"Does this mean you're giving up acting?"
So I made the decision it was not the right time for me and the Big Apple. It wasn't a good bye but more of a "This was amazing. Let's do this again." kind of thing. So I picked Dallas, TX. Wait what?
I get it. It's more known for big hair and cowboy boots than it is for theatre, but this theatre community is underestimated and a secret power house, providing actors work and a lifestyle that is fun and affordable. Yeah you can have both here.
See I live in a comfy, spacious apartment, by myself, with a pool, gym and country club and pay just a bit more than friends in NYC who live with four people. I have an awesome job with benefits and a retirement fund. And I'm in a show in the first month of me being here. The best thing about Dallas is the green and open sky. Love New York skyscrapers, but trees win. When I came back to Texas, my heart filled with joy as if that wall that was blocking me from pure happiness was lifted, just by seeing sky and vegetation. No wonder humans need fresh air and green space.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Bratcher