In 2004, I was living in Jersey City, NJ, after a long term relationship had ended, was fired from my full-time job at Bergdorf Goodman and had euthanized my 16 year old ill cat. What felt like a trinity of catastrophes, was actually a turning point, a silver-lining if you will. I’d lived in NYC all of my life, except for 3 years spent in NJ. At that point, I realized that I had nothing tying me down. A friend had been trying to persuade me to move to Los Angeles, where she lived, for at least 5 years. Recognizing I had complete carte blanche to do what ever I desired, I set September 2005 as the date I would move to Los Angeles, to pursue acting.
The only experience in acting I had, at that time, was completing a Meisner program at the Ward Studio in NYC. Fortuitously, I had a brilliant career coach who taught me how to be business minded by setting & achieving goals, being professional and knowledgable about my industry. I created a 1 year plan broken down into quarters, to prepare for my move to LA.
In August 2005, 1 month before my big move, I visited LA, for employment interviews and to look for an apartment. What was supposed to be one week, turned into two, and I was able to go back to the east coast with a full-time job and a studio apartment in place for my return.
The idea of working a full-time job was met with resistance. See, I was making a modest living off of non-union commercials and a part-time job in NY. I enjoyed having my freedom to be an artist, although, sometimes a struggle. My co-worker asked me how was I going to purse acting while working a full-time job. My response to him was, to bust my ass at the new job for a year, make them love me and ask for a part-time position. Continue Reading