On Being Jessie and PC

Executive Producer Lenid Rolov blogs from the perspective of PC and Jessie!

I wanted to start this week by congratulating our production coordinator, Dena Twain, on her engagement to Tim. Dena is one of the loveliest folks I have ever had the honor of working with and Tim is a lucky dude. Yaay Dena!

There have been a lot of requests in the comments section for PC and Jessie to blog so I’m going to write this blog from their prespective. Hopefully this will appease some of you (and if not… I tried). So here goes…

JESSIE:

Hey guys. This was one of my favorites so far because the producers finally went into my goals and ambitions… and more importantly you got to meet my Mom (how cool is she!). My Mom’s having such a tough time dealing with me graduating high school and leaving home. We’re like best friends so it’s going to be tough on us both. I’m very lucky to have known that I want to do marketing and public relations for fashion ever since I can remember, which has allowed me to jumpstart my career even while I’m still in high school. The interview I had to endure to work for Charlotte Ronson was brutal (love you Matt)! I had no idea it was going to be a group interview and so high pressure. Plus I was in a room competing with girls way older then me. But I knew in my heart I wanted that job and could do it better then any of them.

Can you believe Camille’s attitude when she came over to my house to discuss getting a position on Operation Smile!? Are you kidding me… she was rude and offensive. I think being nice to her that day was harder then the Charlotte Ronson interview. I just kept thinking if I only keep smiling soon this will end.

I was really surprised to see the moment my mom walked into the kitchen on the show. She was trying to duck down to avoid the cameras and I guess she thought if she kept turning her head it wouldn’t make the show. I’m glad it’s there. My mom is the best… and she has a great relationship with my friends. PC loves her and she loves PC… sometimes she even jokes about adopting him. Speaking of PC… I love love loved seeing him at the photo shoot… so outside his element. I’ve never seen PC lift a finger so it was awesome to see him put to work. We’ve been friends forever so it’s really great to see him getting serious about his future.

PC:

This episode was kind of a turning point for me. Like I told the therapist… I really was ready for a change. I guess since I’m about to graduate high school, I started feeling it was time to approach situations differently. Growing up in NYC is amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but there is so much excess it’s easy to get on a self-destructive path. It was for me anyway. Lately, as I barrel toward adulthood, I’ve really wanted to make healthier decisions and it was during the time of this episode that I made some major changes.

There are few situations that I find myself in that make me nervous… hardly any at all really. So I can’t say I was nervous during my photography apprenticeship. I was just… overwhelmed. I had no idea what the hell I was doing that day. On most first days of work, you fill out some paperwork and meet your cooworkers. Not on this day! They worked me hard… and had some fun at my expense at the same time. I knew immediately this was a group of people who loved their jobs and I would enjoy learning from them and also partying with them. It’s all about new experiences and this was absolutely a new experience for me.

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A City of Energy Vampires

Camille talks Harvard tours, high school boyfriends, and her chat with Sebastian.

Hello All!

This was the second to last episode (or penultimate in SAT books) of the show and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by for me. As the show comes to its dénouement it really begins to encapsulate the high-intensity lifestyle that most people in New York experience, and what makes the city unique. Candace Bushnell is famous for writing Sex and the City and I love her description of New York as:

"...a city of energy vampires – people really feed on each others’ energies and that’s why New Yorkers talk fast and gesture and they’ll come in and say ‘Oh my God you won’t believe what happened!’ That’s a normal greeting in New York."

One example of this is Taylor’s relationship with Cole; in a very short time-frame Cole went from being the ex-boyfriend, to boyfriend, to the ex-boyfriend yet again. If no one understood why I didn’t want a serious boyfriend in high school, can you understand now? While having a boyfriend certainly comes with “benefits” it can also add to the unnecessary and sometimes petty drama that I already get from other aspects of my life even without the quickly changing tides of relationships. I like both Taylor and Cole and I really hope that they can either work things out or move on amicably.

Regarding this episode’s first scene, here’s a French word for Sebastian: touché. I love verbal jousting and being witty (although witty is basically just a fancy word for smart aleck,) but Sebastian really did get me at our meeting at the art gallery. I think both Sebastian and I have different means of attaining the same end (i.e. staying single,) so neither one of us can fully empathize with the other’s situation (or for that matter give each other advice.)

The tour of Harvard was something I’d been holding my breath for. Not only is it a school I am interested in, it was my first real college tour. Any High-Schooler will tell you that imagining four years of pure independence is fun – but walking around and realizing that I will be going to college in less than a year was really exciting. I’m so glad Kelli and Maite were there to support me through the tour because it was very…interesting. Scarlett was appropriately dressed in scarlet and all she lacked were the horns and a forked tail to complete her ensemble. Or better yet I can picture her in a hoop skirt and bonnet standing in front of Tara, clutching a musket to defend the plantation from Yankees like me.

Although Scarlett’s appearance was costumed I don’t think anyone could doubt her intellectual capability. Don’t worry; after Scarlett’s theatrics we did get a better look at the university when the cameras weren’t filming as we went to classes and public informational tours. However, I think that Kelli said it best: she wants to visit several schools before setting her sights on any particular institution.

Get ready for next week’s finale – I think it’s going to be crazy...

Veritas,
Camille

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