Here’s a haka for you all! Enjoy!
MAY – AUGUST 2019
The last few months have been a whirlwind. Sorry for not keeping up, quite honestly, I don’t know where to begin. Here’s a fun story, Justin was at work about a week ago, and saw a commercial that I had made with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I helped them make an English, Hawaiian, Tagalog, and Ilocano commercial for their organization, which was super fun as usual. I’ll include the commercial here.
In other news, Justin and I will be relocating come this November. I started teaching online so that the move will be less stressful. We are moving to Petaluma, California. Just north of San Francisco! I’m excited to get to know people in California, and hopefully film a few weddings while I am there!
Other than that, my time has been spent just by trying to create my online class. It’s a little exhausting, who knew, but I’m really excited with the curriculum I have put together so far. I’ll include my intro video!
A couple weeks ago, I filmed a wedding that was supposed to be in the middle of a hurricane. Funny how I’m always filming those weddings! Anyways, the weather held off, and we were able to shoot a beautiful day at one of the most beautiful venues I have worked at, Loulu Palms. It was really amazing.
I’m excited to show you some of the things that I have worked on this month. I worked with NIU Pacific, a Cosmetic Coconut Oil Business with a mission to alleviate poverty. We went to Solomon Islands, where we met with their suppliers (Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands) and got to tour the facility. Honiara, the capital of Solomon’s, is a very poor city. Many people are without jobs, and their way of making money is selling beetle nut (a horrible plant similar to chewing tobacco). Kokonut Pacific has created facilities throughout the islands to create jobs for families in these islands while also creating the world’s best coconut oil. If you’re interested in this coconut oil, CLICK HERE to learn more and buy your own. I use it regularly as makeup remover, as well as a moisturizer! I was in Honiara for about a week, and I stopped in Nadi, Fiji for transit. It was a blast, but I’m also extremely happy to be home with my husband and family 😉 Here are some pictures of the trip and the kids. I can’t wait to show you some videos!
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve done a good amount of rebranding, and so I have a new logo, an updated website, and all my pages are all branded the same! Finally!! So if you haven’t had the opportunity, check them out. My instagram is now @andreabmarshall and my facebook is @andreamarshallvideo. Go check them out!
We will be starting a new business soon. It is called North Shore Photo Booth at northshorefoto.com and that will be a blast. Our test run was at our wedding, and we had so much fun we are going get it up and running for upcoming local events in Oahu.
Next month we will be running a GIVEAWAY, and guys, IT WILL BE HUGE. So stay up to date, tel your friends. I’m so excited!
I also worked with KFVE on several local projects. KFVE is a local Hawaiian Station, and it has been awesome making videos with them. I’ve gotten to work with Miss Teen Hawaii. And one of my favorite videos I worked with them was one for Big Brothers Big Sisters – Hawaii.
I went to Tallahassee again to film another wedding. I grew up with Elyse Wahlquist and was able to fly out to her wedding. It was actually one of the craziest, most humbling experiences to be in Tallahassee during one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. History. I got to see so many old faces, and the wedding was incredibly beautiful.
The last few months have also been busy, personally. Justin, my now fiancee, proposed in October and we’ve been planning our wedding this December. It has been a whirlwind and so much more planning than I have ever imagined. But it has been a blast. I’m so excited for this new chapter in my life, and I’m grateful to have someone so awesome constantly by my side.
Everyone says that you need to pay extra not to wait in line. I found that as long as I left my apartment early enough, and I arrived to the big places early, there wasn’t really a line. I was the first person in the Colosseum, one of the first people at St. Peters Basilica. What an amazing experience. As an artist, I was so captivated. The gelato was so dope. There is this place called Giolitti. The gelato was about 2.50 euro. I ate so much pizza!
On the day that I was planning on getting to Pompeii, there was a snow storm. A cold front from Siberia came down and hit the Mediterranian. It was so beautiful, but impossible to figure out the train stations. After hours of confusion and freezing, I finally saw a train leaving for Naples and got on it, even though that train wasn’t my train! Pompeii was sobering but such a cool place to be. In the last 40 years, this was the second time that they had seen snow. I got to see a part of Italy that is incredibly rare.
Finally on the last day, I returned to Rome, and stayed in this amazing hotel. It was HEATED, can you believe it? I took a hot bath, and was ready to go home! Unfortunately, I brought the flu home with me!
Anyways, when I wasn’t filming the wedding, I got to see some more scenic parts of the area. I was so excited to see it, and people from Arizona were like… sorry it’s no Hawaii but…
Honestly, I believe that everywhere you go can be the most beautiful place on earth! All you need is the right perspective! Arizona kept it REAL.
If you click the image below, it will take you to the link!
On Saturday, we went from our hotel in Cannes to Nice where Angelee and I did a ton of cruising. Honestly, we spent a lot of time just walking around, finding things to do. People would talk to me on the street. I would say, sorry I don’t speak french, and they would just say, “cigarette”. Everyone smokes. So we just walked around, got familiar with the area, took some videos and pictures and called it a day. Sunday was similar, but we spent a lot of our time at museums, cathedrals, and Old Nice. Old Nice is probably like the coolest part of the city. It is so colorful, the food is good, and the architecture is next level. Monday, we decided to venture a little further. We caught a train up into the first town in Italy, just to say we went and ate lunch in Italy. We ventured around, my Italian that I had been trying to learn was gone because I spent 2 weeks trying to learn as much french as possible. It was crazy. So we walk around, it was so beautiful, and there weren’t any tourists, so it was pretty quiet as well. We get back on the train to go to Monaco.
So we’re sitting on this train, and the conductor walks up to us and tells us we need to move. I show him my ticket, just to make sure we’re going in the right direction. He shows us to another seat. I was a little confused as to why, but as we were walking, he pointed back back to our seat and under it was a sleeping homeless man. We didn’t even see him!! So at the next stop, police raided the train and took off 10-20 people. I don’t know why. We go to Monaco, walk up this thing they call “The Rock” and check out the Prince’s Palace and the view. It was dope. Monaco kind of reminded me of Brazil… if Brazil was filled with people who are stinking’ rich.
By the time we got back to Nice, we were so exhausted. We had done so much in the 3 days we were there, all we wanted to do was sleep. That pretty much sums up our trip. It was rad. The end.
The next day, I went to the temple just to check it out. It was super tight. On my way back, I got on the wrong train, which ended up taking me to Harlem haha. So I got off in Harlem and started heading back downtown. On the train, this guy tried to give me a pair of sneakers because he said he loved my feet. After talking, he showed me pictures of his daughter, and then told me that he wanted to put a baby in me. So I got off that train as soon as possible, and took the next one coming up.
That night was the competition/award ceremony for all of us finalists. Anish and I were so nervous because of the Q&A. It was such a cool set up. We went to the Roxy Hotel where they were playing several shorts from Tribeca and then they would show our shorts. Man, that theatre though was top notch. After our shorts, they announced that I would be going to France! WAAT. It was so rad. Then they had this cocktail parties. Everyone was plastered, but it was awesome. I met a bunch of cool people in the industry.