My time in high school
Attended high school in the
Overall high school experience
8/10. High school was mostly good-- I had a close group of good friends I could lean on, and I found refuge in the theatre. It was hard, though, and I worried a lot about fitting in and what the hell I was doing with myself.
Grades in high school
A's and B's. A's and B's and C's and... a D? I think. My family wasn't too strict on grades, as long as I kept it at a C or higher. But I expected myself to get at least B's. I didn't take any APs (the one I did try, I dropped), and placed the most personal value on arts classes.
English, Foreign Language, Performing Arts
Probably science. It can be really fascinating, but it's just not where my heart lies... I wouldn't spend enough much time trying to learn the material.
Life since high school
Attended college / university at
Foothill -- UC Santa Cruz -- back to Foothill (current)
I did my General Ed at Foothill and took a bunch of music and theatre classes. After two years, I transferred to UCSC and got my B.A in Theatre Arts. I took a few years to work and make things after graduating, and now I'm back at Foothill to learn more things.
Post-graduate education or training
I'm currently studying at Foothill, learning the basics of music technology and studio engineering. I also recently got an internship at a studio.
Places lived in US
Places lived outside the US
No, but I'm hoping to leave soon.
Current occupations / past occupations
I'm currently a full-time student and a part-time server at a restaurant in SF. At one point I was a creative director at a music company, and at another point I was working in retail... I've done a lot of random jobs, everything from babysitting to data entry to dog washing. The hustle is real.
Industries I've worked in
- Retail Trade
- Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Other Services (except Public Administration) (e.g. Repair, Salon, Political/Labor orgs, etc.)
Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?
There's a joke that getting a theatre degree will totally prepare you for being a stellar waiter... and it's very true. But in seriousness, I don't define myself by my job-- that's just something I'm doing for money right now.
Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
Yeah, sure it has. I'm back in school studying music and technology when I initially went to school for theatre-- they're really very different things. I think that working in a studio sounds fun, but if I had it my way I would be making avant-garde performance pieces that combine original compositions and live theatrical elements. I can't very well make a living off of that right now, because what the hell would that even look like? So I'm trying to learn more and gain a definable skill set so I can make money doing something interesting and creative that will still allow me time for my own artistic pursuits.
A little introspection...
To me, being successful means...
The way I measure my own success is in how much I am learning, how much I am creating, and how mindful I am of others and my environment.
My definition of success has changed over time.
I used to care so much about what others thought of me... I've always been an anxious person and a people-pleaser. I used to feel validated when someone would compliment me on my achievements, and I think that the amount of praise I received became my metric of success. Now, though, it's much different. Compliments are appreciated, but they are not things that I cling to so tightly and I certainly don't let them define me. I don't define success as one thing, but rather how in balance my life is as a whole: am I being generous enough to others? to myself? am I learning and growing and exploring? am I throwing myself wholeheartedly into my art? These are the things I care about now, and this is how I define how "successful" I am.
My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
A couple of years ago I was floating around and feeling directionless, and I answered a Craigslist ad for concert promoters. It led to an interview, which led to me helping start a very small company, which led to me working with a bunch of local artists and having creative control over the whole endeavor. We never really got off our feet, though, and it ended pretty abruptly. So. I guess my greatest accomplishment was technically a failure, but I learned a hell of a lot. Namely, I learned that I didn't want to do that type of work again. I didn't want to be promoting artists, I wanted to BE the artist. That information is invaluable.
My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
I wish I had treated my ex better. We're on good terms now but I wasn't my best self in that relationship and I know there were times when I made bad decisions and was a horrible partner. From that period of my life I learned that you can have two good people who aren't necessarily good together, and to trust my instincts; when it's time to let go, let go.
An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
A friend of mine committed suicide the week before our high school graduation. It turned my whole world upside-down.
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