Here's to Writing About What You Love
Do what you love, write what you know—these are two things that I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity to do in the past four years thanks to candymag.com. When I left the website to join the Candy print team in 2012, I knew that it would always have a special place in my heart. Little did I know that I would start writing a weekly TV column for the site, a gig that combined my love for the small screen and for writing for Candy Girls. Over the years, that column evolved to include film, music, and books—all the things that I obsess over. While I sometimes ran out of things to talk about, sitting down to write for the site twice a week always brought me joy. It really was a writing gig like no other.
But all good things eventually come to an end: This is my last column for candymag.com. I'm terrible with goodbyes—it took me ages to get over the closing of Candy Magazine last year—so I hope you can indulge me with a little trip down memory lane.
- A big part of writing this column was going to movie screenings held days or weeks ahead of the public premiere to see if the film was worth recommending to you guys. Two of my all-time favorite press previews happen to star Ansel Elgort. Ansel was a revelation in the YA blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars in 2014, and just a few months ago, he outdid himself in the music-driven heist film Baby Driver.
Another unforgettable preview was the earthquake movie San Andreas in 4-freaking-D, complete with motion seats and wind and mist effects. I was literally #shookt.
- It was also because of this column that I got to meet a few of my personal favorites, like LANY for a group interview last month, where I could only ask one question.
Full disclosure: I thought I was prepared, but the second I spoke up to ask my one question, I completely froze. Part of me is always prepared for this eventuality, so I looked down at my phone expecting to see all my questions, only to discover that I had opened a different Memo file (!!!). I took a second and recalled the question I meant to ask as best as I could, and the boys were very generous with their response. Eight years in the industry and there's still a lot to learn! You can read the interview here—try to guess at what point I got stumped!
- I fell in love with the local music scene in college, and because of this column (and my current full-time job at Cosmopolitan Magazine), I got to pick the brains of a few musicians for “work.” A couple of my favorites: road trip talk with The Ransom Collective at the listening party of their album Traces, and a quick chat with Oh, Flamingo! after they played at Iris and Basti’s wedding on the set of On the Wings of Love.
- Speaking of OTWOL, remember when the whole country was obsessed with it? This column gave me the space and freedom to share my obsessions with you guys: Iris and Basti, Descendants of the Sun, Doctor Who (Eleven 5ever and ever), Terrace House, One Direction's legacy, the best teen shows in the '90s and early aughts, and the OG Pokemon craze. As a reformed binge-watcher, I also got to share a few things I learned during the height of my all-nighters.
- I have never shied away from writing about feelings, so when a movie or TV show ~triggers~ me, you can bet that I'll write about it. Sure, it could be embarrassing to bare your soul on the internet (what else is it for, though? JK), and the person involved could read it and figure out it’s about him, but seeing all your comments about going through the same thing made me feel like it was worth it.
It's been a pleasure and an honor to talk to you guys for as long as I have. Like we always say, once a Candy Girl, always a Candy Girl! Let's keep the conversation going—you can find me on Instagram @dyanzarzuela.
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.