preparing myself a little bit to take distance from my possessions and lovely life in Amsterdam: the barbecuing in the park, my precious guitar, the weekly dinner with friends, my sweet little room in Amsterdam, my family, my BF…
Even though it is my choice to go away and follow my dream, I still wish I could take everyone and everything with me. Put them in my suitcase and never let them go…
So how far am I with the planning of the whole LA move since my last post about it? Quite embarrassingly, not too far. Here are some things I still need to take care of (in no particular order):
- Enroll at an LA community college (for visa purposes)
- Arrange student visa
- Get in touch with LA agent contact
- Make a showreel
- Get new headshots
- Book a one-way ticket
Everything kind of depends on step 1. If I get rejected for the community college, I can’t get a visa for more than 3 months, so it’s hugely important that I can enroll in one. Now my LA friend The To (who?) says anyone with a heartbeat can get in, so I’m not too worried, but it’s still a bit scary. During the next weeks progress on this should go fast though. This week, as soon as I have finished an important audition, I will prepare my application for the community college. I still need to write an essay for it and receive official transcripts of my diploma’s, but that should all be done by the end of this week. Then I’ll put everything in an envelope, ritually bless that envelope, and send it out to the US of A. And then it’s waiting time. Like an audition all over again.
Everything else can only be arranged once I know that I can enroll at the college, which I should know within four weeks after my application has been received. When I get a positive reply, I can start making trips to the American embassy to arrange my visa, I can start spamming the agent I met during previous LA trips for a meeting and I can finally book a one-way ticket to Tinseltown!
Luckily the progress on my showreel is much more steady. Last week I received the press release of the new TV show that I’m guest starring in. My TV debut will be somewhere in May or the first weeks of June! Perfect timing, because it allows me to incorporate scenes of the episode in my showreel before I’m off to LaLaLand! Now, there is of course no way I can know if I have a decent amount of screen time, or if they chose good takes, or if I’m awful or that I haven’t been cut out, but I’m trying to stay positive. I’m nervous enough for appearing on national TV for the first time already! And even if I’m only on the telly for 5 seconds, it will still feel like I got a little bit closer to my dream. Small, underweight baby steps…The next weeks will be exciting!
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