(not) working 9 to 5

I was talking to friend over the weekend and she was complaining about her boring her job is. She asked me why I never complain and I joked and asked her “How could I be bored?” The thing about “Show Business” is that it is not a 9:00 to 5:00/Monday through Friday kind of job.

Chicago Ambassadors

Chicago Ambassadors

For instance, this Sunday, I got up early to head down to the Convention Center at McCormick Place to serve Lemonade to 10,000 Health Information Management Systems Society Conference attendees as a member of the Chicago Ambassadors Program (we hand out beverages and welcome people to Chicago). Next I headed to the Cadillac Palace Theatre because Anshe Emet Day School’s Eighth Grade Fundraiser was at MARY POPPINS for the 1:00 show. Everything went smoothly – no one lost their tickets. JERSEY BOYS and RENT both had a 2:00 matinees, so I was able to check on them after leaving MARY POPPINS. At intermission, I was back at MARY POPPINS to find a Girl Scout Leader who had 136 girls attending the performance and make sure she had received her POPPINS patches and knew where the post show Q&A would be. I had just enough time back at the office to do a couple reports before I ran back to meet castmembers who had been Girl Scouts, Q Smith (Mrs. Corry, who sings SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC…) and Carol Angeli (Statue, Doll and others) backstage to bring them out at the end of the show for the Q&A.

As I left the theatre after the post show Q&A, my cell phone rang and my daughter asked “Where have you been?” I told her it was a long story.

-Gemma

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