Despite the fact that I’m currently battling whatever sickness I came into contact with, this has been an incredible week where I really felt like progress was made. I’m currently drinking lots of liquids and taking the weekend to re-group and get my immune system back to top notch for the weeks to come! Let me do a little re-cap of my week:
Sunday night Jon and I took the New Jersey transit to New Brunswick to celebrate his sister’s birthday, and ended up having a LONG commuted back (about 2 1/2 hours) because the train kept randomly slowing down and stopping. We amused ourselves with a pack of listerine strips that had fused themselves together by getting wet. Jon put the whole thing in his mouth and it was painful. And hilarious. And the kind of thing you do when you’re stuck on the train.
He seems so confident. And looks so sassy in my beanie. Little does he know the pain that is to come.
Monday I did some babysitting for a family in Brooklyn Heights and came upon these awesome pink fire escapes.
Can I please live here?
Tuesday was my dad’s birthay and my sister and I got him a PS3. I love technology because even though he is in Washington, my mom shot a video on her iPad of him unwrapping it so I got to see the reaction. Awesome.
Wednesday was jam packed. Jon and I started the day off bright and early and headed to a couple of auditions in Manhattan. One wanted a monologue and one has sides to read. I’m still learning about auditions guys, and I have to say sides can either be my friend of my enemy. In this case I had the choice to choose what sides I wanted to read. There was one part for a woman in her 20′s and one for a woman in her late 20′s-early 30′s. Of the two characters I thought I was “right” for the character in her 20′s, but the sides for that character were very short and didn’t really showcase anything I could do. The other set of sides actually would have showed some range as an actor. Of course I picked the younger character’s sides and the audition was over in 15 seconds and I was left feeling like I didn’t really show them anything and I wasted a headshot and resume. HOWEVER, I can take this as a learning experience. So many of the lessons I am learning through experience seem like no-brainers, yet I still seem to have to fail in order to learn. Next time I will choose the sides that show my abilities, regardless of if I think I am “right” for the character or not. If I don’t show them any thing, I’m not cast either way, right?
Live and learn. And print more headshots.
After that less than stellar audition Jon and I went to the Booth theatre where I had my favorite experience in the city so far. We saw Steppenwolf’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and it. was. unbelievable.
After seeing this show, Honey is one of my dream roles.
Seriously. If you live in New York, or even on the East Coast, RUN, do not walk, to see this show. It was seriously one of the most incredible pieces of theatre I have ever seen. A close second being “August: Osage County” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival which is kind of funny because the author of “August: Osage County,” Tracy Letts, was in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” I stupidly didn’t know he was an actor so it was a real treat to learn upon arrival to the theatre that one of my favorite playwrites was acting in the play I was about to see! Oh man it was good. If you don’t know the play it is an unbelievably raw, no holds barred look into a couple’s marriage. Both Virgiana Woolf and August have similar themes of family dynamics and dysfuntion, so it was so cool to see someone act in a play similar to one they’ve written and give a breathtaking performance. The whole cast did such incredible, crystal clear work. It was just awesome! Afterwards Jon said it was real “actor food” and I thought that was a great way to put it. There was no way to “phone in” the performances in that show. Those actors had to do such clear beat work and invest so much in their circumstances every. single. show.
I left feeling super jazzed and inspired. I just had this spring in my step afterwards. I was just thinking, “YES! This is why I moved here! I want to be like that!’
Oh I forgot about another cool part of the show. I was on my way to the bathroom at the first intermission, (there were two because it’s a three hour play, though it feels short!) and I kind of breezed by this woman because I was hurrying to the bathroom before a line formed. She looked familiar out of the corner of my eye, but it wasn’t until I heard someone say “Hi Jessica!” that I turned around and realized I had just brushed by Jessica Chastain. Holy. Crap. She is one of my favorite actresses ever, and she was like a foot away. I pointed her out to Jon and we ended up seeing her a couple more times around the theatre and we were actually sitting a few rows in front of her!
It was one of those moments where I was thinking “I live in New York. This kind of thing happens all the time. Don’t. freak. out.” But I was kind of peeing my pants on the inside.
So that was cool. I was kind of kicking myself for not telling her I thought she is amazing when I had the chance, but such is life. Jon and I did JUST see zero dark thirty last week though and she was brilliant in it. Oh well.
After seeing the play I talked on the phone with a friend of a friend who is training to be a life coach, and it was one of the most illuminating experiences I have ever had. Guys, this girl is awesome, and you should check out her facebook page here: Becoming a Badass
She essentially just helps you set goals and has conversations with you that you might never have, but NEED to have! She asked me so many clarifying questions about who I am as an artist and what my goals are for New York, and helped me set some immediate goals as well as gave me some things to think about. I’m going to work with her for the next six weeks and I’m SUPER excited to start figuring out how to be the best me I can be in New York! I’m sure I will have lots more to write about as we keep working together, and I’m excited for that.
So after my awesome day of theatre and self awareness…I got sick. On Valentines Day. I woke up with what I’m assuming is the cold Jon has had twice now. I guess it was only a matter of time. Jon was so sweet and got up early to make breakfast and woke me up with a bouquet of orange roses which are my favorite!
Valentines Day flowers and a German Pancake from my sweet boy!
I ended up rallying and Jon and I had a great day at the Harry Potter and Spy exhibit at the Discovery Times Square location. We bought a Groupon for both exhibits when we got to New York and were excited to claim it. Both exhibits were really cool, though I think we enjoyed the spy exhibit a little more. Lots of cool items from the CIA and tons of information. I’m talking dart umbrellas and cigarette cameras and that kind of thing. And a laser maze! Oh, and did you know there were spy pigeons? I wish I could have taken photos in there cause some of that stuff was awesome. The Harry Potter exhibit was much more hyped up, but ended up being a lot shorter than the spy exhibit, and was mostly just costume display, which was really cool, but not as informative. You have to pay an extra $7 to have one of those audio-things that tells you more along the tour. We got one, and it didn’t end up giving us much more information. Definitely not $7 worth. I think it was geared towards kids more than adults. We had a quick dinner in times square and then headed to Brooklyn where we saw “Parade” in this funky community center in Park Slope. I won’t go into detail about the show, but I will say that “Parade” is a heartbreaking show with some beautiful music, and though this production had a couple stand out performances it left more to be desired…and that’s all I’ll say! Luckily there was a bar.
Overall we had a great two days full of theatre, and I wouldn’t have had anyone else as my Valentine but Jon! I love spending time with him. We are excited to celebrate our two year anniversary next month. We are thinking of seeing “Sleep No More.”
Now I am in bed with a kitty and a whole bunch of kleenex, trying to get better so I can start out my week in full force!
“Stop being sick and play with me!”
Oh and also, there was a blizzard, which wasn’t really a blizzard. Just snow.