Putting Aside Art to Entertain Reality

Who: Terry Stone
Age: 38
City: New York, NY
Profession: um…

Terry was this close to getting her PhD but because of finances, she dropped out of her program. “It is a source of shame,” Terry reiterates through an open mouthed yawn the size of an apple (we’re tight like that). She’s been running around town since early morning showing apartments to potential renters – another new job. Terry owes a chunk load of change to financial aid after dropping out of her PhD program in Pre-Columbian Art and Archeology at Columbia University. A silence follows after she tells me this.

For now, it’s all about purchasing what she ‘needs’ as oppose to what she ‘wants’. And therein lies the rub. “I have to put aside my artistic goals to pay rent and stay alive,” she mutters. How long will real estate takeover her life until she focuses on what she really wants? “I’m hoping a year. And let’s hope I don’t die from exhaustion. Or add another job to my list,” she chuckles.

Terry juggles museum tours, ‘acting on the side,’ and Teaching Artist work in the tri-state area; then there’s a (full time) yoga program at Laughing Lotus – and, well, this “real estate thing.”

“I’ll tell you what though,” she squints emphasizing what’s to come is important. I lean in. “There’s freedom in restriction. I don’t know if it’s the yoga talking but quality of life is more important than money.” There’s a pause. “I think once I get back to my baby (art), I’ll explore this idea further.”

“Ok, to bed. To bed.”

Author: pizzaslices

Liza is an actor and co-creator of Subway Token Films, a film production company that captures Street Level Miracles through films. That is, moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something more expansive is revealed to us. Liza has won awards and audiences alike for her portrayals of the immigrant story on stage and film. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her partner, actor Felix Solis.