Week 7 & 8: Dana's New York Adventure



Week 7

This week I did the most yoga I have ever done in 7 days and it was the best decision I have ever made. I also got to spend time and catch up with my friend Rachelle. I met her this past summer at Forestburgh Playhouse and she is hands down on of my favorite people. Keep in contact with people you meet during jobs and on internship.  Everyone has so much to offer! Rachelle has been in the city for 3 years now and she has taught me so much.  New York is full of so many interesting and innovative people but it can also feel like the loneliest place in the world.  Never be afraid to reach out to anyone because the worst they could do is say no.

On Saturday I went to my second New York open call for the Fingerlakes Theatre Festival. I got there at 4am and by 6am there were 500 people in line outside of Nola. It was true insanity! I got an appointment at 10:45 and the 8 bars I sang went swimmingly! I ended up getting a callback on Monday for Guys and Dolls so I'm super excited to go in to my first New York callback. I was so excited that I decided to go to Broadway Dance Center and do two classes in a row! I really miss dancing every morning at Otterbein. I feel like I took it for granted and now that it's not so easy to take dance I miss 8 am dance.

Week 8

This week started out with my first New York callback! I auditioned at 6:30pm so I literally ran to Nola from Binder. I was the only person that didn't have material to learn for the audition which was confusing but I didn't mind it. I ended up singing 8 bars once again, thanking them and leaving thinking nothing of it.  I got an email from the director 30 minutes later asking me to come in for a completely different show she is casting called "Life Could Be Dream". She had lost her leading female and Robin Levine (a director I worked with last summer) recommended me as a replacement. She sent me sides and songs and asked me to come in on Friday! This week I also started Personal training with Otterbein Alum Drew Cotton! My classmate Evan and I wanted to try it out! We had our first meeting on Tuesday and it got me really excited for improving myself. Thursday we did leg day and needless to say I couldn't walk for two days after. Then finally Friday was the day of my callback and of course things got even crazier when Jay asked me to sing for him. I sang the Physician and he gave he corrections and he helped me work it.  He asked me to sing the Sister act callback music and I didn't know it at all and then he had me read for the role of Tina. It was so out of nowhere but I did my best. Nevertheless it was a great warm up for my callback for the Cortland Repertory theatre at 1pm. I ended up auditioning at 3pm and honestly I thought I completely bombed the audition. I did my best and I was prepared but I let my nerves get the best of me which is too bad.  I was comparing myself to the other girls i heard before me and i ended up being very self conscious in the audition. I had to shake it off though because the next day I would be in Chicago at Wagon Wheel auditions. Saturday morning my Wagon Wheel audition ended up going very well and I got a callback. After getting back my hotel room and resting for a bit out of the blue I received a phone call from Cortland Rep offering me the job of Lois. I honestly never been more surprised in my life. I was so happy and confused. I truly thought my audition went very poorly. I guess that shows that anything can happen and that I should judge myself so harshly. I finished of Saturday with some deep dish pizza with friends and then rested up for callbacks on Sunday. The dance call was actually very fun! I did my best and had a blast! I didn't get a callback but I didn't mind because I felt like I did a great job. This was a very eventful but eye opening and productive week/weekend!