Tuesday, September 1, 2015

3 Things That Inspire Me: Vol 4

I’ve been following an amazing blog, The Simple Dollar, for a while now - and I wanted to share with you one of my favorite features: Ten Pieces of Inspiration. Each month, writer Trent Hamm talk about 10 things that inspire him to (quote) “greater financial, personal, and professional success.” I get so gosh darned inspired by his posts that I thought I would create my own “inspiration posts” in homage to his great work.




#1 Taking the Old with the New

I took this when I was in Scotland (Edinburgh Castle)

I absolutely love old architecture and seeing remnants of the past mixed in with our modern hustle and bustle. There's something about stone and brick that makes me feel at home. I don't know why this is - I was raised in southern California with adobe and stucco are the norm. But I find myself drawn to these things and am always glad when I have a camera with me (which is so easy to have with these darned smart phones!) I also love seeing how history stacks up to nature:

I took this at Notre Dame (Paris) with wild blooming roses in front

And here's one in our own backyard!

Stone storefront on 2nd Avenue in Kips Bay, NYC


#2 Best Friends

Erin and Candice (2013 at The Salon Open Mic.)

I know, I know. I hate the lingo that the kids use these days. But I feel giddy like a teenager when I think about my best friend, Candice Oden. I've noticed that once I became an adult it became harder to build and keep strong friendships because life always seems to get in the way. So when I met Candice (the most amazing human on the planet) I knew I had to do something different to keep her in my life. First, I plied her with bourbon and tequila for late night talks. Then I seduced her with duets from musical theater (notably Wicked and Jekyll & Hyde.) Then finally, one day I asked her if she would be my best friend, and she said yes! (Ask her to tell you the full story sometime. She does a really good impression of shy Erin.)

My Bestie sent this photo to me. Of Course.
Don't mess with Best Friends!

#3 Puns and Literal Humor

I. Cannot. Stop. Laughing.


Heck yeah it does!


You have to say this one out loud for full effect.

Note: The last time I posted in this series I talked about "my healthy body." Since then my health has been a real struggle (read how here), and I do not take one moment of health for granted.


What inspires you? Leave a comment and let me know. Or, better yet, create your own blog series about inspiration and post a link to it so we can all take part!



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 http://www.erincronican.com.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Donate, and get FREE FRIES!

So... I don't know how many of you know this but I have a truly great boyfriend, who happens to work for a truly great organization called Bareburger - a healthy burger joint that cares about sourcing its food purely and ethically.

Brandon asked for a day off so that he could accompany me to the hospital for a surgery to put a port into my chest (which allows for easier access when nurses administer my chemo starting next week):

This is a port. It reminds me of something from a horror movie.

This is where my port was just implanted via surgery. 

When Brandon asked for the time off, his boss came back to him with an amazing response: What did he think about Bareburger holding a fundraiser to help with Erin's cancer treatments? The owner of the franchise - who owns 4 Bareburgers in NYC - set aside one day to collect funds, and will give FREE FRIES to anyone who donates. Here's the flyer they put up in their stores:

August 19th, y'all!

I've always wanted a pig to hug my face while I looked away. So emo. 

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. Other franchises got wind of this and started jumping on board, and as of this writing 16 LOCATIONS ARE PARTICIPATING. Holy balls! When I saw the flyers they made I just started to cry. Asking for money has always been difficult, but whenever I've had to do so it was always for a non-profit I worked for - never for myself. So, the fact that the owners of this incredible company have stepped up to help has truly taken my breath away.

So, if you want to help, here are all of the locations you can go to on August 19 to make a donation (there are even some outside of NYC!):

East Village
Murray Hill
Hell's Kitchen
57th St. (This is where Brandon works!)
73rd St.
87th St.
Astoria
Ditmars
Long Island City
Laguardia
Bayside
Great Neck
Hoboken
Port Washington
Philly
Columbus, Ohio

Note: Those in bold are the original stores that created this fundraiser, so if you have a choice pop by one of them!

If you hate fries but still want to help, check out this post which details other ways you can contribute.

I truly cannot even believe this. Thank you, everyone, for making what has been a very dark time have a little bit of lightness.

Erin  :)


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 http://www.erincronican.com.

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 http://www.erincronican.com.


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