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October 20, 2011

Seven years ago I took what I thought would be a temporary job. I filled in as a seasonal box office manager for a film festival and soon was asked to stay on board in a full-time capacity. Over the last seven years I’ve built an education program I’m proud of. I work with movie studios to create youth development curriculum for movies like How to Train Your Dragon and Tangled that are used by after school organizations nationwide. We have year round film and acting classes taught by world-renowned instructors like Ed Hooks. We have a brand new internship program with opportunities for 22 college students each year. And we have a national high school film competition getting ready to begin its third year.

This year our Grand Prize winner for our High School Film Competition won with a documentary about his father and the sacrifices he makes for his family each day. This 18-year-old filmmaker was flown to Indianapolis from California. It was his first flight and his first time out of California. He met filmmakers, received encouragement, got a scholarship to the FilmSchool in Seattle. Good things happen daily at my job, but so much good has happened that it made me realize that I should be making some things happen for myself as well.

And so with the encouragement of my husband and some reworking of our household budget I put in my notice. We decided that we’d be happier with less money if I was happier each and every day, pursuing those things I dream about but have put aside. I’d gotten so focused on others I stopped pursuing what I wanted most in life.

Soon after I put in my notice a locally based designer who has run a successful company for 33 years hired me to work in her studio knitting, sewing, putting samples together and generally learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry. It’s as though as soon as I took that first scary step of quitting, a whole world of new opportunities opened.

Our Festival is nearing its end and the realization that I have a fresh future ahead of me is beginning to sink in. I can’t wait to share these new adventures with you.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Mauria permalink
    October 20, 2011 8:55 pm

    Awww, congrats! Sounds like such a cool job your going too and right up your alley! You get to create everyday! Good Luck!!

    P.S. Hopefully the “reworking the household budget” still includes a day for Jack, I’d miss all you guys too much!

    • Claire permalink
      October 21, 2011 10:11 am

      Thanks, Mauria. I’m really excited. Oh, and we’d have to cut a lot of things before we cut dear Jackie’s play time! TLP is the highlight of our week πŸ™‚

  2. Hilary permalink
    October 21, 2011 2:05 am

    All the best to you in your new adventures, Claire!

  3. October 21, 2011 4:56 am

    Good luck, dear friend! As Frank always reminds me, Fortune Favours the Bold! πŸ™‚

    • Claire permalink
      October 21, 2011 10:12 am

      Thanks, Maryann. You were someone I focused on when I tried to figure out how we would do it. Thanks for helping me realize I could!

  4. Kelly Currie permalink
    October 21, 2011 4:48 pm

    Congratulations Claire! I’m so happy for you!

  5. November 8, 2011 10:54 am

    Big risks means big rewards! I’m so glad that you chose love and happiness. We can’t wait to bask in your success and tag along to fabulous events and endulge in your future products. πŸ™‚

    • Claire permalink
      November 12, 2011 4:51 pm

      Ever the encourager. Thanks, Patti! πŸ™‚

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