Thursday, January 12, 2006

The joys of a gypsy lifestyle

While I am not a true gypsy because I have a rad, permanent place to live, I am a sort of financial gypsy since I never know where my next paycheck is coming from. Some people might think that this is a stressful way to live (and they are correct) but there is one thing that makes this lifestyle a true adventure: doing vastly different work day to day and meeting all kinds of people. I love it!

To give you a taste of what this lifestyle is like, let me tell you a little bit about the projects I have coming up or have completed in the past few weeks...

Did background work on The Sopranos

Doing an industrial for CustomNews, which entails getting dressed up in a newsboy costume and handing out newspapers at a convention. I can’t believe I’ll be paid $40 an hour to do this.

Directing a short play reading for a benefit

Worked two days as a temp receptionist at a publishing company (very slow job, in fact, I am writing this entry from that job right now!)

Personal assistant one day a week to a entrepreneur

Occasional babysitter for this entrepreneur’s 5 year old daughter

Directing a dear friend’s debut of her new one woman show

Casting consultant for Wilderness Films, working for a week to bring in actors for a leading role in a new film

Signing on as a director for a play being submitted to the New York Fringe Festival

Coaching a high school student on her auditions for college theatre programs

Auditioning, auditioning, auditioning

Only in New York City could I do all of this. For any of you out there who dream of coming here to pursue your dreams, DO IT. It is easier than you think and more rewarding than you could ever imagine.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Happy New Year!

I don’t really care for the word “resolution”- the official meaning is “the state or quality of being resolute; firm determination” but for me the term is rooted in negativity. Being in firm determination to change something that was bad last year and make it right this year. Well, for many people that is all well and good but for someone like me who believes that every event leads to growth and understanding, a term like “resolution” indicates that something has been unfinished or is wrong and needs change. I don’t want trying to change the past - I choose to live my life by creation instead.

Since New Year’s 2001 I have lived by the same credo- to make this new year the best year of my life. I came up with this as I was listening to (wait for it...) Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ‘69.” There is a line in the song, “Those were the best days of my life” and 5 years ago, at the age of 25, I could safely say that I didn’t have any “best days.” For some reason, I favored going the responsible (read: boring) route my previous years. What would happen if I tried to create some “best days” in the years to come?

So that’s the credo I commit to each January 1. And...

2005 was the best year of my life. Yippee!

There are many events, people and things that helped. Below is just a short list of what I am grateful for, and what I will always remember about 2005.

• Performed at Disney Studios in LA for Stephen Schwartz in a workshop of a brand new rock musical. Thank you to Jon Lorenz, the very talented composer, for inviting me to be a part of the magic.

• Participated in the Actors Alliance Festival 2005:
                - As Producer and Director of “Correct Address”- won Best Production, Best Director and Best Actors for Joey Landwehr and Matt Scott.
                - As Actor/Dramaturg- helped develop a short play based on personal experiences and won a Best Actress award. Thanks to Jim Ellis for allowing me to be his muse.
                - As Marketing Director- I am really proud of the Festival slogan I made up- “Tis Better to be BRIEF than tedious. Actors Alliance Festival of SHORT Plays.” This is a quote from Richard III and is a fun, provocative way of letting people know what the Festival is about.

• Wrote and performed two original cabaret performances to packed crowds at the Westin Hotel.

• Moved to New York City fulfilling 30 years of hopes and dreams. Special thanks to Jessa Watson for introducing me to my roommates and to Courtney McLean who held a birthday party (which I came to the day I arrived in New York) and introduced me to my boyfriend, Tom.

A special thank you to those who were bright shining stars in my life in 2005: My mom, my dad, my sister Lisa, my brother Sean, my nephew Michael, Tom, Dean, Courtney, Anna, Jessa, Corey, Robin, Kristen, Jesus, Kurt, Claire,Steve, Susan, Brooke T, Rich, Sara, Mike, Tom, Barb, Brent, Sue, Todd, Jason, Kim, Cris, Kathryn, John T, John G, Jim, Brooke M, Joey, David, Ryan, Debra, Rebecca, Nick, Henry, Jenn, Laura, and to my new New York friends Aaron, Rory, Tom D, Jonathan, Selena, Marija, Judd, Dena, Sue, Cornelia, Mikael, Tanya, Dustin, and Rob. If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize!

And a very special thank you to those of you who will touch my life in the years to come. I am really looking forward to 2006.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Background work is fun!

Ok, so I promised I would tell some stories about my work on The Sorpranos, but I thought it would be better to point you towards my moblog which has photos with captions which will tell the tale far better than I could on my Words blog. So, to learn more about my 3 hours on the set, visit:

While you’re there, click on each photo to get a larger view and to read the caption. Then leave a comment to let me know you were there!

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