Sunday, November 13, 2011

Balance Check-In

So, I started this little blog about 3 months ago.  I set a list of goals for myself, and I feel like the time has come to check in and see how I'm doing on those goals.

1)  Create a schedule for myself.
  • I don't know that I have a rigid schedule for myself, and things do vary week by week depending on how much I'm working at my bar... but I think I've done a pretty good job of giving myself some sort of accountability for my time.  I go to yoga at least 4 times a week, sometimes 7.  Wednesdays I have my theatre company meetings, Thursdays my monologue class, and the other days of the week are spent with yoga in the morning, a break to do "acting homework", and then heading to my bar job.  I still waste time... but I've gotten so much better about actively pursuing life.
2)  30 Day Yoga challenge
  • Yep.  did that.  Unfortunately, I didn't keep up my running.  Actually, it's not unfortunate.  It was a very deliberate choice.  Running is REALLY bad for your joints, and I feel that with yoga I am getting an adequate work out.  Sure, when the NYC Marathon happened last week, I felt a little twinge of sadness in knowing I will never run it... but... I did a 3K and that was cool.  Now I'm on the yoga train!
3)  Project Get and Agent
  • This is still in the works.  However, I've learned a LOT about the business end of acting, and feel like I am definitely on the right track.  I've met producers, casting directors, and agents, all of whom were lovely people who didn't bite my head off.  Sure, I don't have an agent yet... but that's ok.  I will.  And I'm very proud of the work I've done.  Since I started this blog, I've been cast in and performed in 2 shows, one of which was Off-Broadway.  No, I'm not where I thought I would be when I was 26 years old.  But... at least I'm not barefoot in a trailer, pregnant with a good for nothing husband.  (Because that's the only alternative.)
So... on checking in... I'm very proud of how far I've come.  It's still a struggle every day to get out of bed... some days way easier than others... but I am happy with how my life has progressed.  However, I think it's time to set some new goals.  Because I do feel I've gotten a little complacent, and we can't have that!  I have to keep moving forward.

1)  Resume classes at UCB
  • I took Improv 101 at UCB over a year ago, and it was amazing.  It helped me figure out that I don't want to do musical theatre.  It pushed me to realize that I love doing comedy and straight theatre.  My goal for  2012 is to complete all 4 levels.
2)  Being production on my web series
  • I met a girl at an audition for Steel Magnolias, and though I did not get cast, I am so grateful that I went to that audition.  She's such a cool person, and we have begun collaborating on a web series together.  We wrote the pilot.  We are figuring it out as we go along.  It is going to be a stressful disaster, but I hope that at the end of the stressful disaster, we have something we're really proud of.
3)  Travel somewhere cool
  • I love to travel.  And... I never do it.  Sure, I go home to visit friends and family... but the last time I went on a destination vacation, it was Orlando, FL.  I live so close to so many cool things... and I never ever see them.  Prince Edward Island.  Salem.  Concord.  Boston.  Washington D.C., Niagra Falls.... etc.  So that really needs to happen.  Getting out of NYC is good for the heart and soul, and DEFINITELY helps one maintain a sense of balance.
So... onward and forward!  And hopefully not like that little baby elephant in Planet Earth who gets seperated from his mom and then ends up following their tracks in the wrong direction.  That makes me SO sad.


Angela Noelle said...

Ooh, I'm excited about the web series! Sounds fun :)

The Incubator said...

This mama elephant is so proud of you!

melissaberhel said...

I never saw Planet Earth. Maybe I should add that to my Netflix cue.

You are on a roll, Girl! It sounds like you have lots to look forward to :) I do hope you'll share your web series with us once you've completed it! I agree about the travelling. Seeing a new place does something wonderful for the creative juices...and it helps renew a sense of appreciation for home once you return.

OldWarrior said...

If it was easy, anyone could do it! That's why they call it chasing a dream.