Consignment Shopping 

I went shopping the past couple of days for my trip to the west. Because I’m on a limited budget, but I still want to impress. That’s when my dear friend, the consignment store comes in. 

Why do I love consignment stores so much? First of all, you can find some amazing, unique, and vintage items at the consignment store. They are usually made with better materials and tailoring. Most fast fashion nowadays, construct pieces for cheap using flimsy fabrics and stitching. 

2) It’s very Parisian. Many women in the city of Paris consign clothes. By doing so, they create looks that they can call their own. Always setting themselves apart from others without breaking the bank.

3) Piggybacking off of #2, I love the hunt for a deal. I don’t shop for clothing often, (in fact most of my clothes are either hand-me-downs, or clothes provided for me from various events or jobs that I have worked) but something about buying a massively priced item for pennies on the dollar just gives me a thrill. 

4) It’s a great place to buy costumes for theatre or any filmed pieces. All of the background jobs I worked, I wore consigned pieces that made me look “rich”. One of the jobs I worked, a woman brought her most expensive items and lost some of her real gold jewelry. If she had brought costume jewelry instead, she wouldn’t have broken a sweat over the loss. Plus with that deep of background, the camera or the viewer wouldn’t have picked up the difference anyway.

Simply put, consignment shopping is fun, economical, hip, and vital for the actor. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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What Do I Do With My Life Now?

 (Source: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

I have completed my run with Orange Is The New Musical over the weekend and my shoot as a stripper in the independent film Without You. It has been a very productive weekend and after a little bit of rest, I’m ready to tackle all of my stuff related to school. 


      (Source: Student Problems Facebook)

Applying for scholarship money is an ongoing battle, so there is nothing new to report on that end. I’m working on getting as many scholarships and grants I can possibly get before even daring to apply for a student loan. 

I may find myself working at a strip club after networking with the dancers they hired on set. I have too much money I need to make before leaving for Ireland. Since I don’t have a boyfriend anyway, this might be the best time to jump into it. 

Working at a strip club isn’t my only prospect for money. Like I mentioned in previous posts, I can’t legally work in Ireland with a student visa. This means that I do have to seek remote jobs and side businesses that I can start up and work on while I’m in school that doesn’t interfere with my visa. It includes writing for other blogs based in the US, having a network marketing business, and affiliate marketing. The big thing is to work for a blog or even revamp this blog without being click-baity and annoying. Over sensationalized writing gets on my nerves, and the language is terrible. 


     (Source: @comedian_g on Instagram)

Of course I did put in for other gigs and things in the future. Some I lost…(like the pole teaching gig) and some I am still in consideration for (like Firefly). Hopefully I hear back from them soon.

Birthday Weekend 

My birthday is coming up this Friday and I’m starting to make a clear assessment and some hard decisions for my life. I want to leave the US knowing that I will be financially secure in Ireland. I want to be able to see my friends and family before I go. I want to be able to continue working in my industry while in school. Ultimately all I want is a better life for myself. 

No, not everything is bad, but it’s not amazing either. With that said, all I can do is press on as I have been, even though I’m getting to the point where I’m pretty much crying everyday. With that said, here are the things going right:


                      (Source: Pinterest)

I’m performing the last two shows of “Orange Is The New Musical” this weekend and the creators of the musical are flying in from L.A. to watch one of the shows. They are going to do a sort-of talk back to the audience and the cast which should be very fun.

The shoot that I’m doing for the film “Without You” is also this weekend where I play one of the strippers in the scene. I have a cute outfit ready and raring to go, along with trying to drop as much weight, wrapping, and tanning myself as much as possible. I have a stripper background myself, so it’s nice to be able to utilize that background for an actual film. Who knows, maybe I should go back if I want to raise the funds needed for school. Once I move to Ireland, I’m not allowed to dance anyway, it can be a last hurrah. 

My Jane Austen scholarship essay is due the following weekend. I’m going to be responsible and get it done and turned in this weekend so I’m not stressed out about it. The guidelines are fairly easy so it shouldn’t take too long to write an 8 page paper with a citation page right? Right?! 

Time to get to work…happy birthday to me *sigh*.

When One Door Closes…

I’ve been having a very tough 2017 so far, and here I thought 2016 was a total dumpster fire. That being said, it isn’t all bad. I have received good news today. But first let me catch you up to this point. 

I’ve applied for so many remote jobs, only to get rejected. The pole teaching gig that I was all set to take has now been pushed off because of construction delays and now it’s no longer a guarantee. The money I have coming in from my accident to pay for school is taking forever and I keep dipping into my parents cash just to survive. Even though I’m retired from background acting, I had a job offer from the casting agency I deal with the most, offer me a background job I couldn’t take due to my dad still being in the hospital. Most of the scholarships I’ve been trying to apply to have an age limit, and I am beyond it. So as you can see…things are getting desperate. So what’s the good news?

I got an opportunity to help out a friend of a friend this week cover a shift at their business. Also today, I managed to book a promotional modeling job next week that will pay me a bit of cash as well. Add in the money I earned from my fit modeling job, the stipends I will be paid for my performances in Orange and Without You, taking over my dad’s gig, and I will be getting ahead sort of. I really wish some of these remote jobs will come in or if worse comes to worse, get back into Network Marketing and hustle my butt off.

Playing a Prisoner and a Stripper 

I make amazing life choices. In the next 3 weeks I will be playing the prisoner Poussey (or Piness in my version) of Orange is the New Musical.  I will also play a stripper in a feature film called Without You. It’s not a speaking part, nor will I be featured, so it’s technically another background part. The difference is, 1) it’s being shot in Philly, so it’s close. 2) it’s a paying job and I need all of the money I can get for school. 3) I was considered for a part in this scene last year. It went to someone else, and I was grateful because my body wasn’t where it should have been at the time, plus I had a scheduling conflict because of Body and Sold. They had to push back the filming date and find a new location due to unforeseen circumstances, which now makes my appearance in this scene possible again. Like I said, I won’t be the lead actress in this scene (which also means, I don’t have to show my boobs, yay) and it allows me to work with some new people before shipping off to Ireland.

With “Orange”, rehearsals for the most part are going fairly well. It hasn’t been easy since my dad was in the hospital for the past week (he gets out today!) I’m doing less singing and more rapping, believe it or not. The show itself is just crazy (in a good way). I recommend if you are an Orange is the New Black fan, you should come and see it. The performance will only run for 4 shows on May 5th & 6th  and May 12th (my birthday!) & 13th. There will also be a Shock Puppets introduction performance before each show. For more details check out http://www.bootless.org.

Line Control and Working My Last Comic Con

(Me blocking people from taking photos at Alan Tudyk’s table.)

Welp, I did it. My last show stateside and probably forever. Just like retiring from background work, it’s on to bigger and better things. Usually I am an attendee at cons. However, due to financial restrictions, volunteering for free admission is a smarter way to go. That being said, I have had my fill. The people that work there and attend are really nice, but it is time consuming. I was only able to do one day so I couldn’t hang out with the celebrities like I did last year. (The more I talk to them, the more I come to understand how normal they really are. Or the ones I talk to at least.) For these type of events, the more days you can work, the better. You have more opportunities to talk to everyone and figure out what goods you want to purchase (not like I could anyway my cash is dedicated to a strict budget.) Overall it was a bittersweet day, but I look forward to new adventures. And who knows? Maybe I’ll have a table of my own one day…

A girl can dream. 

Retiring from Background Acting

I consider last Wednesday to be my last time on set as a background actress. And what a way to finish out…with Quantico. It’s really funny considering, that was the show I started with. It was even more fitting that I was in an early episode, a middle episode, and the season finale as probably the same character in Quantico world; Someone upscale from the D.C. area. Another thing that made that role interesting, is that I was born in D.C., so I probably gave off the vibe of a Preppy D.C. resident when they cast me.

I haven’t too much other work than Gotham, Homeland, and Untouchable. The decision to stop was based off of many factors: cost of travel, lack of time, and of course trying to find a little more stable work in my area. I may find my way back to New York before leaving for Ireland, but at least not until May. (I’m booked with stuff near my home until then.) Plus I want to do something different. Maybe some Non-Descript stunt work on a show, some modeling jobs, maybe go to a high profile party, or even attend another Broadway show. 

I have enough acting gigs here at home. Titanic is coming up and soon after, Orange is the New Musical. That will be the last run of my U.S. season until I move to Dublin. After that it will just be teaching pole, hopefully hearing back from some of the scholarships I put in for, visiting my family and friends and kissing them goodbye, maybe working some odd jobs. Still, I’m a little sad. I love working in New York, I just want to work there a different way.