Recently, in my reflection on my time in New York and the journey I have been on since leaving Atlanta - where I moved to from Baltimore, in 2007 - I find myself slipping into nostalgia over ATL. While I have experienced so much more than I thought I would during my time here in NYC, I just can't seem to get past the essential necessities that are slightly more challenging to come by, here:
I dare not pretend those are the only factors that caused my need for evaluation; nor will I neglect the many perks of living in NY. Though I started my acting in Atlanta, it was NY that really provided the platform it did for me to really know if this was something I had in me to do and pursue, resiliently. I guess I passed, hahaha. Having built a pretty modest and noteworthy reputation in my field, it always feels good to know that wherever I go, Industry loves an Actor with that New York stank on them. We put in WORK to bring our dreams and career goals to life. And that's how that goes!
All that to say that I am glad I had the opportunity to come to New York to not only pursue a career in acting, but to see the fruits of that vision and labor manifest the way that it has. Still, I know in my heart of hearts that NYC isn't my final destination for dwelling. While I am patiently listening for my instincts to guide me to the next platform, I do my best not to worry too much about the woes of living in a big city, but to focus on my mission. Everything else will take care of itself, so long as I continue putting forth the diligence and persistence this Industry requires. So New York, I'm here.
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Donnell E. Smith