Happy New Year! I know, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve written. A long while. Life kinda got crazy. So where should I start? Let’s start at the very beginning and recap 2013.
This time last year I was studying British theatre in London and it was fabulous! (Wow! I can’t believe that was a whole year ago!) In the spring I interned at Parenting.com, acted and costume designed for some school plays, and enjoyed my last semester of college. In May I graduated from The College of New Jersey and got my B.A. in Journalism and Professional Writing. (Yay!) In the summer I worked at a theatre camp and directed Beauty and the Beast, Jr. The kiddies were ah-dorable. Towards the end of the summer I was cast in a local production of Avenue Q. I learned how to puppet….then I kinda disappeared.
Oops. Sorry about that. Let me explain what happened.
Well, while I was in rehearsals for Avenue Q, I got my first real big-girl job! In New York City! I started working as a Community Manager at an advertising agency doing social media for BlackBerry. It’s all been very exciting… and completely exhausting. See, I live in New Jersey. South Jersey, to be exact. I’m about 10 minutes outside of Philadelphia. So New York City is a bit of a hike from my neck of the woods. For the past few months my life has been a bit of a whirlwind.
Here’s a day in the life:
5:37 a.m. – cue alarm clock and subsequent grumbling from yours truly
5:52 a.m. – finally get out of bed, realize my hair will look bad today because I waited so long to get up
6:20 a.m. – leave house in a mad rush, drive to Hamilton train station way too fast
7:01 a.m. – arrive at Hamiltion station, park and RUN to train
7:04 a.m. – JUST barely catch express train to NYC, attempt to nap on train
8:08 a.m. – arrive at Penn Station New York, take brisk walk to office, try not to make eye-contact with homeless people
8:32 a.m. – get to office feeling cold and out of breath, it’s time to start a full day of work!
5:33 p.m. – finally leave the office, walk like a zombie to Penn Station
5:54 p.m. – arrive at Penn Station, mad dash to appropriate track
6:03 p.m. – express train leaves Penn Station, practice lines on train, resist urge to punch annoying passengers
7:04 p.m. – arrive at Hamilton station, walk up what feels like a million flights of stairs to get to car, finally time to go… to rehearsal
8:00 p.m. – get to rehearsal, be fabulous on stage (obviously)
11:34 p.m. – get in car to leave rehearsal, sing in car to keep self awake while on the road
12:07 a.m. – finally home! Time to pass out for a few hours so I can wake up and do it all over again tomorrow
This is an ideal day. Some days I miss the express train and need to wait around for a slower, local train. This can add 30+ minutes to my train ride and it’s the worst.
But I digress…Back in November, Avenue Q ended after a lovely 4-week run. I would finally have time to myself! (Or so I thought.) I auditioned for another play the day after Avenue Q closed and was cast on the spot. While this was kinda awesome, it also gave me zero time to relax after Avenue Q. I literally went from a performance, to an audition, to a rehearsal in a matter of 24 hours and I’ve been in rehearsals ever since. This new play, “Mama Won’t Fly” opens in 3 weeks and I am so excited for opening night! It’s a very funny play and I have a great part in it. I’m playing Hayley, a high-energy, accident-prone, bride-to-be. It’s such a fun part and I’m so happy.
But this lifestyle isn’t sustainable. During the week I feel like I’m living in a constant state of commute. On the weekends all I want to do is sleep. Something’s gotta give. So once the play is over I’M MOVING TO NEW YORK!
I don’t know exactly where I’ll be moving, but I’ve been looking for apartments in Queens and Brooklyn. My goal is to be all moved into my new apartment by March 1! Once the play is over, I will focus all my energy into finding an apartment and making this exciting move! For a Jersey girl (born and raised) this is a HUGE step for me. Heck, I even went to The College of New Jersey. I think it’s time to give one of the other 49 states a chance.
I’ll hopefully be able to give you a more detailed update on my new play and this exciting move to NYC sometime this weekend, but considering my track record, I won’t make any promises.
Hope everyone had a lovely 2013 and I wish you every bit of happiness in 2014!