The city here is very cute but we have learned quickly that things shut down really early since the population here is quite old. I have already been to Lido Beach (an island beach only 1.5 miles away), Siesta Key (only 2.5 miles away on a second island and it was recently voted again the best beach in America), "The Salty Dog" as seen on Man vs. Food, a new little Irish pub in town that we took an elevator up to off the sidewalk, multiple little fast food places that we don’t have on the west coast, and a couple 7- Elevens to get a slurpee and cool down. Below is a picture of my two housemates and Kate the Lighting Intern at "The Salty Dog".
Work over the past couple of weeks has been amazing and crazy all at once. I walked in the first day and was given a desk, a computer, a company email, a personal sewing machine station as well as a high top work table (roughly 4'x10' that takes up half of the huge costume shop). I have a real job basically! Already I have attended two "Meet and Greets" with two casts of shows that are now under construction in my world, been to multiple production meetings and multiple production staff meetings, conducted measurement fittings for the first show all on my own, built two pleated tea length skirts, made two shawls, and constructed from small baby cow hides, a full length leather trench coat with all the bells and whistles. The designer and my boss were going to hire out the coat work to a local guy that specializes in leather work but they decided to let me try it because the liked my work on the skirts earlier. It is still a work in progress and pictures will be up soon but today there was talk of auctioning it off for a profit builder after the run. Talk about an honor since one, I have never worked on leather before and two,
I have never used an industrial sewing machine that is needed to sew the leather. You can bet I am the leather master now and I will be updating my special skills section on my resume.
The most exciting things that I have had happen to me thus far include, the coat job, having my supervisor tell the casting/hiring person that she is glad that he found me and pushed for me, being introduced to a women that owns a dress shop in town that produces her own line of dresses and recently has “dressed” shows on Broadway for over 10 years, and I was told that I could most likely dress the first Equity Main Stage show Next to Normal (look it up if you don’t know it).