“One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical. We’re not scientists. We don’t always have to make the logical, reasonable leap.” – Stella Adler
I’ve officially been in New York for about a week and a half, and it’s definitely been an adventure. I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to get this post out for the past few days, but my loft’s internet is failing.
However, I’m happy to have Joe, my partner in crime, with me to help me sort things out. He really is one of my best friends and also the best boyfriend. So far, we’ve gotten ridiculously lost, walked a million miles, eaten a lot of food, and spent a minimum of 20 hours on the subway.
I’ve been to the New York City Courthouse where a bunch of Law and Order stuff is filmed, laid on the grass of Central Park, seen the Meryl Lynch bull, been to Time Square, exercised in Central Park, taken the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and eaten a slice of pizza the size of my face. Joe wants to take me to see my first Broadway show soon, and I’m so excited! New York has so much to offer that I have to fight the urge to do everything at once.
This city is not what I expected it to be, but I think if I give it a chance, it will be ok.
I visited the conservatory for the first time, and I was hoping for something magical. You know – doors open on their own blowing my hair back with wind as I walk in slow motion towards the elevator, as the Stella Adler Studio sign shines brightly. There was none of that. In my mind, I wanted there to be an instant feeling of being home, something to tell me that I had made the right decision in moving here. That this big leap was logical.
But, I think Stella was right – we don’t always have to make the logical, reasonable leap. Moving to New York isn’t necessarily logical, but I’m starting to see that’s ok. Sure, I’ve spent a few days being frustrated, but overall, obstacles only appear when you take your eyes off of the goal. My goal is to be a professional actor, and this training is going to really mold and sculpt me in to the kind of performer I want to be.
The one thing I know for sure is that this next journey of my life is going to involve a great deal of work, faith, and walking. I think I’m ready.
Here are a few photos from this past week. Enjoy. Also, expect a post about shoes soon. New Yorker’s have very interesting style. Carrie Bradshaw is only a slightly exaggerated version of what you see on the streets of Manhattan.
As always, thank you for reading (: