Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Big News!

So, after struggling to find another job in New York, and managing to make some new friends and have a good time, I received a phone call that changed my life. In August I auditioned for Stiletto Entertainment, a production company that casts dancers for Holland America Cruise Lines, and from the audition I made the Hire List. Once you’re on the Hire List, you can be offered a contract at any time. But there are 350 positions for dancers/singers and veterans are offered first choice, and a lot of them come back. Well I’m sure you can imagine where this phone call went…I was offered a contract with Stiletto!

I accepted the contract, of course, and I’m super excited. It’s an 8-month contract, with 5 weeks of rehearsal beforehand. I’ll be learning 4 full-length shows, and a promo number during rehearsals before I board my ship. Stiletto pays for all my flights, houses me during rehearsals, and basically hooks me up with a great deal. It’s not the modern world, but it’s an awesome way to make some money and save, A LOT.

I leave for rehearsals January 12th, embark on the sea February 19th, and I’ll return the beginning of October. My ship goes to the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, and Trans-Atlantic. I’ll see 22 countries during the 8 months and with almost no duties on the ship I’ll be able to visit the port of calls and enjoy the different cultures I’ll be experiencing.

This has totally turned my world upside down, but it’s completely worth the opportunity. And once the cruise finishes out I plan to finish my Pilates training. Good use of my hard earned cash. Overall, I’m really excited that I’m going to have an actual “Dance Job” and I’ll be saving so much. Check out the Holland America website and look for the ms Maasdam, that's my ship! And here's a picture of me and Pete from his visit to NYC this past week.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

So far so good

I've been living in New York for almost 2 months now and it's been going pretty well! I teach one day a week so I am making some money. My little kids I teach are psycho, but once I get to the older classes it's great! And I actually enjoy teaching then. Still job hunting, but that's life.

I'm also volunteering at DNA (Dance New Amsterdam) next weekend so I'll get some free dance classes out of it! Plus, I've applied to be a workstudy person for them so maybe I'll get hired and I'll get 18 free classes a month! that would be wonderful! Other than that, I'm ready to make start working some more, get into class, and really feel like I'm part of the city.

My best friend Alex is here so I'm going out with him and his girlfriend tonight so it should be fun. And Meghan is coming for Halloween-I'm so excited! I'm hoping Pete will come to visit soon, and anyone else who might be interested, I've got lots of room! I'm missing Michigan, my fam, friends, bf, and my doggy. But I've already made it this long without a total breakdown, I think i can make it to Christmas. Although x-mas break, is going to be the happiest week of my life!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

New York! New York!

So I made the big move! I'm actually living in New York City (Queens if we're going to be specific). I've been here ALONE for a week now, my parents left last Sunday :( but we moved all my crap 2 Thursdays ago.

So far it's been pretty boring, but what can you do? Until you're working and stuff there's like nothing to do. But I've been to some job interviews and I found 1 job! I'll be teaching at a dance studio in the Bronx called Fancy Feet on Wednesdays. So, it's a start. I need another part-time job obviously, but at least I'll have some money coming in!

I've been applying for lots of administrative type jobs, and a job bartending (but that's a whole nother story) so I'm still trying to keep busy.

In other news I'm obsessed with Dexter. Finished 2 seasons in a week. If you're not watching it, you should be-trust me. Also, I miss my friends and family a lot and I love everyone who's been calling and checking up on me :) Hopefully more good things will come my way, and if you're ever in New York you have a place to stay!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

First Blog!

I'm just like Beth...blogging! But I figured it's probably time as I'm about to embark on some crazy life changes.

For those of you who don't know, I'm moving out of my apartment in Detroit. It's a sad day but it's ok, except I have waaayyy too much stuff. Never again will I move with this much crap. NEVER. Otherwise, I'm moving back home for a little bit before some auditions and whatnot.

Next week I'm auditioning for a cruise line! If i get it, I figure I'll go. Why not? See the world, dance, make some bank and save it. Sounds good to me, but I'm also going to NYC on the 13th and I have an audition there. We'll see, but I'm excited for some big changes. I'll update after the cruise audition. Wish me luck!