These first 2 months have been really great, and such a change from my life in Ohio. In the first 6 weeks I have worked for a convention staffing company, got headshots taken, got a job with Spirit Cruises as a singing waiter, met so many great people (some famous, some musical theatre famous, and many neither), went to a few auditions (some great, and some not so), did a little modeling, made connections with people I haven't seen in years, and made a lot of new friends too. It has really been quite a ride, and daily I say to myself and to friends how glad I am that I came out here. No matter the outcome, I know I made the right decision for right now. All I can hope for is the clarity of this calling for all my major life decisions.
At my apartment in Astoria, we had an overlap of roommates/subletters so I had to move out for 2 weeks. As it worked out I'm spending these 2 weeks in Brooklyn. I've not quite been here a week yet. The new apartment is so beautiful, but it is a longer ride from the city than my place in Astoria and I'm anxious to get back to the life I was beginning to carve out there. I really can't complain though because through this sublet, I've met more wonderful people and got to be involved in the reading of a new musical being co-authored by the lease holder of this apartment.
For the past 2 days, I have also been doing background work for the show "30 Rock" on NBC. It was so much fun and I got to rub elbows with most of the leads on the show! If you want to catch the episode, it will be the season finale this season. I played a wedding attendee. For most of the scenes it will likely be hard to spot me but there is one quick shot where I walk in front of the very beautiful and talented Julianne Moore. (Amazing!!) It was an awesome experience and I look forward to doing it again.
Spirit Cruises are really great lunch or dinner cruises that take you around the southern tip of Manhattan where you get delicious food, beautiful views of the city, and a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty. There is also a DJ who plays dinner and dance music, and the waiters (like myself) perform Pop and R&B songs along the way. In case anyone is interested in seeing me on a Spirit Cruise, here's a link to their website: www.spiritcruises.com When you book the cruise, mention my name and that you'd like to be on a cruise that I'm singing on. There are group rates available too.
While I was looking for a job, I also had time to revamp my website! If you haven't had a chance to look it over yet, give it a look-see now! www.barrydebois.com
Over all the city has been wonderful to me, and please keep sending up good thoughts and prayers as I continue this adventure. I miss my Ohio friends and family very much, and look forward to the next time I can make it there. Keep supporting the arts and Downtown Canton while I'm away! Here are some of my suggestions: