I have had a wonderful time in DC working with the Washington National Opera, but the time to move on has come upon me. The winds are blowing me back to WI for a little while. I hope to save up some money that will allow me to get some financial security, and then head back out into the world of theatrical costuming.
It is great to know that I have some fabulous people pulling for me. Everyone at the Opera has been super helpful and really fantastic. They have also told me point blank that they would like to hire me full time at the start of the next fiscal year. It's pretty amazing to be wanted like that. However, with this industry, nothing is a certainty.
While out here in DC I have had a lot of time to do some soul searching and retrospective thinking. I know that I love theatre, and I do not regret a single thing that I have done to get to where I am today. However, I also realize that I can't keep doing this forever. At some point I want to have what other people have. Financial security for one. Actual relationships with people that I don't work with is another. I really just need to get out there and experience more life. I've realized that I've gotten so busy living for tomorrow that I don't really know how to live for today. Sometimes I wish that it was easier, but then I recognize that it is the battles we have overcome that makes us who we are. I have been truly blessed with great people in my life.