Friday, September 17, 2010

Year at the Vox

A year ago, I walked into the Vox Theatre thinking about photography. I met with Alistair and was hoping I could work with him as an intern learning all I could about how to take better pictures. Knowing I could never make a living at photography, I still wanted to improve what little skills I already had. Well a few months later I somehow convinced Alistair that I would be a better event manager than photography intern or assistant. So in February, I offically became the Event Manager of the Vox Theatre. If you don't believe it, I even have business cards that say it.

Not really knowing what an event manager does (I was a structural engineer in my former life) I had to quickly learn the ins and outs of event managing. Where to start?...the library and book stores...What to read?....Meeting & Event Planning For Dummies seemed appropriate . After reading through numerous books, I thought "Yep, I'm good. I can do this and it will be fun." I love weddings and I have planned many other events as a volunteer.

Now - one year later - I can't believe it. The time has flown. I have learned so many different things and have gotten to do a wide variety of task that somebody neglected to mention in all those books I read. The list is long, but here are some highlights:
1. Paint - I have painted in the past but this past year has been the year of paint. It is one task I can do with out needing someone to help. Honestly, my painting skills really haven't improved!
2. Used a nail gun to install baseboards - again I have done this before, but never without injury, so I don't do this very often.
3. Caulk - it is amazing how caulk to span over a such large gaps.
4. Pull wiring for the new sound system - the sound system wiring is in the is much better to do in the winter than in the summer.
5. Clean - I have always hated cleaning. Now it is my responsibility to clean up after events and do general cleaning. Yuck! That is why I pushed to hire a cleaning company.
6. Saw - This is another task I don't do it much, because I'm an accident waiting to happen. Power tools and I don't get along.
7. Sew - I can sew. People have paid me to sew for them for years. I never expected to make curtains for Vox Theatre or repair a bustle for a bride because her guests kept stepping on her dress and she couldn't dance with it un-bustled.
8. Move tables on a weekly sometimes daily basis - I definitely do not need a gym membership. I get a good work out moving the tables that weigh almost as much as I do.

Even with these tasks that were not in the job description - IT HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR! I have met many great people - my brides and grooms have been fabulous - my job is more fun than I imagined. I can't think of any better job for me.

Thanks Alistair for giving me such a great opportunity.

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