And then I started an internship with the Oklahoma Gazette and they let me freelance after that. So I’ve been freelancing for about three and a half years since then, writing about music — which has always been what I’m most interested in writing about. And then my senior year I did event planning and concert booking and I found it was something I really enjoyed.
From there I started designing concert posters, using some of the design stuff I had learned early on. When I graduated, this job came up and it struck me that it was everything I love to do and I’ve always just had a problem narrowing it down to one thing I like. There’s just so many things I enjoy doing but I love this job. It gives me the opportunity to engage in everything I love doing. It’s a small group of us, obviously — two of us full time and some interns — so you really have to be able to do everything. I applied, thinking it was a long shot, and I’ve been thrilled ever since.
Q: That’s quite the round about way to get where you are.
A: People are always a little shocked when they ask me because they assume I was art history or at least public relations or communications or something.
Q: Were you interested in art before college?
A: Yeah, it’s always been something I loved. If I had been more talented at drawing and painting that’s probably what I would have done. But I always found myself attracted to any project or opportunity in high school that lend itself to being creative, whether it was actually making something or just creative thinking or thinking out projects.
I think I probably forgot that somewhere along the line on my way to college. I think you get this idea that you have to follow this certain track to be a success in life. But then I think back and realize that what I found myself most engaged in were things like this where I was helping others, thinking creatively, having that opportunity to create something new and bring something to the community that maybe wouldn’t have happened otherwise. And it dawned on me that that’s where I would be happiest and have the most success.