Evita. Yes, like “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina!” If I had a dollar every time I was sung that song, I probably wouldn’t have to worry about how I’m going to fund this insane new excursion I’m about to go on in a few weeks, with Jet Set Zero.
Hello, world! I’m Evita. I’m 26 years old. I’m an artist dabbling in the creative spaces of the Universe better known as writing, film, and photography. Currently based out of the Bronx, New York I’m best described as that “Other” box you check on applications. In all seriousness, I’m like a walking manifestation of the United Nations. Brad and Angelina would love my genetics. I’d be lying if I didn’t recognize that part of my lust for travel definitely comes from the fact that I’m so diverse in my own bloodline.
Travel is my drug, and Jet Set Zero has taken on the role of my new enabler for three months. How fun!
The ironic thing is, I just got back into the country. In a few weeks I’ll have to throw deuces (translation=peace sign) to my disgustingly cheap NYC apartment, the dopest cat on the Earth, and my boyfriend, all over again.
On my birthday, March 31st, I returned back to New York after living for a year in Japan, and traveling into India for the Holi Festival of Colors. Now, some four months later, I’m doing it all over again! I know, somewhere lurking underneath all the support, my family and friends want to force me to a chair, implement a straight jacket, and tell me to sit down! Heaven knows my bank account does. Until then, onward!
So…my life according to bullet points:
- Graduated from Iona College in June 2006.
- Traveled to Amsterdam
- Moved to Paris to study film with the New York Film Academy at La Femis in July 2006 (I made it a point to NOT look for a job right out of school).
- Groveled in shit at the 9-5 job I did get upon returning to New York, from Paris.
- Started freelancing in TV production with damn near every major television network alive and breathing.
- Scored a really cool gig, with an awesome boss.
- Walked into work one Friday in November 2008, to find the entire department had been fired, my boss included, giving me two weeks to figure out life.
- Packed my bags and took my mother on a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. Freaked out about finding work the entire time there.
- Scouring the internet for jobs like I was attached to a financial atomic bomb.
- Saw the opportunity in the crisis, and decided to see if working abroad made sense.
- January 2009 notified I’d been hired to teach English in Niigata, Japan.
- March 2009 landed in Japan and began navigating through the most intense culture shock known to (wo)man.
- Became comfy with the realization that no one from the outside world was going to visit me in Japan, thus I needed to find a way to take it to them.
- Created my awesome web travel series, Nomad•ness (http://www.youtube.com/evierobbie) and started writing my first travel memoir.
- Traveled to India and hit up 4 cities in 11 days as if trying to shatter some world traveling Guiness Book record.
- March 2010 returned to New York City on my 26th birthday, with one thought….when am I leaving again?
Jet Set Zero has answerd that question for me. I’m psyched to meet all the cast mates, and more importantly the new city I’ll be calling home for three months. I beg of you, don’t judge our follies, but enjoy our journey! Here’s to seeing what happens when adventure meets opportunity!