Train 2 Broadway

I started the Train2Broadway blog as a way to chronical my adventures as an actor here in New York City. With all the auditions, bookings or lack there of, I thought I might have a story to tell. If not I could at least track my growth, and share it with the world at the same time.

Change

This has been a great summer so far. I spent my birthday in Miami, I have a great “survival” job. My manager doesn’t mind me taking time off to audition, and I’m currently working on an independent feature film.

With so much good going on it would be easy to think nothing “bad” would or could happen. Alas things don’t always go according to plan. It’s easy to think about what I personally could have done to foresee an incident or even to escape consequences. But then the lesson would be lost.

When everything goes according to “plan” we don’t walk by faith, but by performance charts, goal setting, pay scale. Every once and a while things get shaken up to see where our hearts lie. Reevaluate our intentions and renew our faith.

Change is good. If anything is not going according to plan that means it is time to take a step back take note of your hearts desire.

I learned that this week while working on set over the paste few weeks. I’m looking forward to the next time I will be on set. In the meantime I have time allow other opportunities to manifest. Right now that’s good enough for me.

What’s The Next Step?

New York City doesn’t really get a Spring it seems. Sure we have had rain, and some warm days but in a few weeks it will officially be Summer and I know we will all feel the Season change.
Just like New York seasons it can be hard sometimes to know if you are making the right move. Should you rest from the grind, take a gig, turn down a gig, is it the right gig? Whatever the decision it is the right one. You can’t go wrong. You are exactly where you need to be.
When it is time for you to move to LA, get an agent, or create your own project you will. And it will feel good. Until then enjoy the Spring weather. Summer is fast approaching.

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I’m reblogging this because yesterday Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill I talked about in this comic into law.

This bill includes LIFE IMPRISONMENT for gay sex. It includes LIFE IMPRISONMENT for being in a gay marriage. The directors of any NGOs (including Sexual Minorities Uganda) found guilty of “promotion of homosexuality” face SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL.

This is the real stuff, people. Many of the folks I drew in this comic were just named directly by a tabloid newspaper and are fearing an imminent witch hunt.

A lot of the blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of one man, Scott Lively, and his global campaign of homophobia. Please go read the full comic I did last month for the Center for Constitutional Rights that explains their legal case against him.

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Seasons change

Despite the cold and snow I had an amazing winter. I starred in two off-Broadway productions, made new friends, and most importantly I grew as a person and as an artist.

And just like the season it is time for a change. After much thought I decided to leave the theatre company I had been a part of for almost two years. I had grown to love and respect a great core of actors. I felt nurtured, but at the same time I felt the need to move on. At first it was scary. The thought of leaving friends, familiar routines seemed to out weight the need I was feeling to move on. But this is what makes life exciting and worth living. Creating positive and meaningful memories, so when it is time to explore other opportunities you know you can move on in good conscience.

I recently was accepted into a sketch comedy and improv program. Something I have always wanted to do. I may have missed it because I was afraid to take a chance.

Holding on to something because of fear can hold back unseen blessings. Let go. We don’t know when the seasons will change, and we don’t need to. But they will change.

Transition

The first quarter of the year has come and gone along with all the ice and snow. Spring is rapidly approaching and along with the new season comes a new perspective of all the things around me. The grass is greener, the birds are louder and even the people seem nicer.

So in the new season it makes sense that my outlook would change too. As an artist it is sometimes easy to get stuck in the mode of wanting to book the next “gig”. With that train of thought one may become dependant and easily effected by a casting directors, directors, or critics point of view of our skill set. Not being seen at an audition, not booking the role, or not even getting the appointment can cause doubt. It may cause you to think you are not good enough.

Fortunately, that’s not the case. You are more than enough. And your self worth goes beyond whether or not you get the job. There are plenty of opportunities out there for you to exercise your skills. As the seasons change take joy in knowing you are in the right place.

Othello:The Panther #othellothepanther #nuyoricanpoetscafe

Othello:The Panther #othellothepanther #nuyoricanpoetscafe

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It’s been two(2) years since I decided to move back to New York. Since then I have achieved some success.

At the same time, I find it funny how in pursuit of my dream I would allow doubt to enter my mind. I recently was cast in an amazing new production of ‘Othello’ set during the end of the Black Panther Party movement. As an Actor I relish the opportunity to work on historical pieces, as well as the classics. This seemed to be a perfect fit. However, once the rehearsal process began I started to doubt myself. I had never done Shakespeare outside of a class. I kept asking myself “am I good enough”. Unfortunately I wasn’t getting paid for this project. And on top of all that it was snowing ALOT.

Every excuse plagued me to the point of me regretting I had accepted the role of ‘Michael Cassio’. My self doubt, and pity had marred the many days and hours of rehearsal. This lasted until one of my cast mates told me how much my work had inspired her. I was shocked. In my despair I forgot my personal mission as an artist. My job no matter the pay scale is to be an inspiration to others.

As the show continues for the next three(3) weeks I am reminded and encouraged that my work matters, and that I have all I need to be the best I can be.