Monday, April 14, 2014

Brand New Part Deux

Hey all you cats and kittens. You'll notice that I completely and totally gutted this thing. I decided that if I was actually going to start over again, I needed to really and truly start over.

Many things have happened since I last posted an entry on this blog. I graduated from college and moved to the City of Angels. It will be 2 years in June since I left my home, family and friends in Indiana and Kentucky. 2 years of mega hard work, heartbreak and setbacks. 2 years of meeting new people, seeing new places and experiencing new things. It's been an incredible 2 years so far. 

I'm a Production Coordinator in the Reality Television business now. Or "The Industry" as it's called out here. 

By day I book travel for cast and crew, order production vehicles, make Purchase Orders, book gear, search for hotels, purchase materials and props and a myriad of other duties for whatever job I happen to be working on at the moment. I've had the incredible fortune of working for some phenomenal people and companies who have shaped my working career into something that I can actually support myself with. 2 years ago I never would have thought it remotely possible I could have all of these responsibilities and not break under the weight. Granted, there have been moments where I've slipped. Tears have been shed and I've beat myself up times than I can count for little mistakes I've made. However, this business has taught me that although I have to constantly be on my game, there are things that are out of my control. I can only do so much as a worker and as a human being. I'm slowly learning to let things go. Slowly being the key word here. 

By night I continue to follow my dreams of acting and supporting myself through that. I took a class at The Actor's Gang in Culver City. It was the most intense and frustrating acting class I have ever taken, but I am so glad I was a part of it. I auditioned for The Groundlings and managed to land a spot in their program. I plan on starting those classes very soon and look forward to honing my improv skills. It's a process. Granted, I get very impatient of this process because it does not seem to be going as fast as I would like it to be, but then again, Rome wasn't built in a day. 

Whenever I find the time, I still continue to read. I hit up my local thrift store every now and then for books. They have a plethora of best sellers and older literature for 50 cents to 1 dollar. You just can't beat that! A few weeks ago I hit the jackpot and made away like a bandit with 8 books for 6 dollars. I was in heaven. I am currently reading through that stack before I start the pile I bought at the LA Times Festival of Books I went to this weekend. Seriously guys, I have a problem I know. 

Other than that, I try to stay afloat and one step ahead of the bills. I spend what little free time I get with my incredible boyfriend (who also works in "The Industry") and who I could go on and on about (but we'll save that for a different day. Or days...). We hike, go to shows, plays and concerts, cook, watch Jeopardy and play video games. There are days I wish could last forever when I'm with him. Ahem...back to the present.

I'm living a pretty enchanted life at the moment. There are dark days, as anyone can attest to, but for the most part I am enjoying just being. There is no better feeling in the world. 

1 comment:

  1. I never saw these until now. I hope you keep writing like this, Rachel. Not for me but for you. It's selfish of me I suppose, but man it's great to see you flesh out what you went through, the ups and downs. That sort of openness is what gave me the confidence to build a life with you. I hope you've found that openness again, wherever you are out there. I hope you shine. ill certainly never forget what it felt like when that light shined in my direction. With love, Jeremy