Something Swell on Saturday

The 3:30 Project is a collaborative blog by three life-long friends: Maggie, Mary Margaret and Jillian. On Saturdays, Mary Margaret plans to post something from the week that made her smile.

This week, it’s time to share something that has been making me smile for a couple of weeks. I smile because I’m excited. I smile to hide the nervousness. I smile because I’m starting something new.

I got a new job. Starting at the end of the month I’ll assume the role of resident Wardrobe Supervisor at the Laura Pels Theatre for Roundabout Theatre Company.  Roundabout is the largest non-profit NY theater, operating  multiple theater spaces, and producing a season of new works and revivals each year. I’ve enjoyed seeing many Roundabout shows and known quite a few people who’ve worked with them over my years in NY, but this will be my first experience actually working for them!

The opportunity came about wholly unexpectedly– an email sent to me on a Tuesday by a friend and co-worker– an email inquiry sent by me to a designer I’ve worked with who often designs at Roundabout, an interview the following Monday–  basically from start to finish, learning about the job to getting it– was only a week! By Wednesday I had a job offer that I felt so confident about, I said yes immediately. I’m not an impulsive person, and this was not even a prospect I could have imagined three two weeks ago, so I suppose there was something in me truly ready to take a leap. I love Manhattan Theatre Club and the people I have been working with for almost six years there, so it felt like a huge decision to step away from running shows there. But I also knew that this was a unique opportunity, a great moment to take on more responsibility, and to really try something new. I had a moment (difficult for me as a habitually self-doubting and self-critical individual) of allowing myself to believe in my own capabilities. I want to do more. I can do more. Now I’m being given the chance to do it.

So, I’m smiling, because of the unexpectedness of life, for the blessing of opportunity, for wonderful mentors that helped get me to the place where I’m ready to step up to this. Smiling for whatever comes next.