Finding Your Footing

If the key to getting settled in New York had to be boiled down to a single word, it would be networking. All the actors interviewed for this story found apartments and jobs through family, friends, or friends of friends. Even in the age of the Internet, word of mouth is still the coin of the realm — particularly for people in the performing arts."The first thing to do when moving to the city is to figure out what your network is," advises Kathy Schrier of the Actors Fund (, a nonprofit organization that helps performing artists with employment, health insurance, housing, and other needs. It may take a bit of brainstorming and legwork to reconnect with the people you went to school with, performed with, or even grew up with. But as Joshua Edwards, Erin Nelson, and Stephen Ehrlich will attest, it can be well worth the effort.
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