As devout artists, it can be difficult trying to find a work. When in pursuit of that next gig, discovering where your next meal will come from can be a daunting task. Oftentimes, some sacrificial souls in the industry decide that the ambiguous hustle isn’t for them so they barter the prospect of an artistic career for financial security. Other external forces may also drive the need for creatives to seek alternative [or additional] ways to make a living.
Trinity Norwood, a government contracting executive, is a communications major, with a concentration in film. I recently had a one on one with this bright young professional about her experience as a creative in a more buttoned-down society and to anyone considering a career shift; you might be surprised.
Cre8tiveSHFT: So why not choose a job in the entertainment industry?
Trinity Norwood: The industry is unbelievably saturated and it’s difficult to secure a good job. So I had to ask myself what was more important, working in art and hoping it will work out or a comfortable lifestyle?
Cre8tiveSHFT: That’s very practical. Do you have any regrets?
TN: Yes. (laughs) I wouldn’t say regrets as much as just better planning. I wished I’d chosen a way to work a stable job and somehow feed my passion simultaneously.
Cre8tiveSHFT: What exactly do you do?
TN: Chief Administrative Officer for a government contracting company.
Cre8tiveSHFT: Do you find that with your current workload you are able to be creative or do you have to shut down your artistic brain?
TN: Oh definitely, I’m constantly dealing with different personalities at work. What I do isn’t a mindless job, I’m always pushed to demonstrate improvised thinking.
Cre8tiveSHFT: So it’s safe to say you like what you do?
TN: I love what I do and feel fortunate to be able to do it.
Cre8tiveSHFT: That can’t hurt. Do you see yourself doing some creative stuff in the future?
TN: Oh absolutely, that was part of my New Year’s resolution! I’ve actively planned to be more creative; setting up a craft space in my house and taking on more challenging tasks at work that would utilize my artistry.
Cre8tiveSHFT: Let’s talk more about film, pre-college; what was your plan for the industry?
TN: That’s a great question, I didn’t really know. I just know that I wanted to be a part of it. Every aspect of film fascinated me.
Cre8tiveSHFT: Top three films; go.
TN: Labyrinth, Star Wars, and West Side Story or The Wiz.
Cre8tiveSHFT: Those are musicals.
TN: Yeah I know, I was always into theater as a kid. Both of those movies I could watch repeatedly. Vertigo is a good one as well.
Cre8tiveSHFT: Hitchcock’s Vertigo?
Cre8tiveSHFT: Top three actors.
TN: Film only?
Cre8tiveSHFT: Film only.
TN: Josephine Baker, Meryl Streep, and Denzel Washington.
Cre8tiveSHFT: Those are some solid picks! If you were going to quit your job today and pursue a creative career, what would it be?
TN: I think I would perform, it doesn’t have to be film. It could be theater.
Cre8tiveSHFT: For sure, I like the fact that there’s an immediate audience reaction in theater.
TN: Right, I enjoy it! I’m comfortable being watched.
Cre8tiveSHFT: Have you had any classical training?
TN: I have not, in the event that I were up for a gig I’d be totally prepared. But I mainly just draw from life experience.
Cre8tiveSHFT: You probably get a lot of that at work.
TN: (laughs) Oh definitely. There are a lot of personalities floating around.
Cre8tiveSHFT: I bet. Last question Trinity, what’s the latest film you’ve seen in theaters?
Cre8tiveSHFT: Just because of Jason Mamoa?
TN: Not just because of him, but it certainly didn’t hurt! (laughs)
Cre8tiveSHFT: Well, thanks for your time; it was a pleasure.
TN: Likewise, Thank you!