Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Star Sighting

I recently got back in touch with a friend of mine from high school who is also living in NYC and who is a dresser on the Broadway show, “Mary Poppins.” We went to a little known restaurant nestled in the heart of Times Square, and who else but Ashley Brown, Mary Poppins herself, walked by and gave my friend a huge hug as she passing by?!? I didn’t get a chance to be introduced (it was a very casual sighting) but I was reminded of how close I am to the pinnacle of theatrical performing. I am in New York City, for goodness sake! Pretty darned exciting.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Back on track

In my hustle to create a thriving acting and coaching career, I have been neglecting the lifestyle part of my life, even though I live in the incredible city of New York! So to get back into the swing of things, it is time I put together my latest Happiness List, this time with a New York theme.

Happiness Is: (New York Style)

- Being forced (by unavoidable close proximity) to relate to people of vastly different social, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds. How incredible is this melting pot where each person influences another but no one loses their sense of history and purpose?

- Not having to worry about car loans, insurance, gasoline, or maintenance (smog tests, oil changes, brake replacements, etc etc etc.)

- Really getting to know your neighbors, especially when most of them are really, really cool.

- Walking down the street and smelling candied nuts being cooked by street vendors.

- Getting great exercise just walking up and down the stairs of my walk-up apartment.

- Having time to read when I am on the subway. Or do Sudoku puzzles.

- Knowing that no matter how long I live here there will always be something new to discover.

- Seasons!

- That someone would think to start a site like this.

- Architecture with history.

- Showing tourists and natives, by example, that New Yorkers are helpful and kind people. Imagine if a smile you give today encourages someone to say, “Wow- people can be so giving!”

- Knowing that friends from out of town are always dying to visit, and enjoy staying with me!

- The fact that I am stopping this blog because it has gotten too long, not because I have run out of things to say!

Finally, a win

Last week I had a great audition for an NYU grad film (I have been so busy the past few days that I haven’t had a chance to blog about it!) I knew the director/writer - he produced a play I did last summer - so it was one of those rare times that I could completely relax into the audition process because I felt like I had a friend in the room. Plus, it was a great script, and that is always fun to play with. I thought that I did a nice job with the audition, and I felt that even if I wasn’t cast it was a lot of fun to walk into an audition room where I already knew some of the players.

This hasn’t been that common since my move to New York in 2005, and it is nice that it is finally happening! I came from a smaller market (San Diego) where I knew absolutely everyone there was to know. When I moved to New York, it was so strange to be a part of a community where I knew no one. And after about 1.5 years of putting myself out there and making contacts, I am finally starting to see the web of connections being made, and it feels wonderful.

Consequently, I was cast in the grad film! And on that same day, I was invited back to NYU to be a part of a “speed drills” project where students are challenged to produce 24 film scenes over 12 hours, 30 minutes apart. I was also offered another 3 days of work through the NYU medical school’s standardized patient program. April is going to be a very busy month!

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