Melissa Maniglia

Friday, February 12, 2010

Back in the Swing of Things

Well, I don't know if you survived the Blizzard of 2010 that some are calling it (or maybe that is just NJ transit which, so kindly, decided to cancel my bus home Wednesday night... GRR), but life and the pursuit there of continues to flourish in my neck of the woods.

After taking an almost two year hiatus from acting to pay off school, I am finally getting "back into the swing of things," as my mother would call it. To start off, I've gotten back into classes. This was, at first, a terrifying experience. I had been out of the game of awhile and felt entirely insecure in my dusty foundation. But getting back into class has been wonderfully invigorating with a dash of inspiring added in.

You know that moment, when something clicks into place? Well since I returned to classes in January, things have been clicking far more quickly than they had before. Perhaps it’s the fact that I can actually give myself fully to what I am doing and not have to worry constantly (or at least, as much) about how my ever mounting bills will be paid. It could also be that I am far more comfortable in my skin than I was two years ago (the stress of the never ending, seven day work week really puts life/love/friendships into perspective). I am not quite sure about the WHY of my current mindset, but I love how it affects my life and my art.

The stars are aligning, the pieces are falling into place, and I feel that I am where I need to be in life. I don't remember having ever been this confident about my working in law (an entirely different story, I might add) and I am both a bit scared and a bit thrilled by it.

So let’s talk about goals for the upcoming week. This is a feature I am hoping to post on each of my blogs to keep myself focused on where I am and where I need to be. So, by Sunday, February 21st I will:

- Go to TWO auditions that I found on my own;
- Write a "Personal Monologue" exercise for scene study;
- Find a new monologue to learn.

Updates to come. You know I will keep you posted!


  1. I think its great that you are in a place where you are happy with your life and how you have chosen to live. I think putting your goals on is a great plan. Not only does it keep you focused but it lets all of us be there to help support your goals! :)

  2. Thank you, Valerie!

    I appreciate your support!