Pros for moving to Philadelphia:
- inexpensive for big city
- 9o minutes or less to NYC
- close to D.C. and regional theater up-and-down east coast and midwest
- good amount of union work (I'd like to start getting insurance in the next couple of years)
- likelihood of getting lots of stage time, both in the city and venues in driving distance (I'm a non-union theater's dream: over-40, leading man-type, male, non-union--soon to be EMC--actor. This does not conflict with 'pro' of Philly as union town.)
- I love the west coast and, when I have the choice, spend a LOT of time outdoors, hiking, skiing, motorcycling, sailing--harder to do in PHILADELPHIA? (Though, I'd be close to Chesapeake Bay, as well as closer to Vermont, where I have family.)
- I've spent a lot of energy and time putting down roots, creating friends, in Portland, Oregon. Starting over--AGAIN--is a small nightmare.
Of course, as always, I'm up for adventure....
The other thing is this: Portland is growing, albeit slowly, as a theater town. It'd be exciting and rewarding to remain a part of that. I just don't know that if I'll grow as an actor as quickly as I'd like, there. I might make a better contribution to Portland theater if I'm patient about building my chops elsewhere, before coming back to town. After all, I've been away for less than two years, so far. That's nothing, in the life of an artist....