I'm a composer/lyricist/music director based in New York who writes and works on musicals. My time is spent equally between music directing other people's shows- frequently traveling around the States to work with different theatre companies- and my own projects.
2. What are you currently working on right now?
I'm currently working on a new draft of a musical with my main collaborator and overseeing the touring company of another musical of mine that just finished an off-Broadway run. I'm also music directing a reading by a writing team I've worked with in the past.
3. What visa are you on right now?
I'm on my second O-1 visa.
4. Tell me about any difficulties you may have faced while applying for the visa?
The main challenge of applying for the visa is the amount of paperwork and detail that's required. Combing through all the information of what I've been up to for the past 3 years and gathering it in one place took a lot of time.
5. Do you have any advice for people who might want to apply for the same visa as you?
Keep meticulous records. For those applying for O-1s, don't wait until you apply to start gathering your credits and documentation. Keep a folder on your computer or Dropbox with all those files and frequently update it. It'll cut down on your preparation time when you apply and make things go a lot smoother for both you and your lawyer.
For more information about the O1 / Artist visa check out our O1 / Artist Visa Application Guide and O1 / Artist Visa Immigration FAQ.
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