Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Update for my Peeps

Hi, Friends!

It's been a really long time since I have sent you an update, but I am sure you have all been very busy with your own lives so it couldn't have been too much of a problem!

Personal
Things are going really great for me here in NYC. I am living on the Upper East Side, just south of 96th St (more commonly referred to as "At least it's not Harlem.") We have been here about 9 months and just received our lease renewal notice. Not only do they want us back (thank goodness) but they are only raising the rent $45. Yippee! Less exciting is the fact that they have just started construction on the brand new 2nd Avenue subway, for which "Phase 1" is 1/4 block from my apartment. This phase of the subway will not be complete until sometime after 2012, so for the remainder of my time in this apt, we will be contending with lots and lots of noise from the construction. But this subway has been in the works for decades, and it is nice to be present for a little bit of history being made. Here's to hoping that the vermin that are displaced from construction are unable to crawl up the five floor walkup to infest my apartment. I have a hard enough time, and I can take the stairs.

Tom and I have been living together very happily these 9 months. Denver (my dog) has completely fallen in love with Tom and is plotting my demise so she can have him all to herself. Sadly, I don't think Tom would mind too much... (ha!) My mother came to visit NYC in March (for the first time since her early 20s) and we had a great time exploring the city together. And several other friends have come in for visits- Crystal, Julie, Lori, Laura, Brooke, Sara, and some others that I am forgetting (sorry!) New York is a great place to visit, especially this time of year. So, if you plan a trip this way, please let me know so I can see you! But don't visit from Sept 5-12: during those days Tom and I are taking a vacation to Jamaica, which will be my first time in the Caribbean. Being from southern CA I never understood the allure of a tropical getaway. But here in NYC, we have been bombarded by advertising for every possible island- I guess New Yorkers really need to get away.

But I still love it here. I still get caught up in how wonderful it is to be in a city that offers so many opportunities. I meet people who work in every corner of business, industry and culture. There are always streets blocked off due to movies being shot, buskers entertaining the masses in the subway hoping for your dollar, and crazy people reminding you of how colorful life is. It really is an amazing place to live. And I have been so lucky that many of my friends have moved, or are planning to move, to the city. I love seeing Kory, Kristen and Kathryn at auditions, and I am looking forward to seeing Brandon soon (when our schedules permit). And Laura swears that she will be moving here soon, and I cannot wait!

Professional
I have a lot of really fun news in the performance front. First and foremost, last week and I had a wonderful interview with an agency here in NYC and on Friday I was asked to sign with them. On Thursday, I will be going in to finalize paperwork and get into their database so they can begin sending me out. There is a lot of work in New York for film and television in addition to theatre, and they also have a very good musical theatre department. Having an agent will really make a difference. Having self-submitted for the past year and a half to local projects has been exhausting, so I am very excited about having them as a part of my team to help get me some exposure.

Despite not having an agent (up until now), I have been very busy as a performer. I work fairly regularly with a developing playwrights workshop, doing readings and helping to dramaturge new works. I will soon be wrapping a lead role in an indie feature, which should be submitted to film festivals this winter or next spring. I also shot two short films in the latter part of 2006 that screened this spring here in NYC. And right now I am working on two original theater projects that will have their world premieres in May & June. One is a play about relationships, comprised of short works by well known playwrights including David Ives, Charles Mee and A.R. Gurney (whose piece "The Problem" I am performing). The 2nd show is a brand new, cabaret style musical that is being produced in an effort to earn an Off Broadway production sometime in the fall.

In addition to everything above, when I need some extra cash I am able to do quite a bit of background and stand-in work for TV and film. There doesn't seem to be as much a stigma here in NYC with extra work as there is in LA. Somehow, people here know that being an extra is a great way to make money while you are between gigs, and doing it doesn't mean you don't have the skill to do larger roles. Then again, I haven't done any recurring work since moving here- maybe I would feel differently if I was doing principal work and then had to go "back" to do background. Who knows? =)

For my day job, I have been fortunate enough to be able to pare down my consulting work to handle only one client- a national theatre magazine that is dedicated to helping artistic directors and theatre managers know how to run their businesses successfully. I sell advertising to theater suppliers- anyone with a product, program or service to sell to the theatres should be advertising in this magazine! And anyone who runs a theatre should be receiving it. If either of these apply to you, please let me know and I can help you either way.


How To Stay Updated
So, as you can see, I have been keeping busy, which is why I have had a hard time keeping in touch with everyone. But there are other ways to track what's happening in Erin-Land -- online!

First- I have two main websites:

My professional website- You will only find acting and consulting related information here.

My personal website- You will find all of the personal stuff under my alias "theatrdiva" because all potential employers Google their prospects to see how/what they blog. I want to keep that part of my life private, so you will only find links to these sites on this web page. This became apparent to me when a potential consulting client told me how much they liked my vacation pictures from Norway. Yikes.

Blog: http://theatrdiva.blogspot.com
Interesting anecdotes about auditioning and performing, plus other mildly amusing rants,

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theatrdiva
Photo Albums and site of my newest hobby: abstract/artistic photography

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/theatrdiva
This is a great way to keep in touch with me without having to work that hard at it


I would love to hear how you are doing, so please keep me posted!

Erin =)


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