10+ Broadway Shows Later…

Hey all!

I realized I haven’t updated in a while — I’ve been beyond busy with two internships, classes, homework, and seeing way too many shows with my roommate.

Honestly, NYC has always been my favorite place, but it’s also very quickly become home. I’m already dreading having to leave in two months. New York has pushed me way out of my comfort zone. It’s taught me how to be independent and it’s given me more insight into who I am as a person and where I want to find myself eventually.

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We went to a Brooklyn Nets game with class, and all bought a t-shirt because why not.

Life has been beyond crazy in the best way. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday I’m spending at The Legacy Of You, interning all day. I basically work on social media and client acquisition (writing “We miss you!” cards to our dance studios), creating content and posting it. I recently took over our Twitter, @StarQuestDance, and live tweeted the Oscars, which I had way too much fun with. Tuesday, Friday and sometimes weekends, I’m working with a Broadway team on The Morning After Show with Jordan Roth. I’m a production associate and the onset photographer and it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. I get to work with some incredible people and have quickly discovered what I want to do with my life. Soon (hopefully), I’ll be able to show everyone what exactly we have been working on for the past month! TBD on that though.

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We “accidentally” stage-doored Hamilton one night after getting Schmackary’s and met Taran Killam! The real test — who’s who?

 

I have seen 10+ shows since being here and have won 10 lotteries….so far! Lindsay and I have won 15 between the two of us, and apparently that’s crazy? I have a new favorite show (who’s surprised), Come From Away — it was honestly better than Hamilton (I said it). I knew coming here that my entire bank account would go to Broadway and I have 0 regrets about it. It’s just education for my future career…right?

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I always said that if someone handed me free tickets to Cats, I’d say, “No thanks”. Well here’s a picture of me at Cats. Yes I won the lottery.

It’s finally spring break, and I have a much needed break from life. Devin and Jess are coming up and I couldn’t be more excited to take on NYC with them for three days and to see all the shows and eat all the food. The people here are great, but I’m in need of a little Louisville loving!

Since in my last post, I posted a list of what I’ve learned so far, let’s do that again:

  1. The “Don’t Walk” sign is just a suggestion. As are crosswalks.
  2. You’re always going to be extremely early or very late to everything, thanks to construction and delays on the subway line of your choice.
  3. It’s not REALLY that sketchy to take the train home alone after 10pm.
  4. Rush hour is from 7am-11am and 3pm-7:30pm. But you will push to get onto the first train that comes. Even if it means becoming extremely close with a stranger.
  5. It’s easier to just assume that the wet spot on the subway floor is water.
  6. On the weekend, the trains run local. And it’s the worst thing imaginable.
  7. It actually IS possible to win the Hamilton lottery — and you’ll sit front row and sob the entire time. And then end up obsessed…again. And still try to win the lottery…everyday.
  8. Construction starts at 11pm. Every night.
  9. Pizza is always necessary. Especially in NYC. So is Chinese food.
  10. You never know who you’re going to run into. Think you won’t see anyone you know in Times Square? Wrong. Think you’ll never pass your favorite Broadway performer on 45th? Also wrong.
  11. When it’s cold, people lose all sense of space and manners and vision. They’ll run right into you as if you weren’t even there.

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I sat front row at Hamilton and this guy, Jordan Fisher (who played Phillip/Laurens) quickly became my favorite. He brought so much life to his characters and I’m so glad I was able to see a part of his run in Hamilton.

Life couldn’t be better, and I’m honestly thriving here. Everyday is a new adventure and everyday I’m doing something I’d never have the opportunity to do in Louisville or Nashville. I’m beyond blessed to go to a school like Belmont that offers this kind of life changing opportunity. I know that this is exactly where I need to be right now and that someday, I’ll be back in NYC, maybe for good.

Maybe I’ll post another of these by the time I’ve seen another 10 shows.

Until next time,

Kenzi

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