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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Moving to NYC

I'm often asked for advice from young actors about moving to New York City. In today's New York Times there's an article about the process: Finding Your First Apartment.

Here are some other pieces of advice:

Sign up at Manhattan Plaza now. It offers subsidized housing for those who make at least 50% of their income from the performing arts. Joyce and I have been on the list for 10 years, and we're now #3 on the list. Yay! When we get in we'll save about $800 a month on our rent. Don't worry if you don't make half of your income from the arts now. They won't ask you to prove it until you work your way pretty far up on the list.

There are often apartment and roommate leads on The Haven's Boards and in Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Classifieds.

My main piece of advice is to find a great church home. Without one your chances of staying true to the Lord and your convictions will be greatly challenged in NYC or any major city...or anywhere.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church has an Art's Ministry.

The Haven is a great fellowship that meets Monday nights (the dark night for most theatres). It's not really a church, since, last I knew they don't have a pastor and sermons, but it's a great place to get connected with other artists. They do have a list of churches in the area.

Our church, Westchester Chapel, is just outside the city, but Joyce and I have been reverse commuting for all 10 years of our marriage because it's such a great (and quite artistically minded) family.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you know of a great fellowship I've left out, please post a comment below and leave a link.

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