August 18, 2011
A special early birthday present for me came in the form of Nicole Santos—LACO’s new marketing & box office associate. A talented and sharp young arts administrator, Nicole has immediately set to learning the LACO Box Office system and ensure a smooth and enjoyable 2011-12 season for all. Below, she shares the experiences of her first day.
First days are always hard, whether it’s a new job or the first day of school. It’s especially hard when you have absolutely no idea where you’re going or how long it will take you to get there. After a whirlwind week of moving to Southern California from Denver, Colorado, I took off to meet my first day at LACO head on—at the bright and early hour of 6:15. You see, I have moved to the city of Orange (a whole county away!) and everyone had warned me, “Your commute will be at least two and a half hours or even more.” Duly panicked about being late to my first day of work, whether as a result of traffic or even worse, becoming irretrievably lost, I left ample time to thwart disasters. Little did I know that I would be parked and sitting at Starbucks with a coffee in hand by 7:30, an hour and a half before my necessary arrival time. And let me tell you – sitting at a coffee shop for an hour and a half before you begin your first day at a new job is not a good idea. A combination of caffeine and too much time to mull things over reduced me from a state of minor trepidation to one of complete and utter apprehension. Where I only had a twinge of anxiety prior to my commute, I now had full-blown nerves. “Just take a deep breath,” I told myself. “You’ll be fine.”
And I was. From the moment that I walked into the LACO office, I felt welcomed. As everyone began to trickle into the office, a friendly, convivial spirit emerged, which I was immediately drawn to. My nerves began to dissipate and I began to feel more at ease. There is something to say about an organization that is so especially welcoming. I knew I had so much to learn and absorb in a short amount of time, but the notion no longer seemed insurmountable. I am elated to have the opportunity to work with such a forward-thinking and dynamic ensemble in a city like Los Angeles. Everything about LACO, from the programming to the outstanding musicians to the audience is exciting and full of possibility. There is a lot of work to be done and I have a lot of learning to do, but I am excited to be involved in such a vibrant arts community.