#AboutLastNight

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This was a tremendous weekend friends! I went on as Mac Jenkins in That Bachelorette Show at 42west on Saturday, danced my butt off and interaced with audience members and my fellow castmates all night. While Saturday was an evening I won’t soon forget, the cherry on top for the weekend was gathering my talented friends in my living room and bringing my baby, Shampagne, to life on steamy Sunday night.

There is nothing that I can write or say to adequately express the multitude of emotions I felt yesterday. If you’re a writer or creator who depends on the strengths and talents of others to bring your creative vision to life you would be better equipped to translate what I mean.

The year is starting to pick up the pace as we stare down the last few weeks of summer. Looking at my vision board from January and seeing what lictures, ideas and quotes have been realized so far is awe inspiring. Focus, drive and the love and support from family and friend shave pushed me so far.

Now it’s time to kick it up one more notch to help make 2015 an extremely memorable and monumental year.

Ciao 😉


Time to Get Focused

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Ferocity requires Focus…

This is an idea I came away with this weekend. If you read my monthly theme last week, you’ll remember that making this month a “fierce” one is a goal I have set for myself. But what does being fierce really entail, at least for me? Well, I’m glad you asked! Dedication, steadfast focus, looking at that subconscious To-Do List and actually checking off all of those ideas, tasks, and phone calls I’ve managed to put off for days, weeks, or even months. Continuing to make myself a priority, and figuring out what makes me tick, smile, happy, stressed and relaxed.

Don’t you just love those days when you are able to enjoy your dinner and say “Gee, I really kicked ass today! What took me so long to do all this stuff?” Well, my friends, that is exactly what I want to be able to say at the end of each day this month! And so with each week, I’ve decided to create mini-challenges for myself. (Fingers crossed, I pass them all with flying colors) This week I have decided to dedicate two hours each day to read and write. I have a great pile of books to choose from; two or three writing projects I have to refine, start, or complete; plus scripts to read, reread, memorize and grow to love.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and while I love Netflix binge-watching as much as the next person (currently obsessed with Chuck, by the way) Pages and pens, peace and quiet really do compliment each other, and with this gloomy February weather, there is no time like the present to embrace all that two of the three R’s have to offer.

So what do you think? Want to take this mini-challenge with me? Who knows what creativity or curiosity it could unleash…

Ciao 🙂

Frugal and Fierce February

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February has definitely arrived in the Big Apple people! It’s a winter, slushy, snowy wonderland up here. Even while the puddles of doom loom on every street corner and it is a herculean fete to climb the snow-plowed mountains between yourself and the bus, the winter white reminds us all  me that it’s always best to slow down and enjoy the peace and stillness that this season brings.

As far as monthly motivations go, I think the post title is pretty self-explanatory. Frugal and fierce. I love alliteration obviously, but these characteristics fit seamlessly into my new year’s resolution of consistence and persistence. Things are still moving at a pretty fast clip in terms of my career, I will be in rehearsal for two shows starting this weekend, still exercising my teaching muscle over at Stella Adler, and getting the hang of this “writing thing” while developing a new web series. January was filled with nothing but ups for me, and a lot of that I credit to starting the year off right surrounded by family. So, in order to keep that feeling of love and support, my cousin Lauren and I have decided to have a scheduled family brunch the first Sunday of every month. A great excuse to try out new brunch spots in the city, and check in with one another even as our lives become more complex and busy.

As always, I hope that your January was a successful one and that you are still trying to keep to your new year’s resolutions, themes, or goals as we begin the short month that is February. Keep to your dreams and find inspiration in the world around you.

Ciao 🙂

Pulling Triple Duty (Wordy Wednesday)

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BREATHE…

i know that yesterday i conveyed that my life is moving at a crazy clip, and i thought today i would break it down a bit for you for this Wordy Wednesday. being able to say at the top of 2015, i am effectively wearing about four hats at a time, is a pretty awesome accomplishment. not only am i approaching my acting career with renewed vigor and focus, but i’m back in the teaching seat with my students over at Stella Adler and will soon set foot back on Riker’s Island. working with the Rising Circle Theater Collective now, i am exposing myself to the ins-and-outs of the not-for-profit theatre world, (grant writing, social media push, building community) and lest we forget, my day job is leering its head as well. talk about a whole bunch of responsibility! i am just chomping at the bit to give my all, placing my hands in the fire as it were, and marching forward with gusto and joie de vivre.

it’s so great to stretch every muscle that makes me a unique individual. calling upon my love of culture, of diversity, Shakespeare, the written word, the power of theatre, and the vitality of life and the human experience has already begun to shape 2015 into something truly spectacular, and the month isn’t even over yet. what whirlwind! so much in store, tons of which i don’t even know exist yet.

Ciao 🙂

Knocking on November’s Door

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Well, with Daylight Savings Time and Election Tuesday behind us and Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday coming up fast I definitely feel safely ensconced in November. The weather is still being a tad wishy-washy, not sure if it wants to remain crisp and cool or warm and humid, but fall is here to stay! It’s always a sharp slap in the face when the sun has vacated the sky after 5pm, especially considering that’s when I happen to go to work, but there really is nothing like this downhill journey to the end of the year.

I’m writing this month’s theme on very little sleep. I admit the time change always sends me through a loop, and my body is never really sure what it wants to do with itself, yet as I laid in bed ticking off the minutes my brain was rapid firing a to-do list for the upcoming weeks.

My poor Fall Firsts page, I have not forgotten you I promise. I’ve just been consumed with my various day jobs and a couple of one-off performances in between, to really focus on my fall bucket list. Lucky for me, I have until the winter solstice to check off as many of the items as I can.

Remember that exciting project I hinted at last month? Well, after finishing step one, and taking a prolonged, procrastination-riddled pause, I started back up last night and hope to finish the developmental stages of this by the end of the month. (Still keeping this under wraps until I’m further along).

Finally, the acting thing. The main reason why I decided to stay in New York City is to really find my footing in the performance world, whether that be on stage (my true love) or screen (a new friend). I have the tendency to approach my career in waves, completely focused for long spurts and then taking a nice “sabbatical” from the scene until ready to venture out again. While the last two projects I was involved with were wonderful experiences, I now yearn for more meaty and substantial projects. Hopefully, a new connection I’ve started to foster can grow into a meaningful relationship, helping me branch out and meet new people from all sectors of the theatre world, but performance is my true love, and it is time for me to give it the attention it deserves.

I am a-knock, knock, knock-in on November’s door and when December hits I will be prepared for 2015 a whole month early 🙂

Ciao

Cleared Mind, Clear Outlook

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Last week was definitely an uphill climb for me in certain areas, but luckily that’s why new weeks exist, to make up for the bad or challenging ones. For a breath of fresh air, I decided to head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to gain inspiration, focus, and clarity. Well, not to pat myself on the back but, it was an amazing decision on my part! Here are some of the pics I took wandering around one of my favorite places in New York.