This is a blog post disguised as news.
So, it’s now the end of October and we are well into fall so it felt like a good time for an update. I’m grateful to say that the end of the summer into autumn has been full of work, meeting new people, and finding my footing in the industry. I’m stoked to announce that, through February, I’ll be splitting my time between interning in the Marketing/Publicity department at Magnolia Pictures and working as a writing/advertising/web design swiss army knife (as my boss calls it) at the digital marketing company Digitalimit.
After about 10 months of freelancing as a production coordinator and producer, I was reaching the end of the road in the work I was doing, and I’m so grateful to be able to say that I broke through to the other side. I love going to work every day, especially for these people. They are good, and their work is good. Could anyone ask for more?
Well, I could I suppose. ;-)
And eventually I will. But for right now, I’m blessed with two positions that have been giving me what I need to get to the next level. This year I got to work as an exhibitor at NYCC with Magnolia- if you know me at all, you know what a big deal this was for me. Four years prior, I had a particularly magical and wild weekend at NYCC that was punctuated by some incredible advice by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick: “If you don’t have a deadline, make one.” That was the advice that started us on our journey with Solid 8 and it’s the advice that still carries me through to today. When I was at NYCC earlier this month, I was able to see her again for the first time since then. I told her quickly and simply about my journey- that I saw her at my first con and now I’m seeing her again as an exhibitor. I could have burst into tears when she slapped the table and screamed, “YOU DID IT!!!” But I didn’t! I kept my cool!
I think that’s partially because I haven’t quite done it yet. Money’s tight, jobs don’t pay quickly enough, and we’re always, always scrambling to find the next thing before it exists. But I’m becoming more and more comfortable in myself and in the work that I bring to the world. I’m becoming who I always believed I could be. It’s a good feeling. It’s terrifying, but it’s also grounding. It’s what I wanted, and now I’m getting it.
Both offices are so great. I have such a great crew behind me, and even though I’m still getting to know them, I already want to feed them all gumbo. I don’t know where NYC has been hiding these people, but I sure am glad I finally found them!
And you know, maybe this’ll all drastically change the moment I hit “publish.” But that’s okay. Life changes and we don’t know where we’ll end up, but what we DO know is that if we don’t try, we’ll just end up with whatever the universe throws in our path. So we continue to try.
I continue to try. I hope you do too.
PS. They got me to cosplay as RBG at NYCC. Here’s a pic. You’re welcome lmao