Choice event, something for you: St. Malachy's, The Actors' Chapel
I never knew I could be in love with a place until now, but I truly think I am in love with this beautiful, crazy, city. Just a little over a week of living here, and I feel as though I've been here for so much longer. Almost as If I've always been here, in a way. I'm smiling everywhere I go at every person I see. I was telling Evan (one of my best friends/classmates/roommate) that I don't think I've stopped smiling since we've gotten here. I know, how cheesy can I get?
I can't quite name exactly why I feel this way, but I'm so glad I do. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm living with one of my very best friends and classmates, and am also a short walk or easy subway ride from the rest of them. Within the first week of living here, I saw one my classmates or friends every day, not counting the one I live with either! How blessed am I to move to my favorite city ever with some of my absolute favorite people? We already met up once for dinner at this yummy place called Heights Tavern not too far from our places, and I have a feeling/hope that weekly dinners (at least once a week) will become a regular thing for us Otters in the city (: Seeing some of my favorite people, in my favorite city is a golden combination.
Completing my first week in the city, also means that I completed my first week at Tara Rubin Casting!!! YAY!! I survived and made it through the week without too many blonde moments and awkward encounters!! Thankfully, I am doing the internship with one of my fellow classmates/friends, so we're figuring this out together, PHEW! The first day was kind of hilarious when you think about it. We were so nervous/excited about it all. We didn't have much of an idea what to expect and we were trying to gauge what was okay and what wasn't in the office which made me feel a bit rickety haha. For example, I think most of the day consisted of whispering and trying/sometimes failing to read each other's lips to communicate in fear of being too loud or seeming clueless haha. When we did choose to ask questions, of course, the answer was right in front of us, while other times we tried figuring things out through some warped type of sign language, which we were wrong about and then had to correct and backtrack. So when in doubt, after searching for the answer for yourself, even right in front of your nose, ask questions!!
I had the pleasure of sitting in on two Broadway auditions/screenings my first week. The first one on my second day was for the role of Frieda in A Bronx Tale and the second one was for Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Both were at the legendary Pearl Studios and as I stood in front of the entrance looking at the address, I couldn't help but feel like I was floating on air. Sitting in on those auditions was one of the most incredible things. I truly felt like I was dreaming and like I needed to pinch myself. I had chills, got teary eyed and my heart felt so alive and exhilarated. I almost feel like I was having an out of body experience. In fact, I feel like I have those a lot here, where time stops and I realize where I am, what I'm doing and just how fortunate I am. Those moments are my absolute favorite and I can recall them vividly each time after they've happened. I am in the city of my dreams, pursuing my dreams and could not be happier.
Because we're all human, we all have embarrassing moments, right? So here's my most recent embarrassing moment. Since my parents didn't want me to have pepper spray, they decided to buy me a Clip Alarm. "What's a Clip Alarm" you ask?. Well, you attach it to yourself or something you have with you and, God forbid, something happens and you need to get the attention of other people, you pull the clip off of it's holder and when the two ends meet a screeching high alarm sounds off. So, I thought my keychain would be a good place to keep it since I know I always have my keys on me. I also keep my keys hooked on my backpack which was sitting on the floor in the office right by my feet...I'm sure you can see where this is going. Well Jenna (my fellow intern, friend and classmate) had just gotten up to leave the office and go to the bathroom and I was reaching down to put something away in my bag and just as the door to the office was closing, I about jumped out of my seat because of this insanely loud and high pitched screeching and everyone in the office is like "What is THAT noise?!" and I'm like I'm like "What the heck?! Did Jenna set a door alarm off?" and then I can feel my face turn red as I realize that it's my Clip Alarm going off!! Of course then I panic to find it exactly and because my brain is freaking out I somehow forget how to turn it off, prolonging the high pitched noise until I come to my senses and get it under control. WOOF. I then preceded to apologize profusely and explain (or ramble) that my parents didn't want me to have pepper spray and that it was my Clip Alarm system and I somehow managed to clumsily set it off with my feet. How does one even do that?! Needless to say, I will no longer be keeping my keys on the floor!
To finish a whirlwind of a week, I attended mass by myself on Sunday at St. Malachy's, which is also known as The Actor's Chapel. I could not be happier that I went. I'd been to the church one time before, when I was visiting with my family in high school. I don't think I appreciated it nearly as much then as I did on Sunday. I felt as though I was seeing it for the first time in all it's glory. It was so beautifully decorated for Christmas so their nativity scene was up and it was so moving. As I sat in the pew, I looked around at all the different people. Realizing that probably at least half of them were visiting from out of town and realized that I am no longer the visitor, or the tourist. I am a New Yorker. That thought alone, was enough to make my heart flutter and make me teary eyed, yet again. Another moment that reminded me that I'm pursuing my dreams and am so grateful for the life I have been gifted.
There is so much more that I could say, but to keep this from turning in to a novel, I'll end it here. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and allowing me to share some of my experiences with you.
Until next time, beautiful people. Here's to more stories, learning, adventures, and smiles all around! (: