The work of Raja Feather Kelly; photo by Kate Enman
Always have three friends that you can rely on. Never settle for a place to live - fight until you find your perfect apartment, get on the lease, and never give it up. In order of importance when you're looking for opportunities think of process first, then money, then people you are going to work with, and lastly, exposure. I think the best jobs have at least three out of the four.
New York is full of contradictions – it is the most exciting place in the world and can also make you feel lonelier than you’ve ever felt. What is it that grounds you? Be clear on that and go there when you need to.
Take class, apply to things, and talk to people! The community you generate by meeting people, taking class, and volunteering for things as you get started will be invaluable to you down the line. Work hard and have a good attitude. If just one person enjoys working with you, they'll recommend you for other opportunities, and you'll continue to build a group of supportive people around you that will open a lot of doors.