyway, we morph in the suits. I look down at my hands and see my suit consisting of the black color (which was cool because the Black Ranger was usually my favorite). The others morphed into the red, green, pink, and yellow rangers. Together we fought the monster and eventually won.

But this wasn’t the thing that lingered in my thoughts. At the end of fight, the others took off their helmets and powered down into their regular clothing. We gathered around a table listening to stories and other things. As I sat there, the girl that was the yellow ranger sat next to me. She had blond hair and was kind of cute. She looked at me, smiled, and held my hand. Her hand felt warm and soft as we stayed at that table until the dream vanished (and I had to pee). It was that last moment I remember most vividly before the dream ended. The blond haired girl, her smile, her hand holding mine, and the gathering with the other rangers.

Now I am a big Power Rangers fan and I was watching a few episodes before I went to sleep. And it made me think, that if what we saw before bed, actually reflected what our dreams would become. Or if my mind is trying to tell me something. As just an FYI, I am not any kind of scientist. So what I say is me trying to gather my thoughts into something coherent.

It’s very rare for dreams to linger like this one did. Most really good dreams tend to stay until about noon, where they disappear into the dark corners of my head. Out of all the dreams I’ve had (I had another where I was stuck in a video game and another where I flew my own spaceship), why was it that this one stayed with me for the entire day? To be frank, this session of slumber was the first in a long time where I was in a state of complete comfort. Was it the things I did before sleep? Or was it God’s way of saying “You deserve a really good night’s sleep?”

Anyway, thanks for sticking around. I’ll try and think of a schedule to post these. But in the meantime, have a good night.

-Andrew

Hello, World

Simple Introductions

 Good evening to anyone who happened to stumble onto this page. In case you don’t know who I am, this is a formal introduction… or informal on how you look at it. My name is Andrew Nguyen. I am a college student. I act, I write, and I play video games. That’s pretty much the gist of who I am.

So what I plan to do on this blog is to give my thoughts on anything that’s happening in my little world of acting, writing, and video games. One day it’s talking about something in movies, another it’s talking about thoughts about this book I’ve been writing for years (it’s called The Impure if you were curious about what it’s called).

If you’d like, join me on an adventure as I go through my everyday grind. I’d love to have you along for the ride. I will try and post regularly, but do expect at least one post a week if not bi-weekly.

Thank you, and good night. 🙂

-Andrew