September was my New York City wake up call to start getting involved. After realizing the last concert I had been to was in early December 2014 (Billy Joel at Penn State) I felt like I to start doing something to show I was actually enjoying New York. So, I got to Googling, found some events, and signed myself up. Turns out: you can have a lot of fun here.
October was a whirlwind. It started with a Jon Batiste concert at Webster Hall (first time there!), then a Billy Joel talk/impromptu concert as a part of the New Yorker Festival, then the book launch party for Sara Bareilles (in Brooklyn), and, yes, followed by a concert. I Instagram’ed all of these events, naturally.
I experienced New York Television Festival for the first, but certainly not the last time. It felt weird to volunteer for something, having no clue what I was getting myself into. But every night after work I rushed to the west side, the SVA Theater, and would help set up and run green rooms for people like Dan Harmon, usher people to their seats, and just generally be a good addition to the very small team. The NYTVF has been around for a decade, and has helped numerous people launch their television careers — an annual pilot competition often leads to development deals with studios and networks. I have so many wonderful things to say about NYTVF, that I’m saving it for another blog post.
Moving on through the month, during NYTVF I turned 22. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on my 22nd birthday and went to a 6am SoulCycle class. We jammed to a remix of Taylor Swift’s ’22′ and the entire class and sang me happy birthday at the end while the SoulCycle instructors brought me a cupcake with a candle in it. Let me tell ya – it’s really interesting to get cupcake at 6:55 in the morning after torching calories in a spinning class.
After learning about the J/HRTS through NYTVF, I signed up and promptly found myself shaking hands with the EVP of U.S. Scripted Programming at Sony Pictures, Kim Rozenfeld, twenty-four hours later. I’ve also committed myself to getting more involved with this society too, so we’ll see where I can go with that.
It’s amazing how different you can feel after just 31 days. I’ve experienced so many different kinds of events and met amazing, incredible people. The summer was nuts, but this month was the one to really revitalize me and the things I want to do. I’m focusing on my passions and the stuff I like for the next few months — starting with NaNoWriMo this month — and it’s proven to make me a happier person and more content with life overall. Who’d thunk?