So ever since I first got that chance to work as a contractor on the winter games in Salt Lake, I’ve wanted to be a part of the Olympic movement.  I’m proud to be doing my part, even though it’s small in comparison to the over all work needed to be done to pull off a games of this size.

In the first week, we were inducted into the the culture of VANOC, something that really got me thinking more and more about that first time working on an event and the adrenalin rush I got when the doors opened and the lights came up and the audience gasped at the sight we had created.  Since then I’ve been working towards the goal of working on the largest, furthest reaching events I could.  Doha was great it touched half the world, now with the winter games in Vancouver I’m going to be working on an event that touches a huge percentage of the globe.

They showed us this video as part of the induction process, it’s a feel good clip that tells the story of why we do what we do, and why it’s so important to the world we try our hardest to produce an event that touches everyone in some way.  How vital it is to the world to keep coming together in friendly competition and not in battle for our lives.  I think the rest of the world can look at the games and the people behind it as an example of how to work together towards a common goal peacefully.

Vancouver Week 1

Vancouver-0815There were about 25 of us in the class of October 6th, all of us are with different FA’s, although the largest group in this class is the logistics crew.  Here we are, all shiny and new, looking forward to getting started.  It amazes me how many different people come together to work on a project of this size.

Two weeks ago I was told what venue I would be working on and I was stunned, it’s the venue I would have wanted, frankly I would have worked anywhere, but to have this specific venue I’m pretty excited.  The opening and closing are going to be incredible and the venue is going to be hard to work in, but the results will be great.

When I was just starting out in the entertainment industry I was in theatre.  I started out pushing boxes, painting sets and basically doing whatever I was told to do.  My dream was to work in Ashland as a stage manager or a technical director, I’ve obviously not done that yet, but I never thought of working in events.  I went to college (if you can really call it that) with the intent to continue working in theatre.  I discovered during my schooling that there really wasn’t any money in theatre.  So I started supplementing my income by working for a company that helped do the technical side of events.  Anything from birthdays and weddings to fashion shows and auctions.  I started there pushing boxes and doing whatever I was told, I finished with that company as a project manager / account executive.  After that I decided to stay in the events and went to work for another company traveling the world working trade shows and events.  Now I’m sitting here in Vancouver reflecting on the choices I’ve made from that first time I walked into a theatre and decided I loved it to taking a job with a very disorganized company to getting on a plane for a place I knew nothing about (including where it really was).