THE WEEK IN REVIEW: New York Living by Love You Back Productions

Rooftop life.

Rooftop life.

It's been 3 weeks since I started working in real estate, and I've made 3 deals so far. My co-workers say I'm doing great, but as July comes to a close, I'm eager to pick up the pace. 

While I've had successes these first 3 weeks, there have been plenty of stressors. So I took some time to unwind at a rooftop pool party courtesy of my close friend and fellow real estate agent, Jane. 

The view of the city skyline was spectacular and so was the sunset. 

Scavenging for hors d'oeuvres by the pool. 

Scavenging for hors d'oeuvres by the pool. 

Here's a few lessons I've learned in this short time: 

1. Keys. The right ones are hard to find. Sometimes they don't open the right doors, and there are just so, so many of them. 

2. Subtlety. It's an art. You have to provide "constant gentle pressure" to your client. You can't be too aggressive because they already have an idea of a real estate agent as someone who's there to sell, not to help. I tend to talk too much and not ask questions and listen when I'm doing sales.  I'm still learning what it means to apply "constant gentle pressure" and how to do it effectively, but as a first step, I'm working on asking clients more questions. 

3. Trust. This is the number one thing between you and making a sale, and sometimes it's hard to get. Again, people have negative assumptions about real estate agents, and many of those assumptions are based on real experiences. For instance, the other week, I had a morning appointment to show an apartment to a client. The lead came from my friend and co-worker Jane. I went into the office early to look over the details of the listing. Lo and behold, the apartment had been rented. When I texted this to the client, she accused me of "baiting and switching" her. This is a very common practice in New York real estate. You tell one client you have a fabulous apartment and you direct them to the amazing pictures online. They make an appointment to see the apartment and all of a sudden it's mysteriously "unavailable." That's when they try to sell you on another apartment. That particular client might have already had this happen to her, so she wrote a bad review--under my friend Jane's name! That was the most disappointing part--Jane had almost no interaction with this woman, and yet she was angry enough that she didn't care whose name she wrote the review under.

4. Emotions. These are very hard to control, and they are directly linked to trust. This is the number two thing between you and a sale. If you don't know how to set expectations and redirect a client's emotions, you'll have a difficult time doing this job. For me, it's a welcome challenge. I have a hard time not just being "nice" but in this job it's always better to be more direct than it is to be nice. Just a few days ago, a client was upset with me because I didn't realize one of the apartments I showed her had been taken off the market. She had come to see it twice. It was an hour and a half out of my way on the train to meet her there. We finally made a decision on which apartment, and when she found out it was taken, she was devastated. She's a single mom and wanted a nice place for her and her son. She had already started planning where the furniture would go. In the end, she took another unit in the same building, but we parted on bad terms. 

This is what it means to be in real estate.

This is what it means to be in real estate.

...but it's not all gloom and doom. I'm learning a ton about sales and I know I'll be able to bring back that knowledge to our business in the fall. 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: Of the 50 states, which is God's favorite? by Love You Back Productions

Let’s start THE WEEK IN REVIEW off with a July 4th bang.  Last week, Weenta, you posted your July 4th-themed WEEK IN REVIEW.  Well, I also wrote about July 4th.

We’re all familiar with the adage, “the West is the Best.”  Two weeks ago, I spent time with family in beautiful Aspen, Colorado.

Of the 50 United States, can you guess which is God’s favorite?   It's Colorado, of course.  The saying, “Colorado is God’s favorite state,” is one I've been hearing all my life.   And I’m here to testify that… Yes.  Yes, Colorado is most certainly the best.  

Last TUESDAY.  My family’s tradition is to celebrate the national holiday in Aspen, Colorado.  Our tradition is to attend the town's parade, a rather homogenous parade.  This year was no different until a special spectacle turned the corner and made the holiday extra memorable.

The best July 4th in Aspen has to offer is the Sante Fe/Aspen Ballet.   Near the parade’s end, my family and I found ourselves camped out in the best spot to watch the Ballet's sweeping 10 minute Mexican heritage performance. 

The performance dazzled an entire block of spectators.  Check out the photos (above and below).

Spectacles, aside.  Last week was full of history.  On SATURDAY, July 1, my mother, father, and I went on a special tour of Aspen mountain. 

The tour's focus was silver.  Aspen mountain is a mtn. o’ mines, ladies and gentlemen.  Full of valuable minerals and bespeckled with stories.

Aspen, the little town of about 6,700, is known for skiing, luxury shopping, classical music, the Food & Wine festival, the Ideas Festival...and not much else.  But Aspen was originally a mining town!

Around the 1880s, when the silver standard backed our country's currency, businessmen, financiers, miners, electricity companies, train companies, laborers, security guards, lawyers, any and all persons of industry scurried into town.  The clamour and opportunity shooed out the area’s indigenous Ute Indians.     

But, no sooner did everyone arrive, and the U.S government called it quits.  The United States' silver standard dissolved in 1893.  Aspen went quiet.  That is, until mid-1950s when skiing became the town's next money boon.  

In the 1960s, only a decade later, my grandfather (who skied up until his death at age 89) discovered Aspen. The rest is history. 

Here’s a photo of me and my sister…I mean.. my mom on Aspen Mountain’s very first nordic ski jump, repurposed from the wood of unused silver mine cart tracks. Wow!

Moving on to later in the week.  Still full of curiosity.  Last WEDNESDAY, bright and early (on the morning after the 4th), my father dragged the family to the Aspen Historical Society.

What was in store?  Another history tour, of course.

This time, we toured Aspen’s residential West end.  Even as a little girl, this part of town bewildered and intrigued me.  The West end is a glorious mishmash of architectural styles, namely Victorian and Bauhaus styles.

To both reinforce and preserve Aspen's architectural character dating back to the 1880s, the city enacted some bold design regulations.  One regulation, in particular, from the 1980s stands out:

All new buildings or development projects, even residential or home projects, must be designed in direct contrast with Aspen’s historic Victorian-era homes.   See below.  Aha!

Last THURSDAY, we took yet another tour.  History, aside. This time, the Aspen Art Museum!  

(Note: ASPEN Art Museum is an example of modernist architectural style, which directly contrasts the museum's surrounding historic buildings.)

There was an excellent photography exhibit by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, known during their thirty-three-year collaboration as Fischli and Weiss, and the American artist Wade Guyton.    The exhibit included a 30 foot, 10-panel led light-box.  Each panel displayed 100 colorful photographs from around the world. 

Where each photo was taken…you had to guess.  That was all the fun!

Fischli and Weiss exhibit was chalked full of images that reflected past photographs. 

While examining the exhibits' vast display, I explained to my ever-curious mother (as seen above) the importance of visual consistency. Visual consistency is a term to define the way one image refers to another image.  Visual consistency is used to create a cinematic effect.

For example, in Love You Back Production’s most recent wedding film, “A Deep Love,”   I cut from a medium close shot of a little boy running in circles to the bride twirling her hair in circles.  I used this example to explain the term to my mother.   She delighted in her daughter’s very personal example.

Back to reality.  Today is FRIDAY, and this post was written last SUNDAYWhy, again, am I writing my WEEK IN REVIEW post before the week begins?

"The rest is history." - photo taken by my dad, Bill Evans on Aspen Mountain on July 1, 2017

"The rest is history." - photo taken by my dad, Bill Evans on Aspen Mountain on July 1, 2017

Right now, Love You Back Productions is having an amazing production week!  I'm busy, busy, busy.  "Down in the trenches” as they say... or at least that’s what I've heard Weenta say.

Happy summertime, all!

From your favorite July baby,

Julia

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: 4th of July Beach Babes by Love You Back Productions

This dude is everything. 

This dude is everything. 

Rockaway beach is the exact opposite of everything that you think of when you think of New York. Open skies, water, sand.

Since most people leave New York for other destinations, the crowds were manageable. We took a train to the beach and were there within 45 minutes. Phoebe, Jane, and my friend Ana all met up with Jane's friend Corrine and her group of friends. Corrine, not pictured, welcomed us with warm friendly vibes. 

From left to right: Ana, Phoebe, me. 

From left to right: Ana, Phoebe, me. 

Ana was inspired to take photos of Phoebe and Jane in their fierce red, white and blue outfits.  

Jane's hat probably should have said, "Make America American again."

Jane's hat probably should have said, "Make America American again."

The water was pretty freakin cold, but refreshing. I'm not the most adept beach babe--the ocean and the waves freak me out, but my friends were sweet and held my hand and hung with me where the waves weren't crashing too hard.  

Later that night we were invited onto a rooftop to watch the fireworks that night. We were running a few minutes late, so we arrived just as the show was starting. It was by far the most amazing fireworks show I've seen in my life. I thought after so many Fourth of July's there would be no awe, amazement or surprise I could feel, but I felt all of those things. We had the perfect view of the city and the silhouettes of the people on the next rooftop were beautiful against the backdrop of explosions in the sky.

Getting home was chaos. It was such a tight squeeze on the train that my body weight was entirely held up by the people squished in around me on all sides. We went two stops before getting off the train again and saw a woman crying in the train station with her family. The woman had lost her 2 year old daughter in the crowd. She had already called the authorities for help and told us it was ok, but it was still sad to think of that lost little girl. 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: "Girl, you're in Texas." by Love You Back Productions

Howdy, everybody!  

I love this blog.  The Love You Back Productions Week in Review offers Weenta and me a space to catch up, just like normal buddies...(We're best friends in real life, too.)

More importantly, each week, I look forward to the opportunity of connecting with all of you, Love You Back Productions’ circle of blog readers!  What’s cool is, as Weenta and I continue passing the proverbial mic, the circle expands, too!

"....stayed with college buddies throughout our Texas tour." - Photo taken by Hallie Gluk on Friday, June 23rd at her home in Houston, Texas.

"....stayed with college buddies throughout our Texas tour." - Photo taken by Hallie Gluk on Friday, June 23rd at her home in Houston, Texas.

Last Friday, Weenta asked, “Julia, what you up to?”   Well, well, well, Weenta. I’m glad you asked. 

Today, I present to you, the Texas-ized Week in Review blog post.  This blog post is bigger (than most).  In correct fashion, the post is a bit boastful...because...."Girl, we're in Texas."

I’ve been traveling, lately.  Travels took me on a fulfilling tour through the Lonesome Dove state.

I started in Little Rock.  (More on that later, my best friend’s wedding deserves a whole Week in Review blog post.)  From Little Rock, I drove the 8 hours on to AustinAnd then, I crash-landed in Houston!

Let's start with Austin where..... Cold water + hot soup = summer thrills!

On Monday (last week) my college buddies took me out for a swim and a bowl of Ramen. 

The water was so nice, and the pork broth soooo scrumptious.   What with New Orleans having no swimming holes or competitive Ramen joints (at least, none that I’m aware of yet!!), I had to get my fill.  

Indeed, I did.  I paid Austin’s beautiful Barton Springs a visit. 3 times in 3 days.

Departure from Austin was bittersweet. It always is.  Old friends are too kind for hosting, and every time I visit, I wish I had more time to document their shenanigans.  Check out my friend Eris giving a sink bath to her pet chicken, "Poofs."  She is 1 of 6 household chickens. #Smallestfarmintexas 

Then, on to Houston.  Wait!  On Thursday (last week), I made a pit stop in LaGrange, where good friend, Alma, works as a farmer and education coordinator  

LaGrange is smack dab in the middle between Houston and Austin on 1-10 east.  

Rolling hills surround LaGrange; the town is little, a fertile inlet amid so much Texas desert.   If it wasn’t so hot, I’d call Alma's situation quite idyllic.  But with heat being a mainstay in LaGrange, I’m just going to admire Alma’s hard work from afar. 

"But with heat being a mainstay in LaGrange, I’m just going to admire Alma’s hard work from afar." - Photo taken on June 22, 2017 by Nik Bugas in LaGrange Texas.

"But with heat being a mainstay in LaGrange, I’m just going to admire Alma’s hard work from afar." - Photo taken on June 22, 2017 by Nik Bugas in LaGrange Texas.

From the left, we've got my best buddies: Maggie, Hallie, and Nik (Nikki).  - Photo taken on June 23rd 2016 by Julia Elizabeth Evans in front of Houston Center for Photography, where Hallie works. 

From the left, we've got my best buddies: Maggie, Hallie, and Nik (Nikki).  - Photo taken on June 23rd 2016 by Julia Elizabeth Evans in front of Houston Center for Photography, where Hallie works. 

Now, on to Houston!   It's Friday, and pictures say the most.  Why so many?  

Friday, June 23rd (last week) was Nik’s 27th birthday!  Happy birthday, Nikki!!! (Informational note: Nikki is my boyfriend/long-time partner.) 

His birthday was a smash-hit, a day full of art exhibits, friends, fun, drinks, and yes more swimming.  All thanks to the host of hosts and Houston-native, Maggie!

As mentioned, we stayed with college buddies throughout our Texas tour. Maggie is a dear friend, who back in Boston lived in the same college house as me, shared bourbon drinks with me, tried to dress cute in Boston but ended up miserably cold just like me.  Yup.

And now....It's SATURDAY! 

Weenta, please! Watch the video below.  Video is of Rain installation at the Buffalo Bayou Cistern, where Maggie works.   The installation....I'm without words.  Maggie gave us a private tour...oh my goodness! Y'all!  Special thanks to Maggie Nemetz! #buffalobayoucistern #cisternrain!   

Both Hallie and Maggie hosted us.  Hallie works at the Houston Center for Photography (refer to above pictures).  She gave us a tour of the center, of course. The photography exhibits rejuvenated my spirit.  

My first love is photography.  This whole business really started back in high school when my father lent me his 1968 CANON SLR film camera. Enjoy all the photographs, friends!

UGGGGHHH! There’s still so much more I want to tell y’all! I fell in love with Houston!  Nik’s birthday was grand!  

Weenta, seen any cool exhibits in the big apple?  I know you are studying a ton.   If not, don't get up from your desk! Here's a different question, what kinda view is out your window?

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Let me end this post with a TEXAS-SIZED thanks.  Thank you so much to everyone in Little Rock (more to come on the reunion/best friend’s wedding experience), Austin, and Houston.  Y’all all take Southern Hospitality so seriously, and I am all the better for it!  

Love You ALL Back,

Julia

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: You Can Take the Girl Out of New Orleans, but... by Love You Back Productions

This week marks my first week in New York City! Yay!!!

Since I arrived, I've been studying for my real estate exam like a mad woman. I've woken up as early as 5:30am to start my coursework and finished as late as 9pm at night.  

But it hasn't been all work and no play. My first weekend in New York, there was a "Mermaid Parade" -- I didn't get to go to the actual parade because again--studies!--but I was invited to an official after party. It was a costume party with a Mermaid/Atlantis theme. The whole thing made me feel as if I'd never even left New Orleans. 

I had just 2 hours to get costume-y, and I used all of my DIY costuming knowledge from living in New Orleans to my advantage. I found a phenomenal dress at a local thrift store, just 10 minutes before they closed. Then I raced over to Rite-Aid to pick up supplies: safety pins, shoelace, gift ribbon and a loofa. Yes, you read right--a loofa. I used it as a hair bow. My friends were in total awe. I told them I learned everything I know from watching New Orleanians make stunningly beautiful costumes out of total trash.

I was invited to the party by Fritz--my partner's best friend who was working at the venue. His only job was to make chaos and entertain. This was our first time meeting, and boy did he make a first impression. He has a limitless energy and devotion to play like no other. 

Me and Fritz in our House of Yes Mermaid party costumes. Fritz really knows how to put it on for the camera...hehe.

Me and Fritz in our House of Yes Mermaid party costumes. Fritz really knows how to put it on for the camera...hehe.

A professional photographer had a photo booth set up. ***Art directed by Fritz

A professional photographer had a photo booth set up. ***Art directed by Fritz

More photos from Fritz' computer. I'll have to wait to get access to the original photos, but for now I've got these screenshots Fritz sent me. 

More photos from Fritz' computer. I'll have to wait to get access to the original photos, but for now I've got these screenshots Fritz sent me. 

...and there was even a surprise guest appearance at the end of the night from my two best friends: Phoebe and Jane! They were also in full Mermaid regalia.

Phoebe looking like a mermaid princess.

Phoebe looking like a mermaid princess.

I'll be in the depths studying for my real estate exam for the next week. The test is next Thursday, so I'll be cramming till the last second. Hey Julia--what you up to? Look forward to hearing about it in next week's blog post.

-Weenta

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: New Beginnings...fade to black! by Love You Back Productions

This week, Julia and Weenta blast off!  Starting today, we begin our respective summer excursions.  Weenta journeys up to New York.  Y’all already know. I’m off to Arkansas!

Before sailing away, we squeezed in a few last minute appointments and commitments.  

Okay. Okay.  I cannot contain my excitement.  Tuesday was fun galore! Refer to above photos.  Weenta and I shot our new “website bio photos.”   

Weenta directed a la Tyra Banks.  “Tyra says you got to laugh hysterically.   You have to laugh out loud.  Laugh loud.  Non stop.”  Thanks for the hot tip, Tyra.  Also, thanks to Melanie for being the photo shoot sidekick!

Which one will land on our new website?!!

On Wednesday, our new website went live.  But it’s still super secret.  Exciting news, though! Our launch is set for July!

Also! On Wednesday, Love You Back Productions | Wedding Films followed up on a happy connection made at last week’s New Orleans Bride Magazine | June 2017 Bride Show.  We got things going with Patricia Norman and Kristen Raunch of I Do by PK Events, a boutique event and wedding coordination company.   

Their speciality is “elopement weddings."  An “elopement wedding” is for the couple so swooned in love they want to keep things simple but still celebrate in an elaborate way.  The formula:

Contact I Do by PK Events.  Patricia and Kristen cover logistics, down to the last minute inspired idea - “butterflies in Jackson Square.” Swoop into this beautiful city we call home and get hitched with style.   We document everything.

Oh! Oh! On Thursday, Julia completed her documentary, Corner Stores, not without a little help her friends.  ***Ringo Starr vocals cut in. 

Weenta gave me a flash lesson on audio mastering for documentary.  After a 3 month stint editing audio tracks with NPR, I’m still one to take pointers on audio post-production.

On the same day, Weenta and I said bye forever!!!!  CUT TO BLACK!  Just kidding.  I’m holding down the fort for the summer.  Weenta returns early, early September. 

Jump Cut.   [Back to Monday.] 

Earlier this week, I found this lovely apple television commercial.  The entire video is shot without a tri-pod or any post-production camera stabilizer effects.  This run and gun style of shooting and post-production editing choice is bold.   If a video producer chooses not to use a tri-pod or neglects to take the time to fix "camera shake" in post-production, the final video feels flawed and amateurish.  Yet, this piece does not appear flawed.

This commericial - "newBeginnings" is elegant and powerful.  This style of shooting in this particular instance of superb execution makes the video's characters so immediately relatable.  Cannot wait to replicate in future productions. 

Love You Back (xEndless Summer Suns),

Julia Elizabeth Evans

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: Mathilda Turns 90! by Love You Back Productions

This week, Julia and Weenta complete a 90th Birthday retrospective video for Mrs. Mathilda White Claiborne, grandmother of Lynnette White Colin, our past business mentor and advisor. 

Lynnette called the film a "familumentary." It featured the commentary of 7 of Mathilda's 10 children. The gathering was full of grandchildren and great grandchildren. There must have been at least 150 people at the party--and to think -- everyone in the room was literally came from Grandma Mathilda. Wow!

Mathilda walks in to a huge surprise 90th birthday party, greeted by three of 5 sons, gifting her a bouquet of roses. 

Mathilda walks in to a huge surprise 90th birthday party, greeted by three of 5 sons, gifting her a bouquet of roses. 

Lynnette with two of Mathilda's grandsons. 

Lynnette with two of Mathilda's grandsons. 

The party was a full Sunday brunch featuring all the traditional New Orleans cuisine, shrimp and grits, dirty rice, baked tilapia, gumbo file and more. 

The party was a full Sunday brunch featuring all the traditional New Orleans cuisine, shrimp and grits, dirty rice, baked tilapia, gumbo file and more. 

Lynnette getting down.

Lynnette getting down.

Mathilda with one of her oldest friends, Mrs. Julia. They've known each other since 1948. Wow. She also had 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls, just like Mrs. Mathilda. What are the odds?!?!

Mathilda with one of her oldest friends, Mrs. Julia. They've known each other since 1948. Wow. She also had 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls, just like Mrs. Mathilda. What are the odds?!?!

We're counting down the days till our summer hiatus - I take off for the summer June 15th. Things are moving fast before the 15th, so we'll have tons more updates to share for next week's blog.

Till then,

-Weenta 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: Spark the relaxation. by Love You Back Productions

Beautiful photograph of Brian Levy Sensei from NOLA Aikido's Friendship Seminar with Lars Sjternstedt.  Well, this photograph is from last week, but it fits my theme: spark relaxation. - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

Beautiful photograph of Brian Levy Sensei from NOLA Aikido's Friendship Seminar with Lars Sjternstedt.  Well, this photograph is from last week, but it fits my theme: spark relaxation. - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

This week in review: Julia nears her June 1st finish line.  She is wrapping up post-production for the documentary, Corner Stores.  With Love You Back Production's project schedule closing soon, we couldn't feel more at ease.

Last week, Julia had a wonderful time shooting photography for her community at NOLA Aikido. Check out a selection above.  Between May 12-14, NOLA Aikido hosted Lars Stjernstedt Sensei from Kenshinkai Aikido Visby in Gotland, Sweden.   The dojo community spent three days "exploring relaxed power which never needs to resort to force."

"Relaxed power"is key for this week.  Spark the relaxation, y'all.  

When a project has no deadlines, no client expectations, and no oversight…it takes a certain level of "relaxed power" to find an ending point. - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

When a project has no deadlines, no client expectations, and no oversight…it takes a certain level of "relaxed power" to find an ending point. - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

When a project has no deadlines, no client expectations, and no oversight…it takes a certain level of "relaxed power" to complete the damn thing.   Some might call this maturity.  Imagine: the writer, who can never finish her novel.  Something along those lines.  Well, that's been me with this documentary... until now!  

Alas! The end is near, y’all.  Today, I can feel it. I can see it.  AND! I cannot wait until the rest of the city gets to see it with me.  

"Julia took a full month of respite from the business in order to take on the laborious task of editing a feature-length documentary." - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

"Julia took a full month of respite from the business in order to take on the laborious task of editing a feature-length documentary." - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

If you don’t know what specific project, I’m referring to, let’s refresh.  For the past year or so, Julia has worked on and off on a feature-length documentary about New Orleans corner stores.  

She and her co-producer, Ashley Spears, determined to take the project to the finish line. (Spoiler: there is no finish line in storytelling. Hence, the notion of sequels, prequels, and so on.) 

As a noted screenwriter in the New Orleans/Greater Louisiana filmmaker community, Spears is an excellent storyteller, but between the pair, Julia is the only one with video production skills and expertise.   Therefore, it’s has been up to her to bring Corner Stores into fruition. 

Weenta was gracious.  Julia took a full month of respite from the business in order to take on the laborious task of editing a feature-length documentary.  The month has been difficult.  Lots of sitting in the desk chair, poking at audio clips, copy and pasting video clips to this and that Adobe Premiere sequence,  touching base with fellow collaborators, receiving critiques, writing grant applications....for advanced production. 

Thanks, facelessiam!

Thanks, facelessiam!

Look out world!  Even if I finish the documentary, I can’t give up on a good story. The documentary, Corner Stores, preserves and pays tribute to New Orleans corner stores.  

We ask New Orleanians throughout their neighborhoods, “In your own words, what is a corner store?”  Everybody has a story. Everybody wants to see their video. 

The project’s major discovery is: New Orleans is a city built around its corner stores. The truth is corner stores are disappearing, and their progressive loss is changing every neighborhood. This urgency inspires Corner Stores ’ ongoing production as a web-series.

The objective of the web-series is unadulterated storytelling.  The goal is to produce deeper, more immersive documentaries of New Orleans’ corner stores before more disappear.  Julia and Weenta will be working together in the Fall, shooting for the web-series.

Buddy Guy is spectacular (and the reason I took up guitar).  To see him live puts one in awe.  Thanks again for the tickets to Jazz Fest, Weenta!  Also, Julia gives a special shout-outs to New Orleans Video Access Center and to to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.  Photograph taken on May 12, 2017 at this year's Jazz and Heritage Festival. 

Buddy Guy is spectacular (and the reason I took up guitar).  To see him live puts one in awe.  Thanks again for the tickets to Jazz Fest, Weenta!  Also, Julia gives a special shout-outs to New Orleans Video Access Center and to to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.  Photograph taken on May 12, 2017 at this year's Jazz and Heritage Festival. 

Referring again to last week - Julia gives a special shout-out to New Orleans Video Access Center.  She submitted her application for fiscal sponsorship through NOVAC, and the institution’s executive director, Darcy McKinnon, received the project proposal with swift approval, “this is great!” Woohoo! 

Additional shout-out to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.  Julia also applied for project support through the Foundation.  Whether the grant is approved, the application was easy as pie thanks to folks like Kia Robinson, who are available round-the-clock to answer questions.

"So many strong stories, sweet memories, we cannot wait for this project to roll out!" - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

"So many strong stories, sweet memories, we cannot wait for this project to roll out!" - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

Over the weekend, Weenta and I had the most exquisite time interviewing 7 out of 10 siblings for a short documentary.  The documentary is all about an incredible mother, who turns 90 in June.    So many strong stories, sweet memories, we cannot wait for this project to roll out!  Here’s a tiny taste:  

In a few words, please describe your mother. 

My mother was proper.  You cannot not raise your voice. Swearing is not allowed, even if you’re an adult.  Here’s an example: my niece was getting married and the invitation said Mathilda Claiborne.  My mother refused to attend.  Why? Well because, “when you send me something you have to put a handle on it - ‘Mrs.’”  [This section is paraphrased from an interview taken with Michelle White-Julien.]

Now, I am giddy, ready to move forward, and ready to relax.  That’s no short.  Relaxation is difficult.  Between everything - documentary post-production, Love You Back Productions still has clients!  Wonderful clients, that is.  

"Yep.  Relaxation definitely kicked in." - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

"Yep.  Relaxation definitely kicked in." - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

On Sunday, Weenta and I spent time together not as business partners, but as friends. :)

We enjoyed ourselves at the….where else?  At the Boogaloo?  Yes! At the Boogaloo! Did we see you, too?   Accordions, trombones, and bounce infused the peaceful bayou with happiness.  Yep.  Relaxation definitely kicked in.  

"Anuraag is an exquisite, sensitive piano player, and Dan knows how to make it 'sound good.'" - - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

"Anuraag is an exquisite, sensitive piano player, and Dan knows how to make it 'sound good.'" - - Julia Elizabeth Evans, Friday, May 26, 2017.

On Thursday, Julia's dear friend, Anuraag Pendyal, recorded his original score for the Corner Stores documentary.  Her talented, happy-to-help friend, Daniel Turner produced the tracks.  Anuraag is an exquisite, sensitive piano player, and Dan knows how to make it “sound good.”  All I can say is I feel so humbled. 

More inspiration coming in from Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris.  Good music throughout. 

This Friday morning, I feel so humbled.  These two photographs of my best friend, Nik, helping tie up some one's canoe at the Boogaloo.  The photographs encapsulate my feeling of this week.

I feel so humbled to be producing with Weenta, to be discovering stories with New Orleans, to be writing to you all on Love You Back Productions' WEEK IN REVIEW. I feel so humbled to be taking part in it all! 

Love You Back, 

Julia