Getting Into the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop! – Part 4 (Keeping (At Least) One Foot In LA)

October 17, 2015

Picking up from last time –

Social media was also weird because it’s like, “Hey, I’m moving… sort of. Um, everybody come see me/hang out? But you have time… But not a ton of time…
Also, people in New York, wanna hang out? …Like only on Sundays and Mondays… Also, I need a place to live and work. Well, sort of… in the somewhat kind of near future” (Anyway, you get the gist.)

I also was a little stressed ‘cause I absolutely want to start re-connecting with people I knew out there. And I do want to start looking for jobs and places to live… But I also don’t necessarily want to be so ridiculously wide out in the open like, “I’m leaving my place!” ’cause I love my place, and I want to keep it as mine.

I don’t think anyone is paying attention to lil’ ol’ me, really. I don’t think my building is watching me or whatever. But it still seemed like a fine line of trying to make sure New York knows I need stuff from it, while trying not to totally denounce my LA residency – because I will lose my LA apartment when someone wrestles it out of my cold, dead hands.

I have never lived in a nicer place, and I love my home.

(Who would’ve ever thought I’d actually be trying to keep any roots in LA instead of saying, “So long stinktown! I’m outta here forever!”)

I started putting up this album of “LA Mini-Adventures” on Facebook (of pictures from various LA & surrounding areas) stuff I’d done.

That’s how I sort of imagined my big social media goodbye. (How silly is it that that’s even a thing I think about? :-P) And when I first put the album up, I was phrasing it in kind of a goodbye way, like, “Well, now that my time here is coming to a close, here’s some of the cool stuff I did while in this city.” And it was already getting likes and comments – even when only 7 people had seen it.

Then I got nervous and took it all down, ‘cause it sounded too publicly finite. Then later, I re-put it up as just like, “Here’s some stuff I’ve done with my time in LA” or whatever. And not surprisingly, no one cares that way (or they’ve already seen it, or who knows what).  Social media is so hard! Aye, aye, aye.

Another part of the reason why I don’t necessarily want to be too, too vocal about New York is because I’m finally actually sort of starting to meet people in the scripted world in LA. I’m still not in there (obviously [*shakes head*]). But I don’t want these people to forget about me.

Just because I got into BMI doesn’t mean I’m incapable of coming back and working in a writers’ room.

As much as I hate to say it, I imagine that instead of this program being the beginning of me living in New York for the rest of my life… it’s probably more the beginning of me being kind of bicoastal?

Which is cool! Of course I would love to get to the point where I spend the majority (or all) of my time in New York. But until then, I don’t want to lose the life I’ve sort of built in Los Angeles.

And this is where I’ll pick up next time.

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