Oh boy.. It has been a long summer.
Way back in May, I spoke about the Xcelerate summer camps, a program that I’ve been involved in for 6 years. For the bulk of that experience, I’ve been an assistant instructor, but this year I took a promotion.
This year, I was involved with the summer camps as a program coordinator. I managed the afternoon camps to make sure that instructors had everything they needed, student information was acquired and secure, and everything ran as it was supposed to.
In many ways, the coordinator role was a better use of my skill set. My years as a producer for film and television have prepared me for work that involves coordinating with different people and making sure everything goes according to plan. The coordinator role really utilized those skills, and I felt like I was a good fit for it.
In other ways, I really missed being an assistant instructor. I missed having the closer interactions with the students. I missed being a part of the Lights, Camera, Action film camp that I’ve always worked with. On some days, when the stress of being a coordinator was getting to me, I missed the days where I just showed up to class and made class enjoyable for kids.
I really tossed back and forth about a lot of this throughout the summer. I wondered where I would fit next year and how this year would affect my chances since I had taken the plunge into new territory. There were some physically demanding aspects of the coordinator position that I wasn’t expecting, and these proved to be a hurdle that I was constantly trying to cross. Did I make the right decision?
As I write this, my last day as a program coordinator for summer 2018 has come to an end. I feel like the summer was a positive experience and that the camps were successful. The team had many talks about how to further improve the program for next year, and I feel like Xcelerate will continue to move in a positive direction.
I’m not sure if I’ll be offered the coordinator role next year, but if I am, I think I would probably take on the role again. It really was a better use of my skill set. This may very well be the career move that I’m supposed to make at this point in my life.
In any case, the summer job has concluded, and it’s time for me to get back into more creative and film centric endeavors. Until next summer, Xcelerate!