I guess it’s true what they say, time really does FLY when you are having fun.
As I sit here and try to reflect on the past year of South Florida Theater Magazine and life in general, I have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that it really has been a full year.
It was only a little over a year ago that I accepted a job offer as a struggling 23-year old after being forced home from college due to the pandemic that left everybody in shambles at one point or another. I lived with my parents trying to navigate the relationship between freedom, but also living under someone else’s rules. I was a few months into my new job, nervous to write my first blog for South Florida Theater Magazine. Nervous to put myself out there and let the world get to know me on a more intimate level. Nervous for the response of my writing, my topics, my style. I am now confidently writing my 12th blog, for the 12th month of SFTM (I may have missed one, but who’s counting)?
Success at work leading me to attend the Best of Palm Beach Awards (as a Marketing Director for Theater) with my boyfriend.
I have grown tremendously both in the workforce, specifically the Entertainment and Theater Industry, and in my personal life too. I have discovered the true meaning behind friendships and relationships. The true meaning behind the famous saying “hard work pays off” and the true meaning of who I am. It wasn’t all pretty, though. The year was full of stressful situations like deadlines, rocky friendships, financial hardships, and growth. It wasn’t until I somehow gained confidence halfway through the year, reliving a lot of the previous pressures for the remainder of the year. I think I may have gained confidence because of the comfortability I feel at my job, the level of personal success and the many goals I feel I have achieved only a year and a half in my position. I think my confidence also comes from being in a happy, steady place in my relationships with my boyfriend, my family, and all of my friends.
I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to South Florida Theater Magazine and the one year it has given me. I have learned immensely about the theater industry and how important the Arts really are. I have grown such an appreciation for the hard work that goes into a show whether it’s an off-broadway play, a musical, a tribute show, or any other performance. Not only do the actors and actresses work night and day to perfect their performances, but the behind-the-scenes staff put their blood, sweat, and tears into creating an incredible and meaningful production for others to enjoy. It takes an army to work in this industry, and it’s the same with South Florida Theater Magazine. I am lucky to be a part of a staff that works hard to create interesting and relevant content for South Florida Theater patrons and actors. That works hard to emphasize the importance of all theater and entertainment, especially our local South Florida venues. That works hard to keep theater alive in the best way we know how.
Highlight: being invited to National Broadway Touring Shows