New York City.
(To some/to many) - The pinnacle. The ultimate. The place an actor dreams about working in.
I am leaving for this place. Next week.
The last time I was in New York was in 2014 for the ESU Shakespeare Competition. I was there for about three days. While those three days were fantastic, it was not quite enough of the taste of New York that I needed to really get to know it.
This time around, I will be living there for a full month.
I’m ecstatic, I’m nervous…I’m a little scared.
I think I’m most interested to see if New York lives up to my imagination.
My dream of what working there will be like.
Now my “dream” state knows that it’s hard there. Especially as an actor.
What if I love it just as much as I’d hoped I would? What if I find out it’s totally not the right fit for me?
For the past couple months (as I near one year of being out of college…) I’ve been trying to come up with a game plan for myself. That game plan however feels to be very vague. Now with this New York project on the books, it’s really thrown off.
When people ask “what’s next?” I usually express that I had planned on moving to Chicago during the summer of 2019. I thought that making the transition from here to there (I love Chicago by the way) would make an eventual jump to NY easier. But maybe I should just skip the middle and make the big leap?
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, this month in NY could be very helpful in making this decision.
There’s also the fact that I love Minneapolis and my year since graduation has felt pretty solid here. I did leave for a month to work in Maine but for the bulk of the time, I’ve been here! Am I ready to leave? Will another year here be enough or could it just lead to me tacking on another year after that one?
Also, a totally valid plan.
A number of my friends/company members moved away after graduation and in the coming months quite a few more of them are. As someone who finds moving to another state extremely exciting but also absolutely terrifying, I’m so excited for and proud of them. My time to do this will come and I’m interested to know when. Also, me leaving Minneapolis doesn’t mean I can never come back but I’m looking to see more of the world and what other cities have to offer. I want my life to be full of experiences and travel. That’s my Sagittarius showing, apparently.
I’m going to try to blog more while in NY, maybe daily or a couple times a week if I can.
If New York is everything or if New York isn’t, I am counting down the days until I get to work on this project. Head to my “Upcoming” page for more info on it!
It’s gonna be a really really good one!