This morning Brett-Marco Glauser, Brittany Bigelow, and I had a great meeting at Carnegie Hall to discuss the "Take the Stage: Sing and Dance with Broadway Stars" show and to discuss our future role in the Musical Exchange. It was such an exciting experience. The building is absolutely beautiful and all the offices have been redone. I am not sure what I imagined Carnegie Hall would look like on the inside, but this work space was AWESOME! They had floor to ceiling windows and the view of the city was unreal.
After reflecting on the meeting, I had some thoughts & experiences I wanted to share. When I moved to NYC in 2010 for school at Pace University, I knew I was moving to an amazing city full of opportunity. I also knew it was going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to be able to pursue those opportunities. It is really remarkable to look back and see how everything has unfolded over the last couple years. Basically, I never imagined I'd be sitting in a meeting at Carnegie Hall while still a student, but this morning it happened! I am very grateful for the teachers and people I've met that have allowed this day to happen.
If you're still in high school, I want to encourage you to keep working hard, staying up extra late after rehearsals to do your homework and to follow your dreams when it comes time to choosing a college. I grew up in a little city in Michigan, so I when people said "it's all about who you know" I got nervous. Where was I supposed to go to meet people?! If you pursue what you love with passion and keep your eyes open, you'll meet the right people. (The world is tiny! You can meet people ANYWHERE and find yourself running into them again later in life!) Groups like the Musical Exchange are also amazing because right from your computer you can meet people from all around the WORLD. The network you can create on here is invaluable!
I still have so much to learn, but I am in a great city for it! I'm surrounded by wonderful mentors and amazing opportunities. This morning proved that to me! I never thought I'd be typing "Carnegie Hall" into Google Maps! But if you keep working hard, remain kind, and meet all the amazing people that are available to you then you might just find yourself making your way here, too :)
Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog post! Coming soon will be a behind the scenes look at "Take the Stage: Sing and Dance with Broadway Stars" happening April 28th at Schimmel Theater.