When I moved to New York, I felt as if I was staring at a mountain the size of Everest. Where do I begin? What is the correct first step for a person beginning their career as an actor? It took me three months of multiple round trips on NJ Transit with tears in my eyes to find an apartment. I had savings but I needed to make money, fast. I fell into the first job that would take me. A job handing out coupons in Times Square. It was absolutely miserable. I’d call and lament to my mother, “what am I doing here?”
I went into such detail describing the quirky people frequenting 42nd street to my friends. Eventually, I realized they were real life sitcom characters. They transformed into the creative perks of doing a job I despised. Eventually I left Times Square to move on to countless other “survival jobs” where I experienced even more absurdity, from a catering event where waiters wore animal masks to becoming a standardized patient (as I like to call it, my lying-to-doctors job). Things my friends elsewhere would guffaw at became ordinary to me. I hoped someday I would be able to relay my comical experiences to a larger audience.
As an actor, I thrive on collaboration with others. The idea of trying to tell this story on my own felt wrong. I also wanted to work with someone who had more expertise with writing than myself. Alex Riad graciously agreed to create the series with me. He has a way of capturing the voice of our generation with truth and humor. I knew that together we could make this story one worth hearing.
Our hope is that the people who see this series are brought belly laughs from the situations young artists face daily in New York City. All the while, inspiring young people to see that these sometimes daunting life experiences are equally important in forming who you become as an artist.
Molly Collier, Alex Riad