Friday, August 7, 2015

10 Years in NYC!

I’m officially a New Yorker!

On August 4, 2005 everything in my life changed. It was my last night in breezy, summery San Diego. I said goodbye to my car which was driven away by its new owner. I stepped onto a one way red-eye flight to NYC, armed with 2 suitcases and a carry-on bag holding my dog. I landed the next morning at sunrise, an amazingly romantic time of day to say hello to your new life. I had ARRIVED.

I moved to NYC because I wanted a new beginning in my life. Since the age of 8 I had lived in southern CA and for some reason it never really felt like home to me. When I got to NYC, it felt like the city opened up its arms and said, “Welcome home, Erin.”

I’ve had a lot of crazy experiences in NYC, which I readily blogged about. There is one about New York pickup lines, a guy who wanted to buy my dog, and a typical day in NYC. (There are hundreds more stories - choose from the labels in the right sidebar!

Since moving to New York:

• I have been in movies, on TV and performed Off Broadway.
• I have created my own day job (career coaching for actors- 2007-present)
• I started a theater company (2009-present) 
• I’ve performed alongside Tony winners on multiple occasions. 
• I was selected as an "Expert" columnist at Backstage magazine.
• For the first time in my life I stayed single for an extended period of time (Feb 2010-Nov 2011) and got a sense of what I REALLY wanted in a relationship. (Wouldn’t you know it- I would end up dating an actor from my hometown, Nov 2011-present...)
• I have taught corporate executive leadership skills with 3 different consulting firms
• I have been caught by cops after hours in the park (but got off with a warning!)
• I live in a crazy NY apartment with a shower in my kitchen and my toilet in the hallway outside my front door. I love it.
• I’ve sat down with a homeless person on the street and had a poetic conversation.
• I’ve offered my time at Landmark Education as a coach in their Self Expression and Leadership Program.
• I’ve exchanged contact information with a kind older man on the subway and he still comments on this blog!
• I said goodbye to my dog, my faithful partner for nearly 17 years (2012)
• I’ve been to Yankees games in honor of my father, who grew up in NY and was a diehard fan.
• I co-founded the most successful networking event for actors in NYC.
• I’ve loved this city in sickness and in health, mostly in health but currently in a battle that I WILL WIN.
• I find joy in the little things (the smell of roasted peanut and almonds on the street, the way the buildings look pink at sunset, the first delicate snow of winter.)
• I’ve met some of the most incredible people who have opened up their lives and their homes to me.
• And after 10 years I still feel like anything is possible in this city.

In the next few days I’ll be creating a bucket list for myself, which will help me keep my spirits up as I step into my next phase of treatment for my cancer. I’m looking forward to looking at next year’s anniversary to see what I’ll have accomplished in that time.

What do you think I should experience here in NYC? Leave a comment to let me know!

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit


  1. Enjoy an egg cream on 4th in Washington Square!! Yummy, as I remember.

  2. You have so many fantastic accomplishments! I've always thought about living in New York City and you make it sound so amazing.


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