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Graduation season has come and gone. Seeing the caps and gowns of various shades moving through the city brought smile to my face. Hard to believe it has been four years, since John Sexton announced we were officially graduates of New York University over the Yankees PA system.

Yes, graduating from NYU was, and is, one of my major life accomplishments thus far, however, the summer following graduation is what set the path I still follow today.

My apprenticeship at the Hangar Theatre from June-August of 2011, formed strong friendships, challenged me in unexpected ways, and helped me to see just what I would need to expect of myself in order to make it in the performance world. An exercise we did at the end of our time there is still with me to this day: a letter to myself to read the next year.

I wrote my hopes and dreams for the summer and my career, handed it off to Laura and Kris and forgot about it. Sure enough, one year later, almost to the date, my letter arrived in the mail. In honor of Throwback Thursday, and 4 full years out of undergrad, I have decided to post the letter here.

Life can be funny sometimes…

7/23/2011

Melissa can you believe its been year since Lab Company? Well little old me at the end of this journey want to leave you with a few hopes and dreams.

1.  I hope you are fighting the good fight and are finding work that speaks to you and allows you to bring a piece of yourself to the work that you know no one else can do.

2.  Your goal of having one paid acting gig before Christmas really did come and you, Myles, and Kyla celebrated in a great way. (karaoke preferably 🙂 )

3. That you continue to build strong ties with your sister-in-law showing your love through acts of kindness and not just words.

4.  Build a relationship with another casting agent and always remember you can call Stephanie whenever you need.

5. Stay true to yourself, listening to your voice and the voice of God. Making tough decisions with clarity and grace.

Never forget where you came from! Hope you enjoyed Jilia’s wedding, that Langston, Ava, Mom, Dad, and Frank are healthy and well and that you’re even closer to getting that Equity card.

Ciao,
Melissa

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I am absolutely giddy about my upcoming trip home in a few weeks! It’s hard to believe that I haven’t made my way back to Jackson in almost a year and a half (jeepers). Looking at Facebook posts from friends, I see that the city has definitely gone through a renaissance in many ways since I was last there, and I can’t wait to act as tourist during my quick trip away.

This week’s Throwback Thursday features photos I nabbed from our photo stockpiles and can’t wait to grab a few more when I head back down. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Hey everybody! I ran across this awesome video on Facebook this morning and had to share it with you. I remember many a Saturday morning, when I would settle in with my cereal and OJ and watch “Saved By The Bell.” Well it looks like they had a mini reunion over on The Tonight Show this week, and got to have a little fun. Enjoy!

Ciao 🙂

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Today’s holiday themed “Throwback Thursday” features pictures from Christmas/Holiday parties over the past 5 years, on and off. From a New Year’s Eve party at my home in Jackson, to the annual Christmas parties I’ve jointly thrown with roommates over the past 3 years, I love opening my home to my friends, cracking open a few bottles and letting the music and conversation flow.

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Today’s “Throwback Thursday” features Christmas Trees! I am totally getting into the holiday spirit you guys! Willow and I have been buying decorations, our first free standing tree, and last night we had a great little tree-trimming time as Love Actually played in the background. Since Tuesday I have been listening to my Spotify Christmas Tunes playlist, and stopping at each and every Christmas tree stand to take a big whiff of the evergreen freshness.

Even as I write this I am being serenaded by the Boyz II Men, Christmas Interpretations album (lol). As I watch the world awake to the injustices and inequalities that pepper our society, I find a resounding peace and serenity in the true meaning of this season. Being surrounded by loved ones, blessed to see another holiday season, and finding the resolve to make it to another year when so many have not been as fortunate. I am still combing through my mind to come to terms with current events, but as I do, it’s comforting to know that there are still so many positive things in my life right now that I can hold on to.

Enjoy these Throwback photos featuring: my mom, Kyla, Cynthia, and a baby Ava!

Ciao 🙂

 

 

 

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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 🙂

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With all of the warm and fuzzy feelings about surrounding Graduation Season, it seems only fitting to post a photo or two from High School and College. Here ya go!

In this photo there are two current grad students, two proud owners of master's degrees, and two actors cutting it up on stage in OH and NY. Not too shabby!

In this photo there are two current grad students, two proud owners of master’s degrees, and two actors cutting it up on stage in OH and NY. Not too shabby!

William B. Murrah High School graduation

William B. Murrah High School graduation

Myself and Annette, still my number one friend 10 years later!

Myself and Annette, still my number one friend 10 years later!

Now happily married in Staten Island, with our birthdays only 2 days apart.

Now happily married in Staten Island, with our birthdays only 2 days apart.