I know, I know. It’s been months since I’ve posted, but moving to NYC has taken every ounce of my being…writing resumes, cover letters, freelance stories. I am just now coming to grips with how to juggle my time, which leaves me exactly six minutes a day for free time…after Hannah goes to bed.
So, what have I learned about New York in the almost three months that I’ve lived here? I have learned I am a lot tougher than I thought. If I KNEW ahead of time how many times I’d be rejected for a job, I’d have never tried. It makes the ones I HAVE gotten that much sweeter, though! And each interview makes me that much tougher, smarter and less immune to stage fright. Which leads to another thing… if an audition posted on Craigslist seems too good to be true… it is WAY too good to be true! “New Movie Starring VIN DIESEL and ALL STAR CAST NEEDS ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!” i.e., “We work for a photographer and we have no movie connections. We are just gonna tell you you have to have a headshot or three or ten, or else you won’t go anywhere.”
I’ve become SO much less fearful of crowds and, on the subway, I won’t be shy about squeezing between the slumped sleeper and the over-indulgent bible thumper if there’s a dedicated seat there. I used to let people squeeze in front of me in line because I “didn’t want to cause a fuss.” Ha! If anyone tries that now??Fuggeddaboutit!
I know that Starbucks bagels are NOT bagels. I know my H&H from my Zabar’s. I know where to get the best Banh Mi sandwiches in Chinatown. I get stopped by tourists in Grand Central, asking ME to give them directions.
I’m blending in. I LOVE not being mistaken for a tourist. I LOVE actually hearing myself mutter, “Oh, damn. A tourist. This will take forever.”
My six minutes are just about up, but in short, I love my town!
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