2016: I’m Coming For Ya

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Happy New Year everybody!

This year, I have decided to continue on the road of “Consistent and Persistent” that I began building in 2015. The mantra really helped me to focus on what was important and to really make bold moves in my personal and professional life. Building momentum to this idea I will also strive to promote myself and my work this year (so don’t be surprised to see more of the #shamelessplug on my Instagram!)

As I stated in my last post, I will only be posting once a week this year. So be sure to stop by every Thursday to see what’s happening in Harlem, and as always my Instagram feed will have the most up-to-date news and stories from my day to day life so follow me: @rocksolidmel.

Below are some of the ideas, phrases and quotes I want to use this year to get me from month to month. I hope that they will inspire you too!
Ciao 😊

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

May Change Be With You?

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I hate change! The cat is out of the bag. The only problem is that life cant really move forward without it. Sigh. I suppose the theme for the month of May is simply embracing the change that is about to come. Whether I like it or not. In the next two months, my New York family will experience tremendous loss. This may seem a little over the top and dramatic but hey I’m an actress so accept it and just read on! (Hahaha).

My rocks, Cynthia and Morgan, are about to embark on the next phase in their life’s story. Both I have lived with: in college (Morgan) and after (Cynthia) . Each are huge pieces in my own story, the memories we’ve shared, the conversations we’ve had, and the support we have offered to one another over the past seven years. Earlier this week, I found myself on NYU’s main campus and the question I couldn’t shake hit me: “Has it really been three years since Tisch Salute and Commencement at Yankee Stadium? Three years since my classmates and I no longer depended on the regimented schedules of class, studio time and essay deadlines to dictate how we should manage our time to make the exorbitant fees of NYU worth it?”
For many reading this post, I sense, you may feel the same. For others, it may cause you to think back to the time you stood in my shoes, perhaps with a small grin on your face thankful those days are past. Either way, with Morgan and Cynthia’s departures an era is coming to an end. While the friendships, I hope, will continue to grow and adapt to these new changes I must also change with it. Embracing the unknown to come with wonder and excitement not fear and trepidation for what lies on the path to come.
After all spring signals change, renewal, birth and beginnings. With that to consider,  I once again  find myself exactly where I am meant to be.  🙂

Ciao

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New Year, New Vigor

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As my time at home begins to wind down, I can’ t help but reflect once again on what a great year 2013 was for me! Not only was I able to be in a multitude of projects ranging from script workshops, to one-act play festivals, to film and TV productions, and newly envisioned work of theater canon masters, but I was able to solidify old friendships and readily accept new members to my New York family!

As with all years, there were a multitude of ups and downs, but I believe I’m fortunate in the fact that I can really only see 2013 as a year of positivity and self-growth. I was able to reconnect with a myriad of people who I haven’t seen in years through weddings, dinners, trips upstate, out-of-town visitors, and road trips to the Coast.

Starting this blog was definitely one of the major contributors to 2013’s success. Feeling accountable to myself (and I suppose the few readers) I was able to look at New York with fresh eyes, taking photos with a new POV, and hankering for opportunities and adventures that would be great experiences to retell and photograph for the site. Looking back, my original motivation was to finally give in to my mother’s advice, but also to get me out of bed at a decent hour to see everything my new neighborhood and the city had to offer me 🙂

Looking ahead to 2014, I have decided that resolutions for the year may not be practical for me at this point, and instead I’ve chosen to go a different route  and make resolutions for the next three months. I must admit that I read my Cosmo horoscope for the year with trepidation, but to be honest there were a few golden nuggets of truth I’d like to hang on to. The main one being that I need to grab life by the horns this month, really taking charge of my acting career and setting building blocks in place so I can really get ahead this year.

As always, I need to look at the year with an open mind and an open heart, reminding myself that I have a responsibility to myself, my family, and my Creator to live up to my potential and transcend it. Woof, transcendence. (A theme for the year? Too early to tell)

I hope you’ll join me as I take all of the twists and turns headed my way! I plan to blog about them all!!!!

Ciao 🙂