Falling into place

This entry originally appeared on The Post (www.thepostsd.com) on December 9, 2009.

BLAM, Muthasuckas! I got a job!

Okay. That might have been a bit ridiculous, but I can’t help my excitement. It’s like getting that Christmas gift you really wanted or sitting behind the wheel of your new car—it’s just that awesome.

Now, before I get too caught up in the moment, I suppose I should elaborate a little bit more. After last week’s column came out, I interviewed the following day for a position at The Broadway League. This office, located only half a block away from Times Square, plays a major part in all Broadway theaters and is responsible for putting on the annual Tony Awards.  Though a prestigious organization, the job I’ve earned will be little more than glorified monkey labor. Okay, so maybe that’s a little embellished, but as the Membership Department intern, my duties involve what my bosses call “grunt work.” Through I may not enjoy filing and faxing, I suppose climbing the ranks means starting at the bottom.

Regardless of what my responsibilities will entail at The Broadway League, I can’t help but feel excitement surge through my veins.  It is a strange feeling when things start to fall into place. I don’t remember ever feeling this way during school. There was always something that needed to be done, and I was always rushing to do it. Now, with a job landed, I feel like life is starting to unfold the way it is supposed to. I have successfully entered the career field in which I earned my college degree—something not easily accomplished in the world of theatre.

At times it’s difficult to justify being a theatre major. Pharmacy majors become pharmacists and graphic design majors go off to design graphics, but there is hardly a specified path for those majoring in theatre. Some might say, theatre majors just have to go do theatre, but there is so much to that. Actors have to get headshots and resumes done, go to auditions and become Equity just to be considered for Broadway productions. Those working in the technical fields each have their own paths to succeed in the profession. Regardless of what aspect of theatre a young professional strives for, countless hurdles dot the path to success.

Having cleared the first hurdle, I feel as though I’ve already succeeded. After taking the leap of faith from South Dakota, I finally feel as though I’ve landed and started to walk along the start of my career path. Despite what little I’ve done, the sense of accomplishment is beyond fulfilling. It’s strange to imagine that at this time last year I was cramming for finals and scrambling to organize end of semester activities like CAPERS auditions or the Semester Showcase. Now I’m living in New York City and preparing to start a job in the professional world of commercial theatre.

Holy shit. I just got really overwhelmed. What if I get to my first day and have absolutely no idea what I’m doing? This isn’t going to be like getting hired at Citibank where I had two weeks of training before I actually did anything. They’re going to expect me to start working right away. Okay… calm down, Geoffrey. They’re not going to hurl you into the sweatshop before you know how to sew. I have a solid foundation of a college education to back me up and some serious BS-ing skills to call upon when I don’t know exactly what I’m doing. If anything, I can always claim ignorance and bat my eyelashes, right?

Despite what my future holds at The League—an admittedly awesome abbreviation—I know that I can only move forward from here. Already I have accomplished one of my life’s goals of living in New York City so now I only have to move down the list. Next up: find a sugar momma.


~ by Geoffrey on 9 December 2009.

One Response to “Falling into place”

  1. […] week has passed since I returned to city life. The streets are busier than ever and my work at The Broadway League has me learning the ins and out of commercial theatre at a break-neck speed. Though I don’t have […]

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