Block 508: November 3, 2014


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Date: November 3, 2014

Crane: 508

Days Spent on Project: 623

Location: NW Portland, OR

Person I would have sent it to: Suzy… or Susie… or Suzie?

What’s her last name?

Suzie was the third Sue on the wardrobe crew for Fela! on Broadway. She was assigned the enviable task of dressing the lead, making sure his clothes were always taken care of and maintained, always having a bottle of water and a towel for him backstage, and so on and so forth. It’s a demanding job- to have to care for the star’s clothes and needs during a show- but Susy/Susie/Suzie/Suzy had the right amount of energy and dedication to make it all work. And our lead, Sahr, was really great to work with.

I liked her dedication. How she always got things done and took care of the job, but still managed to find time to commiserate through the process.

And she would always, always go to this one Italian restaurant over meal breaks and bring back the greatest pasta for dinner. Sometimes she even shared.

I think Wardrobe people are some of the most awesome, fun, and hard-working people in the theater. I like working with them.

Music I listened to while sewing: No music on right now, but… I should be listening to Ain’t Misbehaving for work.

So, on it goes… some Fats Waller for me!

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: It may not seem like it from the outside, from knowing me in my daily life, but I am an ambitious person.

And I’m weighing my stock in my current situation a bit right now. Is this an opportunity? (Yes, a paycheck that shows up every two weeks is awesome and a new experience and providing me with *some* ease of mind.) Or, is this settling?

Is there room to grow and do things/work/hobbies/theater that I want to work towards?

I want opportunities. I want to try things. I want the chance to design shows how I feel they should be designed. I want to be able to choose fabric that’s right for a dress and not having to choose whatever upholstery fabric is available and on sale. I’d like to work on something that’s outside of the box. I’d like to think big. I’d like to have people understand that doing the least amount of work possible isn’t always ideal or exciting or appropriate.

Today I’m trying to figure out a way to negotiate and compromise and set goals and be idealistic and also something realistic.

Tall order.

Hey, it’s all a journey, right? Things don’t have to end here…

2 thoughts on “Block 508: November 3, 2014

  1. Fascinating what a full-time job allows you to think. All sorts of possibilities that were only thoughts and dreams a few months ago. Glad you’re back in the swing.

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