Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Sept Update- for my peeps back home

I passed the one year mark as a resident of New York City on August 5. Has it really been that long? It seems like it was only a couple of months ago that I was dragging two oversized suitcases though the streets on Astoria, carrying my dog in one arm and my laptop bag in the other. It has been a wondrous experience, and things are only getting better. I feel more relaxed as I attack the city head-on day after day.

Performance Update
I am happy to report that after many, many weeks of auditioning I have landed a lead role in an upcoming, low budget, independent film. I could not be more thrilled. What is so amazing about this is that the audition breakdown said "mid 30s-mid 40s, blonde, light eyed, with comic timing like Grace Adler from Will and Grace" and though I am much younger than the breakdown mentioned, I knew that I wanted a shot at this role. So I submitted anyway, acknowledging that I am young but requesting to be seen anyway. Little did I know that the script involves flashback scenes 15 years prior to the current action, and the younger "flashback" role had already been cast with someone who looked just like me. So, after two solid auditions, I was cast in the role, even though they had originally conceived it older. It is feature length, which means it is at least 45 minutes long, and I cannot wait to get started. I will certainly keep updating my website with info. I also had a great audition for the role of Hope in "Urinetown" last week. The casting director seemed very pleased with the audition, so even if I am not cast in this show I know he will keep my information on file for future productions. It is always great to feel like I am doing good work, even if it is only for 16 bars of song!

Work Update
I am still working from home as an membership assistant for a non-profit membership organization. That takes up about 20 hours per week, and the other hours I spend working from home for other consulting clients, as well as auditioning, taking classes, and networking. One exciting prospect is with a non-profit organization dedicated to securing the future of new musicals. They are re-developing a program called Broadway USA and I was referred to them for marketing consulting by one of my other consulting clients. This organization started the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and is headed by veteran Broadway actor Tim Jerome (who I spoke with recently while he was in his dressing room at the Richard Rogers Theatre, getting ready to go on stage in "Tarzan.") Not only would this be a great project for my consulting business, but it would also be a key "foot in the door" for the Festival, which premieres 30 new musicals each fall. The opportunities in this town seem endless, and it is exhausting just thinking about them!

Visiting NYC anytime soon?
If you are planning to come to the city for a visit and have some spare time, give me a call! I would love to go out for coffee/lunch/dinner/drinks and catch up. Leave me a comment or shoot me an email, and I we'll make plans.

That's it for this edition of the update. I would love to hear an update from each and every one of you too. So, leave a comment!

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