I wish I could write a post that did our event justice but even now I’m too tired to write anything interesting up. I posted periodically about it but last evening our event “The Glass Factory” took place. As a Special Events Management student, our program tasked us to create an event to raise money for George Brown College’s Scholarship Foundation. My team consisted of 24 individuals and we all agreed to donate 20% of the profits from our program to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation as well.
The Glass Factory was inspired by Andy Warhol’s studio space in Manhattan in the 1960’s titled “The Factory”. We wanted to recreate a night similar to one in Warhol’s Factory, where guests not only experience art, but become a part of it themselves.
My role in this entire endeavor was “Head of Entertainment”. Along with 3 other members from our team, we created the entire entertainment schedule for the night which involved booking and communicating with artists, bands, and the AV/Tech staff at our venue. So throughout the evening we had 4 different musical acts perform, 4 artists working to create art throughout the event, and 1 art exhibit.
“In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” These words were spoken by Warhol himself and we wanted to incorporate some form of this into our event. We projected a digital clock countdown onto the wall behind where the bands were performing. Each act for the duration of the night had a spotlight on them for 15 minutes and we used directional spotlights to showcase them to our guests.
Unfortunately I was unable to walk around the event to take photos since I was working, however I’m looking forward to posting some up once our photographers upload them onto our website. If you’d like to check out the website we had, you can visit it at: http://www.theglassfactory.ca
I’m really happy with how the event turned out despite all the stress involved working with 23 other different personalities and pulling an event together in 6 weeks. In total we raised close to $5000 last night which we will be donating to the aforementioned charities. I’m extremely proud of the work we did to pull off such a successful evening. A big thank you goes out to everyone who showed up last night in support of myself, our group, and our event. I appreciate all the support that I’ve received during this process and I’m sad that as of next week, I won’t be having classes with any of these wonderful people anymore.
Here are a couple of photos I took during set up so you can get an idea of the blank space that we were working with before I post more later.
Today is Bell Canada’s campaign to end the stigma that is associated with mental illness and well I guess I can talk too. I’ve never kept quiet about the fact that I have an anxiety/panic disorder or that I’ve had bouts of depression before. However it’s not something that I generally advertise to…
I really wish I was on Bell for this day; this is an incredibly deserving cause. I actually just started going to a therapist this week, and I wish I’d been able to do it years ago.
Ditto on asking me anything in my ask box - I’m also pretty open about this.
Yes I’m disappointed that I didn’t have Bell service today either. For every call or text you sent from your phone, they were donating a portion of it! Glad to hear that you started going to a therapist though. As much as speaking with friends or family can help, professional aid is always the most important to receive.
Today is Bell Canada’s campaign to end the stigma that is associated with mental illness and well I guess I can talk too. I’ve never kept quiet about the fact that I have an anxiety/panic disorder or that I’ve had bouts of depression before. However it’s not something that I generally advertise to others unless it comes up in conversation or I am somewhat close to them.
This all happened to me about 3-4 years ago and admittedly I was so confused and scared at first that I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I’m lucky that I have a family that supports me and understood that I needed help and pushed me to get it. If I didn’t have that then I know that I would have been much worse off.
I encourage you to seek professional help if you feel that you need it. I’m not ashamed to say that I had a psychiatrist and a social worker for a year. In fact, my social worker Larry was a pretty fantastic guy and left me with a lot of great life advice. He always questioned why I didn’t act like a “typical teenage” and told me that I should stop worrying so much and “go out and have some fucking fun”. I remember one time we were talking over a scenario and he paused in the middle to ask what I was like when I was drunk. I don’t actually drink so his reply was, “can you please just go act like a normal irresponsible teenager?” (I don’t think I ever really listened).
Anyhow I guess I’m just making this post because I think that mental illness shouldn’t be kept hidden and you shouldn’t be ashamed if you have it. We talk about other health issues such as cancer and heart disease freely. So why not this as well? If you have any questions you’d like to ask feel free to leave something in my ask box. I’m pretty open when it comes to this.
For one of the first questions that I’ve ever been asked on tumblr, I didn’t really expect this one.
To answer your question though, I have never cheated on anyone I’ve ever dated. I find this to be one of the most dishonorable things that you can do to someone. I’m a loyal person to those that I care about because for me, the relationships I have with other people are things that I treasure the most. Regardless of whether or not it is a friendship or a significant other.
If you can correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he'd prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.