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Location Scouting

28 Mar

Wow, I’ve been way behind on this blogging thing. Sorry, my 10 beautiful followers. By the way, you should get the word out to your friends about Only Joni. I mean, aren’t you enjoying this blog so far? Don’t be selfish!

Anyhow, as I’m stepping into this new realm of filmmaking (basically the producer side of it, which I’m starting to enjoy) one thing I’m starting to get a love for is location scouting. Seriously, the walks, seeing your vision come to life for the first time. It’s quite the fascinating experience.

Until you’re two miles into a trail trying to find your vision. Then, things get tiring…and interesting. Lemme tell the story first with pictures.

Here’s me before location scouting last Wednesday:


See? We were so happy! So optimistic to start the trail, right? Yeah, we thought it would be easy as pie to find the perfect spot for my vision too.

Keep reading -__-

It all started with this sign:


Yep, we should have seen potential problems from the start, I know. At first, it was cool. We walked where wildlife hangs out, went over a cool bridge towering above high grass fields….

But then we started walking into deeper deeper feet of white sand. Mind you, I–the only one who wasn’t smart enough to change into boots after Directing for Film class, wore these to location scout:


I know, I know but every time we’ve gone to shoot field scenes, I’ve been rocking these bad boys:


Well, a shoe really similar. I couldn’t find my exact shoe on Google search and taking selfies of my shoes?


Anyhow, it all started off pretty well as I said. We were actually having a lot of fun:

the road less traveled…serious tho

Well, some of us were having too much fun vvv

ari having too much fun

Ok I was one of them!

being wild in the wild

Wanna know how/when things started going awry?

Be on the look out for pt. 2 soon! Promise it’ll be worth the read.

–Joni Juelissa

P.S. I would’ve told the full story but I’ve got tons of screenwriting and speech homework to finish.


Can American Idol Get Any More American?

8 Mar

I don’t know about you but personally American Idol has lost my interest. I’ve loved American Idol ever since I was four foot at the age of seven years old and they’ve turned my favorite show for the past eleven years running into this nightmare where I’m kneeling in front of the T.V. going:

kidding me

(if this picture isn’t moving you should click on it and get yourself a laugh)

You can only imagine how irritated my family is getting of me.

Let’s start off by going a season backward. I’ve got two words for you:

Phillips Phillips


(you see this face ^^^ this should’ve been the face of shame, NOT triumph!)

Now, I know how this is gonna go. You’re either a PP fan who will never read my blog again or you just held your laptop into the air as if it were Simba virtually blessing me for telling the truth! Am I right?

Well, thank you for still reading! I’m glad you agree. And, if you don’t, tell me you can’t after watching who Phillips was up against:

My point exactly! Of course, let’s be real here Joshua Ledet made the top 3. I give props to Jessica Sanchez, but top 2…hmmm

Anyhoo, moving on to this season, I like the judge lineup.


Keith Urban is the man! He’s honest–can be a little too nice at times in my opinion but that’s just the guy he is–he’s actually made me like country music, which is saying a lot in my case because I’m not the hugest fan.

ABC's "Live! With Kelly" - 2012

Nicki Minaj? That’s the girl! Leave it to her to be blunt as heck which I’m in love with. My only thing is some of these contestants that she’s “obsessed with”. Yeah, I’ll leave it at that. I love her too much.


Notice how I don’t picture Randy…if you’re a true American Idol fan you should be laughing. If not, here’s the spoiler: Ever notice Randy Jackson takes a sip of Coke after every performance feedback?

Randy…Americanized, in my opinion. I love how Randy speaks from a producer’s point of view but sometimes his occupation shows in his answers, if you can follow me. In other words, like any normal person, Randy loves attention and HATES getting booed. As honest as Randy can be when it comes to the extremely amazing or extremely horrendous performances, his judgments of the in-betweens all depends on the crowd’s reaction to the previous judges’ feedback. Don’t believe it? Then, you probably didn’t watch the first five seasons especially and haven’t watched this season intently enough.

carey tho

And, lastly but NEVER LEAST: Mariah Carey. OMGosh I LOVE HER! She’s so darn sweet. I mean, anything she says whether compliment or one of her “good luck wherever this competition leads you” type statements should be words that you safeguard under your pillow and listen to while you sleep. Of course, being the bluntly honest person that I am, I’m not a fan of all of her feedback, but overall sure.

Getting back to my point and only point, American Idol isn’t how it used to be. I mean, am I the only one who’s a little suspicious about the voting options for this season? Seems pretty easy for their system to leave out a few votes for people they didn’t bet on to go missing, if you ask me. And the lineup for the final 20 this year? Yes, I know it’s top 10 NOW, but the top 20 for season 12?

the nos

I couldn’t find the full lineup so just commenting on the ones above…#swerve except Candice…she’s phenomenal!

I think everyone who sees the picture above and is still reading already knows exactly how I feel about each and every person in the above sooo I’m gonna end by saying: FIXED!

cowell doee

This is Simon after hearing some of Season 12’s top 20. Simon Says ‘Stop This Song and Start Their Plane’

If I could go down the line of the top 20 with a marker and write HOME or STAY above each one, I would’ve done the judges and A LOT of angry Americans like myself a favor. Maybe if I had, Idol wouldn’t have lost the millions of people who moved on to The Voice seasons ago. Or The X Factor (Simon Cowell anyone?).


In my opinion, Idol is no longer the Idol that people like Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia Barrino won seasons ago. It’s no longer American Idol, it’s American Life Story. You got a story? Well, Idol’s got a stage to help you display your wavering pitched talent and show off your legs to compete in our annual Who Wore It Shorter contest to gain you votes for a million dollar record contract you won’t even make an album with! Aww your cat died? Well, here’s a mic sing your little heart, baby!



As you can see, I’m done with the pageantry of Idol! Something’s gotta give and soon because Adam Levine is calling my name!


Adam’s wondering why it’s taking me so long to become a Voicehead.

–Joni Juelissa ❤

I’m Back!!!

6 Mar


Long time, no blog! I checked over my stats and I’m actually ecstatic! People have been reading even after I haven’t blogged in a little more than a year (I apologize to these people -__-) Anyhoo, welcome back and thanks for reading!

A lot has happened this past year since my last blog. Instead of blogging about it, I’ll show some pictures and caption the story behind it underneath:

It all started with the first picture. I met my roommate. She is amazing–and she’s from LA where I’m moving! Coincidence? I definitely think not! From the moment we started talking to burst any awkward bubbles before our move-in day, I knew we would be an awesome roommate match. She is literally the sister I never had, but always prayed for. In a way, we are so alike yet so different. I think three years from now, we’re gonna rule LA.


After about a week into moving in, I met this handsome boy ^_^ (Recently, he got a lip piercing, which I’m still debating about with him). I admit to having the hugest crush ever on him when we first met. Are the flames still there? Wellllll, keep reading my blog and I just may reveal the ending or continuation of that situation.

And then, BOOM! I met the Night Owls. Yeah, everyone in this picture is involved. Who are the Night Owls, you ask? Well, let’s just say I pulled A LOT of all nighters last semester like…almost pretty much every night? The main crew are the ones in the following two pictures.

Ok, explanation time: the picture of the whole crew was taken at Steak n Shake. The one below it was a few hours later at the Cocoa Beach shop. Yes! We drove late at night to Cocoa Beach! It was frantic and dangerous and fun as heck! Of course, being the individual I am, I didn’t rock any shades that night. Plus, I drove so….

It’s been super cold lately! Just this past weekend, it hit the 30s!

I joined a missions trip team a few months ago who is journeying to Luxembourg, the heart of Europe! I’m excited! Maybe that last day in Paris, I’ll find my European husband (or at least shoot a film to bring home!)

Just two weeks ago, I went with one of my best college friends Brittany to see Mat Kearney! As you can see, it was spectacular. And, we got numbers!

Last week, I submitted my first film called The Death Kiss (which I wrote, directed, and produced) into a film festival and they accepted it!!!! (I’ll be posting the movie poster for it later). This weekend, they will be announcing the nominees. Fingers crossed for me?

As you can see, I’ve had quite the school thus far! It’s been a roller coaster of trials, victories, and emotions, but I have gotten through by the grace of God. You were probably wondering how the heck all of these pictures could have made one story and hopefully I’ve done a good job in explaining.

Shout Out to everyone in college right now! Respond back with some awesome stories and brag about your own crew below! Also, follow follow follow!

–Joni Juelissa ❤

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