Happy 6 Month Anniversary, New York!

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It is absolutely insane to me that those words are coming out of my mouth (or in this case, my fingertips). SIX MONTHS! A year ago, I barely understood how I was going to get to this wonderful, crazy, beautiful and gritty city; now I could barely remember what life was like before I arrived here. Every day is a new adventure, and while there has been a fair amount of tough days, New York has a way of reminding you why you fell in love with it in the first place. 

While its only been half a year, I've already had the opportunity to do so many cool things -- especially meet new and exciting new people. The performance community here is unlike anything I've ever experienced: warm, friendly, inclusive. These last few months (and the people who have been a part of it) have cemented that I am in the right place and I can't help but gush over the great things that have happened.

Here's a little highlight reel: 

ACTOR THERAPY. Man, oh man, what a great experience this has been! Actor Therapy is the workshop baby of composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver and Broadway veteran Lindsay Mendez. 

Every week for five weeks, students get to bring in material (songs, monologues, scenes) that they'd like to work on in an effort to help build better audition rep.

Let's just get this out of the way: yes, I cried at my first class. Partly because I realized very quickly that everything I thought I was doing right was NOT right, and partly because they made me feel like every moment of the struggle to get to New York City to pursue my Broadway dreams was worth it.

Sure, I was also like 112% starstruck by Ryan & Lindsay, too, but let's ignore that. Over the course of my first session, they helped me learn a little more about my type. Not to say I got placed in a box by any means, but let's be honest: they pulled me down from the cloud I was living on all these years where I thought I could play Mimi in RENT. Instead, I got placed on new clouds where I could play Rizzo in Grease. Or Jasmine in Aladdin (say whaaat?!). New possibilities I had never thought of!

In addition to that, the AT community is filled with amazing people. At the holiday party, there was boozy open mic holiday caroling; in early February, we got together for Dance Therapy (where all of us actors/singers "who can move" started getting our dance chops together)

I'm hoping to start a new session with them at the end of February to continue to expand on my audition rep and learn so much more about the industry. 

FIT FOR BROADWAY. Another amazing community to be a part of, Fit For Broadway is a performer lifestyle blog featuring food, fitness, mind-body balance, and interviews with Broadway performers. I had been a fan from afar in Miami and once I moved and had the opportunity to join a workshop, I jumped on it. The one-day workshop, hosted by FFB's Jane Jourdan, was in.cre.di.ble. 

Patrice Covington. Max Clayton. Beth Nicely. Sierra Boggess. All four so inspirational. Seriously, just being in a room with them, hearing them talk about their motivation and what keeps them going, how they approach certain situations...just a gift. 

These are the experiences that aspiring performers can only have in New York City and I felt so lucky to have been a part of it. Sometimes what you need is to be reminded that your journey is special and perfect for exactly you. 

CoLAB. My wonderful friend and brilliant director Victoria Collado hosted an afternoon of a movement collaboration workshop she's been developing titled CoLab.

Guys, when I tell you it was some of the most insightful movement work I've done, I'm not kidding. A combination of truth and spontaneity in movement, collaborative creation, and a little improvisation. Yeah, it was as great as it sounds. I really want her to read this and have another session. Pretty please!

LOVE ASTERISK. Speaking of Victoria, I spent all of my weekends in late October and November assisting on the second season of Love Asterisk, the creative love child (all puns intended) of Victoria, Bertha Leal, and the 3tO5 production team. I am SO excited for the season to be released (Valentines Day 2017!) and to see all of our hard work up on YouTube screens everywhere. 

If you haven't seen season 1, do so before season 2 comes out here...and be ready for a major production upgrade!

SOME OTHER COOL STUFF I'VE BEEN UP TO. 

  • I had the chance to see Waitress (go with Mom - it makes the feels 100x more), The Humans (loved it!), and The Front Page (where I ran into the lovely Sarah Paulson)
  • I attended a mind-blowing TimesTalk panel honoring Michael Grief's two-decade directoral career and featuring amazing performances by Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Damiano, Ben Platt, Rachel Bay Jones, Adam Chanler-Berat, and Alex Lacamoire on keys.
  • Performed a little song with New York rockstars Gowanus on Halloween at Drom in the East Village.

WHAT'S NEXT. 

  • Wrap SAUDADE! I have a trip to Miami planned, partly to finish my final scenes for SAUDADE The Series. I know you're all eagerly anticipating the season and where Summer's storyline goes...stay tuned for more details on the season's release!
  • Dance, dance, dance. Enrolling in Broadway Dance Center in February to start turning this actor/singer into a dancer, STAT. Those dance calls aren't going to rock themselves.
  • More rep building. My goal is to be ready to have a little cabaret in late 2017. Stay tuned.
  • Continued focus on nutrition and peace of mind. A challenge for any New Yorker, but definitely needed for healthy, happy performers!

All in all, I'm having the time of my life. Thank you to everyone who provides every bit of encouragement, whether you send it from very near or far. Words can't express what it means to have a support system filled with faith and love.

Thank you, New York. Thank you, Universe. 

X

NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS

Happy 2016! 

I am so happy to have brought in the new year alongside friends and family and I am incredibly excited for what this year has to offer. Not only am I celebrating a milestone birthday in just a few weeks (the big 3-0!) but I am so fortunate to be able to do so alongside an amazing cast & crew as we rehearse for our upcoming production of Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegia Hudes. 

I was a fan of Ms. Hudes' work before I really even knew of her; after all, she did write the book for the incomparable Broadway musical In The Heights. Reading Water was nothing short of a life-changing experience, and being cast in the role of Yazmin, someone I feel so connected to, and alongside a cast of actors I blindly admire, is a gift. Come see us beginning February 3rd! 

Simultaneously to rehearsals for Water, I'll be spending some time at the Broward Center with the company of Outre's A Violet Hour: A Modern Medea, an incredible modern adaptation of the Euripedes classic, opening in March...

So if you don't hear from me all month, that's probably why. ;)

As always, keep up with me on social media for the latest and greatest. Links are below! And if you're on Snapchat, I'm ocassionally on there, too. @guysitsmeliz

Wishing you all an amazing start to 2016! Thank you as always for your love and support.

Xx, Liz

SAUDADE IS NOW STREAMING

The moment has come! I can't believe that a little under a year has passed since I embarked on the SAUDADE journey, and the pilot is now live! 

 

I am so grateful to the team behind this story and I hope we continue it - there is so much more to Summer than what you'll see in the first episode! Help us keep this journey! Visit www.saudadetheseries.com to learn more!

Enjoy, and let me know what you guys think!

Xx

NEW TEASER FOR SAUDADE

Our incredible production team has released a teaser of the pilot episode of SAUDADE. I can't WAIT to share the episode with you in just ONE WEEK! So much hard but wonderful work has gone into this project, and this is only the beginning.

Check it out below and don't forget to follow SAUDADE on all of your social networks to see the episode as soon as its released on Monday, October 19!

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Enjoy!

Xx,

Liz