SAN FRANCISCOAcademy of Art University in San Francisco
is the largest Art and Design school in the Bay Area. So when they asked me to make an appearance at their Academy Day, I was excited to participate. I met with current and future designers and artists, signing autographs, taking pictures, and answering questions about the show and giving my advice when asked.
It was a surprise to see how many young people are pursuing careers in a creative field. It was also a surprise to see GIANT foam core posters of myself jumping around, but I just had to shrug and laugh. Even with the huge turn out it was a comfortable experience for me and all the young, talented individuals. The excited energy in the room was invigorating and inspiring. It's always important to remind yourself of what it was like when you were just beginning as a design student. Many asked me serious questions about their chosen field and talking to each one, I felt like I got a glimpse of myself time and time again.
My San Francisco experience was a blast! I stayed at the St. Francis Hotel right off Union Square and I was able to see a lot of the city the night before that really reminded me just how much I enjoy being in San Francisco!
My time in San Francisco went by so fast, and before I knew it the car was outside again to take me to the airport. Destination: Seattle!
SANTINO DOES SEATTLE!
Boy, did I (in more ways than one!!!) ha ha ha Thank God the weather cooperated because it allowed me to see all the sites and vast beauty Seattle has to offer sans the downpour of rain familiar to the region.
Thank you to everyone who sent in their suggestions, I saw as much as I could! ( Dick's on Broadway, CHECK! Pike's Place, CHECK! Argosy Cruise, CHECK! Fremont, CHECK! Space needle, CHECK! The Troll, CHECK! Mariner's Game, CHECK! The Nightlife, CHECK! The Experience Music Project, CHECK! Your Mouth, CHECK!)
This was my first time visiting Seattle and I really wanted to see what this place was all about. Although Seattle is the #1 market in viewership for BRAVO and consequently PROJECT RUNWAY, I could have never imagined the reception I received from this city! Locals felt the need to yell my name the LOUDEST yet. I felt the Love, Y'all!
My Northwest excursion was just the perfect blend of work and play. I'll always have fond memories of my time there and God-willing, I'll be back! Thank you all for the great experience!
P.S. Just kidding about your mouth!