Before coming to Korea, I thought it would be super hard to adjust not being around family and my boyfriend but surprisingly – I like being away from the States temporarily.
Not because anything bad, but a change of scenery and more independence was something I definitely needed.
Back at home, I had a very routine schedule and that made me slightly antsy and uncomfortable. While preparing for my trip to Korea, I made sure to position myself financially so I wouldn’t be screwed when I came here. That meant working long shifts and the days I’m not working either go to the gym or stay home. Having a constant schedule like that for 5 months made me feel robotic but also very excited for the opportunity to travel to another country myself for the first time.
Traveling alone can go either way, really exciting or lonely
Personally I find it exciting to travel alone because I have to rely on my sense of direction to get around. On the flip side, I can see how traveling alone can become lonely as well. At times, when I see a really cool part of town – I would always think about Victor and imagine how cool it’d be if we were both able to experience this moment together. Of course those moments suck but I told myself that in order to really enjoy what I’m experiencing, I have to absorb it all at the moment and then share it with my loved ones.
How I’m Keeping Busy With Business While in Korea
One of the biggest things I prepared for before coming to Korea was bringing my social media marketing work. It’s simple, I pre-designed and scheduled all the posts I would create ads with in America and then finalized ads in Korea. That’s the beauty of what I learned and trained to do, I’m able to travel and work at the same time.
I also keep in touch with managers and casting directors I met at an audition in December. My coach Paul Michael who runs The Source in NYC runs an amazing program for actors who are looking to move into the NY market directly through his 10 week business and audition technique course. After my audition in December, I was called back to NY by a manager but since I’m booked out until March, I have to keep in touch so when I come back I’m right back into work.
On my down time like right now, this is when I work on my blog/brand. Although I’m always out and exploring different parts of Seoul, I make sure to post and schedule at least two posts before the week is over. Also, making sure I stay on top of my shit keeps me excited to stay consistent with my posting.
Spending Time With Family & Being Immersed in Culture is Awesome
This dress I am wearing is called a Hambok. It’s a traditional gown worn back when Korea was building their country with Kings who invented the Korean language, Hangul. We were able to rent these gowns for 2 hours at $15 a person. For this price, it was totally worth it. Also, if you rent the gowns, your entrance fee to the palace is free! It was awesome to see other people from different countries wear these gowns as well. This is something I will never forget.
Now… I’m Officially three days away from my first day of training at the Olympics 🇺🇸🇰🇷 holy sh*t!!!!