21 Hours to Takeoff

It’s pretty much here. Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. I am boarding a flight to go to Los Angeles. To some, it is just a place like any other, but for me, since I was a little girl, it is the place where my dreams can come true, where I hope to spend the rest of my life.

My bags are packed, although they might weigh exactly 50 lbs, which might end up being a problem, my boarding pass is hopefully printed, the schedule is done, my phone has a number, and I am slightly freaking out.

For someone who has lived with their parents their entire life, moving to a different country, to live with people I don’t know, is kind of a terrifying prospect. I am torn between this fear of the unknown, and my uncontainable excitement about what I hope lies ahead. 

I got my schedule for the Intensive Studies Program, and I am really excited for all of it, the classes with Margie, the business of acting, the improv, the night out at the Groundlings, meeting a casting director and casting associate…It all seems so incredible that I have trouble believing it is going to happen. This whole trip kind of feels like that, like a dream I don’t really expect to come true. Over the next few weeks, I will have so much to write about, so I will either be posting here a lot more, since I will have so much to say, or a lot less, because I will be doing all these amazing things. Either way, I promise to post at least once a week, and hopefully with a lot of pictures!

Now I have to finish getting my stuff together and spend some time with my family before jetting off to LA!


Amanda Lynn Petrin is the author of Shards of Glass, as well as The Owens Chronicles and The Gifted Chronicles series. She graduated with a double major in History and Psychology from McGill University, then spent a decade pursuing an acting career before turning to writing. She currently lives in Montreal, where she enjoys spending time with her family and living vicariously through her characters.

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