Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Update for my peeps back home...

Hello, friends!

I know, I know... I promised an update every couple of months and it has been longer than that since I contacted you. But there have been lots of things going on here in NYC (an elsewhere) which I will elaborate on in this update.  Needless to say, I have missed you!

First, I need your help
I know so many people whose lives have been affected by women's cancers. I have decided to something about it. Along with a group of friends from the F-ing Cool Women's (FCW) Society, we have pledged to raise money by participating in the Revlon Run/Walk for Cancer. I am collecting online donations (tax deductible!) at the following website:

The Revlon Run/Walk for Cancer

My grandmother is in remission from cervical cancer and hopefully by the time I get to be her age cervical cancer will have gone the way of polio. But that won't happen without help from folks like you. Please consider donating (you may also send me a check made out to the Revlon Run/Walk)

Personal Update
As some of you know, tragedy struck my family in February of this year. My father suddenly passed away on February 1 from a cardiac arrest (which may have been precipitated by a stroke, we'll never know). It has dealt a huge blow to family, for whom my father was the cornerstone. I still cannot seem to make my mind grasp the reality of the situation. This event is part of my reasoning for being out of touch. We are all hanging in there, though, and I pass on my thanks again to those of your who sent your condolences. 

Aside from the family sadness, I am happy to report that the rest of my personal life is good. I am dating a great guy named Tom and we are having lots of fun exploring the city together. Denver (my dog) likes New York and has made several friends in the neighborhood, most notably Polo, the handsome white alaskan husky who lives down the street. Denver is very happy it is no longer winter, though we will have to shave her winter coat soon!

NYC Living & Working
I am still living in the same apartment in Astoria, NYC and I still love it! It is finally spring (it snowed on April 4, what was THAT about???) and everyone has a little spring in their step (pardon the pun). I now know what "Spring Fever" means- people are in great moods, are more accommodating, and anything seems possible. 

As far as work, I have been successful in finding work which indulges my need for flexibility and my passion for making a difference. I have found a dream job that seems like it just fell out of the sky and into my lap. I am working with a non profit organization called The Transition Network , which is a service organization for women over 50 that helps address the question, "What's Next?" They needed another admin person to come in to help with PR, communications and member services. I get to work from home for 20 hours a week doing almost the same things as I did at the Actors Alliance- working with members and providing a platform for them to get everything they want and need out of their membership organization. It is awesome! I am also helping them put into place a 3 year communications plan that was written for them by an outside consulting firm. In addition to that, I have just taken on some outside marketing work with a theatre magazine called DramaBiz which is geared towards performing arts professionals who produce live theatre. The publisher is passionate about helping producers get the resources they need to run a successful theatre. It is a national magazine (based in San Diego) and I am going to head up the advertising efforts here in NYC. Imagine- all the way in NYC I am able to make a difference for the San Diego (and global) theatre community. How cool is that??? Add that to the other project based consulting clients I have, and I could not be more thrilled with the opportunities I have found. It only took 8 months, but now I feel like I have finally made something for myself!

Performing/Arts Related Stuff
When I moved to New York I made a choice to stay in the city and do local theatre only. Unfortunately, there are more auditions for tours and regional productions than there are for NY productions. So, this means that I am doing less auditioning than expected. However, I have still had some good auditions and know that it is the same in NY as anywhere- you have to study your craft, meet like minded individuals, and live in the spirit of collaboration. I have been very pleased with my progress so far, and have met some amazing people. Not only am I auditioning for theatre, but film and television as well. I am also involved with the local medical schools doing standardized patient training and have done some print work. Background work in film & TV is very lucrative here (and easy to get!), and it is a great way to get on the set to meet film crews. I am amazed at the different types of opportunities that are available if I open myself up to them. 

As I have mentioned in previous updates, I am also involved with a bit of directing. I have collaborated with a local playwright to turn 4 short plays into a full evening of theatre, and we have submitted it to the New York Fringe Festival. I have also been asked to direct an evening of short plays for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, but I am waiting to hear about the Fringe before I commit to the MITF, because the festivals run back to back. 

Finally, this summer I will be working on putting together a new cabaret for New York City stages. First I will be looking for a local musician/composer to collaborate with, and then we will create something that will really take NYC by storm! I'll be sure to keep you all posted on that. 

In conclusion...
I am sure there is more to talk about, but I don't know what you want to know unless you write to me! Also, networking is vitally important with all of my endeavors, so if you know someone in NYC that I should know, please pass on their info to me (or mine to them). Even if it is just a friend you think I would like, pass it on! Working from home means that I don't get to meet new people too often, so I would welcome the reference!

Drop me a note and let me know how you are doing!

Hugs to you all,

Erin =)

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