For me, writing is a tricky beast. What is it that I want to say? Will the words on the page truly reflect my thoughts? Will anyone read or see what I have to say? These are things that plague my mind when approaching a notepad or my laptop keyboard. I have made a point this year to really delve into articles, the news and writing on current affairs etc. Back in June I subscribed to the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and keep up to date with the New York Times, and since June I have really understood the power of writing, the power of words on a page to inform its readers. There is nothing quite as satisfying as finishing a book, reading an 8 page article or even writing your own completed piece. As I was growing up I never really took the time to read an article, often I would find myself skimming through the article for important points and their accompanying pictures. All this into account, I find myself coming back to NevNYC this time with a new outlook and a fresh angle on what it is to have a blog and what it means to have something to say. Who is NevNYC for? What is it I want to say? If I was visiting nevnyc.com, what would I want to see?
Whilst I have taken some time away from NevNYC for a number of reasons that we will get into shortly, I have seen two of my friends blogs grow into some of the most wonderful websites. My friend Annie Behrens runs the blog "somelikeithappy.com" and it has been wonderful to see her blog posts come out throughout the year. I love the way Annie writes about issues with body positivity, healthy mindsets and world issues whilst combining these aspects with personal stories and funny quips. Each post is so enjoyable and I can just see Annie poured into the words on my screen. Another friend of mine, Sophie Hur has expanded the horizons or photography on her website "sophiehur.com". There is something in the way Sophie see's the world and her talent for capturing it through various lenses that just entices the viewer and the reader. Teamed with beautiful images are some of my favourite interviews from her "Women in Conversation" series, well worth checking out.
SO. Where have I been?! Well since June, Gino and I have officially moved in with each other. I cannot begin to tell you how awesome it is to have our own space here in New York. Since moving into our apartment in July it has been a great project in setting up the place and having it look as great as it does. I will do an apartment tour/post soon so you guys can see the new space. In terms of acting, since July I have actually been a member of the 2017 Academy Company at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a third year program at the school I graduated from in April.
What a dashing bunch! It has been a wonderful experience with this company so far. Our first shows were Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Barbara Rubin alongside Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson, directed by Jonathan Bolt. Both a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to get stuck into two classic plays. We recently closed our second show which was a musical adaptation of the film "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, directed and written by the original screenplay writer Douglas Carter Beane. What an incredible experience that was. I was fortunate enough to play the role of Vida Boheme, a New York drag queen played by Patrick Swayze in the film. The whole experience was fantastic and I am so so proud of the Company for pulling of such an incredible production. As I write this post Gino and I are on our way back from Thanksgiving break and tomorrow we continue on with rehearsals for our next series which is an Anton Chekov series where we will be doing, The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard and a contemporary adaptation of The Seagul, "Stupid F*cking Bird" by Aaron Posner. Rehearsals have been going well and we are looking forward to jumping back into it after a well deserved break. If you are interested in seeing any of the 2017 Academy Company shows you can get more information at: https://www.aada.edu/new-york-company
As you can imagine, this is why NevNYC has been on the back burner, but you know, it is actually so refreshing to take some time away and then jump back in at a different point. I feel the past few months have informed such a change in who I am as a young adult. Gino and I have been following a plant-based diet and feel much better for it (some vegan recipes coming your way), we are so so happy in our new apartment. I am learning so much at school and from my peers both in school and out. My family are on the other side of a really difficult 18 months and everything is trucking along positively. What better time to bring back NevNYC, Christmas is coming and of course as you all know, its my favorite time of year!
I hope you all had a magnificent summer, Halloween and Thanksgiving and I am so happy to be back. I would love to hear about what you have been up to, in the comments or via the NevNYC social media and if you have anything you would like to see on NevNYC.com, let me know!
Have a lovely Sunday everyone!