I was lucky enough to get a dream job: being a marketing director for the Yukon Arts Centre. The Arts Centre is a venue for a lot of non-local acts (and does host lots of local acts and artists as well) that come through Whitehorse, and into the communities. It encompasses not only the actual Arts Centre, up on the hill, but the Old Fire Hall, the Yukon Arts Gallery (adjacent to the mainstage), and various venues for workshops and talks around town.
Before I got the job I was a Waterfront Trolley interpreter, a guide for the Beringia Centre (our ice age/mammoth museum), and a vaudevillian. I told you about some of these jobs. Mostly, I talk about writing, and I talk about the cool things that happen in Whitehorse. I always have. Most of those arts centered events happened at the Yukon Arts Centre. And I raved about them because I thought they were good. I wanted to share what I’d found.
As it happens, I now get paid to promote the Arts Centre. Does that change my sincerity? Not in the least. If you got paid for what you love to do would it change the way I view what you say or do? No. I just happen to love what I do.
For the purposes of this blog, my thoughts are still my thoughts. I intend to still tell you about all the cool things that I find, and I don’t think that should stop suddenly because I get paid to promote one organization. I’ll critique movies, talk about writing. I’ll still promote good local plays, from local playwrights. And I’ll still find great things from the Yukon Arts Centre too. I probably won’t be negative about a Yukon Arts Centre event, but you would expect that. I’m not really into being negative anyway. There’s too many good things happening here–I want you to see them.