Friday, November 22, 2019

Finding Your Place in this World

Hello friends! Today I am going to share a story that involves my son. With his permission I will share what he has been through in the public school system and how home schooling and finding his place in the world has changed his life. 

My son, Aaron, is an actor. Ever since he was a child, he loved entertaining others. I sent my son off to kindergarten an excited and happy boy, but slowly I started to notice a difference in his attitude. 
He would come home saying to me that he was "stupid" or "slow". He related to me how he was often doing his work at recess while the other kids played. This, of course, broke my heart. After meeting with his teacher, and year after year, the same thing would happen, his father and decided to home school him. This was not an easy decision as I worked a demanding career outside the home. But we made it work. We slowly started to see a change in our son. He was reading and enjoying learning again. I was getting my son back! 
We participated in home school activities, he joined the cub scouts, and many other organizations. He loved art and expressing himself by designing things, buildings, bridges and furniture. 
However, his first love was acting. We struggled to find a place for him to be happy in. He joined a local children's theater and he was ok with it but he asked for more. He wanted to be a part of an acting school where he could be trained as an actor for TV and film. This kid knew what he wanted to be since the age of 5!! 

I had no idea where to enroll him. One day, I googled, "best acting schools in Dallas"and Dallas Young Actors Studio came up. Along with many others. I don't know why, but I just had a feeling we should go check this one out. We called and set up an audition with the school's Creative Director, Linda Seto. 
Aaron told me that he wanted to go in and audition on his own, which he did. He stayed to audit a class and immediately liked it. 
I still wasn't sure if the one hour drive one way was worth it and would he stick to it? 
After a few months I asked him if he was really serious about his acting and would he like to continue with his acting coaching or would he rather try something else? 
My son and I were in the car when he said to me, " Mom, I feel like I belong here. Both Linda and Xai believe in me. They BELIEVE in ME.  They have shown and said to me how awesome I am and I look forward to coming here every week. This, THIS, is what I want to do with my life! I want to continue training here until I move to L.A."
I was in tears, seeing the conviction with which he spoke. I could see how he had changed from that insecure little boy to this 14 year old confident young man. And it was because of the wonderful environment he was now in. At Dallas Young Actors Studio. 
Linda Seto, the founder and Creative Director is a person who thrives on encouraging her students, of all ages, to excel, not only in acting or filmmaking, but in life! I have personally seen how this school impacts the life of children. It's a safe place for them to spend their time in. 
                                        Auditioning for Disney Casting Directors Summer 2018


From TV Pilots on a real sound stage, to improv productions and short films, my son has done it all! And he is as confident and self assured as he can be! It has been the single, best decision we have made (besides pulling him from public school). He is immersed in the arts, but he's also been taught all about the showbiz business! My son now helps to coach new students and we continue to go there, 3 years later! It's his home away from home. 
This story definitely has a happy ending :)

Aaron continues to audition and will be meeting a casting director next month. The future looks bright for this young man. It goes to show how having the right support and an environment that fosters creativity can do a lot for a young person. 
Right now, Dallas Young Actors Studio, is in need of funding. It is a non-profit school, so all your donations are tax deductible. You can click on the gofundme link below to donate whatever you can. This will go towards purchasing ink (the school prints all the resumes and headshots for its students, scholarships for those that can't afford tuition, and much more!) 


xoxo 
Patty 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Patricia Salazar Photography

Black Friday Deals - Family Photography

I am super excited to share my Black Friday deal with you today!

As many of you know, I have been a professional photographer since 2011. I recently started a rebranding with my new name. 
My former business name was Patricia Martinez Photography. 

Here's what I have to share with you:
One hour photo session with 15 beautifully edited images with print rights for only $100.
That's right. Only $100. This incredible deal is also giftable. So feel free to purchase as gifts and a pretty, gift certificate will be made for you to give. 
Message me or call/text me to book your session.
My page on Facebook: Patricia Salazar Photography on FB
To view my portfolio you can click Here







Whether you are looking for engagement photos, family shots, some photos of your kids or even a maternity session or head shots, you can count on years of professional training and experience right here in the North Dallas/Collin County Area


                







I even do PETS!

All images are copyrighted and can only be used with permission

Patty
xoxo

Monday, August 19, 2019

Summer Fashion On the Cheap!

Hey sweet peeps! Summer has come and almost gone but around these parts, there are still lots of days full of heat! Can we say inferno! lol, we do live in Texas phew!


I am here to share with you some cute and fun fashions that I've put together over the summer. 
The sources are listed on the bottom of the post and also on my Instagram account. 

I love pairing some cute shorts with dressy and not so dressy tops to create fun outfits for a girl's night out or date night.

I also, love to have my makeup look natural and fresh. It's especially important when you are over 40! Less is more I say! 

So here is what I have to share with you:















sources:
Makeup
Eyeshadow
Blush
Lip Gloss-Natural 
Lip Stain

Clothing:
Black 3/4 sleeve blouse
bumble bee print shorts
chain belt (similar to this)
kitten heel pumps
polka dot blouse-local boutique
jean studded mini skirt (similar to this)
Green blouse (similar to this)


Instagram 
https://www.instagram.com/simple.beautiful.life/


I will be holding a giveaway soon to some of my favorite stores so keep checking the blog and follow me on IG

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Acting Camp is Here-Dallas Young Actors Studio

First three days of camp for Aaron and he's having a blast!
He's going to be in two short films and then the big TV show taped before a live audience on Friday. How fun! 
Here are some behind the scenes footage of his scene. 
Don't forget to check out his instagram by clicking on his pic on the top right of the blog and also follow his acting school @dallasyas on IG
Have a great week everyone!

xoxo 
Patty



New Headshots

Aaron Martinez Actor
Age: 16
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Summer Acting Camps 2019 Continued

I can't believe we have only two more weeks left of school. 
Summer is quickly approaching and the question that most parents have is: what are we going to do with the kids? 
Many kids go off to summer camp. I know my son did back when he was 1o. We quickly learned he is NOT an outdoor kid!
Ever since he was 4 years old, Aaron knew he wanted to be in the entertainment industry. Do you have a child like this? Constantly putting on "a show" for friends and family? 
If you do, then you will want to consider Dallas Young Actors Studio! It's a fun place to be. Kids as young as 5 train to be professional actors and go on to get hired in Hollywood. Check out the success stories on the website at

We have been so impressed during the last three years that Aaron has been training here at Dallas YAS. 
But the best part is that these young people learn not only to act in front of the camera 
but behind the camera too. Dallas YAS has a fantastic film makers program. Students learn every facet of the film making industry and even submit their films to different film festivals. 




Dallas YAS offers film making camps as well. The school is the only one in the nation offering this type of professional training for young people. So if you are looking for a place to have your child explore and expand his or her imagination and creativity-this is the place to be. From one mom to another, you HAVE to check this place out!
Until next time 
xoxo 

Patty




Saturday, May 11, 2019

Film Making Right Here in Dallas - Teen and Kids Acting Camps

One of the great things about Dallas is the variety of activities that are available for our kids to do. For years, my son, Aaron and I searched for a great place for him to learn acting. 
You have heard me rave about the Dallas Young Actors Studio in Dallas. Here, they train children from as young as 7 up to 17 and even adults! 
So many success stories have come out of here. You can read all about those at the DYAS website http://www.youngactors.org/success/
The Summer Acting Camps are almost full and one of the best things about these camps is that the kids get to participate in every aspect of film making/TV taping.
From the actors to the film production crew, this place offers young people the opportunity to learn and grow and use their imagination! They can go on to successful careers in Hollywood making films, whether in a film crew, lighting, sound mixing-even make up!
 
Check out the video for some behind the scenes footage of these camps! 

And here are some shots from an actual filming



If you have a gifted child, this is the place for them!
contact them directly through the website or call 
972-401-2090
In the meantime, come and follow Aaron Martinez, a rising actor from right here in Dallas. Show your support by following him on Instagram :)



Have a great week!
xoxo 
Patty

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Stylish Looks for Spring- Wood Watches


JORD watches* sponsored post
Unique Timepieces for a lifetime

It’s spring! We have some beautiful weather here in the Dallas area and we are so thankful for it!


I’ll be posting some cute Spring outfits in the next coming days. And with cute outfits comes the need to accessorize. I love accessories. They are crucial in putting an outfit together. I like bracelets, earrings, a cute hat and even a simple piece like a watch. The nice people at JORD watches sent me a beautiful watch to wear and share with you guys! I’ll be posting some shots on my IG with me wearing it :) I picked the beautiful style called Cora Polaris.
Three years of imagination & painstaking design have led to a new, classy, more beautiful alteration of the celebrated Cora Collection. Hand-seated Swarovski crystals encircle the vibrant 34mm dial to depict the stars of the Little Dipper. Polaris shines brightly in the northern sky, to guide you through each hour of the day. And beautifully polished metals surround subtle wood accents to bring elegance into existence.
The Cora is more than a timepiece, it’s a beautiful example of just how much our universe has to offer.


I wore it recently on date night and it is just stunning.









You can check it out some more on their website: here
They also carry Apple watch bands :)
I'm know I'll be getting some of those too! 
These beautiful wood watches make great gifts. Think Father's Day and graduation.
And to share my excitement with all of you, the good people of JORD want to give away $100 towards the watch of your choice!! Yup, it's a giveaway :)
Giveaway
please post a comment below to let me know you entered :)
Follow me on instgram @simple.beautiful.life
https://www.instagram.com/simple.beautiful.life/ 
and follow Jord Watches
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I'll be back soon with some cute outfits to share with you
xoxo 
Patty 

I was not compensated for this post. I received a watch compliments of JORD Watches but all opinions are my own.


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