November 2019 Blogathon: Shelby Huston

It is Brelby tradition to dedicate the month of November to giving a platform for our artists to share their stories. This month our annual Blogathon theme returns to its roots with a visit back to the topic of “My Brelby Story.” We’ve grown a great deal over the past few years, and many of our original bloggers have moved on to new careers, new lives, new challenges, and new cities. Enjoy this year’s series with 30 Days of Blogs.

I always think that everything happens for a reason.

People come and go for a reason, you outgrow places for a reason, and you stumble into unknown territories for a reason.
I found Brelby at a time when I thought a lot of the community theater world was harsh and cold.
I was 19, in college theater, and constantly beaten down by the constant competitiveness that comes with it.
I had a friend who would do Brelby shows, and tell me what a wonderful and accepting place it was.
I didn’t read into it too much at first.
I would go support her shows like any good friend would do.
Going to one show every few months turned into going to improv shows, and making new friends at the theater.

Until I saw a post seeking crew members for a show called Windfall.
I was a little nervous, but ready to grow away from my college theater roots a bit.
So I reached out.
Within a few days I was watching a run of the show, completely engrossed in the art.
I fell in love with the writing, the performers, the warm space.
I was still terrified of the new space and new people, and completely kept to myself to avoid saying anything stupid.
Even with my shy tendencies, I made friends.
Friends who would offer to help me, walk me to my car, ask if I wanted Starbucks before a show.
I felt welcome.
I didn’t feel like I was just taking up space.
Through the past few years, I have made lots of friends.
Lost a few.
And met people who I want to keep in my life forever.
I am happy I get to work with a group of artists who are open to trying new things, open to getting lost in performance, and always open to welcoming new people in.

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