Performing Arts | Santa Barbara, California Area, US
My professional experience includes 6 years working at a full-time symphony orchestra and registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, specializing in subscription/ticket sales, marketing and social media. I'm also a self-taught photographer currently enrolled at UCLA Extension pursuing a photography certificate.
2009 - Present
Patron Services Manager / Santa Barbara Symphony
- Provide excellent customer service to subscribers, donors and patrons - Create, organize and execute annual subscription renewal campaign to over 1,400 subscribers - Fulfill and process new and renewing subscription and single ticket orders - Handled thousands of dollars in subscription and ticket payment and donations annually - Collect, input and organize all subscription and ticket sale orders in Raiser’s Edge database - Assign seating and revise seating charts in a concert hall with a 1,550 seating capacity - Work with marketing director to devise and implement strategies to boost subscription and single ticket sales - Coordinate with box office to set up concert season information and ticket prices - Create, write and edit monthly online newsletters and email campaigns - Create and design posters, flyers, postcards, Facebook cover photos and other marketing/promotional materials as needed - Update and maintain various social networking websites and outlets on a daily basis - Oversee, update and maintain website and content - Event photography at receptions and special events
Receptionist / Santa Barbara Symphony
- Answered phones and directed calls - Checked and sorted incoming mail - Maintained and ordered all office supplies - Assisted Subscribers Services Manager with processing subscription ticket orders and payment - Data entry in Raiser's Edge Database - Maintained RSVP's for post-concert receptions - Assisted all departments with other duties as assigned
Head Usher, Hospitality/Wardrobe Crew, Publicity Distribution Team / UCSB Arts & Lectures
- Facilitated house managers and a crew of 10-15 ushers - In charge of taking tickets and helped patrons find their seats - Sold merchandise for artists - Maintained crowds for after-performance autographs signing and artist meet & greets - Responsible for food preparation and dressing room set-up - Accommodated the artists’ various needs throughout the performance - Worked with costume managers backstage in sewing/ironing wardrobe when necessary - Responsible for promoting upcoming events around the UC Santa Barbara campus
Adminstrative Assistant / Marketing Fundamental, Inc.
- Direct assistant to CEO with clerical duties such as: sorting mail, data entry, inventory, and managed invoices - Examined and proofread press releases - Facilitated bookkeeping using Peachtree Accounting
Santa Barbara City College
University of California, Santa Barbara
Sociology; Minor: Ethnomusicology
Activities: Gamelan Kyai Selamet (UCSB Javenese Gamelan), Gaucho Pep Band, Iaorana Te Otea
I got the best email today. It just warms my heart.
A month ago or so, I took some photos of Oliver, a little chihuahua who was being fostered by Rowdy Dog Rescue. I received the below email today from Dave, the founder of Rowdy Dog Rescue. I can’t really take all the credit. There are a lot of people and organizations out there who work tirelessly saving and rescuing animals everyday. I’m happy that I’m able to use my photography and contribute in my own small way.
I hope you are well! Oliver went to his forever home today and I know, without a doubt, that the beautiful pictures you took of him helped attract the adopters. He has a huge backyard to play in now and will have the life he has always deserved. Thank you, again.
Recently finished off a roll of film, but only half the photos came out. Ugh. It was kind of upsetting. That’s the down side about film. This was the one and only good shot. Well, that’s life sometimes…
Lucidity was…an experience. How do I best describe it? It was like the smaller, more obscure younger cousin of Burning Man and Coachella with a twist of a renaissance fair.
This is the UCSB gamelan, Kyai Selamet, which I played in many years ago. I don’t currently play with them, however a bunch of their members play in Sinar Surya, where I regularly play now. They asked me to fill in since they needed extra players for the performance. Overall it was interesting, yet strange. I can’t ever really take hippies that seriously.
I recorded all our pieces with my GoPro cam, but the sound quality isn’t too great. Anyway, this was one of the pieces which we *didn’t* mess up. Enjoy.
Widelux F6B from my co-worker Andrea! She gave it to me since it was just sitting around not being of much use to her. It’s a old panoramic/wide angle camera. I think it still works since it’s been kept in pretty good condition. Can’t wait to load it up with film!
Sometimes I don’t look for cameras, but they find me.
First roll with the Pentax K1000 which I bought back in September. I’ve have this roll for 3 months! This is why I prefer not to shoot 36 exposures sometimes…I get too impatient and antsy about finishing off the roll.
But there is something special about getting your film back from the lab and looking through them for the first time. It’s like getting a present, receiving a letter/package in the mail, or opening a time capsule, if you will. (If you kept the film long enough.) It’s just an awesome feeling.
I’m still stunned at how fast Thanksgiving came and went this year. It seems like they come and go faster and faster each year. (Or is it just me?) Anyway, it was a nice holiday, but then I got sick and came down an awful hacking cough. Missed 2 days of work last week. Today’s the first day that I actually feel at almost 100%.
Well, as I was convalescing, I re-watched Firefly, and finished it off with Serenity—hence the very Wash-inspired photoset. Some of these were also shot for the last assignment of my photo class at UCLA Extension this quarter. (I’m excited that I’m taking more next quarter!)