I had the privilege of being interviewed a few months back by Summer, the editor of DRAFT magazine about my move from Brisbane, Australia to New York and the trials and tribulations I faced along the way. Some of the questions discuss self actualization of passions, conquering loneliness, and confronting confidence, and the pursuit of your own happiness. Reading the mag in it's release, I felt so honored to be apart of an incredible creative outlet and a source of genuine conversation about our generation. It is also totally non for profit, with all proceeds going to The Village School Project which I find to be incredibly admirable and selfless in our day and age....
Thankyou Summer & the DRAFT mag team. You rock the most!
I've never wanted to stay in the same place for the whole of my life, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, create connections and experiences. New York is the theatre pocket of the world: it's where it is all happening. So here I am.
I'm really passionate about the arts, I knew a move to New York was exactly what I needed to find out who I was and what I truly wanted. In Australia, I went to a creative arts school and majored in theatre, that's where most of my happiness came from. I worked hard in the theatre department, volunteered backstage and worked front of house jobs but I wanted to expand my knowledge further by having more acting training, so I started backing myself and my decisions – and moving away was the right way to be doing that. I also spent one whole year working & saving to support myself once I left.
I enjoy having a clean slate, and a fresh mind in New York. Being able to focus so much on yourself and having time to work hard on your passions and goals. And making friends across the world! It's so cool learning about other people’s experiences and their backgrounds and getting to share yours.
When I first arrived, I lived in Midtown Manhattan for the first three months in a cramped room, with a bunk bed, and shared a kitchen and bathroom with nine others. I fell into a hole where I felt like I didn’t have a home, I felt like I didn't have my own space. People in Midtown are always coming and going; there are so many tourists - nothing's set in stone. I became very lazy, I wouldn't go out, my brain was always a jumble, and I had no place to relax, write a journal, or meditate. No alone time. But as soon as I moved to Brooklyn, my lifestyle completely shifted. I could hear the birds chirping! No sirens! I moved in with my friends, and we painted the walls, and decorated the place how we wanted. It was exactly what I needed. There’s so much positive energy and creative vibes for me in Brooklyn.
Of course, I miss my family and friends. I miss living in a small community where you can walk down the street and wave to everyone. And I miss Grill'd, (those burgers rock way too much)!In the beginning, I was homesick. I would stay inside and online, talking to friends back home instead of living in the present. I still hate missing out on the creative pursuits of my friends at home - their gallery openings and gigs. I wish I could be there to support them. But I was dwelling on the experiences I was missing out on at home, instead of creating my own experiences here in New York. I had become a 'no' person.
When I realised how much it was affecting me I changed everything. I started taking myself on dates to cafes, museums and parks, (the best dates are by yourself ), talking to strangers, surrounding myself with like minded creatives, saying YES, YES, YES to every invitation – and that's when I started finding myself. Saying ‘yes’ gave me purpose and drive. Having a support system manifested happiness for me and happiness is the key to all success - I cannot stress it enough!
So what does the future hold? For me, it’s about creating a base for myself. Which you can find in any city. Sure, it takes time to establish yourself in a new place, but you can find light even in the darkest places. Just remember, you are the one who can make it work and create your space and environment. I love Australia, it will always be home for me, but for now,
I'm going to follow my dreams and passions to the end of the world because what else do we have in this life?
To see some of my hot tips and destinations of New York City & Brooklyn as well as other stories of Aussies abroad.... Go buy the mag in the links below!
What is DRAFT Magazine?
'DRAFT is a magazine aimed at young people, providing information about a range of topics important to our generation. 'Our aim is not to persuade but to educate. We discuss topics that we care about. Topics that are controversial, underground and often ignored.'
DRAFT exists to allow young people the opportunity to have a voice, irrespective of position or experience, and feel their talent is valued. The name DRAFT originates from the need for our generation to abandon perfection. A draft is an opportunity to start something, try new things and have a go, but most importantly, an opportunity to learn. We won’t always get it right, but that’s not the point. '
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