Hey hey hey! I haven't posted in weeks. Been in a lot of major transitional life stuff. For one thing, I'm moving into a new apartment by the end of the month.
My sister graduated from Cornell (MBA) last May 2018. My parents, my brother and my godmother all came to New York from the Philippines. It was a good time! I was nervous about it but eventually found the experience good for me.
When you have the opportunity to integrate your new life and your old life together, do it. I've only been in New York City for 2 and a half years (my three-year NYC anniversary will be this coming August!). When I chose to visit home for the first time after my first year at Juilliard to attend my brother's college graduation, I was very afraid of the possibility of regression. There is something about being around people who knew me at a specific period in my life that makes me feel like I am that person again when I am around them. I found that I didn't like who I was before and that I needed to have compassion for that part of myself in order to come to terms with certain things.
The positive thing about my sister's graduation last month was that it was the other way around. My family came to New York City this time. We were able to see my sister's campus in Ithaca, and I was able to show them the Juilliard campus in New York City.
I do feel like I am younger than what I really am when I am with family but regression did not pose itself as big of a threat this time as it did before. I truly believe I did some solid internal work for the past two years that cannot be undone easily.
I have two new jobs this summer! One of which is an internship in the office of one of our dialect teachers, Mr. Jerome Butler, at West 35th street. The other job is under the Office of Career Services at the Juilliard School.
I'm really psyched that I get to work at a venue outside of Juilliard this summer. It was perfect for me because I wanted to take a huge break from acting and yet still do something that has practical applications to my career. I get to work with a teacher who can help me refine a General American dialect for future TV/film work and in exchange I work as an intern in his office. I have done a recording, edited some audio files (me? Editing audio files? Yes!), and have done a couple of research for one of his clients and ongoing projects. I feel really grateful considering that 2 years ago I was so scared to leave the Juilliard community and found it hard to conceive that there might be another place or environment in New York City where I can be functional in. And here I am about to move into my second apartment and working as an intern somewhere in Midtown Manhattan!
I like my new job in school as well because I am in charge of inputing inquiries from clients who want to hire Juilliard musicians for events (i.e. weddings, corporate events, etc.). It's very interesting to me to see what places couples choose to marry in. I'm doing mostly that and answering phone calls, scanning files and inputing jobs in the school's career portal.
It's important to me to learn to do things that have no obvious links to acting. It's important to me to have "basic human skills." More specifically, to have experiences that human beings outside the world of performing have, even a taste of it.
Drama Desk Awards 2018!
I'm in the Drama Desk Awards Opening Video with Michael Urie and a couple of Juilliard colleagues! Check it out!
4th Year Casting
The casting for the fourth year season has finally been sent to us! I'll post an announcement regarding show dates soon in case you'll be in New York City this year.
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Regina De Vera
I am a Filipino actress alternating between New York and Manila. I received my acting training at The Juilliard School. Take a look around!