I had a great opportunity shooting as a lead for my first short film along with a fantastic team from NYU. It was such a great experience, especially to be able to use all the knowledge I have been gaining from coaching with my tv/film coach, Eric Reis. The short film will be uploaded soon.
Thanks to Ruthless Nightingale, in January, I had the opportunity to perform in “In the Woods Behind Rachel Tobin’s House” written by Brooke Johnson. It was part of Ruthless Nightingale’s first new play reading series in which they selected the play I was in out of 300 plays. There were three plays total and each play spent the day rehearsing with a director and the playwright to stage it how both parties wanted it to look for the full audience we had that evening. It was truly a great day of theatre spent with some wonderful theater-makers.
Now that the weather is becoming at lot more pleasant and "Spring-y", I have been able to go on two different runs. My first run was downtown in Battery Park. I can’t tell you how inspiring it was to run along the water where the Statue of Liberty is. There are people from all over the world there just to visit the Statue of Liberty but I have the immense privilege of just hopping on a train any time I want and seeing the Statue of Liberty myself. Not only the Statue of Liberty but the great view of the city buildings from afar. It was such a gorgeous spring day to experience that with a friend. And recently I have run in my neighborhood, in Washington Heights, along another beautiful path of water. This particular place just happens to be a few blocks away from where I live, but, as opposed to the daily hustle and bustle that I experience when walking to and from the train in my neighborhood, this gave me a great perspective on how families in the area get to bond and take the time to relax with one another.
We had another huge snow day this Spring in New York. It happened to be on a day when I was getting my first haircut here in the city and decided to go all the way to Brooklyn to get that done. Luckily, I didn’t have my internship that day, so I had the whole day off to just explore. Of course if I were to go to that part of the city, Williamsburg, now I wouldn’t be able to recognize it because that day it was completely covered in snow. After my haircut I took a long walk around and popped into shops here and there. I know Williamsburg has become one of the “cooler” places to live in New York as it has changed over the years, but I found a place to eat lunch that I have a hunch has been there for many many years. It was a small family restaurant called “Abracadabra”. As soon as I got in I could tell that it was all being run by the family (reminded me of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). The kids were running the register cooking in the back while grandma and the others were sitting up front at the longest table the restaurant had. They all spoke in their language most of the time so I couldn’t understand what exactly they would be talking about, but I could understand the way they would talk by the way they used body language and verbal inflections. I recognized it as one big family who will “fight”, or debate, to get a point across but who also plays with each other. You could tell they have a lot of history all together with this place and that they love each other very much.
I ran into an alumni on the subway the other day. It was so exciting to me because that hasn’t happened yet, at that point, to me. It gave me comfort because I got to see someone who graduated a few years back and is still doing what he went there to do. It was also fun because we just got to catch up with one another after a few years of not seeing each other. Unfortunately our conversation was only able to be as long as our wait for either one of our trains to get there. His train arrived, off he went on his journey, and off I went on mine. In the same city, pursuing the same things, in different directions.