Melissa L Gilbert
(Currently) Lynchburg, VA, USA
My Bucket List/Goals
- Be a keynote speaker
- Start a Charity
- Run a _k of some sort
- Get my MFA
- Go Walkabout
- Pay off my student loans (ha)
- Go to all the Disney Parks in the World (3/4 done!)
- Swim with Sharks
- Paint a Mural
- Live in another country
- Visit all of the states in the USA (26/50 done!)
- Visit Norway
- Go back to Europe
- Go to a Black Tie Event
- Design and build an entire show
- Go to the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont)
- Get a Tatoo
- Have a garden in which to grow herbs and vegetables
- Have fresh flowers in my home from my garden
- Compile a recipe book
- Throw a Dinner Party
- Have a personal library (the space not just the books)
- Own a home
- Furnish my entire living space with 90% DIY and refurbished items
- Own a real Diamond Jewelry
My Top Bucket List Focus And My Motivation Behind It
1) Get my MFA-
The search is on! In the fall of 2012 I will be attending Graduate school somewhere. I’m not sure where but I will be there. Partly because I have to be – due to student loans I will no longer be able to defer and also because I feel like I’m ready, and I know what it is I need to learn. I was given wonderful advice to go out and work in professional theatre for a bit before getting my MFA so that I would have non-academic experience. My-oh-my have I had an experience! The past year in Maryland and Vermont have been wonderful, and I have learned so much about myself, my craft, and what I still need to learn! I’ve got a target list of schools and I am going to put together applications for at least 5 and have the applications ready before January 1 2010.
2) Furnish my entire living space with 90% DIY and refurbished items-
I am finally reaching the point in my life where I will be settling somewhere for an extended period of time. After this year in Lynchburg I will be going to grad school, which will be a 3 year commitment to an area. I haven’t lived anywhere for three consecutive years since living at home during High School! As I begin to look at where I am going to end up I am also looking at how I want my home to be. I have so many skills from working in theatre that there is no point in not putting them to use! I am beginning with my first furniture item that I will own: a Gossip Chair also called a Phone Table. I found it on Craigslist for $20 and will sand it and paint it to be the centerpiece around which I design my new living space. The idea of recycling and refurbishing old items is not only a fun way to be creative but it is generally cheaper and a good way to keep things out of the trash that are still perfectly usable!
The First Step I’ll Take To Make This Happen
1) Compile a list of Graduate Schools and their requirements in order to begin applications.
2) DIY refurbish Gossip Chair
My Action Plan Layout For My Top Bucket List Focus
1) Compile requirements. Work on Portfolio. Organize Application dates.
2) Pick up chair. Buy sandpaper/paint. Pick some free time and get to DIYing!
About Melissa L Gilbert
I’m a freelance Costume Designer that has been basically living out of my car for the past year. I have an exciting career ahead of me and have made some of the best of friends and contacts while working with some of the most talented people in the business. I absolutely love what I do and am so excited about how my career is shaping up. I thrive on not being sure of what’s coming next and view everything as yet another great adventure. Good or Bad, as long as it makes for a good story and great memories, I’m in for action, excitement, and theatre.
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