What I'm Looking Forward to in New York
If you've been following my posts lately, you'll have read that I'd been struggling with the decision to try and stay in London and get that highly coveted work visa, or to move to New York City and work in my own home country. And over the past week, I've come to the conclusion that financially, as well as logistically, moving to NYC is the smartest choice and will most likely happen at the end of May. Having never actually been to New York before, let alone the east coast, I have no idea what I am getting myself into, other than what's been shown to me through the media. But since I'm trying to be positive about this recent change of plans, I wanted to make a list of what I'm looking forward to in the big apple.
Starting my PR Career
After speaking with that celebrity publicist on the train back from Paris, my fire to become one myself has been rekindled. He told me NYC was the best place to get started in that line of work, so I am dying to start working at an entertainment PR company and start my climb up the ladder to my dream job. I've actually already sent out about 100 job inquiry emails, just to get a feel for what companies may be hiring come summer 2015, so I'm hoping that at least one (paid) opportunity arises from that, which will be nice to arrive in May with interviews or a job already in place. Then it's only up from there.
Becoming Liz Lemon
If watching all seven seasons of 30 Rock about six times now has taught me anything, it's that being that crazed career woman doesn't lend well to having a great love life or much more than a few work friendships. But even with that, my overarching goal in life is to sort of be Liz Lemon (preferably more like Tina Fey, but that's pushing it). She loves her night cheese, is the head writer of her own TV show, lives in a nice apartment and in the end, totally has it all. And while I'm not sure I'm meant to write for TV (but would love to if given the chance), I feel that my life path is in the entertainment industry in some capacity and if she can make it work, so can I.
Improv Classes Galore
When I moved to London, I hoped to get involved with some improv and comedy groups, but quickly realized that the humor is different and the conversion rate makes classes expensive. I am so ready to take classes at Upright Citizens Brigade (since I still have a secret dream of becoming a cast member of Saturday Night Live), and start working on my confidence levels when it comes to jumping up on stage and performing with nothing prepared. Even if nothing comes out of it, I am really just hoping doing more improv will be inspiring to me in my writing, as well as gain some potential comedy partners for future sketch work.
Exploring a New City
As I said, I've never been to to New York. My United States experience is limited to Washington, Oregon and California. I am very intrigued at the differences in the two coasts and to see what all the hype about New York is. Like London, there's something happening there every minute of every day, and it's easy to take trips to the neighboring states, so I doubt I'll get bored for awhile. And since it will all be fresh to me, every street I walk down will be a new adventure and place to take photographs and meet interesting people.
Proximity to Europe
With a 7-8 hour flight between NYC and London, I can get back to my beloved Europe a lot faster, and much cheaper than when I was on the west coast. I probably still won't be able to go over too often, but if I save money properly and use my paid vacation days to my advantage (or if I'm lucky, have a job that sends me abroad), then I can cross my fingers for a yearly trip to London and other places in Europe. I don't want to give up on my dream of living abroad, but I think I'll need to do it in a few years when it makes more sense financially and is possibly easier to get a work visa with job experience.