about me

Hi, my name is Sydney, and I let The Social Network drive me to attend college up north.

why the title Confessions of an Artist at Work? :

  • "A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession" - Albert Camus 
  • the profound influence Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man had on me when I read it in the eleventh grade
  • "If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud" - Emile Zola, tying into my desire to be as sincerely open ("out loud") as possible (which also ties into the idea of confessions)
  • Not to mention that this was a title I chose for my blog within its first year back in the 11th grade, so changing it now would be destroying something delicate. Essentially, we’re past the point of no return.

interests: foreign languages, Scorsese/Kubrick/Fincher/Wes Anderson movies (& theory, critique) in that order of favoritism, collages & montages, computer science and engineering of all sorts (though I’m DYING to get into Mechanical and Aerospace both), urban planning, film (critique, studies, writing, “eh” about producing), television (again, mostly interested in writing), writing in general (especially plays and screenplays), theatre, men’s fashion (yes, girls can find such fashion interesting without having to actually dress like a boy; I hate how this idea has to be fought), Jersey Boys basically swallowing my life whole, Mamma Mia!, oldies music (Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Frankie Valli, you name it), magazines (in print, not that digital business; Vanity Fair, Empire, and the occasional good Wired issue are my particular favorites), environmental science, cello music, hoarding & trying whatever make-up/beauty samples I come across

20 years old. From Roswell, GA all my life, but attending college right now in my junior year at Northwestern University in Illinois.  Triple-majoring in Communication Studies, Computer Science, and Economics (Past major: Radio/TV/Film, also R.I.P. International Studies for now. I would still downright love to work in film despite not having that particular degree).

One rule and one rule only: don’t hate what you don’t understand.

role models: steve martin, martin scorsese (and many of his characters), roger sterling (of Mad Men), buddy holly, frankie valli, don draper, jj abrams, david fincher, james bond, indiana jones, nancy drew (aren’t most idealistic role models only possible in fiction/stories/movies, anyway?), steve martin, sofia coppola, mindy kaling, meryl streep, and even carmen sandiego. 

favorite books: Born Standing Up (Steve Martin), Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides), In One Person (John Irving) and most other John Irving books, The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen), Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky), The Art of Fielding (Harbach), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (David Sedaris), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce).

favorite films: Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Big Fish, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Full Metal Jacket (my current #1), A Clockwork Orange, Requiem for a Dream, Jersey Boys, Cabaret, The Virgin Suicides, Fight Club, American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Jarhead

favorite tv series: orange is the new black, curb your enthusiasm (BRING THIS BACK), arrested development, mad men, the amazing race, breaking bad, modern family, project runway, the sopranos, and yes, even Catfish

diabetic. type 1. 13 years strong