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Those words used to sound dirty to me. "Stuck in Limbo" just sounds like nothing's happening, and nothing's moving on. I was worried that's where I'd be at this point in my life, which is after my summer engagements have ended, and before I've moved to NYC, in other words, just waiting for September 1st without any forward progress possible. Of course that's a ridiculous thing to worry about, this is me we're talking about, I never stop doing something, even if it's getting really really good at "Space is Key 2" (before you snicker, that game ROCKS).
However right now, I find myself having a few minutes for me. I find myself cleansing my thoughts, organizing not only my life, but my brain. I've become increasingly despising of Paul Ryan (if you're friends with me on facebook, then you know all about that), and I've had some time to reflect on just where I am as a person.
My name is Ned Donovan and I am 23 years old. I am a graduate of Waynflete School in Portland Maine, though not with honors (sorry Mom and Dad). I am a graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and I graduated Cum Laude (hope that made up for it). Prior to graduating Waynflete I was an athlete, a singer, a debater, a musical arranger, an actor, a dancer (sort of), a New England sports fan, and a lover of all things video games. After graduating Waynflete and arriving at Ithaca I was...an athlete, a singer, a debater, a musical arranger, an actor, a dancer (sort of), a New England sports fan, and a lover of all things video games. So what's changed? Not really anything. That's awesome. I hope it's a good thing, but I feel like I have not changed since high school, merely evolved, adapted, become a more realized, fully fleshed version of myself. I have become more adept at what I do well.
I have worked to turn what I do well into a career. Talk to me in 5 years and I'll let you know how that turns out. Right now I am paid to do what I love, which is act, sing, dance, and punch people in a remarkably fake manner so that an audience believes I just broke someone's nose. Oh wait, I get paid to do what I enjoyed when I was 5.
So what's next? Next I am going to sing Gerswhin in Maine, I am moving to the big bad city, I am trying to create a security job, and most of all, I'm just trying to live in a manner which I enjoy, and find solace in. That's a pretty good goal right now. Which means I'm not stuck in Limbo, merely delaying my next forward sprint. It's nice to have a breather, in a way this is a vacation. Sure it's not paid, but we can't always get everything.
As a security job, I sat back and realized I didn't want 30-40 hours a week as a waiter, and then have to leave that job when I get a gig out of town, and then have to find a new one when I get back. So what, then? How do I find a job that lets me go wherever my full career takes me, and be waiting for me when I get back? The answer was simple, get a job that comes with you. Enter Social Media Management. As a product of my generation I have an account on almost every major social network you could want, and also quite a few minor ones. I post on almost all of them, many times a day. So how do I make a living out of that? I've started doing that for companies. I am a freelance Social Media Manager for hire. Right now I run all social media and website development for The Dogfish Company. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, and you can also find us in Portland Maine at either of our locations, The Dogfish Café or The Dogfish Bar & Grille. I recommend you check out both spots, they're awesome.
If you happen to run a company who might be looking for such a service, or know one who would be interested, please let me know. But otherwise know, that I am constantly pushing forward. The momentary lull I'm experiencing now is an excuse to sleep, not slack. I am always working always striving, always bettering, and that is JUST how I like it.
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(fac·to·tum | \ fak-ˈtō-təm) noun - a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities
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