A year ago I was quitting all my jobs, packing up all my belongings, about to start my last semester of college, and study abroad in London.
I was terrified.
I was a control freak, perfectionist, workaholic about to go on an adventure to a place I had no plan, no friends, and no job. Then there was the countdown to graduation, where I still had no plan because I applied to schools all over the country and didn't know where I was going to go.
There are a million things I could say about study abroad, just you wait. I probably will mention it a million times. Today I will focus on today.
Now I am back at the University of La Verne, where I got my Bachelors of Arts in Theatre, to get my masters in Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations. Once again La Verne was my last choice, safety school that turned into my top choice with no regrets.
To be honest I didn't get into any of the other programs I applied to, Columbia and Virginia Tech lost out, but I'm not that mad about it because it led me to today.
Today I went to work at LA STAGE Alliance as we prepare for the Ovation Awards on Monday, a huge event with 1,500 people to celebrate theatre.
I volunteered for LA STAGE Alliance for the last two Ovation Awards, and I dreamed of working there, but I thought I would have to wait 5 to 10 years for that to ever happen, yet here I am, working there at 23, and I love it. I love connecting with sponsors, theatre companies, and artists to work towards a thriving and sustainable Los Angeles Theatre. This job is a dream come true, but also something I never thought would actually happen.
After work I went to my nonprofit fundraising class, where I gave a presentation on the t
rends in individual giving for theatre companies (I get excited about stuff like that). I walked out hyped because my professor is an extremely intelligent and inspirational woman, and my group decided to go with my idea for our final project.
Spoiler Alert: group projects happen in grad school too.
A year ago I was having anxiety attacks trying to plan every step of my life and prepare for every scenario, this was not on any of those plans. I thought I was done with Los Angeles theatre, I swore I was moving to the east coast. I had to get my Masters of Fine Arts. There were no other options.
Today I am loving life. This was not part of the plan at all, but luckily life had better plans for me.