March is known for being a month of green. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring, March is no doubt a time for this color. As I’m incorporating more “green” choices for a more conscious lifestyle, I have so far reflected on relationships and sustainability in my home. This past month I had a great deal of fun finding recipes and mixtures to make my own cleaning supplies and I was delighted to find many of the ingredients weren’t complicated to find. Memories of one of my favorite high school classes, A.P. Chemistry, came back to me as I researched mixes and combinations.
I can still distinctly recall the neatly organized office with beige walls and mahogany furniture as I looked around, getting a feel for this office while a woman with glasses and short blond hair studied my resume on her desk. She was quiet, but fast as she looked up periodically asking me questions. “Why is she responding so quickly? Does she think I’m strong material for employment?” I wondered as I waited at the temp agency. Putting the resume down, she smiled at me, “Why are you in Denver? Don’t you think you should move to L.A. or New York? Don’t you think you should be working for Broadway?” “Well, actually YOU think I should be in L.A. or New York,” I thought as I wondered what the hell I was going to do approaching another month of no or scarce employment with a one-year lease to pay. “You type 70 words per minute? You did excellent on your computer tests. How did you know about computers from theatre?” she asked. Back then, I didn’t have a quick answer for her as I struggled to explain. Didn’t she know that everyone has computer training and understands how to use all kinds of programs no matter their area of expertise? Rather than tell her she was wrong and that I had useful skills, I stared at my resume dotted with temporary work and no longevity on it, since my work in theatre failed to provide me with such long-term work. Many employers turned me away, thinking I had started and then quit jobs after a couple of months because of an inability to commit. Struggling to explain and translate skills attained from theatre to other fields or to those in other departments of a theatre company can seem incredibly difficult, nearly impossible, unless they’ve professionally experience these roles themselves. Describing my work as a Dresser to family usually warrants the response, “You help actors get dressed? Your job is SOOOOOOO easy.” Rather than try to re-tell my experiences, I think it is possible to translate the skills of theatre artists so that people (including the artists themselves) will see how valuable the work of technicians and performers actually is. Don’t believe me? Read below to see how I’ve translated some of our unique job descriptions with actual, “real world” everyday work: Continue Reading ›