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What I’ve been up to lately

by Jon Pinney on October 23, 2013

It’s been a few months since I last posted, so I figured I would post an update on the different projects I’ve been working on and different experiences I’ve had in New York City.

Since being in New York I’ve participated in a few short films, a few photo shoots, modeled for a painter, and written a bunch of new music.

I’ve also been working in production with Discovery Agency on a few shows for Discovery and Animal Planet.  That has been awesome and a ton of fun. I’ve met a lot of people and been able to see what TV is like from the inside.

I’ve also continued working on internet marketing projects, primarily for HomeShield Pest Control.  This has been a lot of fun, trying to figure out how to make their site ( rank higher in the Sacramento area for pest control keywords.

Other things I’ve done include lots of site seeing (museums, parks, bridges, and sites), lots of eating (pizza, burgers, desserts, oh my!), and lots of Broadway shows (over 20 since I moved here… almost 1 a week).

I’ve also been studying how to tell stories.  I’ve read Screenplay, Save the Cat, and Story, and watched about 30 movies.  I’ve also been working on a couple screenplay ideas and writing a musical.  Writing stories (screenplays and musicals specifically) is a lot harder than I thought, but has similar parallels to writing songs, so I’m excited to see how I can apply my skills in this new area.

So all in all I’ve been having a great time trying to figure out what I want to do next in my life (by doing a lot of really cool things) and what industry I want to focus on.  As you can tell, most of the options have to do with some creative field where hopefully I can be creative or participate in someone else’s creations.


The Last Leg: New York City!

by Jon Pinney on March 31, 2013

So tomorrow I take the bus to New York City. I have to say that I am a little nervous. I actually really like it in Washington, D.C. and have made a few friends and am not sure if New York will be right for me.

But ever since December I felt that New York was probably the place that would be best for me, so I have to try it out.

So… here goes. Tomorrow is potentially the last leg in this cross-country moving marathon. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Oh and before I forget, here’s a picture of me site-seeing in D.C. I do love this city!!!


My last post before the move

by Jon Pinney on March 8, 2013

Here goes… my last post. Tomorrow I will be heading East…

I will be stopping in Salt Lake City, Denver, St. Louis, and Louisville on my way to D.C. I will then be in D.C. through Easter, and then on the first of April I will be moving to NYC… at least that’s the plan.

I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting during this transition, but I’ll try to keep you updated.

Thanks for all of the support California! I will be back again soon :)


I’m Moving in March

by Jon Pinney on February 20, 2013

The time is fast approaching that I will be leaving my home in Sacramento and heading out to Washington, D.C. and then New York City. I will be leaving mid-march and will be driving across the country. I’m so excited!!!


I’m moving to the East Coast!

by Jon Pinney on January 14, 2013

Hey Everyone,

I have officially decided that I am moving to the East Coast. I have narrowed it down to Washington, D.C. and New York City. I will be visiting both and then making my decision. Wish me luck!


I’m Moving

by Jon Pinney on December 3, 2012

Well the end of the year is approaching, and while I did hope to have my 2nd album done by now, unfortunately it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

I will have you know however that I am planning on moving away from Sacramento. It has been a wonderful place these past 6 years, but now I feel like I must go somewhere else to continue my personal development.

The short list of locations includes the following:

New York City
Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles (probably Ventura, Santa Monica, or Huntington Beach)
Salt Lake City

I think I already scratched Hawaii off of the list, but at some point I do hope to live there for longer than a week :)

I will let you know what I decide…


The Mormon Bachelorette

by Jon Pinney on September 21, 2010

Some of you may know that I am participating in The Mormon Bachelorette.  Yep, you read that right :)

If you are familiar with the ABC TV show “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette“, then you probably have a pretty good idea of what it’s like (though a much tamer version lol).

The Mormon Bachelorette is a woman named Aubrey Messick.  She’s from southern California, and her and her friends got together and decided to put on their own version of the Bachelorette (no connection to the original show).  She’s going on 22 dates before she narrows it down to eight, and then one.  This past Saturday I had the opportunity to take her out.  I was date #3.  To see how the date went, check out the official blog of The Mormon Bachelorette.

I’m not going to blog much about how it went here (or anywhere), but I will say that I had a great time and hope I get another chance to take her out.


Ok, so I found another blog tied to The Mormon Bachelorette.  It’s pretty funny, and the “Reality Nephi” has some funny stuff to say about each date.  Go here to see what he has to say about mine.  Whoever writes for the blog does a good job.

Also, they talk about me on This Week In Mormon (a podcast about what’s happening each week in the Mormon world).  If you do listen (at the 8 minute mark), they don’t really say anything nice about me.  It’s interesting to have people who have never met me before giving their opinions of me.


2nd Day of My Trip to Washington, D.C.

by Jon Pinney on September 20, 2010

So I realize I’m not a good blogger lol :)

Life just moves so fast and I don’t always find the time to catch up here.  I will try to do better…

Anyway, I did have an awesome time in D.C., and in my last post I mentioned that on my second day we saw one of my favorite monuments of all.  It was way bigger than I expected, and was just beautiful.  It’s always been one of my favorites, and having my brother there to explain it’s significance and the story behind what it depicts made it even more special.  The monument I’m talking about was the Iwo Jima Memorial – the memorial of the Marine Corp.  If you ever go to D.C. and have an opportunity to see this monument up close, I think you should.

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial Front

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial with family

Here's me and my brother and sister at the memorial

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial Back

My favorite picture of the memorial... beautiful

I loved the following view.  You can see the Memorial in the foreground of the picture, and the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building in the distance.

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Building

And I loved the quote on the back of the monument by Admiral Chester A. Nimitz, when describing the soldiers on Iwo Jima island:  “Uncommon valor was a common virtue”.

Uncommon valor was a common virtue

Anyway, I loved the trip.  Can’t wait to go back and visit again :)


My Photographic Trip to Washington, D.C. – 1st Day

by Jon Pinney on August 25, 2010

So a couple weeks ago I went to Baltimore for a conference.  My sister lives in Washington, D.C., a mere 45 minutes from Baltimore, so of course I went a few days early to go sightseeing.  I went to D.C. once when I was thirteen, so I was excited for another opportunity.

My older brother also went, and together the three of us had two days of sightseeing.

Washington, D.C. Temple

So, first on our stop was the Washington, D.C. temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I have never seen a more majestic building.  I’d seen it in photos, but nothing compares to seeing it firsthand.

Washington, D.C. Temple with Jon, Ashley, and Ryan


Breathtaking Washington, D.C. Temple

Beautiful and powerful…

View of Washington, D.C. Temple

I was trying to think of the word that best describes this edifice, and I decided that MAJESTIC was the best word.  If you ever get a chance to see this building in person, take it.  It is well worth it.

Washington, D.C. Marine Corp Museum Photo

After our trip to the Washinton, D.C. temple, we headed over to the Marine Corp Museum.  As you can see from the image below, my older brother was in the Marines (as well as the Army and Air Force).

Washington, D.C. Marine Core Museum

Inside I got to wear a sample 120 pound backpack (what our soldiers wear, without a weapon or body armor… it was heavy).  Sorry the image is blurry – my sister doesn’t know how to take pictures with my camera lol :)

Washington, D.C. Marine Backpack

At the end of the tour, I found the part that hit me the most… I was in the Dominican Republic when it happened, but I still felt the shock of it.

New York Times 9 11 Newspaper Clipping

I almost cried as I stood there looking at the memorabilia from that day: photographs, items found in the debris, and newspaper clippings telling the story of my nation’s dark day.

The Washington Post 9 11 Newspaper Clippings

Part of me is sad I was not here in America to feel what everyone else felt; to see the patriotism; to feel the unity of the nation I love.  I hope a day like this never happens again.

After the Marine Corp Museum we went to the Capitol Mall (where all of the monuments are).  We saw the Washington Monument and then the Capitol building (I couldn’t help it… I had to take the next photo.  It’s me holding up the Capitol Building!).

Jon Holding Up the Washington Capitol Building

Then we drove by the Supreme Court and visited the Lincoln Memorial.

Lincoln Memorial In Washington, D.C.Jon In Front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

After that we went to the Vietnam Memorial (it was cool seeing it at night, but unfortunately none of my photos turned out).  And our final stop on our 1st Day was the Jefferson Memorial.  We were dead tired by the time we got there, but it was my favorite site of the day, with the exception of the Washington, D.C. temple.  It stood all alone away from the other monuments, yet the structure itself was beautiful.  I didn’t get a good picture of Jefferson or the outside of the building, but I did manage to sneak in the following picture of myself…

Jon in the Jefferson Memorial Washington, D.C.

My next post will conclude my photographic trip through Washington D.C.  We got to see one of my favorite monuments, and I had no idea it was so huge.  Tune in tomorrow (or possibly the next day…) for Day 2 of my trip :)

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Birthday Wishes!!!

by Jon Pinney on July 18, 2010

So yesterday was indeed my birthday.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it special by sending me birthday wishes on Facebook, via text, over the phone, in person, or in your heart.  I could feel it all and it helped me have a wonderful day.

Also, special thanks to Julie for putting together the dinner and movie plans: California Pizza Kitchen (yum) and Inception (great movie).

Overall, it was an awesome day.  :)

This was me in the morning… (sorry I look so sad and/or mean lol… I didn’t feel that way).

My 2010 Birthday Morning

My 2010 Birthday Morning

And as a birthday bonus to you… this is a funny spoof on the Old Spice commercials from my Alma Mater.  Thanks to Lyle for sending it my way…