After 2-years of the COVID crazies, Anna and I will finally be saying adieu to Milwaukee. We are returning to NYC this upcoming June!!!
We have out first ever apartment in New York. Sure, we'd lived with others before, but this is the first time we have a place all to ourselves. We have an adorable studio in Astoria, Queens, and we are so ready to make that space our own.
We were always planning on returning to New York, but we received an additional push/kick in the pants to help us move even faster. A few weeks ago, I was accepted to Circle in the Square Theatre School's 2-year Musical Theatre Conservatory beginning in September! Right before the pandemic began, I was strongly contemplating returning to school to bolster my actor's toolbelt. The MFA programs I auditioned for did not pan out, but luckily for me, this one did. Beginning in the fall, I will once again be immersed in theatre, challenging myself to grow further as an artist.
Now, I am looking for a little help. If you are able to, I invite you to contribute to my GoFundMe. My goal is to get the majority of my first year covered before it even begins (so that the saving for year two can begin now). If you are able to help at all, please consider donating. Or if you're unable to give at the moment, please share my fundraiser with others as you can.
Over the past couple of years, I have finally begun to embrace my body. I am a fat actor, and I am proud of the body I have. Many who cast aren't sure what to do with a body like mine. Well, I plan to show them and make them challenge what their notions are about a body like mine. I have to thank a few sources who helped to push me over the edge from hating myself to loving. Obviously, my amazing wife, Anna, who has said she has always loved me no matter my size. To my family for their support. To Ryan Donovan, PhD, whose dissertation (and soon to be book) Broadway Bodies provided me with such inspiration.
An especially heartfelt shoutout to Aubrey Gordon's amazing work with both her book What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat and her incredible podcast with co-host Michael Hobbes Maintenance Phase. Humor, hope, a dash of sass, and a lot of poignant information combine to make these lifelines for me. Read her book, listen to their show, and remember to think twice about looking down on anyone who looks different from you.
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