What does one do when one returns to one’s hometown a week before one is booted off one’s parents’ health insurance plan? Why, see all the medical professionals in the Greater Spokane Area, of course! I’m almost POSITIVE that’s what Adele was thinking when she wrote the song “Hometown Glory.” I mean, what is more glorifying than going to five medical appointments in 4 days? Especially when you are given a clean bill of health after all them appointments? NOTHING! Except maybe winning the Stanley Cup. But that’s it.
Keeping the Spokane healthcare field in business singlehandedly wasn’t my only purpose of returning to the Inland Northwest. I was there – of course – to hang out with the rentals (aka parents) and enjoy their company. Unfortunately, my mom was out of town for most of the two weeks I was in town: she was in D.C. for the first week and San Diego for the second. And for the three days in between (i.e. Memorial Day Weekend) I was attending the Krista Foundation Annual Leadership Conference, my other reason for visiting Spokane.
Every year the Krista Foundation holds a conference for its colleagues and “Friends of the Foundation.” For those of you who don’t know, the Krista Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to provide moral, financial, and spiritual support to young Christian adults who want to enter a time of service. I became a Krista Colleague in 2010 in anticipation of my trip to South Africa in 2011 (where I was volunteering full-time doing education and outreach through drama), and I have returned for three conferences since then. Each conference has a theme, and this year’s was “Going Public: Complex Faith within a Complex World.” Our keynote speaker was Rev. Joan Harrell, a pastor at Trinity UCC in Chicago (of Rev. Wright/Obama fame), and we had several workshops throughout the weekend around the “Going Public” theme. It’s also a great weekend to connect with like-minded individuals from all fields and walks of life, who are all united in their desire to live a life of service.
And in my last week in Spokane, I hopped across the state for one night to audition with ACT theatre. They had gotten ahold of me the day before the KF conference and asked me to audition for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – a play by Christopher Durang. Unfortunately, I did not get cast (I didn’t even get called back), but I do not regret auditioning, because this was my first Equity audition (my audition for Tribes was just a video, and there were no callbacks involved), and it’s good to get one under my belt. As Elizabeth, my mom in Tribes, told me, “When you move to New York, just audition. Audition for plays you don’t even want to be in, just for practice. You can always turn down a role, but you just have to get out there.” So I’m grateful for the experience, and I hope to be a little more skilled and a little less nervous the next time I audition.
What’s next? New York City! I’ll keep you posted.