My previous career
In the before-times, I had a 24-year career in live theatre, focused primarily on properties. I built props and managed prop shops in Western New York, Southern California, and Seattle. I loved the work; it suited me and filled my creative cup. But as with many things in life, careers evolve.
When the pandemic hit, my industry was one of the first to shut down. In my theatre, we were given 90 minutes to pack up and clear out. And I didn’t go back.
I chose to switch careers to building websites because it was an area that had been tickling my imagination for years. I enjoy this work as well, and plan to keep doing it.
But I gotta say, I just can’t let go of my colleagues in the props world.
S*P*M, the Society of Prop Managers
S*P*M is a non-profit organization of properties shop managers from around the US, Canada, and Ireland. It’s a small but tight-knit group whose mission is to share resources, information, solutions and techniques, safety guidelines, continuing education, and stock among its members and the props community at large. Not a day goes by that the forum and FB group don’t have at least a handful of messages.
When the pandemic closed theatres, this group pulled up its socks and did all the things it’s been wanting to do for years. It updated its website and printed materials, rewrote its bi-laws, got its non-profit status, and launched a YouTube channel that highlights its members and teaches props skills.
They were one of my first website clients, and I love that I can keep my foot in the door in a new way. You can see their site here.
S*P*M 2023 Conference
This week, S*P*M is holding its 31st annual conference in Cleveland, OH: the first in-person conference since 2019. We’ve continued the conferences via Zoom, but this one is special because we’re back together in person.
Though I’m not managing shops anymore, I am so impressed with this group and love its members so much that I keep my membership current and participate as much as I can.
How does that pan out this week? I decided to spend my Library post time attending the conference. I’m spending four days with these folks then will return to all things WordPress next week: refreshed, rejuvenated, and with (another) smile on my face.