Today, the NYC struggling actor’s clichéd life, if I wasn’t living it, I’d think t’was made up….

An average day?

  • 6:00 am – Wake-up
  • 6-7 – Shower, shit, coffee, feed cat – not in that order – dressed, packed and bundled up…
  • 7:00 am – To the bus stop.
  • 7-7:30 – On the bus…quick nap…asshole next to me, “It’s seven in the A-fucking-M! Ain’t no one got time for your phone bullshit…”
  • 7:45 am – Arrive at the AEA center.
  • 7:45-8:45 – Wait for sign-up. It’s the third of a four day audition for this particular regional theatre company. If I can to squeeze this one in around 4:00…
  • 8:45 am – Head of the line. Whoo Hoo! 4:10 pm appointment. That was much easier than it should’ve been…
  • 8:50 am – Sausage McMuffin without Egg meal…
  • 9:15 am – Google Map-out my TriBeCa engagement.
  • 9:30 am – Arrive at my TriBeCa engagement an hour early, thank you Google Maps for being too good.
  • 9:30-10:00 – Wander around the nearest Duane Reade warming feet – made the WRONG footwear choice today…while they’re cute, warm, they’re not.
  • 10-10:10 –  All foot-warming negated by having a quick smoke before the morning Improv gig.
  • 10:30-11:45 pm – Mediation – Today I’m a gay, cancer survivor with an office-sharing dispute. My partner is a woman suffering from post-partum depression and cries the entire hour. I actually thought I was going to be the sympathetic character this time, but how sympathetic can one be when you call a new mom a “Bi-polar mess of a woman whose priorities are skewed.” before you find out she’s on anti-depressants. (Role-play, not real life. I’m a dick, but I’m not that big a dick.)
  • 12-1:25 pm – Starbucks, nursing a bagel with low-fat cream-cheese and Grandé Pike’s, room for cream, while I click-clack away at the MacBook, taking advantage of the free internet and heat.
  • 1:25 pm – AEA Singer’s Forum.
  • 1:30-2:30 – “Sing out Louise!” I got a couple new songs to work with, Eric Michael Gillet is an awesome voice teacher and an even better confidence booster.
  • 2:45 pm – Theatre Refreshment Company main office –  As I’m usually a cheap-ass S.O.B., I never realize how fast the NYC Subway is…if it t’were warmer, I would’ve walked from destination to destination, making the hour and a half to two hours between appointments make more sense, but as of this writing, it’s 9 degrees in New York City and walking is out of the question. Even walking the necessary blocks is cruel and unusual.
  • 3:15 pm – AEA
  • 3-4 – Click-clacking away at the post you’re reading right now…
  • 4:00 pm – Lined-up and ready to sing for my supper, trying to not seem too desperate for work…or validation…
  • 4:15 pm - “Trousers dragging, slowly dragging through the street…” After the high note I mentioned, “You’ll notice, I listed Max, The Wizard and Gus on my resume – your first three shows. if I’m not perfect for that track…” “You might just be…” was the response. It could’ve gone one way ar the other, I think it just might’ve gone my way…
  • 4:25-5:00 – Wander through Times Square visiting my friends from Americana Tickets and warming up at the Marriott Marquis.
  • 5:00 pm – The Booth Theatre,
  • 5:30-9:30 – Who’ll want cold water on a day like today? Let’s hope it’s a red wine night, that’ll warm ‘em right up.
  • 10:10 pm – Home again, home again, jig-a-de-jig. The driver on the ten o’clock run gets me home in ten minutes. I found out it’s his last run and he wants out as much as anyone else does at the end of the day. Of course, I believe the bus is going to flip every time he rounds a corner, but I’m home real fast.
  • 10:15 pm – Nekkid.
  • 11:oo pm – Jon Stewert
  • 11:30 – Bed