This has been a great week for me here in NYC, filled with numerous auditions (where I kicked butt in the room), an unplanned trip to Lincoln Center (to watch ABT’s performance of “La Bayadere” in the Grand Tier), building up my actor karma selling SdV Designs in Park Slope and Washington Square over the Memorial Day weekend, and celebrating Lauren’s new job at BLVD Bistro in Harlem!
Our brunch locale last Saturday!
Lady of the hour, PR Queen-to-be Lauren
Some of Saskia’s gorgeous designs!
So colorful, definitely candy for the eye.
Lincoln Center Fountain
Pretty stoked, waiting for my date to the performance.
Intermission view of the square from the balcony.
Avery Fischer Hall.
As another month ends, and my 25th birthday approaches this week has definitely been a great “swan song” for 24! Auditioning for theatre companies and short films, rehearsing one of Shakespeare’s best while building camaraderie with my cast members, reconnecting with Saskia and Scott helping them with their business in any way I am able, and finally coming full circle with the opportunity to perform at Stella by Starlight, my acting studio’s annual fundraising gala where they will be honoring Rosie Perez, among others. Hope I don’t get too star struck. 😉
This weekend will be filled with hellos and goodbyes. As I get a chance to hang with Jassmine and Derrick (from Philly) who are in the city Saturday, and saying goodbye to Cynthia as she prepares to “Flee the City” for her year abroad. Also a new roommate has moved in over here at the apartment and can’t wait to get to know her as the months progress.
Have a great weekend all! And happy greetings to the month of JUNE!!!
Standing on my astrological sign at the Library of Congress.
The decorations, the lights, the hustle and bustle, and the music especially! When I was younger, as soon as I could turn the calendar page from November to December I would rush down to our living room and pull out all of my favorite Christmas records to play over and over again when I got home from school. Because I was always keeping busy with dance, acting, and my artwork, when the holiday season would roll around I would take down one record in particular and begin choreographing my Christmas recital (which would be performed for all of my imaginary audience members in the foyer of our home or if it was particularly nice I would get my brother’s old plastic Fisher Price record play and perform on the front porch)
I suppose I’m prefacing all of this because the woman in this throwback picture allowed me the privilege of teaching one of those dances to my class for our church’s Cantata celebration one year. Mrs. Whitehead, who has known me all of my life, taught me how to point my toes and elongate my legs and arms for 8 years (3-11 years old) in her ballet classes. She has always been of my biggest cheerleaders, and gave me the opportunity to choreograph not one but three pieces over the course of my time with her, helping me along the way but really giving me the opportunity to fly at such a young age.
This is my love letter to her and to all of my mentors, teachers, and supporters through the years, whose love and kindness have brought me to New York allowing me to believe and firmly KNOW that this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life.
And here is one of my Christmas favorites, which Cantata dance was choreographed too 🙂