After four years of living and working in Washington, DC, I decided to make a change and move to New York City. It was scary to quit my job without having anything lined up, but I had the support of friends and family to help me through the transition.
Since I wasn’t working, I made job hunting my full-time job. I scheduled time to look for and to apply for jobs. I also scheduled time to organize coffee chats and informational interviews. One of my very first meetings was with Reynaldi Lindner Lolong, who at the time was the Donor Marketing and Membership Manager at The Public Theater.
Six years later, I reconnected with Reynaldi through a Facebook group he founded for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color working in arts marketing. He still works for The Public Theater, but has since been promoted to Director of Digital Engagement. After a recent conversation we had with other members of the Facebook group, he asked me to be part of a panel discussion.
The upcoming event Anti-Racism and The Arts: Marketing Leaders Respond, presented by Reynaldi, will be livestreamed at HowlRound TV on Wednesday, August 19 at 3:30 p.m. PDT. Moderated by Samantha Cubias, a second-year MFA candidate in Theater Management at the Yale School of Drama, the event will bring together leaders in the arts, including Khalilah Elliott of Gafford Communications, LLC, India Haggins of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Anh Lê of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
I look forward to sharing my experience as a woman of color working in arts marketing and hope you’ll join me next week for this discussion. For more information about this event, please visit HowlRound.com.