As most of you know, I moved here November 16th, 2010. My lovely friend, Lauren, hooked me up with a sublet with a couple of girls she knew from an internship. I lived with them until March 27, 2011. They were really super roommies. We got along very well and they liked my doggies and my doggies liked them. That is a big deal! When I moved to NYC, I put 99% of my stuff in storage in Michigan and only brought with me my dogs and what I could fit in the van I rented to get me here. 3 suitcases, 5 totes and a few boxes. The first 4 months I slept on a "bed" I made out of 11 folded up blankets on the hardwood floor. But I am finally in NYC so it didn't matter!
I started working at Crumbs Bake Shop (Grand Central location) on December 13th. I really love my co-workers and the job. So easy. As I said in a previous post, I sell cupcakes all day and go to rock n roll shows at night! How bad can it be?!
Well, I finally got a second job. My friend, Jon, gave me the info to a catering place he works for. I sent them my resume on a Thursday and by Saturday I had an interview set up for Monday. I went. Talked to 3 super nice people, and got the job! The pay is ridiculous (in a good way) and the hours are mine to decide! Basically they say we have this event, this event, this event... do you want to work it? They don't tell you the details (what the event is or who is attending) so it isn't like you can pick the "celebrity stuff".
My first event was Thursday April 14. I had to work at cupcakes 6a-230p (which meant being awake at 330a). My event was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 430p-11p. I actually got to my event an hour early. I'll detail the event later (as most of you know, I got to meet Steve Martin!) but for now I just want to write something for you and get it posted. Considering it was my first time ever catering, I think it went really well. I met some really wonderful people. I like that while you are always doing the same thing, you won't always be doing the same thing. The events, co-workers, locations, guests... they all change. I think that will keep it fun. I hope so anywhom!
I am still hoping for the job at the ASPCA animal hospital. I still apply to whatever they have that might at least get my foot in the door.
But for now, I am just trying to enjoy and make the most of what I have. Granted, my hours are kinda screwed up, and I lack sleep quite often, but I feel like it is worth it. This is what I moved here for. To meet people and enjoy everything I can. Learn and experience. I wasn't raised with much for musical background, so the music scene is incredible to me! While sometimes I feel a bit silly and uneducated in rock n roll music history, at the same time, I love learning... and I love that the people I have met don't make me feel stupid about it. Music is such a huge part of my life. I've said it before-- while I don't have the talent to be a musician, I believe I must have been a musician in a previous life or I am practicing for a future life, because I know I have the passion. While I honestly do only promote musicians / music / shows I like, I feel like I kinda do it as a way to live through them and their music. When I post / promote something, it is a little bit of me wanting you to see that part of me. There is something I want to say or something I want you to feel (or understand how I feel) with that song. Granted, sometimes I just post silliness... but I hope you know me well enough to be able to tell the difference!
I would also like to note that I am thoroughly enjoying my new videographer "job" for one of my favorite people and musicians.
Video 1 -- Video 2 -- Video 3 -- This is all that has been released so far. I would say not bad for my first time ever!
I have to move out of this current sublease the beginning of June. I have a pretty good line on a possible roommate. We seem to have a lot in common and the same outlook for what we want in our living situation. I'll keep you posted as that unfolds. I know that once I get away from short subleases and start leveling out with my work hours and money, things will be fine. I don't really need much money to live here. I know my folks and friends back home get worried about me, and I appreciate the concern... but it really isn't bad here. I actually spend less "fun money" here than I ever did anywhere else. It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Basically every other place I have lived I had to drive for any form of entertainment. That called for a vehicle, auto insurance, gas, spending money once I got to where I was going, possible room and board... it all adds up quickly. Not to mention the time and stress. Here is so much easier and cheaper for me. Most of the music places I frequent have no cover charge. They pass around a tip jar for the artists (I always tip) but I don't spend much while I am out. I pay about $100 a month, total, for all of my transportation. AND I am not the one that is driving! So other than being worried about a late train now and again, I just sit back and try to rest while I get where I am going. I've been getting a lot of reading done... I can tell you that! Also, EVERYTHING is so concentrated! There have literally been nights that I have seen 6 bands in 4 different venues in a 3 block radius. I LOVE IT!
Yeah, so... every morning I walk through the gorgeous Grand Central Station on my way to sell cupcakes with people I enjoy working with. When I cater I meet new people and sometimes get to see performances I may never have seen or been eligible to attend (all while getting paid!). When I am not working, I am going to live music and comedy shows or just plain old walking around this beautiful city. Other than having a cute boy to share it with, I would say that I am pretty happy right now. And if you know me, that is saying A LOT!