Stationed in Virginia Beach and is training to be a Cryptologic Warfare Officer for the United States military.
“I was the stage manager for a musical called Hair and it was really my first time stage managing. It was getting thrown into the pan. It was a huge show with a huge cast and had huge light and sound requirements. For a new stage manager, this is a very big point of stress. It’s a lot of getting thrown into that situation of not knowing. Kind of figuring it out as I went along. I remember the night we finally finished tech and we were going through the light cues for the first time altogether. I remember the opening lights coming up and there’s this one special light cue where there’s a bottle hanging from the ceiling with lights up slowly as an actor is raised and touching that light. I remember sitting in the booth and having this moment where the perception of “where I had come to where I was now.” We had just finished tech, this beautiful moment is happening onstage and I had come to where I was without knowing anything. Getting thrown into this situation and becoming apart of something that was beautiful and meaningful. It was a really beautiful and small moment.”
“Coming in as a junior officer, you’re not expected to be an expert on what you do. In fact, you probably never will be. But, you’re expected to come in with confidence, come in willing to learn and grow, and then eventually, you get to have those moments again where you’re just working on something and then you realize that you came a long way. And now you’re a part of something meaningful.”