Lizzy Small
April 27, 2015

HELLO AGAIN

Hello beautiful people,

My apologies for being MIA for a little while. My days have been filled with almost no free moments, but no complaints about that because it’s an exhilarating journey every day. If there is one person who has kept me from going absolutely crazy and who has helped me avoid any mental breakdowns, it is definitely my mom. I needed to write this blog about my mom because she is seriously the most amazing woman I know. She is by my side through everything and I am always shocked and humbled by all that she does for me. My mom constantly reminds me that every day is a part of my personal journey to where I’m going, but the journey is not one I am in alone. My mom is a part of the journey at every step as my mom, my friend, my momager (HA), my biggest fan, my partner in crime, my reality check, my laughs and cries and so much more. It’s such an incredible feeling to know that no matter what, my mom is there guiding me but allowing me to be myself, make my own choices and take charge of my own path. I would not be where I am today without my mom. She has taught me to challenge myself, love myself, let go of the negative energy people push toward me, build a genuine team, practice what I love and most of all; never give up on what I am passionate about. “You have to believe in yourself or no one else will” is what she has always told me and I couldn’t be more thankful for that or for her.

Take the time out of your day to appreciate someone around you that has inspired you, loved you, and or pushed you in some sort of way. These are the kinds of people we want to surround ourselves with and these are the kinds of people that help get us to where we want to be and beyond.

 

LOVE YOU MOM.

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February 24, 2015

High Fashion vs. College Glamour

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I am so excited and happy to have announced my spread for the March issue of Genlux Magazine. The shoot was absolutely incredible, inspired by the extraordinary Anna Shay. She styled me in one of a kind Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Suzie Turner and more. Stephen Kamifuji, the creative director and photo editor for Genlux magazine, was so warm, welcoming and hands on in implementing his artistic eye to the shoot. I want to also thank the amazing photographer Tracey Morris who had ever-flowing ideas and made the shoot such a fun experience. Also, a big thank you to Miss Rockwell for glamming me up and executing the hair and makeup looks! She was so sweet to work with, we even bonded over our shared Puerto Rican heritage—our ancestors are from the same city!

I am really excited for everyone to see this shoot, it’s one of my first high fashion shoots for a magazine so it is truly unlike anything I’ve done before!

So now back to the college life, it’s absolutely amazing but it definitely has its ups and downs. Nothing in life is a linear pattern, at least not for me, and it’s tough balancing my dual life. Trying to figure out what classes you need to take and succeeding in them for your major, discovering the people who are and who aren’t your true friends, dealing with boys of course and their inevitable presence…everything I experience alongside plenty of others is a journey and very imperfect but that’s what makes it exciting and fulfilling. My theme of the week—you never know what’s going on in someone’s life behind closed doors. Therefore, learn compassion and radiate positivity. There’s definitely a lot to be thankful for.

Back to college with my Sarina <3

Back to college with my Sarina <3

Stephen Kamifuji everyone!

Stephen Kamifuji everyone!

XO,

LIZZY

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January 29, 2015

Question Yourself.

Amongst all the madness we encounter on a daily basis, we must always find time to unwind or take care of ourselves and only ourselves for just a second. At least that’s what I tell myself…does it happen? More or less.
Like giving up your childhood and moving away from your family to train for the Olympics, the things we want so badly that we can feel its passion under our skin and in our bones, don’t seem to come easily. We all have experienced what that feels like—going to the gym everyday and not seeing a six pack in the mirror, doing the extra credit assignment and still not getting the “A,” going on a million auditions and not booking the part when you’ve spent hours breaking down the script….Yup, I’ve had some experience with that. We like to think we put our hearts into everything we do because it feels good and is damn reassuring when the moment is right and it all pays off! But what about those moments where things don’t go the way we wanted, or expected…what do we do then? People always say, “get back up again” or “don’t give up,” which is definitely true to an extent. But I’m doing this new thing where I try to give less energy and importance to those moments that don’t work out. Instead of allowing those moments to fuel our anger and frustration, we have to try to recognize what isn’t working and re-approach whatever we are doing to MAKE IT WORK! We are in control of our lives and we have the power to lead ourselves in a specific direction every single day. I can’t say that I have the answer or have necessarily figured it out, but Im trying to find the beauty in the mistakes and imperfections, and most of all I’m trying to learn from what brings me down, baffles me, and makes me question all my hard work, passion and heart. I think it’s healthy to question ourselves and our surroundings because we are the only person who can truly look out for “I.” So allow the frustration and dissatisfaction to fuel your spirit.

Much love to all of you,

I was in a “food for thought” kinda mood.

XOXO LIZZY

I don't even know why I'm smiling.

I don’t even know why I’m smiling.

1/2 terrified 1/2 so much fun.

1/2 terrified 1/2 so much fun.

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January 12, 2015

“It Takes a Team to Build a Dream”

The new year has officially begun and I am already so excited for what’s to come! So many people have already contributed to making the start of this new year productive and enjoyable. It takes a team it really does and I couldn’t be more thankful for the team that surrounds me and pushes me everyday. This so perfectly goes with the theme of my new movie “Spare Parts,” which emphasizes that “It takes a team to build a dream.” That is the truth! The “Spare Parts” premiere last Thursday was absolutely wonderful! This true story came to life on the big screen and showed people how powerful the story that came from a “Wired” Magazine article really is. The movie contains every emotion, you’ll catch yourself laughing, on the edge of your seat, maybe even shedding a tear—the story captures it all. It brings to light not just a story about Latinos, but a story about what it means to be an individual with struggles. It is a moving and fun piece of work and I am very honored to be a part of it. Thank you to my insanely talented fellow actors, the director Sean McNamara, the writer of the screenplay, Elissa Matsueda, the wonderful team of producers; thank you to everyone involved! I hope you guys will all go check out this wonderful story on Friday January 16th and tell all your friends about it! And of course, don’t forget to let me know what you think!

I would love to thank Mason for my lovely white dress, Jeffrey Campbell for my killer red shoes, Sheree Fletcher for my stunning jewelry,  Shibue Couture for my secret necessities on the red carpet, and Corina Kramer for my hair and makeup look! You all made my red carpet look come together and made me feel like a princess so thank you!

This is just the start, keep your eyes out for some exciting news to come. And as always, feel free to message/tweet/facebook me any questions or topics you’d love for me to blog about! Much love, go see “SPARE PARTS” on Friday!

Check out the trailer by clicking the link below!!!

XO,

Lizzy
Elizabethsmall.com

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George and I <3 selfies.

George and I <3 Selfies.

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January 2, 2015

THE YEAR OF CHANGE

It’s the second day of 2015 and what can I say?

Happy New Year to all you beautiful people! 2014 was a wonderful year filled with change, experimentation, new friendships, learning and more. 2014 was definitely the biggest year of change in my life thus far. I graduated high school, my parents sold and moved out of my lifelong childhood home, I started my freshman year of college, moved to Santa Barbara and got straight A’s for my first quarter, I filmed “Spare Parts” in New Mexico, finished writing and producing my “Gravity” EP, created a Kickstarter project to successfully fund my “Gravity” music video, went on a big family vacation for the first time in years….just a few things on the list. 2014 was a wild adventure where most of the steps I took involved chance and learning along the way. The best thing that 2014 taught me was that change is okay and maybe even great for the soul! It challenges you to let go of a comfortable routine, step out of your comfort zone and forces you to reinvent your strategies, reinstate your confidence and allows you to be okay with possibly failing. There was no way for me to know how 2014 would end up, all I could do was truly live through every moment and find something new to excite me everyday. Change is inevitable as we all know and I was scared to let go of my childhood home, my close friends from high school, my usual daily routine, the safety net of a high school campus and everything I was used to! Living in a new place whilst at college, coming home to a different house and neighborhood than I had come home to for the past 18 years, changing up my daily routine, dipping my toes into new areas and putting 100 percent of myself in whatever it was I was doing, helped me realize what life is all about. It will always be scary to change up your so called “normal” lifestyle and try something new, but it truly is a magical thing. I have learned so much this year and accomplished some goals I had been passionately trying to conquer and I cannot wait for what 2015 has in store. More change, more learning, more experimenting and finding out what sparks my vitality as a human being. Not that I am the voice of reason, but don’t be afraid to allow for change to occur. It is a natural part of living that can enhance your life and show you what it means to be alive! I mean come on, I even tried coconut water and drank an entire bottle on the first day of the new year–crazy stuff is happening! HA

But seriously, allow yourself to explore and you will truly be experiencing life!

Love you guys! My movie “Spare Parts” comes to theaters in 14 days!!! JANUARY 16th CHECK IT OUT, it’s a wonderful true story that reaches a large audience! 🙂

MUCH LOVE and happiness for the new year,

LIZZY

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Gravity Release Party :)

Gravity Release Party 🙂

On set of "Spare Parts"

On set of “Spare Parts”

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My lovely manager and I!

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Best family and vacation I could ask for <3

Livin' that college life

Livin’ that college life

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December 24, 2014

Relaxation and Craziness!!!!

Hello everyone!!!
I’m currently on the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship sailing through the caribbean with my whole family. Our first stop was Old San Juan. It was really amazing to see Puerto Rico because my mom was born with a Puerto Rican mother. Our second stop was St. Thomas which was absolutely beautiful and we zip-lined through the jungle. The ocean water was so clear and turquoise that you could see the bottom of the ocean floor.

Today we went snorkeling in St. Martin and it was so unbelievable to be swimming in the ocean with so many fish around you.

It’s been so crazy but fun spending every second of the day with my three beautiful sisters and parents of course.

The beach is my favorite place in the world– all of you must get to a Caribbean beach, so put it on your bucket list!

One thing I’ve learned on this trip is to sing in the morning before getting out of bed. My sister Lindsay and I are sharing a room and we bug our sisters in the connecting room next door when we sing songs from Wicked in the morning before breakfast. Try it, it wakes you up! HA

Merry Christmas Eve! Happy Holidays to everyone and Happy New Year! The new year has so much to bring and I can’t wait to share some exciting news with you soon! Don’t forget to watch “Spare Parts” in theaters January 16th!

Let me know what YOU are up to! As always, you can find my social media links on Elizabethsmall.com

P.S. Make sure to wear Nuetrogena Ultra Sheer, Dry Touch 35 SPF sunscreen on your face every day! Trust me, it works. Thanks to Nuetrogena, my skin has remained safe in the caribbean sun! 🙂

 

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Much Love,

Lizzy

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December 19, 2014

First college quarter of Freshman year complete…WHAT

Hello friends,

So sorry I haven’t blogged in a minute, I just had my first week of college finals. I’m pretty sure I spent seven hours a day on the fourth floor of my school’s library for the past week. My first set of finals as a college freshman is now complete. WOW—I honestly can’t believe it and I also can’t believe how much coffee I consumed. Now that they are over, I am officially done with my first quarter of college! That is scary…and I know everyone in the universe says this but WHERE has the time gone? I am still in shock every time someone asks me about myself and I say: “Well I am in college…” It’s weird.

I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better first quarter of college. The insanely caring group of friends I made, the beautiful sunsets I got to watch on the sand, riding my fixie to class, eating Blaze pizza, doing phone interviews in my dorm room, I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything in the world. College is such an incredible time. I am surrounded by people who are eager to make the most of every day, it fuels me.

Now that I’m officially done and on winter break, I get time to focus on writing new songs and reading new scripts—two of my favorite things. I am leaving for a ten-day cruise to the Caribbean with my whole family today and I will definitely be taking lots of photos to share with all of you.

Yesterday I had an interview for the Inside Noise at Mixology at the Grove LA, so check that out!

Remember to find the silly moments of everyday, eat lots of chocolate, drink lots of green tea (it’s good for your skin and a better source of caffeine than coffee) and stop and take a look at all that surrounds you. Before you know it, everything flashes by. Enjoy the day.

P.S. Don’t forget to keep up with me! All my social media links are on Elizabethsmall.com, and if anyone has a blog topic suggestion or something specific they want me to write about, LET ME KNOW!

Much love,

Lizzy

Candy Sky.

Candy Sky.

Coffee overload!!!

Coffee overload!!!

Twinkly Lights in my dorm.

Twinkly Lights in my dorm.

BID DAY for my SORORITY!

BID DAY for my SORORITY!

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December 9, 2014

And so it begins here….

Hey Guys! My name is Elizabeth Small but most people call me “Lizzy!” I’m really excited to be starting my own blog here on It’s a Glam Thing! I am an eighteen-year old girl from Los Angeles, California and the youngest of four sisters. I have been dancing since the age of two, which pushed me into my acting and singing careers. I currently attend the University of California at Santa Barbara as a Communications/Film and Media Studies major and I live on the beach! Yes, I go to regular college and pursue my professional career—I know, it’s a little crazy! At times, it can be very challenging to balance schoolwork, sorority life as a Pi Beta Phi, auditions, interviews, meetings and more. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t trade my crazy and overwhelming lifestyle. It is often times a wild roller coaster, but it is such an amazing adventure and I truly learn something new everyday. Last year, during my senior year of high school, I wrote and recorded my first four track EP with an awesome music producer named David Pramik. This past summer after my high school graduation, I decided to create a Kickstarter project to help fund the making of a music video for the single off my EP called “Gravity.” My project ended up being funded in 3 days and we went well over my initial goal; it was amazing to gain support from people all over the world and attract attention to my passion for music. In August, with the help of a great director named Sean Williams who cast me in an upcoming Syfy film called “Adam 8,” we put together a remarkable team and filmed my music video in two days! The first day was filmed at a studio and the second day at my own childhood home in my backyard! Filming my music video was so much fun. It ended up being one great big party combined with intense hard work. It was a wonderful experience that can never be replaced and it is something I will remember forever. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to share my new experiences with its a glam thing! Feel free to check out my single “Gravity” on Soundcloud and my music video on Youtube. I’m so excited to begin this journey of explaining my quirky life to all of you. Here’s to swimming in the ocean, going to hot yoga with friends, dressing up for a frat party, filming scenes on a movie set, recording in the studio, to cramming for finals! Don’t forget to keep up with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, IMDB, Youtube and Soundcloud. All these links can be found on my website: Elizabethsmall.com

XOXO,

Lizzy

 

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