Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Visits and Juno

This week has been a little nuts.

It started last week when Sean, Tay and I lucked out on three tickets to BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. We decided on Tuesday (since we all had the day off) that we would try to see a show. Now I have been wanting to see this show for about a year now...and I just had never gotten around to it. I honestly can't put into words the experience I had at that show. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to Broadway shows. All I ever want when I walk into the theatre is for someone to tell me the story, be honest, let me experience something with them...this show exceeded all expectations. I walked out of the show sobbing. I couldn't stop crying the entire second act. It was beautiful, real, relatable, moving...and Jessie Mueller is incredible and absolutely deserved that Tony. Basically I want to see it 100 more times and be her best friend. 

Then on Wednesday we had our visitors show up! Trent, Ally, Katie and BJ stayed with us this weekend. BJ and Katie were auditioning for URTA's and Trent and Ally just came to visit, and they all happened to be here on the same weekend. Basically Weber State took over Harlem for a minute. It was really fun to have them here. There were a lot of people in our apartment...but it was really fun. Also having friends in town is a good excuse to be able to do some fun things in your city you don't do every day. The first day Ally and Trent were here we went to the Empire State Building. Before we went I wasn't really that excited about it...I'd been up there before and didn't really think it would be that exciting...but looking at the city from up there is breathtaking. It's so beautiful and made me feel really grateful to live here in this crazy city where so many amazing things happen every day. 

Then we met up with Tay and took a journey through Central Park! I love this city...I honestly forget how amazing New York is sometimes...but then you take a moment and realize I LIVE HERE!

Then the next day BJ and Katie came and we had breakfast in Harlem at one of my favorite little places on Malcom X. 
That night we took a journey downtown to see SLEEP NO MORE!!! 

If you don't know anything about SLEEP NO MORE you should check out their website --->***! It is this crazy awesome show that takes places in a five story building. It's immersive theatre telling the story of Macbeth set in the 30's. It's amazing and crazy and terrifying. You all wear these creepy masks and run around The McKittrick Hotel and basically create your own adventure. 

The next day I had to work and Katie, BJ, and Ally were venturing the city, after I met up with them and we decided to try for the MATILDA lottery! We got to see it! It was definitely adorable and I LOVED the choreography.

I stayed with Katie at a hotel that night and the next morning she and BJ had their URTA's! They both did really well and got all sorts of callbacks. 

The next day we had PREPARATION JUNO. Apparently we were supposed to get SLAMMED with this blizzard called Juno. They closed Broadway and the subway and they weren't even letting people drive...and when we woke up the next morning it really hadn't snowed that much. But we went to the store and prepared. I bought the LAST 2% MILK at Target....it was INSANE. 
We ordered Chinese food and hunkered down in our apartment and waiting for the storm...that never came. AND all of our friends flights have been delayed so they're stuck with us until Wednesday! Good thing they're so fun to have around.

That's all for now.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


I've just come home from class and am on an absolute high from it. It's nights like tonight where I feel so happy/lucky/excited/energized/STOKED to be living in New York freakin' City. It's pretty cool.

I can't really put into words what happened in that class room for me tonight. But damn. It was wonderful. 
I'm also excited because some Salt Lake City BABES are coming to visit us next week! 
Ally Berry & Trent Cox get here on Wednesday
and miss Katie Jones gets here on Thursday. It's going to be amazing. And I'm gonna love having a little piece of home here with me. Even though...now that I live with the boys I have a little piece of home with me always :) 

Also...if you haven't tried chili on pizza...maybe you should.

So I work for a company called Broadway Merchandising, we sell merchandise at Kinky Boots, On The Town, Pippin (which is now closed), and we just started selling for this Off-Broadway show called Nevermore at New World Stages. It's all about Edgar Allen Poe and I'm working it all day Saturday so hopefully I'll get to see it. It looks amazing. I love the whole vibe at New World Stages...it's just full of art and creative people and I love that.

Click here to check it out.

After this wonderful day I'm settling down into my comfortable cozy new room with my kiki, some wine and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.

Night world || xoxo

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lessons Learned

Living in New York City is unlike anything else in the world. I've learned more than I ever thought I would in just three months. Here are some 

Seamless is one of the best inventions in the world.
As is Uber.
Grocery shopping in NYC is a TASK
Comfortable shoes in the city is a MUST
As is an umbrella-I had no idea how much it rains here.
You have to get used to the fact that people will talk to you. Even when you have your headphones in.
Sometimes dollar pizza is the answer.
I am now a master at getting cheap Broadway tickets.
Always carry cash
And a phone charger 
When going to an audition, you don't have to show up in your audition outfit. Show up in sweat pants...you're gonna be sitting there for awhile.
Also, people wear jeans at auditions.
I've discovered my drink is a nice whiskey coke.
You'll see famous people. Just walking around.
Times Square is the worst.
You will feel like your face is going to fall off in the winter. 
I have become more addicted to coffee than I was already.
When nobody is on a subway car...don't go on it, it's empty for a reason.
When a crazy person is on your subway car-change cars.
Seeing a movie in the theatres will cost a million dollars.
Get ready to walk!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My adventures in the big city.

So I haven't been very good at this whole blog thing...it's been quite awhile since I last posted, but I was inspired by my roomie who started blogging about his experience in the city, so I thought I'd give it another go. I've now been living in New York City about three months. And what a whirlwind it has been. Every day is different from the one before and I have had the highest highs and the lowest lows here. I've never felt more lonely and more alive. When I went to Salt Lake for Christmas and people asked me how New York was...I honestly didn't even know what to say. How do you put into words the most exciting/scary/insane experience of your life? Well...I'm still trying to figure that out. 

When I moved here I was living in Brooklyn, and have since moved to Harlem which I absolutely love. It's a beautiful apartment that's brand new! We have a dishwasher, free wifi, and (my favorite part) a WASHER AND DRYER! IN THE UNIT. This was a big deal for us because doing your laundry at the laundromat is the worst. I also have a much shorter commute to midtown. From Brooklyn it would take me from 45-an hour to get there...now it takes about 20. We are close to the A express and it's just two stops to the theatre district. It's amazing how much time I used to spend on the subway...now I barely have time to crack open a book while I commute. It's been life changing, this new place. I finally feel like I am at home. I have a beautiful room that's cozy for me and Kiki. And I have these two babes to live with and soon cute Oyoyo will be joining us (she's currently doing 'The Wiz' in Florida!) 
It's been really wonderful to come home and be able to tell my friends about my day, or the crazy things I witnessed. They are truly a blessing. We are so excited to make our apartment cute and cozy. There has also been talk of starting a band...I'll keep you posted. 

Exciting things are happening in the city. Always. There is always something exciting to do, somewhere new to go and interesting people to meet. I'm currently taking a class from Duncan Stewart which is absolutely giving me life right now. I've only had one class so far but it was absolutely wonderful. I love being in class again. You learn so much from watching other people, and of course it's nice to get feedback on your work as well. This week we have to do our Pop/Rock song so that will be interesting for sure.

I've been able to do a lot of really cool things since I've gotten to the city and can't wait to see what lies ahead. I've seen a lot of shows in three months: Pippin, Kinky Boots, On The Town, Once, Chicago, Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, If/Then, Les Miz and Sideshow. It's soooo cool to live here! I can see a Broadway show whenever I want (and would every day if I had an endless supply of $$$) 

I also had the opportunity to have a coaching session with Lindsay Mendez...now this girl has always had a career I've envied, and been someone I looked up to...but nothing prepared me for how wonderful she would be in person. I want to be Lindsay Mendez when I grow up.

Kiki is starting to really like her new home. She loves Sean and Taylor (which for her is a big deal), gets cozy on my bed and runs around the apartment like she owns the place. I love having my little buddy with me all the time. 

There is a little bit about my life as of late. I will try to write more. And maybe tell you about all the insane things I see on a day to day basis.