So yeah, I've been reading along on my friends list, but totally lost the habit of posting. Some interesting stuff has happened in the last six weeks:
- I survived rehearsing a world premiere that was more changeable than most I've worked on recently ie. in the three days of previews we changed the opening song, cut a scene entirely, cut all the dialog out of another scene and rewrote several sections. And that was just previews. The rehearsal process was crazy.
- I got my first pair of new glasses since 2003 and now have a very sexy librarian vibe when I wear them
- I ran Bay to Breakers and saw the salmon for the ninth year - cause really that's the important part of that race.
- I went in for blood work and all my levels are good
- I ran a 10K last weekend which I am both excited and really frustrated by (I set a new PR but went out way too fast)
But really the biggest news of my recent life is this: I gave notice at the theater. On Sunday I will close what I hope will be the last show I ever stage manage. This is exciting. This is also hugely scary.
If you've been reading along for awhile you've read about me falling out of love with theater and getting steadily more frustrated with the place I work and the job in general. You've even seen me declare my intention of leaving and then not go anywhere. Somehow, now is the time. I realize that I'm very lucky to be in a position where it's financially possible to take this leap into changing careers, and I'm taking advantage.
What's next? I don't know. I have a few applications out already, and carefully mapped plans for when I need to be taking the next steps. I'm planning to take two classes this fall to finish my accounting certificate (hopefully while I'm working) and I have contingency plans inside of lists inside of other plans. I have a feeling the hardest part of this whole thing is going to be the necessary step of redefining myself in my own head; I've done theater for 20 years, and wanted to do nothing else for most of that time. So if I'm not stage managing then what, or who, am I? Here's to finding out.