Contributed by Guest Blogger of the week Stacy Mayer.
Moving to New York is tough. It takes time when you move to a new city. Connections don’t happen overnight. You have to patient. Blah blah blah.
I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I have to keep reminding myself that when I first moved to New York, eight years ago, it wasn’t easy. I had already been performing in Chicago and I couldn’t bare the idea of “starting over.”
That’s when I became a producer. I would create art myself. And I did pretty well. I founded Manhattan Comedy Collective. I was an ensemble member at Emerging Artists Theatre and curated their solo play festival. I had connections all over the city and I was always performing. I was a success.
And then I decided to move…again…to San Francisco.
The excuse is that I moved out here for love. But I have a feeling there is something else. I am still a performer, producer, writer. But where do I start in this new city?
Once again, I don’t feel like I can start over.
So what do I do? I know what I don’t want. I don’t want to start another theatre company. I don’t want to take beginner level acting classes. I don’t want to audition for theatres where I don’t even know if it will be any good.
So what do I want to do?
I remember taking a job at The Jekyll & Hyde Club on The Avenue of the Americas, like many New Yorkers just to get my Equity card. I planned on working there for three months tops. But little did I know, most of my closest friends and collaborators would come from that job. Over half of the Manhattan Comedy Collective were people I met there.
So I’m keeping an open mind. Inspiration is where you least expect it, right? Oh that’s a good idea. Maybe I’ll do that? See what happens.