We decided to take a chance and help Bridget reach her dreams by taking a huge leap of faith and bringing her to New York to put herself out there, and get some representation and try at anything and everything to build up her resume.
It has been a huge undertaking, but we have received such incredible support and everyone gets why we felt we had to do this. If we had stayed back in Sarasota, it just simply wouldn't have happened.
So after much discussion, we decided as a family to help Bridget take her shot and arrived with eyes wide open.
The start of the adventure started with an audition for the Sound of Music tour. While Bridget did not make it to the final round, she did have the opportunity to be seen in front of Telsey Casting so that's always a plus. That weekend also gave us a chance to have an Annie reunion with some of the tourphans, which is always a nice treat.
We took a week to figure out our housing situation, and because of the graciousness of wonderful friends back home, we landed at the apartment of Nathan Diner, who has been incredibly gracious and opened up his home to us two nomads.
Beginning just hours after our arrival, we left to learn how to navigate the subway system, and Bridget auditioned for a short film, followed by a two hour voiceover workshop with a casting director at Disney, then dinner with friends we met on tour (Tori Newton). The next day she did an awesome full day workshop at Broadway Artists Alliance and got to work with the incredibly talented Mamie Parris (from CATS) and Lindsay Levine from Tara Rubin Casting. 24 hours later she got the news that she was offered the lead role in the short film that she auditioned for the day before, all while we were having dinner with one of our favorite Annie tourmates (Jonathan Cobrda). The next two days were spent catching up with school, getting groceries, and finding a laundromat, followed by a jam session with Nathan, cranking out some tunes on her ukulele. On Thursday she had an interview with a management company to talk about representing her and her career (and they signed her). Then later that day we met with Savannah Sinclair who took us on a tour of the Manhattan School of Music and got together to brainstorm a monologue for Bridget for Saturday's audition. Friday was a market research project she landed, then Saturday she did a tap class at Dance Molinari with a couple of tour friends from Annie (Lynn Marvin and Tomoko Isshiki), followed by rehearsal for the short film, and then another audition, then wrapped the week off with a quick trip to Schmakary's and ran into another Annie alumn (Sydney Shuck) who was on the tour before Bridget, then dinner with some Spotlight friends (Angie Garland) who are now living near New York.
The following week was spent going to a few more auditions, taping a couple of more, rehearsal for the film, and a tap class with the Thommie Retter group (Billy Elliot the Musical), and her instructor that day was the former Debbie Wilkinson, which was a great surprise! While we were at the tap class, we ran into another Annie cast member (Bri Kennedy) and Bridget got to tap with a bunch of the kids from School of Rock.
This past weekend was filled with long days on location of the short film (at a Brooklyn school), and getting another project which literally landed in her lap and the shoot will take place at Carmine's Comics this weekend. Then last night she was offered a role in a short film, directed by an Emmy Award winning Director. Details coming soon.
To say that it's been overwhelming, exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting is putting it mildly, but she wouldn't have it any other way. It's been great exposure, and a wonderful opportunity all around.
We are missing home, family and friends, and hope to see everyone very soon. We love to hear from everyone, so please write a comment below, say hi, and know that we are sending love and hugs across the miles. XOXOX
To see some photos of her first short film adventure, click here!