On this lovely Monday morning I am situated comfortably on a charter bus bound for California. We are on our last leg of A Christmas Carol. The time has flown by with the help of the amazing artists I have been able to share these past weeks with.
Reflecting on the past tour, I have come to a few realizations. The first being I have grown in confidence as a professional in my area. There is something that clicks inside when faced with a new venue, crew, and set up every night. It is exciting and challenging. I have never been board once on this trip. The challenges make for a great use of my creativity and problem solving.
Secondly, this tour has allowed me to meet so many others in the costume field, from wardrobe hands, to professors. One lady at a venue was a local costume technology professor. It was refreshing to sit down between shows and share experiences, questions, and tips for solving some costume craft problems. It is collaborative moments like this that make my job extra special.
I believe that every young professional in costuming whether he or she desires to do wardrobe, design, technology, or teach, should go out on tour. Not only do you learn about your craft in an immersive experience, but you also learn about yourself. No matter how cliche it sounds, I have learned about myself and my craft. My career choice has been confirmed and some life choices have been looked at in a different light.
Have a safe and happy Monday. In exactly a week we will be performing at our final venue. I will be sad to see all these beautiful people go, but I will see them again. That is what is so special about theatre. It's never goodbye, but I'll see you soon. Now I will curl up with my pillow and wait for the bus to deposit us in California.
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