Resting Up

Hey there!!

 

I know I haven’t posted for a while, and I ‘m going to be honest. Since the Maids closed on July 21st, I really haven’t been up to too much. Which is disappointing. You see, I’ve been working two jobs in addition to understudying so far this summer, and I just moved 45 minutes closer to the city, so I’ve been spending this past week unpacking, exploring the Westmont/Downers Grove area, and resting.

A lot of resting.

While I was in Dekalb with those two jobs (most days I worked both) and commuting to the city once a week (which has become a two hour commute thanks to extensive construction on 88), I was pooped. I was barely making the effort to do my laundry and grocery shopping, let alone keep up on my artistry. It was exhausting and I was losing sight of why I was doing this.

Then, I moved.

Although I hate moving, and I mean I HATE moving, there is always a sense of a fresh start. A clean slate. A new beginning. Moving to a new place where I know almost no one has proven to be the reset I needed. I found a new job, I’ll be visiting my husband soon, and ultimately I am starting to feel like rather than treading water, I’m actually swimming towards something again. I have a slew of auditions lined up in the next month for projects in the city, some film, some plays, and some princess-ing (check out the Gallery page to see some photos of when I used to play the “Snow Princess for A Royal Remembrance LLC; the link to their website is located at the bottom of this post too if you are interested in checking out their services).

I don’t have any definite plans for acting right now, but that uncertainty comes with the job. If it was easy, then we’d all be movie stars by now, right?

 

In the meantime, I’m gearing up for a road trip to Oklahoma with my family to see my incredible husband graduate Basic Training, and spending a lot of time cuddling with my cat, Aundi (she’s so cute, can you blame me?). Snapchat-1506563150

I’m learning the importance of building in time to rest, but also learning that I have to motivate myself to get back on the horse and that no one is going to do it for me. I’m trying to find hobbies that fulfill me when I’m not acting, such as board games and craft beer, which is leading me to look into to taking the Certified Beer Server exam, which would place me on the first steps of my journey to becoming a Certified Cicerone, a dream of mine for a long time. If you’re interested in checking out that journey of mine, my Instagram page has become mostly dedicated to beer, although Aundi definitely makes an appearance quite often.

Thanks for following along with me as I navigate this post-graduation life, be sure to check out some of the other pages (I’ve made some updates!!) or shoot me a message via the contact page.

Best,

Leah

Where did she go??

Hello there everyone!!

I know, it has been a while since I posted, but I think when I explain what’s been going on you will understand.

So in the past few weeks I have:

  • ¬†Married to the love of my life, Tyler Russell
  • Graduated college Summa Cum Laude with full University Honors with my BFA in Acting
  • Went on a short beautiful honeymoon in Door County (yes, I did buy everything that had “cherry” on it)
  • My husband shipped out to Basic Training for the army, where he will be for the next ten weeks. I am so incredibly proud of him for taking on this new challenge and for supporting our family.
  • I started a new job serving at the Kishwaukee Country Club.
  • I was promoted to the Student Manager at the Housing and Residential Services Office on campus at NIU.
  • I was offered an understudy position for “Madame” in the upcoming production of¬†The Maids at The Artistic Home in Chicago.

So yeah, it’s been just a little hectic over here. However, being busy is helping distract from the fact that I have no contact with my sweet husband, so I can’t really complain. Even though I’m rocking out on my own, I’m very happy and grateful for the opportunities I have been given over the past few weeks. Before, I thought this post-grad summer was going to feel like limbo, with me simply waiting until Tyler finishes training so we can move to wherever he is stationed. However, I believe it is shaping up to be something quite exciting.

Below you will find a link to The Artistic Home’s website which has all the information on The Maids. If I happen to be called in to perform, I will definitely be posting here as well as on social media to let everyone know.

Thanks for stopping!!

Leah

Check out The Maids here:

http://www.theartistichome.org/the-maids.html

 

The End is only the Beginning

For those of you following the blog, I’m assuming that you have been waiting for this post. Graduation day is approaching, finals are finishing, and I am about to embark into the next chapter of my life. This will be the first time I can remember not being a part of academia, and honestly it’s a bit terrifying. To add to this, not only am I graduating this weekend, but my fiance, Tyler, and I will be signing our marriage license Friday to officially be married (he has joined the army, and so we need to be married before he ships out on the 22nd). Nothing like knocking out two major life events in one weekend, right?

Currently, my post graduate plans are to stay in the Chicago area and pursue acting while working a day job. I have a slew of auditions lined up for this summer and into the fall, and have been submitting to a lot of projects. I’m hoping to book a couple for this upcoming year, between theatre productions, commercials or film projects.

In addition to this, I’m planning on taking an On Camera Acting class over the summer to gain more experience. Film is a medium that I am becoming more and more passionate about, and I want to learn as much as I can about it.

Thanks again for stopping by my website. Feel free to send me a message or check out my gallery to see some of my past work!

And that’s a wrap!

WE DID IT!!

Yesterday, I finished shooting my first film project with one of my best friends, Mehmet Aksoy, and my super wonderful and charming fiance, Tyler Russell. I directed the project as well as acted in and edited it, Mehmet starred in the video, and Tyler operated as our cinematographer and assisted me with the editing. I haven’t quite finished putting the final touches on it, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was stoked about this. The project consists of a music video to the song “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron (I do not in any way own the rights to this song. This video was not produced for monetary gain, but for the final for the On Camera class I am taking). Within the video, we see as a man walks back in time through his relationship with his ex-lover, all the way back to the night they met.

Getting to direct/produce my own film project was a very new, but exciting, experience. I of course had an awesome team to work with, but I learned a lot about the different shots and kinds of things that are necessary to make a music video successful. If you are interested in checking out some behind the scenes photos, go stop by my Upcoming Projects page where the video will be posted in the next few days.

Double Duty is back!

This next week, Double Duty will be performing for the last time this semester at the cafe in the NIU Founders Memorial Library.

There will be performances on May 2nd and 3rd at 8:15 PM, and May 6th at 2:00PM and 8:00PM.

Below is the poster for the performance, and you can check out some pictures of our past performances on the Upcoming Projects page!

Double Duty Poster Spring