Oak Harbor, WA
Leaving my position with Oak Harbor High School's Drama Club and moving to Georgia was one of the most heartbreaking things I've had to do. I had spent three years in this program - growing to adore the students and faculty members. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and can't thank the young adults enough for allowing me ground myself in the arts. When Mrs. Gibson asked me to come back and take headshots for their upcoming production, I couldn't help my excitement.
It was so interesting coming back to a room full of students and spectating, rather than to help guide - barely knowing any names. For years, I had my mind preoccupied with licensing, casting, blocking, and production. I wondered during this particular day, 'did they always smile this much?'
This is one of the times that I am just so incredibly thankful to have the vocation I do, as I am constantly able to slow my mind and view the moments for everything that they are and the joys of youth that I was too preoccupied to see.