Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Goodbye 2013

2013
-got engaged on New Years Eve at Disneyland....1.1.2013
-March 21, 2013 I married the love of my life and became Mrs. Anna Zerin
-Graduated with my husband, band and family all there....Mr&Mrs. Dan and Anna Zerin
-Mini honeymoon in Solvang, Santa Barbara
-2 weeks in Michigan, West Bloomfield and Kalamazoo with Dan´s family and friends.
-Kevin and Eric moved out and Crystal moved in. 
-Was a model for E! makeup school
-Interviewed Allan Rich (wrote Whitney Houston´s hit "Run to You") for MI Express
-Zumba Fitness Conference with my mom, Zumba Fitness, Zumbatomic, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao and Aqua Zumba
-Got interviewed by Frettablaðið, an Icelandic newspaper
http://www.visir.is/anna-claessen-lifir-drauminn-i-hollywood/article/2013706259993

-Raised money for our band Anna and the Bells 
-Got the Green Card
-Worked for Sugar Factory, Quiz Up, LA Fitness, Party Staff and Mary Kay 
-Gamenight with friends...always a blast!!!
-Got to be a zombie in HARRP´s music video "Dead To Me" and film behind the scenes.
-The following people came to LA: my whole family, Alexandra and Emelie 
-First Jewish Wedding and first baseball game ever....thanks Jacqui and Mark :)


-Went to the following concerts:
HARRP (Dragonfly, Viper Room, The Roxy, Loaded, Ireland 52's )
Jónína (Genghis Cohen) The Evening Guests (Skinny´s) Lonely Trees (Art Show Downtown) Arson Strike (Rainbow) Dead Heroine (King King) Brooklyn&The City Stones and Joan Jett!

-Saw the Sound City Players and Paul McCartney shut down Hollywood Blvd with an epic concert. IMAGINE everyone on the BLVD singing "Hey Jude" and "Jessie's Girl"

-Met Dave Navarro, Peter Dobson, Rosamund Pike, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Jay Chandrasekhar and saw Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jon Voight, George Lucas, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Diane Keaton, Angela Lansbury, Jake Gyllenhall, Judd Apatow, Matthew McConaughey, Octavia Spencer, Bill Hader, Pharrell, Kristin Chenoweth, Gena Rowlands (Notebook), John Goodman, Joan Jett, Chris D'Elia, Bobby Lee, Ashton Kutcher, Michael C. Hall (aka Dexter), Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey

-Our band Anna and the Bells is currently recording its first EP at Stage Red Studios.
Can´t wait to hear the final product....stay tuned on www.annaandthebells.com 

Birthday, Christmas and New Years

Birthday
What an awesome birthday...me and my man Dan took our own tour of Dash, Greystone Manor, My Name is Earl, Grey´s Anatomy and Back to the Future. Got a Sprinkles cupcake from an ATM and had Burger King where Doc Brown´s house (from Back to the Future) used to be. When I came home he gave me my awesome present....a Minnie Mouse Snuggie and hat. It´s soooo adorable and comfortable! Ended the night at Blue Palms Brewhouse, him with the best beer in USA and me with a cosmo.  I survived the rockstar age of 27 and think 28 will be an awesome one.

Dec.21

Saved Dan's friends from LAX and we took them to their friends in Hermosa Beach where we went to a British pub Underground as well as hung out with his friend.

Dec.24
Celebrated Christmas by skype-ing my family in Iceland at noon and then had Filet Mignon and red wine with my husband while watching White Christmas (starring Dan´s favourite actor Danny Kaye) and Jingle All the Way (90´s). Merry Christmas or as we say in Iceland "Gleðileg jól!"

Dec.25
Spent American Christmas (Dec.25) working at the Sugar Factory with fun co-workers selling tons of couture pops. Ended the night with my husband Dan and our awesome friends Bunny and Kent, who cooked a delicious meal for us (glazed ham, with green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, mashed potatoes, fudge, and chocolate torte). Topped it off with game night. Reminded me of Christmas at home. Great day!

Was working at the Sugar Factory during the holidays and on New Years Eve we went to Viv/Alex´s place for a little party. Hard to top last year, where Dan proposed at Disneyland so I was just happy to spend the new year with my husband happy in love. Happy 2014!!!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sept-Dec 2013




Dan´s birthday 
-Dan´s favourite actor is Danny Kaye so I took him to his exhibition at Walt Disney Concert Hall. We took Glenn with us and did a Halloween movie tour as well. To top it off we ended the night with a party for Dan, with his closest friends. I gave him an autographed picture of Oasis, since Noel Gallagher is the reason he became a guitarist, a beer sign that he loves and finally Nightmare on Elmstreet on Blu-Ray, since Robert Englund (Freddie) is his other favourite actor. Great day!

We celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary, so we had dinner at Maggianos where we got married. We ended the evening with playing Anna and the Bells acoustic set at Sheddys. So fortunate to have a partner in life and music.


Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel....Paul McCartney shut down Hollywood Blvd with an epic concert. IMAGINE everyone on the BLVD singing "Hey Jude"....needless to say I got goosebumps. I wanna write a song that means that much to people and everyone loves.To top it off, my tweet about meeting my husband at Jimmy Kimmel was shown on Screen.


Catering
I got a job at PartyStaff (a staffing company) after a quiz, class and an interview I was ready to go.

Catered the following events:
-Hairstyling event for Wolfgang Puck at LA Live was fun, my first gig, learned a lot
-Reagan Library Presidential Center in Simi Valley at a Pro Life Convention. Interesting to say the least. Such a beautiful area and there's an actual helicopter and a plane inside the venue.
-Tender Greens during Fashion Week for the mayor. Short shift and quick. Nice speech mayor!
-Bravo event at BLVD.. it was cool, they had a dancer in a swing over a pond and guys on stilts.
-UCLA for parents weekend. The campus is stunning, made me wanna study there.
-Californian Lutheran University Thousand Oaks...toughest shift. Communication is key people!
-California Science Center where we catered inside where they have the spaceship the Endeavor!
-Governor´s award was amazing. The room was decorated like the Oscars and I saw Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jon Voight, George Lucas, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Diane Keaton, Angela Lansbury, Jake Gyllenhall, Judd Apatow, Matthew McConaughey, Octavia Spencer, Bill Hader, Pharrell, Kristin Chenoweth, Gena Rowlands (Notebook), John Goodman among others....SURREAL!!!! Governors Awards was breathtaking.For a girl who fell in love with Hollywood through movies and especially the Oscars....this was heaven.
-Thanksgiving was spent at a home party. Enjoyed meeting people but it was really hard. 

Zumba at LA fitness
Got my own regular class on Thursdays 8 pm at Beverly/Wilshire but substituted at:
-Downtown Macys, North Hollywood and La Cinega were a blast, sooo many people
-Westwood was similar to Beverly Hills, but at least the people there really liked me.
-Hollywood El Centro had dedicated people. Appreciate it.

Got a job at Sugar Factory as well as writing questions for an amazing app called QuizUp. I´m focused on that right now as well as teaching Zumba.

Driving Test in L.A.
Failed the first written test and passed the second time. Turns out there are a lot of different rules in US then in Europe. Then it came to the actual driving test. Despite having driven for 10+ years in Iceland I had to take a drivers test....and FAILED TWICE. They are insanely picky here and I feel they don't test on things that actually matter. I feel they should take you on a freeway and parallel park. Here its all about the little things and they fail you easily. Now i'm just getting my confidence up and studying to make sure i pass the third time. Third times the charm!

Hello San Francisco

Had a blast visiting Dan's relatives in Grass Valley. they have the most beautiful ranch with horses. The area reminded me of a western movie. Had lunch with them in Napa and then off to Berkeley and Oakland to visit family and friends. So happy to hang out with my in-laws...i missed them.

Rockstar husband and friends 


Saw Moa rock out with her band Dead Heroine at King King. I´m so proud of her, she´s been playing in the Kiss girl tribute band called Priss. Our friend Steve also rocked at The Rainbow. Crystal also did her first gigs outside MI with her band Brooklyn&The City Stones. So proud of her.

Harrp promoted their music video and performed at Ireland´s 32 right before Halloween so everyone dressed up. It was awesome. Dan dressed up as Rob Zombie and me Minnie Mouse. We said Rob Zombie stole me from Disneyland :P

They also rocked out at the Roxy and Viper Room. I´m so proud of my rockstar!

Met Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Jay from Super Troopers after their show at Flappers.They were so nice and Steve talked to us for a long time about Iceland. Apparently he's been there twice.

Saving my birthday, Christmas and New Years for next blog....until next time :)

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Zombie in HARRP - Dead To Me (Official Music Video)



My husband, rockstar Dan Zerin, is the guitarist in this amazing music video "Dead to Me" by Harrp (www.harrpmusic.com). I had the honor of filming behind the scenes and being a zombie, you can see me vaguely in few of the scenes (mostly at the bar). So proud to be a part of it!!!

Just in time for Halloween.... Walking Dead what.... "Baby you are dead to me"

Friday, September 20, 2013

Zombie Beauty Consultant recording an album

Joined Mary Kay as a beauty consultant. 
Spend my spare time doing facials with friends and get paid to do so...how awesome!

Meeting friends
Met my girl Mina, who I haven´t seen since Vienna 2008. Great to see friends you haven´t seen in a long time. Especially as kind and positive as her. Check out her group on fb Happy Smiley Days, https://www.facebook.com/groups/520089904712372/


My best friend Alexandra also came to L.A. on a business trip. I only got one evening to spend with her but it meant the world to me.She was my bridesmaid at the wedding. Miss her so much!

Crystal´s boyfriend Jeremie came to visit from N.Y. Best time Ever!!! We all got along so well.  Never seen Crystal so happy. He was there for her final showcase, which she rocked!!!!!!!!!!Check out her band Brooklyn and the City Stones on https://www.facebook.com/Bkstones
Amazing couple as  you can see on the photo.

Zombie in a music video
Got to be a zombie in HARRP´s music video "Dead To Me" and film behind the scenes.  A fun sleepless weekend. Should be out around Halloween. Stay tuned:

Recording
Our band Anna and the Bells is currently recording its first EP at Stage Red Studios.
Can´t wait to hear the final product....stay tuned on www.annaandthebells.com

Otherwise enjoying my time with my husband and friends.

First Jewish Wedding

Dan´s best friend Jacqui asked him to be the man of honor at her wedding so we headed to Michigan

 Boy did they take care of it´s guests. 

My first baseball game ever. 
-Took us to a baseball game...Detroit Tigers vs. White Sox!
It was more entertaining than I thought, between the beer, hot dogs and tons of games on the screen, 
I had a blast.


Took us to lunch at Maggianos, reminiscent of our wedding, since our reception was held at a Maggianos in L.A. They also had cocktails and dinner.

We had rehearsal dinner, where I got to play the bride. Finally got to walk down an isle. At my wedding the only walk I did was through the metal detector at the courthouse. The whole wedding party had a blast learning all about the rituals. Great group of people.


First Jewish Wedding
The wedding was held in a hotel in Troy, Michigan
The couple, parents and bridesmaids/groomsmen got together in a room where the couple signed the Michigan wedding license as well as the jewish one.


Then the ceremony started like a normal one, walking down an isle to a Chuppah, symbolizing the home they´ll build together. The rabbi spoke of love and marriage and finally pronounced them husband and wife. It was beautiful. The reception was the best, dancing the Hora and other dances, one group dance i´d never danced before. I taught Dan Jive and we danced the whole night. Such fun!

We also got the chance to hang out with Dan´s parents, his sister and friends. I love visiting Michigan. His parents always take such good care of us and his friends are hilarious.

Thanks Mark and Jacqui for letting us be a part of your special day.
Thanks Dan´s family and friends for always taking good care of us when we´re in Michigan
Love, Anna




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

GOT THE GREEN CARD!!!!

Officially a US Permanent Resident...
After 4 months, lawyer, biometrics, social security office visit, interview and way too much money.
I love USA but their system is hard for foreigners, which is why i´m overjoyed to be able to live and work here and spend the rest of my life with my husband :)