I am the kinda of person who is nice to everyone until they give me a reason not to be…and it has to be a pretty darn good reason at that. I think that everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, a chance to show who they really are, a everyone deserves a friend. On the flip side, I also believe that respect is earned and not just a given.
Lately, people have been giving me reasons not to be friends with them. I have been hurt, crushed, and betrayed. I am beginning to feel like being nice is an open invitation for people to try and walk all over you and try to take advantage of you. The people have also lost my respect. I am becoming very disgruntled with my community, my city, and the world in general. I just want to retreat from the world. Not interact, just stay home and lose myself in the world of books. Books don’t talk back to you or try to manipulate you. The are there and you cal lose yourself in the story as much or as little as you want.
However, as I spend more time on Twitter I am connecting with wonderful individuals who are the reason I have not become a hermit living in a cabin up in the mountains. There are amazing, wonderful, supportive people on Twitter. People who have lent an ear, lent a shoulder, listened to my rants, talked to me off Twitter, read my blogs, provide support, pay it forward, tell me my poetry doesn’t stink, etc, etc, etc!!! (that is a King and I reference, just FYI). So, I just wanted to take the time out to recognize the amazing community that Twitter is and thank of you for being you. I would thank you by name, but there are so many of you and I would inadvertently forget someone and feel bad and cry, so I won’t attempt to list all of you. You know who you are and you can feel warm and fuzzy without being named.
Thank you, Twitterville, for bringing wonderful people together.
Almost a month ago (and happily/sadly I have been so busy that I haven’t posted this until now) I attended a workshop put on by a great organization called Career Transition for Dancers. The organization helps dancers who are either retiring or are looking down the road at retirement figure out what they want to do with their life post-dance. It is a great organization who have help a lot of dancers as they transition out of being performers into other aspects of the arts world or on to careers outside of the arts.
The workshop was not so helpful for me, unfortunately. I already have my Plan B and I didn’t meet the requirements for their grants. oh well. However, there was one handout among the entire folder of papers they gave us (information overload) that really stood out. The paper is entitled “Dancers are a Valuable Resource in the World of Work” (created by Suzi Jary, L.C.S.W.,C.P.,P.A.T) I have been in the working world since 2003 (am I giving away my age?) and I have never really given a thought as to whether or not the fact that I was a dancer was a great reason to hire. However, in talking to a professor from a law school once and telling him that I was a former dancer he really emphasized that I needed to have that in my law school application as that is a great asset. Then, this paper lands in my hands and my interest is aroused, my attention is grabbed.
Dancers don’t get paid much. We live paycheck to paycheck, if we are lucky. When we say that we sacrifice for our art, you wouldn’t believe what we give up. So, for all of you employers out there, here are the reasons that you should hire a dancer and by giving them a job you are supporting the arts:
- Ability to work as part of a team or independently
- Disciplined and dedicated
- Ability to take direction
- Persistent and able to work under pressure
- Trained to think on their feet and adapt quickly to change
- Intelligent and hard-working
- Vitality, energy and physical stamina
- Engaging physical presence
- Strive for excellence
- Keen motivation to improve and hone their skills
- Individuals who are successful in one career are more likely to be successful in another
- Learning skills of focus and concentration
- Listening and observing skills
- Strong sense of commitment and responsibility
So, the next time a resume come across your desk from a dancer, don’t be so quick to toss it aside. They may be your next best employee. Go hire a dancer!
(quoted from the handout created by Suzie Jary)
Filed under Career, dance
This word play is in honor of @twentyorsomething who has such great writing prompt posts.
So, if you have been following along so far, or new and looked through my blog, I am trying to combine my two loves, dance and law, into a career. I was thinking of titles for my job and here is what I came up with:
I am rather partial to Ballet Barrister. Which ones are your favorite??
Filed under Career, dance, law, life
I am working as a freelance paralegal. I report to an actual brick and morter (well, I’m actually not sure what it is made out of, but we will use it for this example) office three days per week. Rest of the time I work from home or the school library (but with the swine flu I have been avoiding the library like the plague).
The hardest part, for me, of being a freelancer is saying No to myself.
There are so many things to do. Twitter, linkedin, facebook, update lead sheets, general contracts, work for my various clients, figure out how to create a website, my blog, my fiction and my poetry. I am sitting here, at 10:15pm and I haven’t even opened my books for school yet. I have been working all day. I went to the office and worked. Then my father and I went over some aspects of my business that needed tending to. Then I bought an alarm clock (mine died this morning), had dinner, did some research for a blog post. And now, here it is after 10pm. I haven’t even looked at my LSAT prep books in 2 months and I take the test in September. That seems like a lot of time, but trust me….it’s not. Everything is riding on that score.
I don’t have a scheduling issue. I am great at creating schedules and assigning time slots to everything. I am incredibly organized. I live for the Franklin Covey store. I am just terrible at telling myself to shut things down, turn things off and focus. I try to jusify it as networking or whatever. Really, I just can’t say No to myself.