I hope that everyone is having a great start to MY favorite season, FALL! While I am not able to indulge in my favorite seasonal beverage, (Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte), I was excited to start the season off with Second City Hollywood’s Labor Day Picnic in Griffith Park last week. The picnic was designed to be a bonding experience for the Second City community in Los Angeles; students, graduates, alumni, teachers and staff came together for a day of fun!
As classes, shows, and rehearsals are constantly happening at Second City, it is rare that the community is able to come together as a group, at one time and location. Our staff worked extremely hard at organizing and preparing for the event, and it was such a success!
Throughout the day, I would look around the park at everyone playing, chatting, eating, and LAUGHING, and I was filled with joy and love. It was almost two years ago this week (time flies!), that I joined the Second City Hollywood community. My mother and I made the drive from Quincy, IL, and after taking a day to settle in and be tourists, the next thing on my list was “improv” (at this point I did not have a job either, but it is about PRIORITIES, people.). After having been heavily involved in improv communities since the age of 12, it was extremely important that I find another community to dive into. Mother and I went to all of the major improv schools in LA (Second City, Groundlings, UCB, and iOWest), and the question that came out of my mouth was “Can I start today?.” Second City was the closest to fulfill this request, as I could audition in two days for the Second City Hollywood Conservatory Program. I did, and that was the best thing to happen to me in Los Angeles to this day.
I have been fully immersed in the Second City community for an entire two years now. I am happiest when in the Second City building, surrounded by people I call “friends”, but who truly fill the role of “family”. I think back on all of the opportunities that have happened at Second City for me in two years, and I become overwhelmed with humility and gratitude: House Manager, Box Office Intern, January 2012 Intern of The Month, Second City Conservatory Graduate, Second City Long Form Program Graduate, Producer of Second City Shorts, Host of Gradfest, Understudy for “Fakers”, Understudy for “Undateable”, Assistant Director for “Undateable”, Second City House Team Ensemble member. Yes, I have been kept busy, and in the best way possible!
Even better than the opportunities coming from Second City, are the people I am surrounded by every day. I still think back to the first day of my internship, walking into the Second City office to a room full of smiles and laughter that I so badly wanted to be a part of. Coming into contact with a group of people that were so enthusiastic about comedy, and equally enthusiastic about supporting each other, made me completely fall in love.
I think I have become addicted to the happiness that IS Second City Hollywood. I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime, and I continue to look forward to see what everyone will do through their love of improv and comedy in this city. I love you, Second City. Thanks for an awesome two years, and many more to come!
^The first morning of my internship at Second City Hollywood, two years ago^