Boy, it's been a while!
The last time I updated I was on my way to compete for the title of Miss New York 2010. Pageant week was truly a remarkable week and I had a fantastic time making new friends, volunteering in the Albany community, and representing the Greater Rochester area to the best of my ability. I was thrilled to make top 10 and feel as though I really did my absolute best! Huge congratulations to Miss New York 2010 Claire Buffie. She has already done a fantastic time representing our state and is gearing up for the big show come January-Miss America!
The month or so leading up to Miss New York I had put a lot of the rest of my life on hold for a bit and had a lot of catching up to do following the pageant. Right before I went to pageant week I had been cast in my first professional production. Since I did not win Miss New York I was able to take my place in Summerstock NYC, an Equity production performing in two theatre houses in NYC whose mission was to "bring affordable theatre back to New York." Rehearsals started the day after Miss New York-literally! So I had no time to relax! I had an absolute blast and learned a ton! A month and a half later the production ended and I found myself still on the run, on call as I had made it to the final round of auditions in front of the creative team for Legally Blonde for the Elle cover, at a family wedding (I caught the bouquet!), and trying to pick up extra shifts at work to make up for all this time off! WHEW! The summer was an absolute whirl wind!
Anyway I'm back! I absolutely never took the crown off (so to speak) and was still active in staying in touch with the Rochester community obtaining new sponsors, speaking with the higher ups in arts education, and working to find new ways to help the Miss Greater Rochester Organization grow. Now that things have calmed down a bit I am thrilled to be able to be a more visible force once again, crown and sash in tow, making public appearances. And of course, updating my blog :)
Thank you, Rochester, for all of your support thus far. I cannot tell you how honored I am to wear the Greater Rochester name. I may not have won the title of Miss New York as I spoke in my last entry, but to me I think I won something even better-I won the chance to return home and be Miss Greater Rochester for the whole rest of the year!