Savannah Winslow is just a girl from a small town in Williamsburg, now living in NYC, and trying to make it on Broadway. She is 19 years old, and attends AMDA, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Graciously, she allowed us to do a phone interview with her about her new life in New York City.
Q: So, Savannah, you’re from Williamsburg, VA, and now living in the Big Apple. How different is that?
A: It’s very different in both good and bad ways. Obviously, the good out weighs the bad. More diversity and more open-mindedness. Everyone seems to be on the same page and if even you’re not, people are open. A lot more places to go during the day. A lot of shopping and food. I miss Williamsburg because of the simpleness.
Q: How are you liking New York? What did you expect versus how is it?
A: I grew up watching Gossip Girl and I thought it would be so glamorous and was super intimidated to move here. So I thought I would be the ugly ducklings out of models and it would be like Serena and Blair with all of the groups and posses. I thought it was going to be more dangerous. It was a huge thing and everyone thinks it would be so bad. “Don’t walk to school alone in the day.” It might be because of the Upper West Side, and a lot of people live in Washington Heights. Everyone says don’t take the Subway alone but it’s not nearly as bad as everyone thinks.
Q: What would you say your favorite thing is about New York?
A: Aside from the diversity, my favorite thing is fashion. Musical theatre. It being the hub of fashion and musical theatre.
Q: What are some common misconceptions everyone thinks about New York?
A: Everyone thinks you see movie stars all the time and you don’t. One time, my friend saw Tina Fey and you can’t even tell who they are. It’s super out of context. I’ve seen Bill Nye the Science Guy. I see so many people who have been on TV and you don’t even know their name.
Q: How is your school? What do you like or don’t like?
A: My school is really intense. I knew I wanted to go to college up North and I auditioned to a lot of schools in PA and NY. I am taught that fame and fortune doesn’t come quick and all of my teachers are the best in US and they have been on Broadway three or four times. A lot of them have been on Law and Order: SVU. It has a lot of character, the most New York you can get, our dorm rooms are the size of a shoebox. All of our dance teachers were like Rockettes, I lost like 35 pounds, it’s intense. You start forgetting to eat.
Q: Do you think it’s rather different than most colleges?
A: It really is. It’s a college and a conservatory. You get intense training because it’s only two years. There’s two campuses, one in LA and one in NY. It’s faster and beats the shit out of you. This is the second week of my fourth semester, so my classes swap. From 9 AM to 5:30 at night, I have auditions and then from 5:30 to 11pm I have classes. We have a partnership with the New School, that’s the school that owns Parson, and you can do all of your credits with AMDA and then do the rest of your credits online. What a lot of performers get stuck on that you need a degree. What it really comes down to is that there is a part for everyone.
Q: What are your future plans/goals for your stay in New York?
A: So I am really excited to audition for Broadway from October to February, and my school has a panel night with a bunch of talent agencies and getting an agent and I’m planning to stay in NY and get an apartment and travel. My number one goal is to travel. Traveling and being happy and hopefully keep up with my makeup and getting a survival job. Main goal is to be a 20 year old in NYC.