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My name is John Panichella and I am a journalist, publicist, talent manager, and blogger, currently living in Los Angeles, California. Follow along my journey as I endlessly create myself.

    Happy Birthday Rachel Crow

    Happy Birthday Rachel Crow

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    Bomber Jacket by Zara

    Dress by Urban Outfitters
    Shot on iPhone

    When I moved to Los Angeles I had no idea what to expect of the people. I moved to this city as a 20-year-old with my guard down completely. Working in the entertainment industry, I was quickly burned by some of the earliest people that I met. I learned that not everyone is going to be your friend. 

    This was one of the first of many lessons that the universe would teach me as I grew up in LA. One of the biggest lessons I've learned is to celebrate those who celebrate you and cherish those friendships. They are truly a rarity.

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    Last week I was able to celebrate one of the most special people in my life, Rachel Crow. Yes, Rachel is that incredible singer that won over the hearts of many when she auditioned for X Factor years ago, but Rachel is also one of the nicest and most genuine people I have met in LA. Over the last couple years, Rachel has become one of my best friends and I was so happy to celebrate another birthday with her. 

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    Rachel's star-studded celebration took place in West Hollywood where some of her closest friends gathered to have an amazing time, with an even more amazing view of Los Angeles. Shakey's pizza provided delicious food for guests while everyone danced and listened to music. The night ended with everyone singing "Happy Birthday." Well...everyone but me because another lesson I've learned is to never sing along with a room of singers haha!

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    As the night came to an end, I looked over and saw the biggest smile on Rachel's face. I knew that all of the planning and running around was worth it. Rachel finally got the birthday celebration that she deserved and I was so happy to be a part of it.

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    As I said earlier in this post, the moral of the story is to cherish your genuine friendships. People are always going to come in and out of your life, but there a few that will have a lasting impression. Rachel is one of those friends for me and no matter where life takes us, we will always have each other's support. 

    Make sure you surround yourself with friends that are growing with you; friends that want to watch you succeed, and when you find those people, celebrate them in the same way they celebrate you. Happy birthday, Rachel. Here's to another year of amazing memories.

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    A Taste of New Mexico in Nashville

    A Taste of New Mexico in Nashville

    Back to My Roots

    Back to My Roots