Friday, July 18, 2008

Meredith in Wonderland

I made it!

I'm officially here in sunny Florida. And it's raining.

The flight was uneventful (always excellent news for Mom) and I met a couple nice ladies who wished me well when we parted ways. One was at least 90 years old with a broken pelvic bone, but determined to visit her son at Daytona Beach. Being me, I immediately picture Spring Break, but I don't think she was interested in Spring Breaking. The other woman was in her early thirties heading to Melbourne Beach for a dance conference. We snacked on pretzels, drank Cokes, and swapped stories. That made for my easy transition from emotional sissy to motivated woman on the verge. Grandpa's cousin came to get me at the airport. It was so nice to feel such a warm welcome from family. Being the new girl in town, it's great to know I have relatives nearby who are happy to hang out sometimes!

I went to Wal-Mart last night to find some nourishment. This was the busiest WM I'd ever seen. It was worse than the students coming back in August to Purdue and getting everything they need for the school year. There were lines everywhere. The whole time. Apparently Lafayette life has spoiled me in that I assume a busy store will have a lull, probably two, while you're shopping. Mel told me they are preparing me for what's to come with lines at Disney. She's probably right.

Fear not: I did have an interview after packing up and leaving the Midwest. After many hours of much needed sleep (who knew moving your life 1,000 miles away could be SO exhausting?!), I awoke in my new home with a bit of surprise. I had actually forgotten where I was. Now, some may assume this is due to too much intake of a spirited beverage or two the night before, but for me, it really means that I slept AMAZINGLY. I haven't been sleeping well at all, so I had forgotten what good sleep is! I got myself all ready and headed to Disney Casting. While driving through, I felt happy that this could really be home for me. I haven't been down here for over two years and being here by myself as an adult trying to live and work, it's different. A good different, though. I arrive at Casting and it's calm and quiet. The people are very nice and helpful. We watch a movie about what it's like to work at Disney, you know, to make sure you know just how magical Disney is. If their video is true, then Disney takes good care of its employees. It's hard work, but they know that and appreciate you. I go to my interview to find out that jobs are slim other than Character work, which I anticipated with the upcoming close of one of their many busy seasons. But, they seem to need a lot of people to work in that department. I'll be attending two auditions next week and if all goes well, I'm hoping to start within a couple weeks after that. That leaves me just enough time to familiarize myself with my surroundings. And utilize the pool as much as possible.

If anyone has Skype, let me know. It's my new favorite thing!

1 comment:

Dawn said...


So happy to hear that you made the trip safely. What an exciting journey you have begun!! Good luck with the auditions.

Warm regards,
Dawn Stuck