Friday, August 14, 2015

Donate, and get FREE FRIES!

So... I don't know how many of you know this but I have a truly great boyfriend, who happens to work for a truly great organization called Bareburger - a healthy burger joint that cares about sourcing its food purely and ethically.

Brandon asked for a day off so that he could accompany me to the hospital for a surgery to put a port into my chest (which allows for easier access when nurses administer my chemo starting next week):

This is a port. It reminds me of something from a horror movie.

This is where my port was just implanted via surgery. 

When Brandon asked for the time off, his boss came back to him with an amazing response: What did he think about Bareburger holding a fundraiser to help with Erin's cancer treatments? The owner of the franchise - who owns 4 Bareburgers in NYC - set aside one day to collect funds, and will give FREE FRIES to anyone who donates. Here's the flyer they put up in their stores:

August 19th, y'all!

I've always wanted a pig to hug my face while I looked away. So emo. 

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. Other franchises got wind of this and started jumping on board, and as of this writing 16 LOCATIONS ARE PARTICIPATING. Holy balls! When I saw the flyers they made I just started to cry. Asking for money has always been difficult, but whenever I've had to do so it was always for a non-profit I worked for - never for myself. So, the fact that the owners of this incredible company have stepped up to help has truly taken my breath away.

So, if you want to help, here are all of the locations you can go to on August 19 to make a donation (there are even some outside of NYC!):

East Village
Murray Hill
Hell's Kitchen
57th St. (This is where Brandon works!)
73rd St.
87th St.
Astoria
Ditmars
Long Island City
Laguardia
Bayside
Great Neck
Hoboken
Port Washington
Philly
Columbus, Ohio

Note: Those in bold are the original stores that created this fundraiser, so if you have a choice pop by one of them!

If you hate fries but still want to help, check out this post which details other ways you can contribute.

I truly cannot even believe this. Thank you, everyone, for making what has been a very dark time have a little bit of lightness.

Erin  :)


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

Friday, August 7, 2015

10 Years in NYC!

I’m officially a New Yorker!

On August 4, 2005 everything in my life changed. It was my last night in breezy, summery San Diego. I said goodbye to my car which was driven away by its new owner. I stepped onto a one way red-eye flight to NYC, armed with 2 suitcases and a carry-on bag holding my dog. I landed the next morning at sunrise, an amazingly romantic time of day to say hello to your new life. I had ARRIVED.

I moved to NYC because I wanted a new beginning in my life. Since the age of 8 I had lived in southern CA and for some reason it never really felt like home to me. When I got to NYC, it felt like the city opened up its arms and said, “Welcome home, Erin.”

I’ve had a lot of crazy experiences in NYC, which I readily blogged about. There is one about New York pickup lines, a guy who wanted to buy my dog, and a typical day in NYC. (There are hundreds more stories - choose from the labels in the right sidebar!

Since moving to New York:

• I have been in movies, on TV and performed Off Broadway.
• I have created my own day job (career coaching for actors- 2007-present)
• I started a theater company (2009-present) 
• I’ve performed alongside Tony winners on multiple occasions. 
• I was selected as an "Expert" columnist at Backstage magazine.
• For the first time in my life I stayed single for an extended period of time (Feb 2010-Nov 2011) and got a sense of what I REALLY wanted in a relationship. (Wouldn’t you know it- I would end up dating an actor from my hometown, Nov 2011-present...)
• I have taught corporate executive leadership skills with 3 different consulting firms
• I have been caught by cops after hours in the park (but got off with a warning!)
• I live in a crazy NY apartment with a shower in my kitchen and my toilet in the hallway outside my front door. I love it.
• I’ve sat down with a homeless person on the street and had a poetic conversation.
• I’ve offered my time at Landmark Education as a coach in their Self Expression and Leadership Program.
• I’ve exchanged contact information with a kind older man on the subway and he still comments on this blog!
• I said goodbye to my dog, my faithful partner for nearly 17 years (2012)
• I’ve been to Yankees games in honor of my father, who grew up in NY and was a diehard fan.
• I co-founded the most successful networking event for actors in NYC.
• I’ve loved this city in sickness and in health, mostly in health but currently in a battle that I WILL WIN.
• I find joy in the little things (the smell of roasted peanut and almonds on the street, the way the buildings look pink at sunset, the first delicate snow of winter.)
• I’ve met some of the most incredible people who have opened up their lives and their homes to me.
• And after 10 years I still feel like anything is possible in this city.

In the next few days I’ll be creating a bucket list for myself, which will help me keep my spirits up as I step into my next phase of treatment for my cancer. I’m looking forward to looking at next year’s anniversary to see what I’ll have accomplished in that time.

What do you think I should experience here in NYC? Leave a comment to let me know!

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

Confronting My Neighbor

New York Moment! Photo courtesy www.artunlimited.net
This is goes into the “now I’ve seen everything” files...

Late tonight I unlocked the font door to my build and saw a guy at the other end of the hallway, facing the wall sort of in the corner. My eyes became wider as I realized that HE WAS PEEING ON THE WALL. I was alone and it was late, and I didn’t know this guy so I wasn’t entirely sure if I should say anything. Then I realized it was me we’re talking about - of course I said something!

Me: Can I help you?

Him (turning slowly to see me): I’m in the bathroom.

Me: Not really. You’re peeing in the corner.

Him: Oh...? (Seems confused, but continues peeing.)

Me: Am I going to have to call someone on you?

Him: I’m sorry...Uh...I’m sorry. (He grabs his keys out of his pocket, then walks two sets to his front door and opens the unlocked door, goes inside, and closes the door.)

Me: (standing there dumbfounded)


Yep. Dude just walked outside his front door, peed in the corner of his neighbor’s doorway, and then walked back into his apartment.


NYC living...


Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.


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