You worked in and around live music for 10+ years. Tell us about the time in your life! What were your day-to-day responsibilities?
I started interning in the music industry, in the Texas country genre, while I was in college, working for a local agency. I later co-produced an event with that same agency while I was at the lifestyle magazine and was quickly reminded how much I truly loved working in live music. I then returned to the agency and headed the artist publicity sector of the company and booked radio tours, artist interviews, and wrote more press releases than I can count. Next, I took a talent accounting position with one of the nation’s largest concert promoters. I was fortunate enough to travel and work at music festivals all over the country [Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Wanderlust, etc. . . .]. A major highlight was being able to work and be a part of the grand opening of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, which was an intimate three-day event headlined by Coldplay, Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, and John Mayer [cue: head explosion!].
So, what led you to making a drastic career change?
Despite all of the amazing opportunities I was given in the music industry—and that being the only business I really knew—I still hadn’t found "that thing" I was truly passionate about. A friend had an open position at the Capitol, so I took a chance and traded in my concert tees for pencil skirts. [Hey, it was a good excuse to buy a new wardrobe!]
What are your current job responsibilities as a state government employee? How do you manage to blog and take on styling clients at the same time?
I mainly do scheduling, which is perfect for me since I love a well-organized calendar! Unlike working in the music industry, this isn’t a job where I have to “bring work home,” so once I’m out of the office I’m able to focus on blogging and other creative projects. I try to meet with clients or prospective clients during my lunch breaks, and evenings and weekends are pretty much dedicated to crafting, styling, photographing, blogging, and sourcing items for my Etsy shop. I would be lost without my ever-growing to-do list and my Google calendar!