A Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . OK, well maybe not a galaxy, but a few states away in Utah, a girl fell in love with the story of a sci-fi hero and his band of loyal friends on a journey of self-discovery and success in saving the universe of tyranny. Like many others before me, I found the magic of Star Wars and my admiration didn’t stop at the movies. I read numerous books that were sequels and continuations of the story beyond the movies. I researched all of the details behind the scenes and even played Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with any willing participant. It came as no surprise to my family and friends that my date and I dressed up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for the high school Sadie Hawkins dance. So, how did I feel when I learned about the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Exhibit of Star Wars costumes? I’m sure it’s only an experience and feeling my dad could understand if the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. Luckily, my cousin and fellow Star Wars enthusiast, Keony, joins me and my cousins Eric and Jasmine on a trip to a distant galaxy from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition display “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” at the EMP Museum. Continue Reading ›

Stylish Sustainable Fashion for Backstage

Wearing black for work doesn’t seem like the most stylish option or what Heidi Klum would refer to as “Fashion Forward.” Most of the time I opt for simple pieces, wearing a pair of earrings on occasion or throwing on a jogging jacket and wishing I had a scarf for extra warmth. Since technicians are not supposed to be seen or heard, we often don’t think to dress with style in mind, but after my involvement with Tortoise and Lady Grey’s 20-Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge and seeing a few fashionable ideas from Wig Assistants backstage, I’ve found there might be a way for self-expression to still flourish. But, before I go on a giant shopping spree, I’ve kept the ideas of Sustainable Fashion in mind including mending/repairing, reusing/purchasing second-hand, and purchasing locally or from sustainable brands. Eco-Warrior Princess sums up additional ideas in her post “The 5 Often Forgotten R’s of Eco-Friendly Fashion,” which can give a clear idea of how to use what you have instead of over-consuming. In the following outfits, I’ll show you how I kept sustainability and style in mind by indicating what I used and mended in my current wardrobe, what I purchased second-hand (including price), what I purchased from sustainable brands (also including price), and what I made myself to create fashionable outfits for work backstage: Continue Reading ›

8 Ways Art and Design are like Travel

Looking through my blog homepage, a variety of posts will tell you my interests range from fashion to travel to theatre to my handmade jewelry. What is it all about? How can my variety of interests and work possibly translate into a main overlapping theme? I may be covering a broad range with my posts, but a closer look will tell you how similar all of my subjects can be. I often find that planning my next travel journey is no different than how I jump into my latest collection of knotted jewelry or working on a project for my next post featuring sustainable and ethical fashion. Are you curious about what I mean? Then read more to see how the methods and lessons behind art and design are similar to those of travel:

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The Employee You Should Hire: Theatre Artist

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 ›

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Graduated With a Theatre Degree

Sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday that I was an eager college graduate with wide eyes ready to take on the big world of professional theatre. Posing at the football stadium with maroon cap and gown and a diploma for numerous photos, I was equal parts nervous, excited, and eager to jump into the numerous possibilities before me. Enthusiastic as I left Grand Junction, Colorado, I still hesitated and often thought, “Will I make it? Will I work?” I had a couple of summer internships under my belt, but it wasn’t guaranteed employment as I waited on acceptance or rejection from other fellowships and opportunities. Fast forward nearly eight years later, and I find there’s still plenty I’m learning but wish I had known before I left the football stadium with uncertainty. I’m no expert on theatre, but when I see a young, anxious, and eager intern at work, I wish I could provide them with the wisdom I now have about working in theatre. Continue Reading ›