It’s a Family Affair

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Hard to believe that it was only two weeks ago when I found myself in Paradise! The Eppes Family Vacation happens every two years on the coast of North Carolina in an area called the Outer Banks (OBX). If you happened to stop by on my week away, you noticed my Instagram feed was filled with sunrises, beach photos, and the like, but not too much of any one thing. That’s because I saved the bulk of my photos for you, my readers!

This first post will feature all of the pictures I managed to take of and with family while away. I hope you enjoy this photo collage, as much as I have enjoyed selecting the photos to post.

Throwback Thursday

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I’m definitely trying to get it in over here on NewYorkDreaming before I unplug for the week. I even decided to bring back Throwback Thursday this week 🙂

Featured this week are a video with “my lights,” my adorable niece and nephew, minus the youngest when I visited them last year, (you can read about that adventure here).

The photos featured are from the last beach vacation in 2012. I hop on the bus tomorrow, and I am ready to leave New York behind and become fully absorbed in all this trip has to offer. And one as far back as 2008!

Now do you understand my anticipation?

Ciao 🙂

Hello August!

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There is nothing like the start of a new month! Especially when job opportunities are sitting in your inbox waiting to be accepted! So with a short film shoot booked for tomorrow, my August begins. July was definitely a whirlwind of activity, auditions, performances, reviews and friend hangouts. As I adjust to have not having my two best friends a room or subway trip away (Cynthia and Morgan) we have fallen into a groove now thanks to new and old technology (FaceTime and snail mail, respectively).

If you checked out my Month Motivation post yesterday, you saw the Outer Banks photo wedged between two quotes of inspiration. Acting is a hustle. Point, blank, period. You have to be entirely focused on the endgame you have for yourself while also balancing the disappointment and “almosts” that come with it. Reminding myself to dream big and being ready for whatever may come my way are two big ideas I will try to carry with me this month.

About a week ago, I was speaking to my friend Nia at brunch about putting up a production of “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage, one of my favorite playwrights. We’d discussed doing something like this almost two years ago and still nothing has come of it. I think now is the time. While I have never mounted a show on my own before, I know that it can be done, and luckily for me I am surrounded by so many talented and caring artists that could help bring this dream to fruition. Fingers crossed, that by the end of this month I will have developed a plan and hopefully rounded up a team to make this idea a reality!

On the flip side, August is the beginning of the end…of summer. Sure, I don’t have school to go back to in September but this month will always represent back to school  and everything that goes with it: new clothes, school supplies, friends coming home from various vacations and the overwhelming sense of possibility and new adventures! It also means a cherished vacation with my extended family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

If the Outer Banks means nothing to you, I only wish that you will, at some point in your life, understand the magic and beauty of this place. Family is what I immediately think of when I see a window decal or bumper sticker with “OBX” on the back. Dance parties, barbecues, afternoons lazing by the pool, a large group complete with towels, sunscreen, beach games and fun headed to the ocean, and the customary game nights played all week long flood my mind and a really ridiculous smile occupies my face. Guys! You have no idea how excited I am for this vacation!

I’m really looking forward to blogging about my time there and sharing you a small piece of my personal paradise 🙂

August! Let’s get this going…I’m ready for ya.

Ciao 🙂

Spontaneous September Update

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Talk about a busy month so far:

As part of my monthly theme of spontaneity I have taken on two roles in the production “Biting Tongues” playing this weekend in Queens! (Our play was able to advance to the semi-finals of The Secret Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival)

I’ve found a new outlet of volunteering and youth outreach by agreeing to participate in studio classes with the Stella Adler Youth Year 2 Outreach Program taught by friend and fellow Hangar Lab alum, Jason Gray.

So I gotta say that September has definitely allowed acting to land back in my lap and I couldn’t be more grateful or excited about it. 

I also made my last trip of the summer to Greensboro, NC to meet the newest addition to my brother’s family, my nephew Jaxen. 

Photos are coming of that trip, September goings on, and the long overdue post on my trip to Philadelphia. Whoo! Since starting this blog I have definitely been finding ways to keep myself busy (plus Netflixing OITB, Burn Notice, and White Collar) but all in all me being busy is a great thing for the blog. Because I get to go out into the world, learning new things and doing what I love I will have tons of things to share: thoughts, photos, poetry, criticisms and the like. Thanks for being patient with me and as always for more up to speed postings check out my Instagram: @dramagirl07.

Till the next post…

Ciao