On March 4, 2017, I graduated from the New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. Two weeks later, while many of my peers were auditioning, I flew back home to Milwaukee. It may seem a bit strange. I had spent the previous two years honing my craft and preparing myself for the professional world. I had hours of voice lessons, acting classes, and dance classes under my belt. I shot two short films. My audition book was in order. I was ready to get out there and achieve my dream of being a working actor.