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2016, the year of Crazy.

It's been a while since I updated this blog. Partly because I've been too busy. Partly because I haven't really known what to write and what to leave out. 

This spring got a bit crazy. Not only have I traveled more than my health technically allows, but when I've been home, there has been non-stop action with work and other activities. In March, I managed to make headlines in Norwegian national newspapers, having outed some rock bands/artists on sexual harassment. I wrote a post on facebook, as a comment on this Spin-article. I wrote as a support to the author, and mentioned my own experiences as a female music journalist, and the next day, one of the biggest Norwegian newspapers rang me up as I was on my way to the airport. They wanted to run a story on it. I accepted - having conferred with many female friends who backed me up - on the condition that I got to check quotes and facts before it was published. That day was spent on the phone and mail with them, with record companies who called me saying the newspaper had called them, and it all got a bit nuts. That was before the article was even posted. 

Screenshot of the article.

Then, the next day when the article DID go online, things really got crazy. I refused to visit any comment fields or read anything other than actual articles - for the sake of my own self esteem and sanity - knowing all too well that the trolls living in the depths of internet's dark ponds have absolutely nothing to do with me, my story, my experiences or anything even slightly related to it. And thus, have nothing to contribute with. I still know that I'm easily hurt, and chose to stay away. Which, according to friends, was a wise move. They, however, did stick up for me. The number of supporting mails, texts, comments on my facebook profile, on the article when people shared it and people commenting on their shared articles, were overwhelming and comforting. A few days later, the newspaper followed up with another article on the subject, having interviewed several more women in different parts of the industry, who confirmed my experiences, shared theirs, and cheered me on. It's such a common thing, and this is the first people have heard, read, and talked about it in a long long time. Maybe ever. And the stories just kept coming. Another story followed a week later, and eventually it all died down. Nothing's changed, probably. It will still happen, definitely. But now, people might be a little bit more prepared and aware. And if that's the case, then it was all worth it.

Gaaaalaaaaavaaant!

I know I normally only post photography-related stuff on here, but sometimes things happen that I just need to talk about, even though it's not at all work-related. In early August, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls had their release-gig for “Positive Songs For Negative People” and, being a massive Frank Turner fan, actor Tim Omundson came over to hang out. Now it just so happens that I'm as massive a fan of one of HIS current TV-shows, Galavant, so when Nige spilled the beans on that a few hours later, we were promptly invited down to their set in Bristol to watch them make season 2! To me, this is one of those “haha we all know that's never gonna happen but I really appreciate the gesture” situations, but what do you know, a few weeks later, we are in the car, driving down to Bristol on one of the rainiest days of the year.

"Way back in days of old, there was a legend told about a hero known as Gaaalavaaant"

Maybe the best love song ever.

Galavant, for those who are unaware of this genius piece of TV history, is a comedy musical Disney style (look out for Sidney Land), set in a sort of medieval era full of castles, heroes, evil (though really just whimsical) kings, even eviler queens, princesses, knights (as well as stranded pirates, loopy magicians, scheming servants, jesters, eunuchs, and more cameos than you can count on.. well, one hand anyway), and love. Kinda. All of this, accompanied by the catchiest music you can imagine, which is one of the reasons why you'll still play this on repeat in the background having re-watched it enough times to know every line by every character in every episode by heart.

We ended up in a forest by a lake, where they were shooting a scene between King Richard (Tim) and Galavant (Joshua Sasse), and though we were warned that it would be really boring watching two guys repeating the same lines over and over, it really really wasn't.

The cast & crew discussing the next scene between takes.

In fact, it was one of the most interesting experiences I've had in a long time (I may have had a super pathetic boring life though, who knows) watching them tweak the lines from take to take and thus changing the whole feel of the scene, as well as watching their crew work their cameras and mics and monitors and makeup and oh my god I wish I could have stayed there for days! Also got to meet producer Dan Fogelman which was amazing!

Just after noon we had lunch with Tim and an actress who is a new character in season 2 (I think they've spoiled the whole thing on twitter themselves but I'll still keep my mouth shut just in cases). SO MUCH GOOD FOOD and I could barely eat any of it because I was so nervous. Sigh.

We had to leave shortly after, but not before they had made me do the very thing I've vowed never to do – have my picture taken with my idols. It's by far the most cringeworthy thing anyone can ever make me do, and yet... here they are! Hot tip, ignore me, look at the guys instead!

Nigel Powell, Tim Omundson and.. me.

Nigel Powell, Tim Omundson and.. me.

Tim Omundson and Joshua Sasse.

Tim Omundson and Joshua Sasse.