About Chrissy

Leaving LA

Driving away from LA August 16th, 2010

My name is Chrissy and this is me in a nutshell:

On August 16th, 2010 I left Hollywood behind. 15 years was all I could take of velvet ropes, celebrity obsessed lifestyles and long lines at cupcake vendors. I packed my bags and turned in the BMW along with the 90210 zip code to venture out into the world and find a new life. A life that fit me, my midwestern values and my integrity that didn’t seem to have a place in the land of fruits and nuts anymore.

Chrissy Albice

Modeling days

When I first arrived in LA, I dabbled in modeling. More for the fun of seeing my picture in a magazine rather than something I ever believed I could make a living at. I spent 4 years working for a high-profile legal team (Julia Roberts ain’t got nothing on the real Erin Brockovich), a few years working as a news producer interviewing celebrities (remind me to tell you about the time Robert Duvall called me a sensationalist), working the red carpets (btw…Julia Louis Dreyfus is a bitch and so is Dustin Hoffman’s publicist, but George Clooney …..ahhhhh ….three minutes of my life dipped in heaven) and covering celebrity court hearings (like the day Michael Jackson danced on the SUV outside of his child molestation hearing in Santa Maria, then he invited me to Neverland!).

I spent my evenings rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of Hollywood and breaking bread with some of the hottest A-list stars (Matt Dillon and Jamie Foxx will always have a special place in my heart and Jeremy Piven can go straight to hell for all I care). I then spent a few years in front of the camera hosting different shows on the Speed Channel and even a travel show that (as far as I know) never aired.

Matt Dillon and Chrissy Albice

Me and Matt

I didn’t know that I enjoyed writing until I fell in love in 2005. I began to write then for the sheer need to express the overwhelming feeling this man brought to my life. He was everything I never knew I wanted. He is no longer in my life, but thanks to him, I have found a creative outlet and a hobby that I enjoy immensely.

I’m a real foodie. I love all kinds of food (except beans, no way, no how will I eat a bean). I didn’t discover this love until about 8 years ago and funny enough that’s when I started wearing my pants tighter. Still haven’t perfected a way to travel and keep my diet and exercise routine intact so it looks like the extra pounds will be staying for a while.

Being in LA for so long had its benefits. You really have to keep up with your looks and your health. It’s the land where 40 year olds look 25 and 60 is the new 40. It’s not like that in other parts of the world. For this, I am grateful. It comes in handy when I’m abroad and young boys hit on me. The fact that I could be their mother, allows me a moment of internal laughter. Somehow, it never gets old.

Speed Channel Host- Chrissy Albice

Hosting on the Speed Channel

I had my share of ups and downs through it all. Climbing that plastic, silicone filled ladder just didn’t fulfill the life I wanted for myself anymore. I had always dreamed of cashing out and running away. I suspected I had a bit of gypsy blood in me when I broke free from my roots in Cincinnati at 18 to go to college in Boston. I then moved to Rhode Island, New Orleans and Los Angeles with a few 3-5 month jaunts in various locals in between.

When I decided to leave LA, I had only planned to travel for a month before moving to a new home on the East coast, but I came down with a bug……the travel bug. And I kept going. I ran far away and never looked back. 14 months and 22 countries later, I have decided to keep going. I will know when it is time to stop and I won’t stop a minute sooner.

I don’t miss much about LA except for the endless supply of sushi restaurants, a few choice friends and driving through the canyons of Malibu on a sunny day. I still hold onto hope that along my travels I will run into Matt or Jamie again and my luck will bring me more than three minutes with George. That’s the beauty in life. You never know where it will take you. Life can be so romantic when you know how to court it.

 

 

A little sampling of the work I’ve done…….

 

Comments
18 Responses to “About Chrissy”
  1. eddy aslanian says:

    Enjoy! I am at 130 countries and 10+ new ones per year and the bug is still here… Eddy

  2. you are a class-act, always have been. 🙂

  3. Melissa DeVita says:

    Chrissy – I know we have so much to catch up on – but I have to just say YOU ROCK. I knew when I met you at that red carpet Bday party that you were different than most in Hollywood. We bonded over woes with men as complete strangers- ahhh the bonding those guys can allows us ladies to do (I even remember your phone call dying over the story about you and one of your loves in US Weekly ..) 🙂 I’m so proud of you for having the guts to unburden yourself of all of your possessions and to set off on such a journey. I only wish I had such courage. So, when you have a day when you miss your friends and family – read this and remind yourself that you rock. XO Melissa

  4. Sarah says:

    Love it!!! Have fun out there chicky. Looking forward to more stories : )
    Last you saw me I was still at the Bev Center. I went on to have my own store in Santa Monica and in July we pulled the plug. The stress was NOT worth it…come on guys were selling clothes, not saving lives. Dont get me wrong I love my designer gear but there is much more to life than what we wear. I relate completely to your blog and love that you are doing this. Best of luck with everything!! xoxoxoxo

    • Sarah- having a store is VERY stressful!! It’s a 24/7 baby you have to take care of. And you’re right, the stress is NEVER worth it!
      Good luck on your next step and thanks for reading!!

  5. ::)= brava Chrissy!it all sound lovely!!ATB

  6. Ron says:

    Wish you well but really going to miss you on TV. You were really good! Keep an open mind.

  7. Rachna says:

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  8. Sofyan says:

    Great story from great women!
    Your weblog is perfect. i’m indonesian people.. and I appreciate your article about my culture..

    By the way, if you come again to indonesia you must see another island in indonesia! 🙂
    Especialy the island of spice in north moluccas province. I guarantee you’ll be pleased..

  9. Angie says:

    I met Chrissy while working as an assistant to an Agent in L.A. She really is a classy woman! I am so proud of her accomplishments and for following her dreams. I too left LA’s lifestyle and went the more academic route and now live overseas in Asia. Chrissy you inspire me!!! Happy Travels!!!!

  10. Ray Dierker says:

    Chrissy
    You don’t look that much different than you did when you were a kid running around your parent’s pool overlooking the Ohio River!
    Your dad was involved in some of the greatest things that happened in my life.
    He was a gret man and he would be so proud of you!
    Enjoy!
    Ray Dierker

    • Chrissy says:

      Ray, thank you so much for your comment and your memories of my Dad. It’s always a pleasure to hear from those that he touched and knew him well. He is terribly missed by so many and rightfully revered. The memories I have in that house over looking the Ohio River are some of the best gifts he ever gave our family. I have no doubt he has been with me on my journey around the world keeping me safe and guiding my way. And you are right, he would have been beaming with pride of my accomplishments and eager to lend his support. He was the greatest man I have ever known and can never be replaced. Thank you for passing through and etching a memory of him on this page. I wrote a few posts with with him strong in my thoughts. The following link is one of my favorites. It evens mentions that house on the hill with the magnificent view of the Ohio River that he so proudly cleared the way for us to enjoy. I hope you will pass by to read it. A Simpler Town

  11. denny says:

    nice blog…..i really like…. 🙂

  12. jeff says:

    What a wonderful story. You are truly a beautiful person and a brilliant writer. Your words reach out to me. More than I could ever say. After 13 albums and over 100 albums produced I still look back in awe and wonder at the girl who had just arrived in town and kissed me within 15 minutes of meeting. So young. So beautiful.

    Safe travels princess.

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