2017: My Year in Review

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Hello, lovelies!  Before you know it, here we are at the beginning of the year 2018!  While blogging has definitely taken a back burner in the latter half of this past year, I assure you that plenty of productive things have taken its place.  So to say farewell to the old year and to give an update on my life, here are my highlights of 2017!

Getting into my degree program

In February, I had a very early morning, during which I auditioned for the faculty of the theatre department.  The audition consisted of a short dance call, 2 songs, 2 monologues, and a brief interview.  Just a few hours later I got an email that I was accepted into the BFA in Acting program!  That day was definitely one of the best this year.  The support of my friends, family, and classmates was amazing.  Of course, this was only the beginning…

My first professional audition

I had never auditioned for any professional theatres before last spring.  In case you’ve never heard of a “cattle call” audition, it means you audition with hundreds of people for several theatre companies at once.  Kind of scary, right?  I attended the Twin Cities Unified Auditions with the understanding that the most important thing I would get out of this audition was experience itself.  It was actually the most fun I’ve ever had at an audition before!  I ended up getting a couple callbacks and a job out of the whole ordeal.

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All staff reunion at camp

In case you haven’t been reading my blog for a while, working at my childhood Bible camp was definitely a highlight of my life.  This past summer celebrated 50 years of the camp’s existence.  Bluewater invited any and all former staff to return for one weekend in June to celebrate.  It was so fun to return and see old friends that I had worked with and several of our predecessors that made Bluewater last to 50 years.

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I made my professional debut

My school provided the opportunity for me to be a Mersister in The Little Mermaid for their professional company.  The role of Margot in Legally Blonde was the gig I got from my professional audition.  Legally Blonde happened to be at the summer stock company in my hometown.  Both of these shows were so much fun and I learned a lot from both of them.  I got to cross these two off my massive list of shows I want to do.

  • The Little Mermaid- This show was the closing show for the summer season, which means it was a big cast and a lot of fun!  I was so excited to play not one, but five different characters in the course of the show.  The whole two hours consisted of me changing between a mermaid, a lionfish, a flamingo, a maid, and a princess.  I was practically changing costumes the whole time!  I had a blast working with my classmates without the stress of school and all our other classes.  Not to mention, the audiences loved this show.  There were so many little kids dancing around in the aisles!
  • Legally Blonde- This was hands down the most fun I have ever had in a show ever.  Unlike Little Mermaid, I didn’t know most of the cast before rehearsals started.  It’s amazing how close everyone became after only ten days of rehearsal.  I was incredibly impressed by how professionally this little company conducted themselves.  From this experience, I now know actors from all areas of the Midwest and learned a lot from working with them.

Wig by Cam Pederson Costume by Angela Sahli

I got a really cool job

Completely unrelated to everything else I did this year, I started a really cool part-time job on campus. The Adventure Education Program at MSU is responsible for the indoor and outdoor rock walls and the high ropes course.  I especially like working with corporate and educational groups out at the ropes course.  While I work at the rock wall during the school year, this job was especially fun during the summer.  Finding something I’m good at that is completely unrelated to theatre is so rewarding.  I have a lot of great coworkers and overall, it’s a pretty laid back and fun job.

And some small details…

  • I was thrown from a utility vehicle
  • Became 51% fluent in German
  • Tested several vegan coffee creamers and hated all of them
  • Saw Wicked again
  • Listened to a lot of 80s music
  • Only cut my hair twice this year
  • My sister broke a foot and a wrist- but survived 🙂

All in all…

2017 was a pretty good year with many, many blessings (and a few things that weren’t very fun.)  It’s true, most of my highlights have to do with school or theatre, but I feel like I hit so many milestones this year, I have to mention them.  I can hardly believe all the progress I’ve made, and it makes me all the more excited for 2018!  I’ve heard a handful of people say they have a good feeling about this year, so I’ve decided to adopt that feeling too!

What have been some of your highlights of 2017?

Mid-Semester Update on My Life

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Guys, it has been a while since I could sit down at my computer and not feel guilty about spending time on my blog.  As much as I love investing in this blog, my schooling comes first.  Let me tell you, my studies require a lot of time and energy!  It’s good to be reminded that it is important to take some time to do things you enjoy.  We shouldn’t be working all the time.

But seeing myself improve within my program has been so rewarding.  The difference between the beginning of this semester and where I am now kind of blows my mind a bit.  I am extremely proud of the progress I have made and it further motivates me to work even harder.

Things have just begun to slow down a little bit for me, and I am looking forward to a time where I can invest in this blog as well as other things in my life that I really enjoy.  Perhaps these kind of updates are super boring to you, but I feel like I need to explain the changes that have happened in my life in order to prepare for the next chapter!

So What Has Happened?

I got into my degree program

Well, I guess the biggest thing that has happened to me in the last couple months is the changing of my degree.  I am happy to announce that I was accepted into my schools Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program!  Right from the beginning, this has been one of the biggest goals in my academic career.  I know every school runs their program a little differently but in the case of my school, being in the BFA program is exactly the kind of edge I wanted to truly be challenged in my education.  I feel completely ready to take on the extra responsibility of being a BFA student.

I got cast in not one, but two musicals this summer

When I decided to major in theatre, I didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to actually get into shows.  They kind of take it easy on you in high school I’ve learned.  But in college, simply getting into a show is a big deal.  I haven’t actually been in a musical since my senior year of high school.  You can imagine how excited I am to be in two this summer.  Through my school, I will be playing one of the mersisters in The Little Mermaid.  I get to be a mermaid!  Who doesn’t love that show?

I also attended my first professional cattle-call audition this spring.  It wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be.  Through this audition, I was cast in the role of Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical for the summer stock company in my hometown!  I am super excited to return home to do a show!

What’s Next?

As I escape the most stressful parts of the school year, I can feel my mental health becoming more balanced.  I am hoping to have much more time to invest in this blog.  I am already coming up with a lot of ideas I would like to bring to life.  I can’t wait!

One decision I had to make was whether or not I would return to camp this summer.  Getting into these shows were a pretty good incentive to not return.  However, I believe I made this decision quite some time ago.  My summers devoted to camp are over and I am at complete peace about it.  Of course, I will be making plenty of visits to see my friends and my brother who will be working on staff at camp. 🙂

Thank you so much for tuning in to this life update.  There will be much more to come and I can’t wait!