It hasn't been an easy couple of months.
I've been dealing with some challenges like my struggle to find full-time employment as a public relations professional -- hundreds of applications and two pointless interviews have only made it more frustrating. It's been so stressful that I really haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty in my life that is Shakespeare in Detroit.
I am so proud of everything we've accomplished in only 10 months as a performing company (we were founded in May 2012, but didn't get our first show on its legs until August 2013). We have impacted more than 1200 people with only two shows under our belts -- "Othello" at Grand Circus Park and "Antony and Cleopatra" at Recycle Here. Audiences have received us with open arms and warm hearts, showing up for us even in 10 degree weather. We were even honored by Mayor Duggan for our work in the city prior to our run of 'A and C.'
The support we have received means the world and has given us the inspiration and motivation to continue on. And so, here we are preparing for two -- possibly three shows -- this summer beginning with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at New Center Park on Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m. And "Romeo and Juliet" which we will present two weeks after on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at Grand Circus Park. (Free admission for both productions).
Tomorrow, I will wake up, get dressed and attend an awards ceremony where I will be recognized as an "Entrepreneur of Distinction" by Corp! magazine. It's a dream come true.
I am grateful. I am beyond blown away that my dream of starting a Shakespeare company is real. I can't believe that this thing that lived in my head, this thing that I had on my heart is happening. It's happening. And people care! Incredible. My grandma would be so proud. But, let's not even go there because my laptop will have water damage.
This universe is working on me -- it has a plan for me and I can see it, feel it and touch it every time I show up at Cal Schwartz's house and he has another beautiful creation to show me from the set or costumes, or when I go to our studio at Ponyride and see the incredible artists that work with me do their thing. Do the damn thing!
My dreams are coming true.
Here is the thing. A girl has to eat in the meantime. And this fact has been weighing on me so much so that I haven't had the opportunity to enjoy this gift of entrepreneurship. Let's face it, there aren't a lot of people who can say they are living their dreams. I am blessed to be one of them. But, this is what I pledge from this moment forward: I will separate the two. The fact that I don't have a full-time job ( a place that one goes to pay the bills) will not impede my enjoyment of the fact that I am finally building a career (doing what I was meant to do and hope to do until the end of my days).
I will get up tomorrow and I will put on my fancy little teal dress. I will humbly accept my award, store it away in a safe place and breathe in that precious moment. I may not have a job -- those come and go. But, what I do have is the the opportunity to do exactly what I was meant to do.
Thank you universe!