IRL (In Real Life) is a web series about the intersection of social media culture with contemporary life and was just released online after airing on Bell Fibe TV1. Creator Bobby Del Rio was kind enough to spare some time out of his busy schedule this past weekend to answer a few of my questions via Facebook Messenger (talk about things coming full circle - his words not mine). Check it out below:
What inspired IRL?
I was inspired to make IRL because I noticed how social media had completely transformed my life and I made the series to find out why. Maybe it was a sense of alienation that I wanted to understand more fully.
Is there one specific experience that triggered this idea/realization or a combination of all of your experiences on social media?
Mostly I wanted to understand why I had so many Facebook confrontations. I'll get in really nasty Facebook debates/fights, then give the same people warm hugs IRL. The disconnect is startling.
What do you want the viewers to take from this?
I'd like them to start looking at social media objectively and really question how social interactions are forever changed via social media channels. The effects can be quite devastating. Positive developments too, but negativity seems more pervasive.
I can't wait to start watching the series this weekend! I learned a lot from my chat with Bobby - we even discussed online dating which was not included in this interview.
Watch IRL for yourself, here.
I am pleased to present to you the first article submitted by a SaverinaScozzari.com contributor. Katie McClelland is the owner/director at De La Sol Yoga Studios and will be selecting a pose or sequence for you to try out each month. Here are some things you should know about this month's pose, Triangle Pose or Utthita Trikonasana:
Triangle Pose or Utthita Trikonasana is a beautiful pose that builds heat, stretches and strengthens the legs and increases feelings of vitality! The open, expressive shape of the pose invites you to celebrate your uniqueness and shine your light out into the world! To move into the pose safely, set up your feet at least a leg's distance apart and line up your front heel with the arch of the back foot. Place your hands on your hips and tip your hips dramatically so that one side of the pelvis is higher then the other. Think of a teenager with attitude, sticking one hip out! Now, reach out over the front leg, let your pelvis turn slightly towards the front leg, and rotate your belly button and you chest up towards the sky. Extend your bottom arm down directly in line with the shoulder and extend your other arm up in line with your face. Ensure that the sides of your waist are equally long and that your legs are engaged with your quads (thighs) pulling the kneecaps up. Turn to gave softly at the top hand and breathe slow and deep. I love this pose for building confidence and self-love. Enjoy!
Things to watch out for/modifications:
- Keep the waist long and the spine neutral by tipping the pelvis. Do not laterally bend at the waist.
- If the stretch to the front hamstring and inner thigh is too deep, bend the front knee generously and/or place a block underneath your front hand. Do not strain or move into pain!
- If looking up creates tension in your neck, look straight ahead or down at your front foot.
- Modify the top arm position if there is pain in the shoulder by placing your hand behind your head with your elbow pointing straight up or place your hand on your hip.
Award season is coming!
Yesterday, the nominations for the 2016 American Music Awards were announced causing me to immediately be filled with joy (for those who aren't already aware, this is my favourite time of year). The show will go down on November 20th, ahead of all of the fancy award shows.
The nominations were announced yesterday by Joe Jonas (is it me, or does it get more swoon worthy with age?) and Rachel Platten on Good Morning America. Adele, Rihanna, Drake, and even The Biebs are up for the most hardware. Selena Gomez, DNCE, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor, and more also join them on the list.
I'm looking forward to the list of performers - and I am totally rooting for an appearance of any kind by Beyoncé. My prediction is that Adele will win all of the awards, but I am struggling to settle on winners in the other categories. Time will tell. For a full list of nominees, click here.
The first #MusicMonday post of the month features lovely Hamilton musician Piper Hayes who is preparing for the release of her new trilogy 'Goodbye Mister Nice Guy'. She was kind enough to take time to answer a few of my questions over Thanksgiving weekend. Check it out:
Describe yourself in one word.
Is the inspiration behind 'Goodbye Mister Nice Guy' pretty obvious, or is there something more?
It is definitely a breakup album in nature. On the surface it tells the story of falling in love, breaking up and moving on. It also tells the story of all of the emotions and changes that often happen along with a breakup. For me, 'Mister Nice Guy' is someone who operates under the disguise of being nice, but really that someone is quite careless. Careless with other’s hearts and careless with their own.
When I got to the point in my journey where I wrote the song 'Honey', I had decided it was time to start calling this type of communication what it was and putting a stop to it. I needed to say "no, I'm not going to put up with this". I started valuing myself, and it was then that I truly became ready to say goodbye.
What do you want listeners to get out of this trilogy?
It absolutely makes my day when someone who has heard one of my songs comes up and tells me that my song struck a chord. If others find these stories and experiences relatable, then I feel as though I have done at least a portion of my job right. I like to think of “Honey” as an anthem. A song that makes listeners feel empowered to move past circumstances that are unhealthy for them, to say goodbye and ultimately to put oneself first. I want people to feel connected, empowered and moved to dance and sing.
Check out Piper's single and video for Honey here, and give her a follow on Twitter.