Re: Update to "Is It Just Me?"
- Hi Andrea,
I have worked with a school for 7 years now. For the first 6 shows
as a volunteer and for the last one I actually got the costumers
going rate - which I asked for and received. I am currently working
on the next production as we speak and with a paycheque and the
title of Costume Director. I am so sorry that your experience has
not been a good one and I am so sorry that the director does not
appreciate your time, contributions, talent and monetary injections
into his/her shows. It is bad enough that you had to endure the
unruly children without the support of the director/staff at the
I think that in time they will come to realize how much they miss
your input, but for now I agree the best thing you can do is to
either walk away being the better person, or yes I do agree that a
letter explaining "volunteerism" is in order and wishing them well
would be good too. I know that my first instinct would be to let
them know what I think of them, but burning bridges and all that.
The best revenge of course would be to start your own costume
business. Have you considered that? I am in the process of doing
that myself and I have also found another school to volunteer at. I
have been very fortunate in that the staff I work with support me
always. I wish you the best, feel free to email me if you want.
Patricia - Costume Lady Creations
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "anniethings53"
> I agree with everyone else that you will be appreciated elsewhere!
> You stated in your initial post that:
> "in addition to not getting paid, I also pay for everything I need
> year to execute the costumes for the 7th grade production."and
> If I were you, get in to the costume storage (if you still can)
> remove any and all costumes that you paid for with your own moneyand
> sewed with your own volunteer time. Good grief, you OWN thosecostumes
> and shouldn't leave them there. They have no idea how much you'vedone
> for them, so let them find out when they have nothing to wear nextyear
> because all the costumes you've sewn for the past 6 years are gone.the
> --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "Andrea Luciano"
> <aluciano@> wrote:
> > Since everyone was so great about responding to my last query,
> thought I'd let you all know that today I received a letter from
> teacher/director (for whom I have busted a gut for six yearsrunning)
> firing me as the volunteer costumer for the medieval production atmy
> son's former school! I am gobsmacked -- and all because I toldthem
> that they had to exercise better control over the kids if theywanted
> me to continue doing the costumes.
> > Andrea
> > New York City
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