Hi all!

If you’ve been keeping up with my blogs you’ll know I last left off with my arrival in NYC at 7:30am. I was NOT going to be late for internship so in my comfy, cozy, layered “groutfit” (also know as an all gray outfit) I began the journey to Tara Rubin Casting Agency, suitcase and all. Thank goodness for buses from the airport that take you right into the city for $15! YES $15! If you’re ever flying into a NY airport check out NYC Airporter buses to get into the city, they are amazing! Once I got to where I needed to be I realized how ridiculous I must’ve looked rolling my suitcase into the office with my backpack and decked out in my all gray comfies. Thank goodness I had a little time to change!

This week at work I had the opportunity to tape the Carlotta u/s and Swing callbacks for the Phantom of the Opera Tour, which was so cool seeing as Phantom of the Opera is one of my dream shows! Can you say “GOOSEBUMPS?!” Taping for auditions and callbacks is great because you get to be in the room but you really have to be on you’re A-game! You can’t get too invested in watching the person auditioning because you have to make sure you’re recording or not recording at the right times! It’s important to start recording right as the person begins their material and stop it as soon as they finish so you don’t have extra to cut out when editing. You really have to be alert because if for some reason you miss one of the takes of the material performed and then it’s not there for when they send it to the team it could have a big impact on the casting and I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be responsible for affecting that! I definitely am looking forward to recording more auditions and callbacks even though its high stakes!

Saturday we had rehearsal with our professors from Otterbein, Lori Kay Harvey and Chris Kirk for our preview Showcase performance for Otterbein Alumni! It was soo great to see my classmates and my professors all together! It felt like forever since I’d seen some my classmates since we all have been so busy with our internships. However, at the same time it felt like no time had passed. It was amazing to see how much our pieces had grown and changed. After our rehearsal I knew we were ready for our performance on Sunday for the alumni! (: So fast forward to that! I am SO THANKFUL for the Otterbein family that I have. Even off campus we are all surrounded by a huge pool of supportive people. Our preview went AMAZING and it was so great to get up on my feet and perform for the first time in New York City!! (: I loved getting to meet alumni I had never met before and see the ones I hadn’t seen in a while! They all had such insightful feedback for us and I’m so grateful that this was organized.  I truly felt overwhelmed by the love and support that filled the room that day. I think I can speak for my whole class when I say we feel even more prepared for our Showcase in March now.

In between our rehearsal and performance, Jenna and I had the honor to see the incomparable Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard, thanks to Tara Rubin Casting! Talk about an all-star cast. I was absolutely blown away by the 40-piece orchestra, set, lighting, costumes, sound and talent up on that stage. I only knew a few of the songs and did not know the plot so I had no idea what to expect. I was completely floored by the show. I LOVED every second of it. It is so twisted and moving. You would never guess that Glenn Close is 70 years old. She was absolutely unbelievable and I could watch her in that show over and over. What an amazing story-teller she is. Everyone needs to go see this show, every aspect of it is absolutely stunning.

This week was also my dear Mama’s birthday so I’d like to give her a shout out and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! STO LAT!!! (: I’m so bummed I couldn’t be home to celebrate with you but I know you were in good hands.  I love you so much and I can’t wait to see you in March!!!

I know this was a long one, but thanks for sticking around with me ‘til the end!

See you guys next week! (:



Happy Birthday to my beautiful, Mama!