Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I Had No Idea...

There is actually something called the National Association of Professional Organizers, and they have a Bay Area chapter. I might have to seriously look into this...I've always joked that I should go into a career of helping people get organized, but maybe it's actually something to think about!

As for JobSearch2007, who knows? I have just come to the realization (like, yesterday) that dramaturgy/literary management may not be for me. It's a long story, and full of exciting Twists and Turns and Life Journey Type Things, but to sum it up: I realized that the reason I have been feeling "bored" or "uninterested" or "uninspired" or "like I'm missing something here" lately is because I just don't have the passion for this work. I like some aspects of the job, but I'm not excited about it; I don't get a rush out of discovering a gem of a playwright or thinking about the interconnectedness of world events and theatre. Don't get me wrong, this is all interesting stuff. But it seems I am not nearly interested enough to enjoy it all day long, much less make a career out of it. That "thing" that I felt I didn't know how to do, or that I felt was missing, was the passion. Good to know, eh?

So, where do I go from here? I've thought a bit about short-form writing (such as magazine or newspaper columns), editing, proofreading, etc. as well as arts foundation work, like maybe doing something for the city arts council. Maybe something for the SF Ballet? Maybe something in a museum? As of now, I want to stay in the arts, it's just a matter of what kind of job in the arts I might like to do...right now I might take an office job in Some Unidentified Good Company Somewhere (the SF ballet? an environmental something or other? some non-profit that provides low income housing?) to pay the bills while I experiment in freelance writing or starting an organization business.

As always, any ideas?

My camera is still missing, by the way. Sad face.

Webthings of interest for your Tuesday:
  1. From the OgMog Blog: cities are making the homeless even more uncomfortable. I like OgMog not just for their perspectives on all sorts of issues and topics, but for their uncanny nack for linking to other interesting articles.
  2. Also from OgMog: the infinite photo mosaic. I had trouble accessing it on my Mac, but as at least a few of the OgMog Bloggers are known Mac users, I'm sure I just have to download something and it'll work fine. It looks really cool.
  3. This article in The Onion made me laugh.
  4. Not really a webthing, but Ben Karlin is a cool guy. Check out this interview from NPR entitled "The Fake News Career of Ben Karlin." (PS: he's the guy that co-created The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report, and edited The Onion)
And that's all, folks.

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