It’s been a little over a week since I moved to Astoria–and I couldn’t be happier. I already feel like I’ve accomplished so much in these past 7 days. I can’t imagine what’s in store for me in the next few months. New York is certainly a magical place, and I’m constantly geeking out at the thought of living in the middle of it. I can see the Chrysler building from my apartment window, and before I go to bed I gaze at the New York skyline with a great big stupid smile.
See? Told you I was a nerd.
I came to New York to pursue my acting career. So, I’ve sent my information to numerous casting calls and talent agencies hoping to get noticed. So far, I’ve had two auditions. Which isn’t too bad for someone that has been in NYC for a week. It doesn’t even matter to me if I get the roles. I’m having fun just trying to get myself out there–because you can’t get this much opportunity in Philadelphia. I know something is bound to come up. One director is going to see something in me. It’s only a matter of time, right?
Of course, I’m also taking classes at The Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center. After only one class (and one chapter of The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual) I’m already implementing what I’ve learned. I dabbled in stand up in Philadelphia, but was never really able to attend open mics consistently enough to build a solid routine. That’s NOT the case in NYC. I did an open mic on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I’m already more comfortable with the art form. I took little things I learned in my textbook and applied them to some old jokes– and WOW. I can already see a difference in the audience’s reaction. I’m so stoked to continue my education, because I know it’s only going to make me better.
I also got a chance to check out ASSSSCAT 3000 with special guest monologist Josh Lucas. Wow! Talk about watching the pros. I’ve seen a lot of improv in my day–but I’ve never seen anything as solid as ASSSSCAT. I made sure to look out for key elements I learned in my first class, and I saw them! The show was hilarious. Oh–and fun. It looked like a shitload of fun, and I wanted to hop up on stage and play along. It’s okay. I’ll wait. I still have much to learn.
Speaking of education, I’m 8 classes into my Kevin Spacey Masterclass. OMG! I absolutely love it. I still need to do my homework, (please don’t scold me Mr. Spacey….or do….I’m okay with that too) but I’m already getting great advice from one of my idols. The most refreshing thing about it, is the fact that this class is different from the Dustin Hoffman Masterclass. Every actor has different experiences and suggestions, and you can get good advice from anywhere.
To watch Kevin Spacey work intimately with a group of actors is so inspiring, and I can find myself in each person’s performance and the feedback Kevin gives. I also enjoy watching him explain how he attacks the text he’s presented with, and encourages you to change your approach to the words each time. I know I have a problem with being too fast, and he’s really teaching me to slow down. It helps that the new season of House of Cards is streaming on Netflix. Now, when I watch him recite Frank Underwood’s eloquent and cutting monologues– I SEE him implementing the lessons he’s presenting in the Masterclass. It makes me feel special. Like I’m in a super secret Kevin Spacey club.
My good friend Noah is also giving me voice lessons while I’m in NYC. I was so nervous to sing in front of him, because I hadn’t really sung in years. I was afraid my voice was GONE. Good news! It’s not! Even though Noah might not realize this, he’s already helping me be more comfortable with my head voice. I also think I sound a little different. My voice is definitely more grown up, but it’s also more relaxed. I was so happy to be singing again. You guys, if I ever stop singing again just slap me. Slap me hard.
My journey in New York City is just beginning, and everything about it feels so right. I can’t wait to see what the next 4 months have in store for me. Stay tuned for more updates from yours truly.