I am going to stand up for myself…

Two things have happened that I find completely ridiculous, and so I am going to say something about them both.

1) I didn’t get paid today because my manager is on vacation and didn’t approve my time card. No. Unacceptable. Angry email sent.

2) Last week, at my interview, a less-than-friendly woman whose role in the department I didn’t really understand interviewed me for about an hour. (The actual supervisor for my position interviewed me for 15 minutes.) This woman actually tried to ask me my age (which is illegal) and then told me she was surprised that someone with my background was interested in such an entry-level position (it was actually not the most condescending thing she said to me that afternoon). This morning, I decided that I would get in touch via email with the HR Manager who brought me in and let her know that this was really sketchy and left “a bad taste in my mouth.”

I used to work with a real firebrand actor-writer who taught fundraising workshops. He was very intense and would get really excited about some issues,  but he said something that I absolutely love. He said it was our responsibility to “educate the funding community” about our needs as artists. He meant that when you had the opportunity to discuss issues in the field, or with a grant, or whatever, you should take it. Be respectful, and be honest. I love this. I think feedback is crucial.

So I am giving some feedback. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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