With the exception of the very few, those of us who choose a career in theatre live in a constant state of flux. Most jobs are six weeks or less, and often we don’t know where our next job is coming from. When it comes to theatre, we choose it as a career, but our jobs within it are ever changing.
Since January 1, 2010 I have worked for five different companies. I’ve stage managed two projects (well, I’m in the midst of one of them), I’ve been a stage hand, & a lighting tech. I’ve loaded in & I’ve struck shows. It changes daily. One show was a 13 week contract (which is really long for this area), but others were just a single day of work.
My last known day of employment is May 1st. Right now, the time beyond that is a mystery. But I’ve come to be okay with that. The unknown – the change – the constant state of flux – it’s all starting to be exciting. I’m young, I’m single, I don’t have anything holding me back. As opportunities present themselves I am excited to take them. And terrified all at once.
Theatre’s not really like any other business. For many of us, as contractors, we start new jobs all the time. New companies. New people. New everything. But here’s what I’ve come to realize over the past four years: SOMETHING always works out. Even if its nothing like what you’ve imagined.