Production Coordinator + Tech Producer
If I had to describe myself with one word it would be “humble.” I am thankful each day to be able to say I love what I do for a living, but that’s not to say it didn’t come with hard work. As Shakespeare wrote, “one [woman] plays in [her] time plays many parts” and I can say I’ve played my fair share of characters in the past 6 years of my professional career.
In all honesty, I never imagined being where I am today. 10 years ago, when I was deciding what I wanted to go to college for, the only thing I knew for certain was, whatever I did, it needed to be fun. I didn’t want to waste a second doing something I dreaded, so I asked myself what set my soul on fire? It didn’t take long to realize that it was the electricity of a live audience applauding at the end of a successful show.
I was never one for acting, but I loved working backstage and the feeling of bringing joy to hundreds of people through theatre. I received a scholarship to Old Dominion University for scenic design in 2014 and thus began what would become my path into the event industry.
In 2016, I took a few months off of school to intern at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. While working at the Animal Kingdom, I was also taking courses in Innovation and Design through the Disney College Program. After returning to Virginia in the fall, I began working for the Virginia Opera as an Administrative Assistant. I stayed at the Opera for the remainder of my time in college and gained experience in bookkeeping, accounting, and arts administration. Though I was going to school for technical theatre, I was also drawn to numbers and mathematics. I loved when things added up and finding solutions to difficult tasks. I found a balance of head (accounting) and heart (theatre) that I still carry to this day.
After graduating from ODU in 2019, I moved to Richmond to make the career change from theatre to live events. Here, I set the stage (literally) for some of Virginia’s largest acts, providing them with the audio and video support they needed. From hard rock headliners in Charlottesville to national conferences in Maryland, moving to Richmond definitely advanced my career in the event industry further than I had anticipated. Of course, in 2020 that came to a screeching halt when the pandemic shut down most of the world, but I didn’t let that stop me. I quickly became bored and began utilizing my admin skills again for Dude Ranch Pet Resort in Glen Allen, VA.
While it was fun to work with the four-legged, I sorely missed the world of events. In September 2021, I came on board the Mosaic team working as an assistant to the Director of Operations and quickly worked my way up to where I am today as the Production Coordinator for Mosaic.
I am thankful every day to be able to say I love what I do for a living, but as you can see it was a journey to get here… one that I would gladly take again.