"Work, work, work, work, work. " - Rihanna
I've been in Atlanta now for nearly a month, and contrary to how I thought I would feel at this point... I feel fine! I thought that moving to the opposite side of the country, only knowing a few people, would be traumatizing and would take me a while to acclimate.
It's hard to not fall in love with Atlanta. You've got the "I feel so small!" sensation when you drive though the city center, yet you get the southern comfort of driving through tree-lined streets, everywhere you go. It feels like LA, when you get stuck in traffic, but instead of someone throwing you the middle finger and cutting you off, you get a nice wave and people giving you the right of way. Gotta love that southern hospitality! I'm not entirely naive, and I know that not everything will always be sunshine and roses, but I'm choosing to stay positive, alright?!
After dad drove me across the country (thanks, dad!!), he helped me to get settled, along with my momma, who flew in from Danville. I was overwhelmed that week because there was so much to get done - cleaning supplies, rugs, boxes to unpack, things to hang, and the impending thought of me having to wave goodbye to my parents and close the door, was hanging over me.
The first week, I twiddled my thumbs and tried to stay as busy as I could, but I didn't have a job. The last two years that I lived in LA, I had at least two jobs at any given time and was taking acting class everyday - I'm a busy bee, and I like it that way! Perhaps it's to distract me from the reality that this career path I have chosen can be a frustrating one (to say the least).
I'm so happy to now call a local indoor spin studio home! Spin classes make me happy - and free indoor spin classes? Now, that makes me even happier! Part of the job of an actress, from my own personal perspective, is keeping my body in shape. It's a strange way to look at it, but I try to stay fit to make myself as marketable as possible. It sounds superficial, but if I want to be doing crazy stunts on set, or feel comfortable with the body I'm in onscreen, I have to try and take care of it to the best of my abilities! My love of cupcakes and pizza really gets in the way of this...
Check out my new high-top kicks! Part of my new serving uniform at my second job: a local and brand-new swanky restaurant in the heart of Midtown.
I am beyond lucky to have a few friends here from previous acting gigs, and they have quite the girl squad out here! Meeting new people has been easy with such sweet people that have taken me under their wing. Two Sweets in particular, helped me land my first-ever serving job!
I've never served before, so when I took the giant steak-filled menu into my hands with an extensive wine/beer/cocktail list, I was freaked out, to say the least! How would I cram all of this into my head, while also opening wine bottles table-side and carrying more than one dish on an arm (things I have never done before)??
Well, it's been a week at the restaurant, and yes it's been tough, but I've learned a lot and I can't wait to be a serving pro! Don't worry, I already got dropping my first plate out of the way! Off the plate, down my leg, and on the floor! Good times.
Everyone at the restaurant has been really sweet and supportive, and it's been keeping me busy, and soon will hopefully be keeping my wallet full!
The reason I moved here: to act! My agents have been sending me out at least once/week to various auditions and I even had my first audition for a network show! I'm surrounded by talented actors, and most importantly WORKING actors. I feel like I'm in the right place, at the right time in my life, in a circle of the right people to help me get to where I want to be.
I don't know who is going to read this blog. Perhaps if you're an actor and you're looking for a little moral support, you may be able to find it here. If you've picked up your life and moved to a new city, I hope I can make you feel less alone. Or maybe, no one will read this at all. It may just be a helpful digital journal for me to track my progress in this next chapter of my life I like to called "Phase Two of Early Adulthood."
After all, I made this move for me. For the first time in my life, I've packed up everything I own, and I've taken a leap of faith with a clear, concise plan: start living my day dream.
P.S. If you haven't seen my road trip video from my trek across the country with my dad, here's the link!