So, no running today or yesterday, and here’s why: yesterday was my grand trek out to Philadelphia, and today was my day to sleep in and recover from yesterday, and then spend the entire day walking around downtown with my friend Beardo. But that was today, this was yesterday. The bus I took to Philly dropped me off at a Greyhound station right near Chinatown Philly, which was about 1.6 miles from the theatre where my callback was. Since I had time, I decided to walk and see the city. I had a beautiful walk, with my nose stuck in my iphone the whole time trying to see if I was going in the right direction, if I was going to make it in time, etc. (spoilers: I made it.)
I’m sure a lot of actors have a special pre-audition routine that they do. Mine’s quite silly, but it works for me. First things first, I go to the bathroom and take a really big poop. I always have to. Something to do with nerves, I think, but anyway, there it is. Then I change into my nice dress, since I’m probably wearing some casual walking clothes. Then I either do or touch up my makeup: in this case, it was just a touch up, since I’d done m makeup ON THE BUS. Oh yeah, doing my makeup on a bumpy bus like a bossy boss! I don’t really know how it worked. And anyway, at the end of my tradition, after I’m dressed and made up and my hair is pinned back out of my face, I take a stupid picture in the mirror, because I want to feel confident or something.
The callback was fine. I did as well as I could have done, and once it was over I was ready to explore Philly! I found a comic book store, where I bought some old comics (I love old comics. Seriously, I LOVE old comics).
I found Chinatown (very impressive).
I found that I might really like Philadelphia (I use its full name because I’m serious). I mean, GASP! Anyone who knows me at all will be so surprised. All my life I’ve been all gung ho about NYC, THIS IS WHERE I WILL LIVE FOREVER AND NOBODY’S GONNA STOP ME! But oddly enough… I could really see myself living in Philadelphia. And like, this was the last thing I was expecting to happen. I didn’t plan on falling in love or even in particular LIKE with the city. But after walking maybe 4 miles through it, I discovered some really wonderful places that I hope I can explore again soon.
(I still fucking love New York, though. I just had a wonderful NYC day today to reinforce my love of this crowed, cold, rainy delight of a surprise of a city. So don’t worry.)