You Can Call this a Comeback

With the end of the year approaching I’m suddenly inspired to reflect on 2015, take inventory of the positive, find solutions to the negative and ultimately decide what I want to bring with me into 2016.  One of the things I want to bring with me is this very blog. Hey blog, missed ya! And in true Golden-fashion, I said to myself, “Self, why start tomorrow what you can do today?” You know, make a habit of it starting NOW. Amirite?

So, here goes. Whether you’ve followed my blog because you’re a fan of the content, or of me, or thought that this website was the Jewish version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (my Sunday night family dinners should be filmed)…

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Sunday night family dinner

I think giving you a few updates on what I’ve been doing these past few years is the perfect place to start. Do-Re-Mi, my friends.

Where I’ve been…
Since my last post back in June, 2012, I’ve been BUSY. I’ve continued to host after shows at Afterbuzz TV for Impastor, The League, Truth Be Told, Dads, The Americans, and more. Then I got an exciting call, I was cast as the co-host for The Art of Life of The Lifestyle Network! WHATTT. My first broadcast TV gig. Major. I even got my very own blue check on Twitter. I was also cast as the new co-host on the Sam in the Morning show on LA Talk Radio. At the same time, my YouTube channel, Two Drunk Girls TV got some serious cred and bestie,

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Two Drunk Girls

Lauren Leonelli, and I got signed by Fullscreen for management and soon after came Gersh as our agents! I know, we’re still pinching ourselves. I guess it’s true, if you build it they will come. And they did. That brings us to the latest and greatest. Lauren and I set out to do a radio show of our own on LA Talk Radio, so we created a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and get the show off the ground.  Not only did we meet our goal (thanks to many of you), but we threw ourselves a super fab launch party. The first show went live on October 7 and we’ve been booked with some seriously awesome guests since with no sign of slowing down! I’ve also picked up a love of yoga and practice regularly, because how else could I stay centered with all of this going on?! Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

What I want to bring with me…
Gratitude. And not just because it’s Turkey Day tomorrow but because duh. It’s something we all strive for, try to remember, post super deep memes and quotes about on Instagram, and then completely forget about because life happens and we say bye to gratitude like it’s Felicia. So here I am on November 25th resolving to maintain my gratitude each and every day. Why you may ask do I need to up my gratitude levels when I am clearly very thankful for the aforementioned resume? Because dear readers, even I forget all that’s happened until I put pen to paper and take stock for this here post. While in the thick of things I felt stressed, overwhelmed, busy, and under-accomplished (I will probably always feel this one due to my overachieving Capricorn nature, insert therapist’s name here ___), but you get my point. Why the F do we get on this damn hamster wheel?  We do it to ourselves which is the worst part.  I know I do. Welp, it comes to an end here and now, hopefully for good. At the very least, I’m going to pour a healthy amount of champagne into my hamster wheel water bottle and celebrate my accomplishments along the way. Who’s with me?

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It’s Complicated

While we’re all feeling festive and suddenly gracious, I would greatly appreciate you lovely people tuning in to my new radio show called It’s Complicated on LA Talk Radio, Wednesday’s at 12PM, and let me know what you think! Part of taking stock is also humility, so I’m going to exercise mine now. Any and all feedback is welcome.

And finally, thanks for supporting my comeback as a blogger folks. I appreciate your support over the years, and now, more than ever.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

See Me on AfterBuzz TV!

If you haven’t had enough of me already, you can now watch me every Tuesday night this summer co-hosting the Rizzoli & Isles after show on Afterbuzz TV alongside Krisily Kennedy and Roqui Theus.  And, in true Jen fashion…the episodes are free!

AFTERBUZZ TV is Maria Menounos’ and Keven Undergaro’s network designated to producing “after show” webcast and podcast content for TV series, movies, and events of all kinds.  It’s pretty fantastic and innovative if you ask me.  When fans finish watching their favorite programs, they can go online to afterbuzztv.com and watch or listen to an after show that features hosts, in a state of the art, multi-camera HD studio, breaking down and discussing everything they viewed and thought, taking calls from fans worldwide and interviewing guests such as cast members, celebrities, show runners, etc.  Thanks to viewers’ support, AfterBuzz TV is now the largest new media platform on the web and fan’s #1 source for after show entertainment!

Although we had technical difficulties last night and video was down, check out afterbuzztv.com to hear the first Rizzoli & Isles after show and subscribe for FREE on iTunes.

Want to chat with us about the show?  Dial (424) 256-1729 to give your opinion on-air, or tweet at us @jenthejew, @krisily@roqui_t, and @afterbuzztv, and be sure to include #RizzoliandIsles.  If you’re a superfan too and want to be a guest on our show, email me at jenifer.golden@afterbuzztv.com!

The Friday Funnies

You know how people ask, “you want to laugh?”

A) Who doesn’t?  Really, when was the last time you heard someone reply, “No, not for me thanks.”  Exactly.  That’s just silly!  And B) there’s a 50-50 chance the person will not laugh at all after having set such high expectations.  But in all seriousness, the important question is…you want to laugh?

Then go see The Change-Up this weekend!  I promise you will laugh more than if you didn’t.  The movie is hysterical, raunchy, and even has a sensitive side if you can believe it.  You know, the grass is always greener until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes on the other side of the fence.  Okay I may have just combined two sayings but you get the idea.  Perfect date movie compromise, or even see it with your girlfriends/buddies.  It’s that good.

Bateman, Reynolds, Mann, and Wilde.  Public urination into a creepy fountain.  Babies.  Hot leading ladies.  Again, Reynolds.  What more could you want?

Can you guess which one is my celebrity crush, a la Ross Gellar and Isabella Rossellini on my all time favorite, Friends?

On another note, check out these “Friendly Foes.”

Happy Friday!

JTJ

Welcome back to Growing Up Golden self and hello readers!  Yea, I disappeared, I know.  But hey, I’m back!  Whilst on my very extended hiatus, it occurred to both my bestiekins and I that I am neglecting my readers of some valuable knowledge I possess and it would be a crime to keep it from you.   So, without further ado, I present to you “Jen the Jew.”   What?!?!   How dare I use that word in jest?  But I do because it is just so perfect.  And well, we all know I love a good stereotype when I see one.  So it stays.   It’s origination comes from countless conversations with friends about deals I’ve found that are…to put it bluntly, cheap.  Don’t be confused though, cheap does not mean you can’t keep it classy kids.  I have a special talent for finding the most le fance food and fun for almost free.  So there you have it, cheap deals plus a Jewish girl named Jen equals “Jen the Jew.”  Voila!   JTJ segments will detail my latest and greatest finds throughout LA and the country, so stay tuned and find out how to be le fance on a budget.  Now, let’s all take our white wigs off and be honest…we’ve got a little Jew in us!

Funny People!

Every Wednesday night I get together with the special people in Ithamar Enriquez’ Conservatory 4 class at the Second City Training Center Los Angeles to pitch sketch ideas and cast scenes just like we are producing SNL.  These scenes are then performed again in our improv shows before a live audience.   We are collecting material that will soon be used in our 8 week show run once we graduate from Conservatory Level 5.  What ever makes the audience laugh will stay, and whatever doesn’t, well…it will probably also stay!  Just kidding folks.  Here’s a sample of what we’ve been up to…

Want to see more?  You can still catch us on April 11 and 25 at 7PM.  And the best part?  The show costs a whopping ZERO f-ing dollars.  I know, I know.  It just seems too good to be true.  And it is.  Hope to see you all there!

Warning: Animal has escaped from the zoo and is disguised…

…as a MAN.

Here’s some background. My friend basically swore off dating for 2010, but went out with this guy one night to get it over with since he had asked her to hang out a few times before that. She had no expectations and really wasn’t in the mood to go have drinks with this stranger at the Belmont on a Sunday night. It turned out that they hit it off and spent five hours talking about everything and anything. He had qualities she hadn’t found yet in other guys, he was assertive, direct, a great listener, and very manly – a real guys guy. She was very intrigued by his time spent in the Israeli army and the fact that he wrote a book about his experience there. An intellectual tough guy, she thought. Perfect. He seemed very into her and made all kinds of future plans to see her.  At the end of that week he would be leaving town for over a month and wanted to see her as much as possible before that.  She was taken back by his eagerness to see her since they’d just started hanging out but liked it. No games, finally.

A few days before he left, he became distant, less talkative, and canceled plans, if you can even call what he did a cancellation.  She was disappointed but not upset because by that point, he had hardly made a dent on her life.  Then, lo and behold, once he got situated on location in Europe, he resurfaced with his excuse being that he was extremely busy before leaving town and needed to take care of everything. Fine, that’s understandable, she decided.  I mean he hardly knew her.  She definitely wasn’t a priority yet. It made sense and she forgave him. They continued talking via text, calls, skype and email. He constantly kept in contact. She figured it couldn’t hurt and would at least be entertained.   However, quickly it went from careless entertainment to real feelings and real feelings turned into missing him.  How could that even be possible after knowing him for such a short amount of time?  It was illogical and unrealistic.  They spoke all of the time, revealed things about themselves in “morning messages” they’d send each other letting the other know how they felt and concerns and questions, and grew closer by the day.  He even initiated talks of her flying out to see him in Europe (on his dime) and brought up what it would be like together when he returned to LA.  He wanted to integrate himself into her life, have her cancel all of her plans for the month of April and spend it with him once he got back. He wanted her to leave a toothbrush and pajamas at his place and be comfortable there with him. Aside for a few small things, and the major disappearing act he pulled in the beginning, he seemed like a good guy. A little pushy and quick to dive into a relationship, but great otherwise. She was definitely excited by his enthusiasm, yet still reluctant because it was all stemming from the two times they hung out before he left. She wasn’t sure she wanted to rule out seeing other people for this person she hardly knew, but hey, she didn’t want to date in 2010 anyway so what was the difference at this point?

Sooner than she expected, they had a series of fights and make ups where each time she wanted to call it quits because hello, it was just absurd to be dealing with this much trouble in the short period of time they knew each other.  He felt the opposite – that the problems were due to the distance and that once in the same place, they would be completely fine.  Again, he pursued, convinced, and on they went.  By this point, she was one foot in, one foot out.  She didn’t allow herself to get completely involved emotionally because things had been so inconsistent and so she kept herself at a distance.  She definitely didn’t see a future with this guy because of their personality differences. He had a temper, would drop off when stressed out with work, and had a mouth on him – most likely due to his time spent in the army.

Then for a while, it seemed like smooth sailing. No fights, just great talks, supporting each other, and becoming close again. Time was passing and soon he would be returning to LA. They’d finally get a chance to really see how things would be together. She was actually really excited to pick him up at the airport on March 27 and decided she would give it a shot. Lo and freaking behold, about two weeks ago he dropped off again, growing distant and less talkative. She knew something was up and in her likely fashion, she wanted to check out emotionally. Not the best defense mechanism, but one nonetheless. Only this time she couldn’t. He had worn her down, after all of the red flags and hesitance, and she let him in. The only difference was that now he had really dropped off. It came right after they had gotten their closest too. She couldn’t get in touch with him and finally gave up. Until yesterday. She couldn’t take it anymore and wanted answers. How could he suck her in like this and then completely go MIA? He was the one driving it the entire time and now silence. So she called him. She wasn’t surprised when he didn’t answer and left a message. But she couldn’t leave it at that. She called the hotel he was staying at and was connected to his room and finally got through. Only the person answering the phone was not him, it was a female and then he got on the phone and pretended he couldn’t hear her on the other end of the line. Now she had an answer. He was seeing someone else. Who knows if it was just that one, or maybe others he was seeing too. For all she knew, he could have been married this entire time. Of course this led to a series of other questions like why, how, when, and who. It also led to anger and disappointment and utter shock. How could he treat her like that after everything they’d planned for and told each other and supposedly felt? What kind of emotionless animal was he really? How can people treat other people like that at all? People pretend to be someone they aren’t, and basically disguise themselves as the person they know you want them to be. The truth always comes out though and someone is always left with the rug pulled from underneath them.

Moral of the story: Take things slowly, get to know the person, and push the brakes when you see red flags early on. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a fraud like she did, hurt, confused and afraid to trust again.  Also, it’s much more respectable and eventually forgivable if you own up to whatever you’ve done to hurt someone else.   Acknowledging it and coming clean may be uncomfortable for you, but it goes a long way and definitely will make a difference in the long run to that person on the receiving end.  Promise.

The Sundance Shore

Now that I have fully recovered from my adventures at the Sundance Shore (clearly we were all very into the Jersey Shore and it made its way into many things following the finale), amongst other things I encountered when I returned back to LA, here is the complete rundown.  After surviving my flight to Salt Lake City that got struck by lightening mid-flight, I knew things could only go up from there.  Upon arrival, my girlfriends and I took a car into Park City and headed to the house that would become home for the duration of our stay, and let me tell you what an incredible house it was!  We met our roommates and soon after the festivities began.

I definitely tried not to spread myself too thin this year and plan my Sundance schedule reasonably.  I kicked off the weekend at the Gen Art 7 Fresh Faces in Film party co-hosted by 7 For All Mankind and hosted by actress Malin Akerman (“The Watchmen,” and “Couple’s Retreat”).  The 7 of the Fresh Faces being honored were Shawn Ashmore (“Frozen”), Amy Ferguson (“Douchebag”), Shiloh Fernandez (“Skateland”), Zoe Lister-Jones (“Armless”), Zoe Kazan, (“happythankyoumoreplease”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) & Kevin Zegers (“Frozen”).  After the Gen Art party I called it an early night to save my energy for the long days to come.  The change in altitude really does a number on you.

Saturday morning I got up bright and early to begin my day.  Sundance is not exactly a relaxing vacation, but more a weekend to cram in as much fun as possible.  Off I went to the Village at the Yard, one of the most popular gifting areas which also houses the T-Mobile Diner.  One of the best things about Sundance is that all of the festival food and beverages are free so I made sure to eat my meals there during the day.   The food was great and to order your drinks you either text or called the Beverage Station on one of the new T-Mobile myTouch phones at the center of your table.  The only negative about the diner was the hostesses.  Apparently customer service was not one of their concerns unless you happened to be a celebrity.  Speaking of celebrities, I definitely spotted a few while running around one of my favorite gifting suites there, Fred Segal Fun.  I stood face-to-face with Kareem Abdul Jabar, well more like face-to-knee that guy is so tall.  I also saw funny guy Jonah Hill, football player T.O. and a few of the Glee actors.  The Fred Segal Fun suite is always a big hit because it introduces many of the new lines that Fred Segal carries including George Gina and Lucy, Emu, Kr3w, and probably the coolest thing I saw during Sundance, The Poken.  Once we finished our drinks at the Village’s Philadelphia Industry Lounge, we made our way to the next gifting area at Talent Resource’s Sky Suite.  There we scooped up things from Axe, AMC Movie Theaters, UrbanEars headphones, Rebecca Jewelry and Jenny B Clothing.  My favorite things were definitely the awesome green long sleeve burnout animal print tee and “I just might snap today” message tee from Jenny B and the gift certificate to Rebecca because half of the proceeds from my certificate went to charity courtesy of Giiv.com.  I was very happy to see that Sundance was not all about taking this year but giving back, especially to the Haiti Relief Fund.

After a full day of seeing what was hot and flying off the shelves at this year’s suites, I parked myself on a couch at the Tao cocktail party and shoveled sushi into my mouth.  From there we headed home to regroup, change and devise a plan for the evening.  We started the night at Gen Art’s big Kenneth Cole Vintage Black party hosted by Kenneth himself and honored 4 champions of independent film: Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Diego Luna, and Michael Shannon.  Next stop was the Axe party at the Sky Lodge where we met up with Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, and saw celebs like Simon Rex, Shane West, Adrian Brody, and Mario Lopez.  Then we headed home to our roommates for some bonding time and finally hit the hay.  Sunday would be another long day.

Up again bright and early for our last gifting suite, the Kari Feinstein Style Lounge.  This suite just might have been my absolute favorite because they offered so many different types of products, new and old.  I scooped up a great pink hoodie from the folks at Superdry, Fake Bake tanning lotion, Usana vitamins, stationary from Linda and Harriett, a vintage Miami Dolphins tee, a yoga mat, and more.  I walked out of there with bags upon bags of awesome items.  Once the gifting was all said and done, I caught the last bit of the Gen Art and K-Swiss Ping Pong Classic where cast members and filmmakers from four festival films including “Douchebag”, “Lovers of Hate,” “Obselidia” and “Skateland” battled it out on the ping pong court.  After a short nap back at the house, I stopped by the “High School” premiere party at the House of Hype and watched the Michael Chiklis Band perform.  I didn’t even know he had a band, but hey, they were pretty good.  Then it was back to Tao where I talked with one of my favorites, John Legend, and hung with my friends who produced the film “Teenage Paparazzo.”  Another great thing about Sundance, everyone is essentially on the same level and attends the same parties, no matter how famous or VIP you are.  From Tao, we went to the Flaunt party and then to bed.  Another endless and amazing day at Sundance.

Finally, it was Movie Monday and time to get down to business.  I started the day off well with the witty film “Douchebag.”  I enjoyed it and thought it was interesting and had many funny moments, especially because the lead, Andrew Dickler, really portrayed the quintessential douchebag.  Next I saw “Skateland” and to continue with honesty, I was not impressed.  Not by the actors Shiloh Fernandez and Ashley Greene, not by the directing, and not by the script.  Harsh, I know.  It just felt cliche, forced, meh.  The remaining two films I saw were horror films and by no means my kinds of movies.  The first was a dutch short film whose name escapes me, but watching it was literally like nails on a chalkboard.  I’m pretty sure in the actual film, one of the scary, disformed children was dragging her nails down a real board.  Painful.  The second was the feature film, “The Violent Kind,” which I went to see in support of my friend who produced it, and another friend who acted in it.  For me to judge it would be unfair considering I generally hate horror and torture porn and that’s what this was.  However, if that is your cup of tea, you should check it out.

Being that this was the final night in Park City with my roommates and now close friends, we all went out for “family dinner” to be together one last time as a group and say our goodbyes.  It was very “Jersey Shore”-esqe and fantastic.  All in all, I’d have to say Sundance 2010 was amazing and I can’t wait to go again next year.

Sundance, here I come!

If you are missing the festival this year, fear not!  I will be covering all of the events from the inside.  Even though the weather is supposed to be ridiculously low compared to prior years, I will bundle up and head out to bring you all of the scoop on the parties, gifting suites, celebrity sightings and of course the main reason we flock to Park City this time every year, the films.

Last year I saw some really awesome stuff: (500) Days of Summer, Mary and Max, and An Education. This year I am really looking forward to seeing Holy Rollers, Teenage Paparazzo, Hesher, High School and The Runaways. The great thing about Sundance is you never know who you might be sitting next to in the audience, could very well be one of the stars in the film or the director!

In addition to seeing films, I will be running in and out of the famous Sundance gifting suites.  So that I don’t feel guilty after indulging in all of the yummy food in the lounges and hot chocolate at the Lift, I will need to get my workout in at the Nintendo Lounge.  Then I’ll be off to the Village at the Yard to see what this year’s gifting suites have to offer.  Last year they were pretty damn amazing, but I’m thinking this year just may top it.  Fred Segal Fun was definitely my fav and I can’t wait to go back there and see what’s hot amongst celebs and Sundance goers this time around.  I’m really looking forward to the Sephora suite and checking out their new products and looks for the season.  New this year are the Oakley House and Gen Art lounge.  No matter what time of day, these places will be packed with celebs, people in the industry and Sundancers drinking, eating, gifting and having a great time.  Not a shabby way to spend a few days.

Once the sun goes down, I’ll make my way over to one of Park City’s famous restaurants and out for a long night of films and parties.  I don’t know how I’ll be able to fit in the Gen Art parties, Twitter House, Tao, and Harry O’s for live performances but I am up for the challenge.

Check back next week for all the scoop.  Off I go!