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Goodbye Disney, Hello Fringe!

Well folks, my Disney journey has come to an end.

And I’m very excited to report that it was indeed a happy ending!

After putting up my last blog post, I was touched by the number of views, visitors, and inspiring comments that I received from family, friends, and anonymous readers.

The happy ending to my Disney journey came about because of a very magical moment during my last few days at Disney World.
One afternoon I decided to tackle the remaining rides I had yet to do at Hollywood Studios, which included the short film at the end of the One Man’s Dream exhibit. It was during this biography of Walt himself that I remembered why I wanted to be there in the first place. Walt’s courage to pursue his dreams after countless failures reminded me of mine. His imagination, dedication, and hard work has created one of the world’s biggest companies that lets parents and children enjoy a vacation together, lose themselves in classic movies, let everyone be a kid again, and believe in dreams. Walt Disney World was named by Roy Disney, because Walt died shortly before seeing his grand project complete, and Roy wanted to let everyone know Disney World was Walt’s dream. This man’s legacy still continues to this day, and it took this biographical film to remind me of why I believed in Walt and his dream in the first place.

I know down the road I will look back on this experience and realize how fortunate I was to enjoy the good times and endure the bad. This entire journey has changed me for the better, as a person, an artist, an employee, and everything in between. I’ve gained invaluable experience, memories, maturity, and discovered a lot about myself.

So for that, Walt, I thank you.

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Disney Grad 2013

And now, onto getting my life back on track in Victoria!

Ahhhhh, Canada. More specifically, Victoria BC. How I missed you! The friendly, courteous strangers, the poutine, the ocean, the mountains, TIM HORTONS, and free healthcare! I think I’ll stop complaining about all the rain, because this is nothing compared to the torrential downpour hurricanes in Florida.

And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I get back home, I’m in full Fringe Festival mode? No down time for this girl. It’s time to write, produce, direct, act, and advertise my very first theatre production!

Straight from victoriafringe.com:

“The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival is one of the oldest Fringe Festivals in Canada! Intrepid Theatre hosts the festival, which features over 55 productions from all over the world in various venues in downtown Victoria. The international theatre companies that participate in the Fringe are selected by lottery. Those companies prepare and produce their shows, and bring them to the festival ready to be seen by an audience.

The Fringe Festival movement is more than 30 years old in Canada, and there are dozens of Fringe Festivals across Canada and the US.

The Victoria Fringe is a non-juried festival of alternative theatre from around the world. We do not produce, select, or judge the content of artistic merit of shows at the Fringe. That judgment is up to you. If you like a show, support the artists you’ve enjoyed by telling others – and they might return with another great show next year.”

So (my partner-in-crime) Blair and I have been writing comedy sketches all summer. We cast our show back in April, and now we’ve been rehearsing since the beginning of August. Our show gets ready to open this Friday! Crazy!

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Image I’ll have more about the process of Fringe and creating my own show from scratch in a soon-to-be-posted blog entry. But for now, here’s some info on my show!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/singlesawarenesstheatre

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/422515921198543

Promo Video: http://youtu.be/D1oLwY_nijY

Marble Interview: http://marblevictoria.com/post/58578073245/you-had-me-at-improv-preview-matts-interview

Disney Blog Epiphany

I’ve officially been at Disney for two months now.

And I have to admit to you dear readers, there is a reason it has almost been a month since my last blog post.

For the past month, I’ve been struggling to write a new blog entry. Every time I sit down in front of my computer, I always remember my neglected blog in the corner of my mind. Yet I just couldn’t write anything.

The honeymoon phase of my Disney adventure is over. The pixie dust is starting to settle, and I don’t like it.

It’s hard to write a blog post because every day I go to work I just want to quit on the spot and go home. But I know I won’t. Because I’ve worked too damn hard to quit now. There are just certain aspects of the Disney business that I dislike. I was recently approved to be friends with Russell from Up, and scheduling decided it would be great to schedule me just with Russell all this week, averaging 12.5 hour shifts. I’ve had run-ins with captains that have treated me (because I’m in the College Program) like crap. Hurricane season is in full swing, so you can bet I get soaking wet in torrential downpours every day. And I’ve done everything there is to do in the parks. My stamina for the physical exertion it takes to do my job every day is deteriorating. And I’m extremely homesick.

This experience hasn’t been all fun and games. But a recent phone call to my grandmother reminded me that I have a tendency to think negatively when things go wrong, which in turn coats everything else that’s happening in negative colours. She reminded me to think positively, and to appreciate how far I’ve come with my Disney journey.

I guess it’s just really hard to persevere and complete a job that you realize you don’t want to do for the rest of your life. I thought Disney was the answer to all my career questions. Whenever someone asked me what I plan on doing after university, I would confidently inform them that I planned on working for Disney. But that’s all changed now. I don’t see myself here for the rest of my life. And that leaves my future completely open and undecided, an unforeseeable and unorganized scary black abyss. My life has never been like that. I always had a plan: finish high school, get a summer job, go to university, get another summer job, take this course, finish this class, do this play, graduate with a degree and enter a job at Disney, first the cruise lines, then the parks, work my way up the corporate ladder until I can retire with a nice retirement fund in the bank.

Now I don’t have anything.

But I do have other dreams and goals brewing in the back of my mind. A Professor at my university once suggested to me that I should get my Masters degree in Directing, then with my background in acting, directing, front of house, and my ability to organize and manage events such as I did with the Theatre Course Union, I could walk into any post-secondary institution in Canada and get a job.
Then there’s also the option of auditioning for Stratford, Shaw, Bard on the Beach, etc. My uncle told me if I ever want to, he knows how to connect me with someone who works at Shaw.
Then there’s always bartending school and serving at tourist restaurants for a year until I can pay off some of my loans.

It’s scary to not have a plan. When you’re the type of person who has always had a plan, could always imagine their near and distant future, who could make long term life goals and career choices from an early stage and work towards it. To have something to aim for, work towards, plan, organize.

And now, readers, I just had an epiphany.

Since the start of high school I have been determined to work for Disney. That has been my goal, my plan, I’ve worked towards it and aimed for it. I’ve put so much effort into making it happen. And here I am! This is it! I’m here working for Disney – exactly what I’ve wanted to do all along!

Who could tell me a few years ago I would be making my lifelong goal come true at the young age of 21? If I can accomplish this life goal so early in my life, what’s next? What other possibilities await me? What other goals, what other jobs, what other opportunities can I set my sights on, and achieve? If I’ve already achieved this goal so early in my life, think of all the other opportunities I can accomplish by the time I’m 30, 40, 50 years old!

My future is not some unorganized, unknown black abyss. It’s a wonderland full of exciting, albeit unforeseeable, opportunities! Perhaps letting go of the notion of having a strict, rigid plan for my future will actually open my life up to all kinds of unthinkable experiences. Maybe we are in charge of our own actions and destiny. Yet a part of me feels as if someone, somewhere, has a path for me to follow. I may get distracted and follow a butterfly into the bushes, get nicked by prickly shrubs, and trip on some tree roots, but eventually I will find my way back to the path.

Wow. This post was pretty therapeutic. I kinda wish I had hunkered down to write it sooner.

Alright Disney. 18 days left. Let’s tango.