L.A. or Bust

So anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter already knows a little something about this, but here is the whole story.

I’m going to Hollywood.

Okay, I’m not really sure if it’s Hollywood. But it is L.A. and it is for something Hollywood-related. The gift lounge for the MTV Movie Awards called and they want me to be a part of it!  This year’s theme is Celebrity Pet Lounge, and hello! I paint pets. It is June 4-5, which feels like its about 2 minutes away and I’ve got a crapload of things to do.

  • Buy something to wear
  • Imagine my display
  • Make my display
  • Ship art
  • Order a banner
  • Print gift certificates
  • Get plane tickets
  • Round up supplies
  • Pack
  • Get my eyebrows waxed
  • Get a chemical peel
  • Consider an airbrush tan

I recruited my sister to go with me (who, let’s face it, is more interested in the off-chance that she’ll see Taylor Lautner than in my artistic success.) Plus, she’s cute and peppy and red-headed, whereas I am dark and shy. It will help.

I am flying to Phoenix to meet my sister and then we’re driving to L.A. to set up. Then it’s two days of meeting celebrities and, I imagine, their puppies and pooches (I hope no one brings a pet tarantula).

This was all sort of last minute, I mean, last minute for a person who doesn’t even have plans for summer childcare, because that’s like three weeks (wait, THREE WEEKS?!) away. And you all know that this art thing is kind of a side-gig and I don’t have a marketing budget per se, and when I put out the initial, panicked announcement that I was thinking about going to L.A. (hold me) many people were unexpectedly awesome and pre-ordered ART so I could, you know, go.

I’m very grateful.

I’m also very excited! It’s kind of like having a vacation in that we’ll be in a hotel room without kids, but it will be offset by nervous small talk with people I don’t know. And pictures. Someone will be taking pictures of me, with celebrities and my paintings. And I’ll share them with you, I promise.

14 Responses to “L.A. or Bust”

  1. LatigoLiz Says:

    WAY cool! Enjoy! And hopefully this is the start of even bigger things to come!

  2. Lisa Cunningham Says:

    What a fantastic opportunity. Wishing you all the best!

  3. Sarah Says:

    That is so awesome! Congratulations!

  4. Calamity Anne Says:

    Good juju is happening for you! Congratulations!

  5. Jolene Says:

    I am so EXCITED for you I just can’t stand it! Have you ordered your custom M&M’s for your table?

  6. Devon Says:

    Wonderful! I’m so glad your art is getting the appreciation it deserves… I love the whimsy of it all! Stay away from the chemical peel!!!

  7. Rachael Says:

    Custom M&M’s?! How did this not make my list?

  8. Sharla Spoon Says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! I wish you oodles of overflowing success in this! You deserve and earned it 🙂

  9. Susan Says:

    Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow…………………this is so awesome for you! Someday soon you will be more famous than you already are. So happy and proud to say I have your artwork! Wow, I know a famous person………………YOU!!!

  10. Rebecca Says:

    Rachel, this is fabulous……….watch out world, here she comes!!! I’m so proud of you and inspird by your passion for your art. Do you think the marketing collateral I’ve saved from WS that you’ve designed (for my portfolio) will be worth something now that you are a celebrity pet artist? haha! 🙂 Enjoy every second of it.

  11. Kim Says:

    I can’t wait to hear all the glorious details! I still think Yupo should step up to the plate here! Hello…YUPO!!!…MTV…aahhh how big do you need to get?!?! This fan says knock ’em dead Rachael!

  12. Emily Says:

    That is so awesome! Congratulations!

  13. Erin Says:

    Hi Rachel!
    It was so great meeting you this weekend! Please keep in touch and let me know who contacts you for paintings! 😀

  14. Rachael Says:

    Erin – so far, Renee Olstead has contacted me for a painting! I’ll post the finished product here….

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