It’s 2012! Out with the old, in with the New Year, the first snowfall of the winter and me, the new marketing intern at BalletMet. My name is Kelsey and I am a senior at THE Ohio State University. Just to share a little about myself: I am a strategic communications major and a theatre minor. I am always asked, “Strategic Communications? What’s that?” Basically it is entails everything from public relations to publicity, marketing to advertising, even special event planning.
“Okay so you want to do PR and marketing, why theatre?” I have been involved with dance and theatre since I was 5-years-old. I started dancing at Dance Reach with Mary Rose and suffered from terrible stage fright. I think my exact words to my parents at my first ballet recital were “Don’t smile at me.”
After a 2nd grade field trip to see BalletMet’s production of The Nutcracker, my interest in dancing was peaked. I sang and danced in Show Choir through middle school. In high school, I became a member of the flag corps, one reason being that I saw this as a way to get back into dance. I was very involved in the theatre department in high school, including musical theater and I am an International Thespian. My favorite shows were the annual musicals, where we had the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer.
When I took my first hip-hop dance class at OSU my freshman year, it made me wish that I had stuck with dance when I was younger. I knew a minor in dance seemed unrealistic when paired with a communications major, so I chose theatre. A way for me to still be a part of something I am passionate about.
Now, here I am! Finally getting the opportunity to be a part of something I am excited about! Yes, I have been an intern before; once for a local restaurant and catering company and once for an on-campus non-profit organization. While I gained a lot of experience that will help with my career, my career goal is to end up working in an aspect of the entertainment industry, whether it’s dancing, theatre or music.
I know it’s cheesy to say but when I stepped into BalletMet for my interview last week, I felt at home. I had only been in the building for five minutes and the relaxed atmosphere of the dancers stretching in the halls felt familiar. After my interview, I was able to take a tour of the facility. Stopping in the costume shop and peeking into the studio to see some of the company rehearse made me so excited to start this internship!
It’s only my first day and I am about to go watch the Director’s circle, featuring a piece by Dan Knechtges from BalletMet’s upcoming Jazz Moves. Who knew an internship could be so fun?! I am looking forward to all the new experiences that I will get to be a part of and the knowledge I will gain from this internship. Best of all, I get to share it with you!!
To be continued…