Look, I know that title is cliche and lame–but I can’t help it. I’ve been randomly bursting into verses from this famous tune by Sinatra as I pack for my move up north. A week from today I will be living in New York City, and starting March 2nd I will be taking classes at Upright Citizens Brigade.
WHAT. IS. MY. LIFE?
I can’t believe this chapter in my career is right around the corner. The past 6 months are a complete blur. From moving out of my South Philly home to registering my LLC and creating a demo reel–It’s hard for me to comprehend how much time has passed. I guess it’s a blessing really…because I will be moving out my parents’ house soon.
I’ve always wanted to live in NYC and learn from the best. In High School, I had dreams of attending NYU–but my parents were paying for my higher education and investing in art was simply too risky for them.
Now, at 31, things have changed. I’ve taken control of my future and I’m putting myself through improv school. Sure, it’s not as impressive as Law School… but whatever. After years of hard work and supporting myself (and a mortgage) I’m finally going to use my money to give me the education I’ve always craved.
I’ll be living in Astoria, Queens. (not quite the home of Fran Drescher but it’ll do) New York is a melting pot of cultures and languages. I can’t wait to explore the city, and I’m ready to broaden my horizons through education and new kick ass friendships. No really, who wants to be my friend? I have coloring books and crayons!
I will also be taking ANOTHER Masterclass just in time for the big move. I’m really pumped about this one, because it’s with KEVIN SPACEY. Not only am I excited to learn from one of my heroes, but I’ll be closer to a large number of classmates. I wasn’t able to rehearse with any other actors when I took the Dustin Hoffman class, so I’m excited to join Masterclass Meetups in NYC and meet other actors that love these classes as much as I do.
The most overwhelming part of this transition is the support I’ve received from my friends, family and the Philadelphia community. I’ve spent the past few months having dinners with old friends, getting donations towards my education, and being showered with encouragement. For a kid that grew up with 0 friends it sure does feel good to have such an awesome support group from the City of Brotherly Love.
Some people say to me, Why start in a new city? (or) You’ll be starting all over (and) You’re starting at the bottom. I don’t see it that way. I’m not behind on my career, because I really believe that I needed to do a lot of self discovery before I could EVER figure out what kind of artist I wanted to be. I’m sure I will be doing a lot more self discovery in New York. I’m ready for the challenge and I’m in it for the long haul.
As much opportunity as there is in New York– I KNOW I’m also going to hear “no” a lot too….and that hasn’t stopped me yet has it? Don’t let the size of a city shy you away from pursuing your dreams. I know I won’t.