Monday, 21 September 2015

The City Of Angels


Where do I even begin?

A week ago, I left my life in the United Kingdom and boarded a plane to Los Angeles.

The morning of my flight I cried for several hours because I was devastated about leaving my boyfriend, my puppy, my friends and my family. All the time I was airside I pretty much cried.

To be completely honest my crying only seemed to subside when I sat down on the plane in seat 65H.

For the next 10 hours and 35 minutes, the people sitting next to me indirectly became my support system.

It's always a gamble whenever you take public transportation on your own that the person you are going to be sat next to will be a complete asshole. Thankfully I was extremely fortunate.

I sat next to a couple who lived in Southampton. Going to University in Winchester, I knew we had a lot in common that we could talk about.

In between watching Inside Out, Poltergeist, The Spongebob Squarepants movie and Spy, we spoke at lengths about work, travel, my boyfriend, our plans for the future and just general life.

Then after clearing customs in LAX, they were gone from my life.

I've written about it before HERE but I absolutely love meeting strangers and talking for hours to then never see them again. It's one of life greatest gifts.

Of course I could've tried to connect with them on social media but, sometimes it's nice to just meet people, connect with them and then never see them again.

I arrived at LAX and as I walked out of the arrivals section I was greeted by a woman holding an iPad with the words "HARRY CASELLA" displayed on them.

I hopped in a car with a woman who was originally from Brazil and moved to LA. Again, we spoke in depth about so many things and then when I got out of the car the the apartment complex, or my new "Home" we hugged goodbye and were to never see each other again.

I stumbled up some stairs with two suitcases in hand and eventually found my room. I was greeted by two out of three of my new flatmates. We chilled out for a bit, went in the hot tub together as we got to know each other then went to bed ready for my first day of rehearsals.

As I write this, I have completed six days of rehearsals from approximately 9am-5:30pm and completed 1 out of 6 shows.

This entire week has been a complete whirlwind. 

I have been on a night out in Los Angeles which started off with an hour long limo ride.

And today I got to visit central Los Angeles and see the walk of fame, the hollywood sign and so many other amazing sights. 

This is such a small wrap-up of my first week but there is just so much to say that it is hard to know exactly how to write it all down without boring you all.

But just know, I am having the time of my life and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

If my boyfriend and puppy were here with me, I'd feel completely and utterly complete.

One day we will see the world together.


Thursday, 3 September 2015

365 days later

On the 29th of August last year I wrote my very first blog post and launched this blog. 

In that post I re-told the story of how me and one of my closest friends were in a swimming pool one day and we made a promise to each other that we were both going to be successful one day.

"I was put on this earth to do more than this. I was put on this earth to succeed."

"I just feel so frustrated like...I feel like I have so much within me that I just want to explode out of me but..I don't know..I just feel like it has to IT HAS TO HAPPEN because if it doesn't..there's nothing else I can do"

"I will ensure that we are successful. I swear by it. One way or another me and you will achieve everything we have ever wanted and more and I will not stop until we have both got it."

"Thing is, you've just got to think, i've been through some shit times and life hasn't been the best all the time but screw it i'm going to achieve my dreams and I don't care what anyone thinks of me"

I started this blog just over a year ago. 

One year ago I was a University graduate with a First Class Degree in Contemporary Performance/Performing arts who was just about to embark on a journey to the renowned dance academy the "Urdang Academy".

One year ago, I was taking a leap of faith into completely unknown territory and after a recommendation from my mum, I decided to document my life and my thoughts over this past year online for everyone to read.

One year ago, I had no idea where I would be or what I would be doing.

In just over 365 days my life has spiralled into something I am extremely proud of.

One year ago I started writing this blog to document my journey towards achieving my goal. 

My goal was to get a job in the performing arts industry.

One year later, I'm about to leave my retail job to fly out to LA and then go on board a cruise ship for four months.

In just one year. I have achieved my goal.

I made a promise to one of my best friends that I would succeed and I am overwhelmingly thrilled to be able to say that I have kept that promise. 

365 days. 
12 Highlights. 
1 goal achieved.

So what's next?