WHO AM I?
My name is Jamie. I’m a (late, ahem) twenty-something girl currently living in Los Angeles and am the blogger behind Glow On. I spend my nights managing a bar and coming up with tasty new tipples. In addition to my job job, I spend my days doing 7,328,412 other things. Some of those other things include: watching basketball, auditioning, eating Korean barbecue with my boyfriend, writing for one of the other blogs I contribute to (The Beauty Vanity, The Turf), forcing myself to go to the gym, creating content for this blog and my YouTube channel, and looking at adoptable dogs/trying to convince my boyfriend to get one.
WHAT’S MY STORY?
I am the ultimate dabbler. My career path has been (and continues to be) a winding one, as a result.
The majority of my childhood was spent in the beautiful state of Washington. I studied musical theatre in college and am an avid lover of the arts. I moved to New York City after I graduated to pursue acting. In addition to waking up at 6 AM to audition, I was working 50 hours a week bartending. Consequently, I was really burnt out. I mean, really, really burnt out – it turns out, New York City isn’t the easiest place to live – IMAGINE THAT.
After four years working myself into the ground, an extremely tumultuous relationship, and rejections galore, I decided to move to Los Angeles after a psychic stopped me on the street and told me to. Yeah, that happened. I’ll tell you about it sometime, I promise.
Now, I’m figuring my shit out here in Los Angeles.
WHY GLOW ON?
I decided to start Glow On (I definitely just typed “Blow On”. Oops. That’s my other blog.) for a couple different reasons. I noticed that people were constantly asking me for product recommendations and what makeup I was wearing – my friends, family, clients, guests at the bar I manage, people at auditions. It was hard to believe my opinion was so heavily trusted, but hey, I’m not gonna fight ’em.
I am an avid follower of many beauty bloggers and YouTubers, and can watch videos and read blog posts for hours on end. From time to time I found myself feeling, well, inferior after watching these videos or reading these posts. Many beauty gurus are seemingly flawless – cute little noses, long lashes, clear skin, big boobs, perfect bodies, etc. Additionally, the amount of makeup (and other material things) they have is astounding. Watching girls who are 6 years younger than I am driving around in brand new Mercedes looking flawless while I’m cruising the streets in my 2005 Toyota Highlander isn’t great for the ego, you know?
I’m able to talk myself out of these self-sabotaging cycles of thought, but it’s not easy. Being an actress means constantly being judged, looked at through a microscope and rejected – as a result, I have dealt with my share of insecurity. I continue to struggle with insecurity – professionally, with my appearance, financially. I want this blog to be real – I’m not making six figures, sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, my apartment is a mess, I don’t buy all my groceries at Whole Foods, I cry at least once a week, and I wish I could transfer some fat from my stomach and thighs to my boobs and butt.
My goal with this blog is to be open and authentic, and hopefully relatable for some of you. I want to talk about real things – things that make me uncomfortable, fears, triumphs, navigating life even when I have no idea where the f*ck it’s going. I also want to talk about beauty, wellness, self-care and awareness.
As stupid and corny as it sounds, I truly believe that beauty starts with what’s inside. It takes practice and I certainly have a long way to go, but I am getting a lot better at being kind to myself and accepting myself as I am, here, right now. I accept myself and feel beautiful, messy parts and all, and I want to help others feel the same.
So, stick around and let’s be friends. I’d love to communicate with you, so leave a comment on a post or use the Contact Form.