Cry “Havoc” and let slip the dogs of war – Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1
So the cat’s been out of the bag for about two weeks now. One of the new endeavors I took on when I left my full-time job in December was to launch a youth theater company, Cry Havoc Theater Company. It’s something that had been in the works for many months before and had been in the back of my brain for about a year. The idea became a legal, nonprofit entity with the state of Texas on November 15th – a mere three and a half months ago. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with artists, potential donors, real estate agents, teenagers, parents, and other nonprofit organizations. With the help of a few fabulous people, we finally have a clearly defined mission and vision statement, branding, business cards and a basic website. So now is the time to move beyond the basics and get clear about what our first time to dance is going to look like.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius
In an homage to the book The Happiness Project, I’m calling March’s intention on this twelve month journey “Aim Higher”. Because of momentum and timing, this month must be focused on making decisions for the theater company and clearly communicating them to a wider audience. In addition, since my other job (i.e. the one I”m actually earning an income from at this point) is as an adjunct professor at the college level, I need to continue lining up work for the summer and next fall. So, this month is all about career.
To focus on my career and aim higher, in March I’m taking these steps:
- Submit my CV and other materials for additional adjunct work with the two places I have contacts in.
- Either file the final paperwork with the IRS or seal the deal with a fiscal sponsor so that Cry Havoc can begin accepting donations.
- Set up an accounting system (with the help of my husband and his amazingly generous friend!)
- Take all the information I’ve been collecting and will continue to collect in the next few weeks and make a final determination about what the summer programming for Cry Havoc will look like, and announce it (no pressure).
- Read 8 play scripts. I know this seems minor compared to some of the items on this list, but one of the reasons I started on this adventure was because there is only one free performance opportunity four young people in Dallas. We aim to provide more. We also strive to provide young people with the opportunity to tackle more meaningful and challenging theater than what is currently available. With that in mind, I’m listing this to remind myself that this one is a really important item on the list.
- Submit applications for two existing funding opportunities for Cry Havoc.
- Ask for help. Up to this point, I’ve been meeting with anyone and everyone to solicit ideas, opinions, advice and whatnot. And a few close friends who are deeply invested in this venture have offered help with all the legal, business, financial and technological components. We’re now reaching the point when we’ll need help with other aspects (marketing, what’s that?) So, another big goal is to broaden the circle and ask for help.