An LA/NY Update from Jen

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Hi!

Ok, so you may have noticed from Instagram that what I thought was a 3-week stay in NY for a job has turned into a 2 month stay…with plans to extend…?? Here’s the story:

You all know that I do musical theatre in LA and have dreams of Broadway. I shared earlier on in quarantine that I had originally planned to move to NY last June (2020), but, for obvious reasons, that didn’t work out. So I was basically a sitting duck in LA, just waiting for the return of live theatre.

Cut to December…I found a video submission audition for one of my favorite tv shows that shoots in NY. I emailed my agent immediately and submitted. Nearly 2 months later, the casting director contacted me and asked my availability for 3 DAYS in March. (They were only hiring locals…so I said I was a local to get the job. Gotta do whatcha gotta do!) In non-covid times, I would’ve flown out for a week, stayed with a friend, filmed for 3 days, then gone home. But since I needed to quarantine after travel, and the dates weren’t firm, I decided to get a sublet (and empty room in an apartment from someone who isn’t there currently) and come out to NY for a few weeks.

Once we started filming, they kept adding more filming dates. I only had the sublet for a month, tops. So once that was over, I scrambled a little bit while having a “what am I doing with my life” breakdown. With the vaccine rollout happening so fast, and positive covid cases drastically declining, people were/are starting to talk about Broadway coming back sooner than we thought. That’s what I wanna be here for!! Now my dilemma is…do I have all my things in LA packed and shipped out here and just make this stay permanent?? Do I go back to LA and do it myself, potentially losing some filming days on this show? (I would still need to quarantine upon returning to NY, so that takes me out of even more potential filming days).

Oh! And my older sister is getting married at the end of May in Oklahoma. So add that to the mix!!

All that to say…idk what I’m doing lol. I’m SUPER grateful to my soul sister Cassie who is currently letting me crash with her little fam while I figure this out. The current plan is to be a gypsy for a second and make the move official beginning of June. So I’m currently looking for apartments…scary/exciting!

Thanks for “listening” to my stream of consciousness while I figure my ish out. Updates to come!!

xx,

Jen

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3 Comments
  • Junie Ludwig
    April 25, 2021

    Jen, I am so excited for you and this upcoming adventure! Can’t wait to hear updates and I’ll see you in May! πŸ‘β€οΈπŸŽ‰ Junie

  • Leah
    November 12, 2021

    Any chance you are crashing in my old room with the green wall?(it was SUPPOSED to be seafoam green) I sincerely appreciate if it’s not your color. 😜