It has been a roller coaster of a couple of weeks. I haven't been feeling well (actually thought I had mono again, but don't!!!) and at the same time I have been playing a strange little game of where do I want to live this summer/fall/for the next 5 years. So I gathered up my references, a portfolio of images, and all my nerve and sent out a smack of resumes to find a new home.
In a week I had nibbles from places as far away as Seattle, Santa Fe, and Washington DC. I quickly have learned that theatres are in need of people with good crafty skills plus a few braincells leftover from years of smelling paint, dye and hat sizing. It is clear to me now that there are tons of talented people out there, but very few that look at the arts with (even) a little thought about how to get it all done in a timely manner and not make yourself crazy/vegetative in the process.
I have decided to take a job with a rather schmancy Shakespeare theatre in DC where I will be crafty and management. It is a good move for my career, pocketbook, and -as if I needed it- my ego. It will also enable me to continue to make good contacts with NYC designers, live in a city, and gain some/more management experience. It's nice because DC has many of the amenities I was looking for in a city (public transit, Chipotle, a real art store, like minded men) and is lacking some of the rat race I was not looking forward to (constantly looking for the next job, living with your neighbor up your butt, having to buy my own insurance).
Now if I just had a cute baby I could borrow so I could meet some hot politician.......Oh, Maizie, Maizie.....wanna come visit your auntie Katie??????