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!
I finally got word back from the Firefly music festival, and I will be slinging drinks at one of the bar tents! This is not my first time behind a bar, but definitely my first time bartending for an event. It also means that I’ll get to hear new music while working and that’s great.
Another position that I applied for at Firefly but did not get was working as a stagehand for the show. That doesn’t mean working with that particular production company is off the table. They were really impressed with my background in theatre and some of the crew work that I have done already. I also said I was available to work in other states for crew. Who knows, they may call me in for a different production somewhere else.
(Source: Backstage Badger Tumblr and Pinterest.)
However, I’m not without a crew job. Bootless has invited me back to work as crew and to play a zombie for the musical parody of Shaun of the Dead titled: You’ve Got Red on You. That is a bit of money too. Thank goodness, I was getting stressed for cash, this came at the best time.
Piggybacking off of my previous post, I want to talk about my upcoming combat workshop this weekend. You have no idea how stoked I really am! This is a two day workshop down the street from my house (super convenient), that consists of knife fighting, found object fighting, Asian fan fighting, ripping weapons away from an opponent, and fighting with a small sword. I’m especially excited about the sword fighting because it will make me feel a little bit like my childhood hero, Red Sonja. SQUEE!!!
(Source: Marvel Comics Group. And check out Thor: Ragnarok since the writer Roy Thomas also co-created the Valkyrie.)
Needless to say, I freaking love fighting, and I may be a little too aggressive lol.
I almost had to beat a girl down, a little while ago, for putting her hands on my dad. The crazy part is, that it has nothing to do with my family personally. My dad is the super of our apartment building, he was kicking her out in a peaceful fashion.
One thing I do know, is that people are crazy and I feel justified to take on more training. Not just for the stage, but for real life as well. (Especially if I have to deal with any further bullshit like that.) I have a feeling that I may have to utilize this training in the future. How that will manifest? I have a hunch, but I’m not going to speak on that until the time is right.
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:
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*.
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.
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.