New in New York: Nick
September 21, 2009
New York. In the words of Frank Sinatra: “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” This promise offered by the city that never sleeps attracts new people from all over the world to this metropolis every day. One of these people is Nick from California.
Ever since he finished acting school, Nick has been avoiding the ‘real life’. He rather spends his time surfing and working part-time in his fathers real estate firm, sometimes playing a minor role in a semiprofessional play.
Panic strikes as he turns thirty. He knows it’s now or never, and leaves for New York determined to achieve his dream: making it as a musical star on Broadway.
Despite his youthful charm and broad repertoire – he easily quotes Shakespeare, Moliere and Marlow – things are looking grim for him. He has no house, no money, little connections and no agent: a classical story that could easily be made into a Broadway musical itself.
Nick is followed by correspondents Kel O’Neill and Eline Jongsma Click here to view their profile and reports.
The thrill of big the city is easily felt on Broadway, or anywhere else in New York for that matter. A metropolis of 8 million people with 150 different nationalities, New York is perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in the world. Because of the many illegal immigrants, it is said that determining statistics for New York is as hard as nailing water to a wall.
The stalled economy has made it tough for newcomers to find a job. While working as a waiter was always an option for a newly arrived actor, even such jobs are now becoming hard to find. The pool of opportunities that gives New York its magical attraction seems to be drying up in the current economic hardships.
Will Nick make it in this bustling metropolis or will he end up losing his dreams to the harsh reality of the city?