EXAMS, JURIES, PERFORMANCES...OH MY!

Jury week precedes exam week. During jury week, there are no classes, unless your teacher decides to hold lessons that week. So if your jury is at the beginning of the week (like mine is this year :) ), then you get less time than everyone else to prepare, but the rest of the week is (hopefully) free!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

So, from my experience, spring in NYC is pretty much the closest thing to New Orleans weather I've experienced thus far. My ideal weather is a little humid with a breeze blowing. Talk about heaven...

One More Dance

It seems counter-intuitive that the year actually winds up as opposed to winding down over time. One would think that over time entropy would have its way and we would just ease out of the year. But no. Instead, it seems to me that things are actually winding up, with pressure building up and up until the moment of that final bow.

THREE SISTERS SHOWINGS!

I think that I am slowly transitioning into taking more ownership of the work and letting go of my need to fulfill all the “technical check-mark boxes” in the craft. Letting go of the “student in an institution” way of operating and transition towards “storyteller.” The learning continues, always.

The Storm Before the Calm

Right now, I’m part of the orchestra in Juilliard’s production of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova, and after several weeks of long, meticulous rehearsing, we’re finally finishing up our last performance. It’s exciting to be a part of the opera, and it’s an honor to be accompanying the vocalists, who sound incredible.

Springtime in the City

After a gloomy winter, the weather is finally warming up and the city is coming alive again. We’ve finally said farewell to the last frost of the season (hopefully!), and now countless flowers, outdoor markets, and ice cream trucks have been springing up everywhere.

Springtime at Jyard

After months of cold weather, grey skies, and dead trees, spring has finally sprung!! Spring is my favorite season in NYC; it would be summer, but it gets a little too hot for my taste. Classes have started slowing down (at least for me) as students prepare for juries and finals.

Springtime in NYC

I am slowly realizing that spring is my favorite time of the year! There are so many cool things to do/see in the spring especially when you live in such an amazing city.

SPRING IN CENTRAL PARK

I checked the weather forecast before leaving my apartment Sunday morning and saw that it was 80°F outside! So, after Easter Sunday mass ended at noon I decided to head over Central Park to read “Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov for probably the 8th time in a new venue for a change.

Tourist for a Day

Everyone knows that there is more to do in New York City than anyone could possibly imagine. The only issue is that for the better part of the year it’s too cold outside to so much as make a trip to Duane Reade justifiable, and so you end up not getting out quite as much as you’d like. However springtime then finally comes to the rescue, bringing with it reasonable weather conditions so that you can once again go out and explore all that this city has to offer.

Facing Fear

I’ve been asked a few times, “What is the hardest thing about Juilliard?” Of course the workload is heavy and I have to manage my time well, but I’ve realized that the hardest thing about Juilliard is overcoming fear in order to grow as a person and an artist. Fear of looking dumb, not hitting the high note, making a bad acting choice; the list goes on and on.

SELF-TRUST: I AM ENOUGH

Now that I am towards the end of my second year of training, I’ve found that my greatest hurdles are mostly internal. As an actor training under this program, I have come up with so many things that trigger different aspects of my whole self.

Never Enough Time

There’s a running joke about how Juilliard students have no time...except it’s not a joke.  Successfully managing school, homework, practicing, jobs, health, a social life, and sleep takes a certain amount of witchcraft, and it can feel impossible at times.

TRYING TIMES

Truthfully, there haven't been any crazy hurdles I've had to get over since being at Juilliard. Usually, it's just a lot going on at once at multiple points in the year, which for any given Juilliard student, can be/is a LOT.

The Challenge of Discovery

The ironic part is that I never actually thought that this would be a challenge that I would encounter this year. I came in with what was a very clear idea of what I wanted out of my work, and immediately set about to realize that idea. However, as time went on I looked around myself a realized just how much more there was to the dance world that I hadn’t seen before.

Where my art has taken me?

Where has art taken you? Since this blog post is open for interpretation, I thought I would talk about some of the cool places I’ve gotten to travel to because of my art. Below are some of the coolest experiences I’ve had because of my art!

Where My Art Has Taken Me

My favorite part of a performance is talking to audience members afterwards. I enjoy the “your singing was beautiful!” comments and I always appreciate them, but what I love the most is when people tell me the effect my performance had on them.

OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO WITH ART!

Right when I got off the plane, I could feel the vibe change instantly. I wasn't in America anymore. There was this air of seriousness about Abu Dhabi. It wasn't your condescending kind of seriousness. Respect was very much as the root of the seriousness.

SUBWAY POETRY

On the spring semester of my first year in Juilliard Drama, a number of us from Group 48 together with our Poetry teacher went together on the 72nd stop to ride the 2 train to 14 St. and back up the 72nd stop to do some Public Poetry.