“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”. I think that’s a good way to start out this blog. This is a blog discussing my start at living in NYC, right after graduating college. See? The end of one thing begins the beginning of something new! I will admit my writing isn’t always the best, but hopefully it will improve. Who knows. I guess I’ll use this first actual blog post to tell anyone reading this, if anyone does read this, who I am. My name is Michael Saunders, and I am an actor, who was convinced by my cast over the summer to make the leap and move to New York City. I went to school at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, but originally I’m from a small town called North Beach in Maryland. I chose to get into acting in middle school, but I never thought I was good enough to be able to make a career out of it until Junior year of high school, and now here I am; 6 years later with a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting. Talk about a dumb move. And somehow my father still supports my decision! But it doesn’t matter if this may seem like an idiotic decision to some, because this is what I love to do, and I am going to do it, which is why I’m here in NYC. Sorry I seem to be rambling, but this is my blog, so it’s okay… probably.
Over the summer I did a show called “The Nuclear Plays”. It was an off off-broadway production done as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Since I live in Maryland, but the rehearsals and the show took place in NYC, I ended up staying at my school over the summer. Not cheap, let me tell you. But I digress. As the show began coming to a close, I mentioned over drinks that I did not want to go back to Maryland. Don’t get me wrong, I love the place, but it’s not where I want to be. And so the writer of the show said “Then why move back? That question threw me through a loop. I had never thought of it like that before. My plan was to move back home to Maryland for a year, save up money, and then move to New York. But the more I talked to everyone about it, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much time I’d lose, not being in New York. If I was going to even have a chance at making it in the industry, I had to be here. So with everyone’s help, I began looking for apartments. I has a friend send me place after place, and job after job, and I began looking more and more. To give you a time frame, I had 14 days to find a job and a place to live before I moved home to Maryland. And that was STRESSFUL. I ended up looking at 7 or 8 places, which I will save for a different blog post, before settling on a private room in Washington Heights. Great roommates, who almost all just so happened to be actors, and a pretty decently sized room. I found this place about 2-3 days before the deadline I had set for myself. Talk about a close call. I move in on August 1st, and then continue searching for jobs. I end up finding a temp agency, known as Beacon Hill, as well as a restaurant known as Emma’s Torch. I have now spent the last 20 days working hard, doing office work, as well as serving full time. I even walk dogs for Rover when I get the chance! Unfortunately I have not been able to do any theater. I check for listings on Backstage every day, and apply whenever I can, but that only gets me so far. I hope that by creating a blog, I can work to hold myself more accountable. I need to start auditioning, looking for Agents, and most importantly, acting again. Not doing it for even less than a month now has made me itch to get back on the stage. But like I said before, this is just the beginning of my story. I guess I’m going to have to keep reading to know what happens next. And hopefully you will to.
See you all soon.
(Obviously I didn’t take/own these pictures. Google is a powerful tool <3)