1 year ago today.

Just around 1 year ago today I was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. It was Opening Day of the Inaugural season of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball team and I was an intern working her very first baseball game ever. Now I had never been to a minor league baseball game let alone worked one. I was new to everything and like many others had no idea what to expect.

I had been working for the team since the previous September. I started out as a receptionist before we even had a stadium built. It was cool to see this team come from nothing. Granted some of our staff came with the team franchise from Wichita, KS but it was basically all brand new. I spent months mailing out brochures, organizing inventory, shipping out orders, filing, answering phones, etc. Anything and everything they needed done, I pretty much did.

In January I switched over to the Gameday Operations Intern position. There I was in charge of all of the staff that worked on game days, payroll, hiring, firing, managing, organizing, etc. I had from January to April to hire a staff, train them, get their payroll information submitted, and schedule them. Remember I had never worked for a baseball team before and had only managed at the local movie theater when I was in high school and early years of college. 

So here I was with this daunting task of putting together an entire staff but I loved every second of it. I was in my element, solving problems, organizing, planning, developing. The job had all of the things that challenge me in life. I was given a rough outline of how they had done things in years past and completely changed everything around and "fixed" it. 

Finally we reached April 10th and Opening Day was upon us. This was the new entertainment in town and we had to come through. After going through meetings all morning and talking with the others who had worked in baseball before I started preparing for the game around 2 o'clock. What was nerves quickly faded away to the determination to do my job. Next thing I know I'm having my first pre-game staff meeting and the gates are opening. The night flew by in a blur from then on. Granted the weather wasn't the greatest, not all of the big plans we had got to go off, and we had major parking/traffic issues but to me the night was a success.

The rest of the season all 70 home games were gone before I knew it. I learned so much working at the ballpark, not only about managing and organizing and planning for large numbers of people but also about myself. It was through this job that I figured out that I could be a producer. After all a producer is the person who plans and organizes and makes sure the project gets made. That was basically my job at the ballpark and the season was my movie. 

So here we are a year later and it's Opening Day again and I can't help but reflect on what I was doing a year ago (around there at least). I miss the excitement I felt, seeing things coming together, the energy of the crowd waiting to come in, the excitement on little kids faces when they see Strike the mascot for the first time, the feeling of knowing that I was doing something that I was meant to do. I will get these feelings again in my life but reliving that Opening Day experience has made me feel like I was lucky to be able to be there for the beginning and to watch it grow that first season.

I will be at the game tonight and for the first time ever be able to sit back and watch the ball game but I have a feeling it just won't be the same. I will be listening for voices in my ear on the radio or checking on the ushers to make sure they are doing their jobs, etc. I love baseball, and will love going to games this season. New memories to be made and old friends to see. Go Nats!

Something New Everyday

If One Tree Hill was the little engine that could TV show, then Southern Gothic Productions is well on it's way to being the little engine that could Production Company. 

Watching the progress of this company brings something new and amazing and inspiring everyday. 

From Hil's videos, to Nick and Austin's writings, to their T-Shirt enterprise everyday that I check the site and find something new I am amazed in one way or another. I have never seen dedication from a company like this before. The fact that they are working so hard to make their movie in this economy is admirable. But the fact that to help raise the money they undertook the massive task of selling T-Shirt is even better.

And to top it all off Hilarie is signing them, which should cause a serious case of hand cramps. She didn't have to take the time to do this. They don't have to take the time to share it. But they do. 

The pictures they posted of the whole T-shirt mailing process just proves how amazing they are. I have been in a start up company, sat behind the piles of merchandise, printed off the stacks of mailing labels, and spent hours at the post office trying to get them sent. I know what a pain the whole thing can be so I know that they are dedicated by doing this.

Amazing things are happening there in Wilmington. No wonder so many people want to go there (including me).

If I could have a tiny part of talent, heart, passion, and hard work that they have I will be successful in life. 

If you haven't already done it go to SGP and check out the blogs. Buy 1, 2, 10 T-shirts. I mean they are signed and the money is going to a VERY worthy cause. 

This company deserves all the success in the world and I have no doubt in my mind that they will achieve it. Nothing is going to hold them back. They are going to make sure of it, and all of their faithful followers will too. I know it.

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I'm a 24 year old girl who is taking a change in direction and going to school online through Full Sail University seeking a bachelors in Entertainment Business. I'm working towards being a screenwriter/producer/director anywhere in the TV or Film industry.