The End of an Apprenticeship

 Left to right: Julia Jordan, Ty Autry, Bob Farley, Maggie Birgel, Ptah Garvin

Left to right: Julia Jordan, Ty Autry, Bob Farley, Maggie Birgel, Ptah Garvin

As my apprenticeship draws to a close I am reminded of how much I have grown over the past year and just how much I have changed as a person. But, I am also reminded I still have so much more to learn and that, my friend, is the beauty of life.

Becoming an artist means you will never stop learning, never stop growing, never stop pushing your limits, and never stop living life to the fullest. This is what Georgia Ensemble Theatre has taught me during my apprenticeship.

Sure, I took classes performed on big stages and also tiny ones inside a school's media center... But I will never forget the value of growing and learning the staff and my mentors taught me. Nor the joy of pursuing a dream of mine.

 Bekah Medford & Ty Autry in Junie B Jones: The Musical

Bekah Medford & Ty Autry in Junie B Jones: The Musical

Right before I graduated Georgia Tech, about a year ago today, I was offered jobs that would have paid me 60k+ a year. Now, this isn’t to brag or anything because most engineers are offered that much (if not more), but just to make a point on how scary this year has been.

Jumping head first into something I knew very little about. Quitting my day job to go on tour for 5 weeks. Working lots of different jobs to make it. Fighting with doubt about my new career choice. This has been my life for the past year.

 Viewpoints class at Georgia Ensemble Theatre taught by Eliana Lundburg

Viewpoints class at Georgia Ensemble Theatre taught by Eliana Lundburg

This is the life of most actors in the Atlanta area. This is the life we signed up for.

Why?

Because we are passionate about our careers. This is not just some hobby or phase. This is our life and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Over the years to come I will still push myself to learn, grow, and make it.

Will I make a stable living one day?

Who knows…

But, this is my path and I am not going anywhere.