Where have you been?!

“Sometimes all you need is a break from life.”

-Owm’r F.

I’ve had a lot of friends, family and followers on social media ask me where I’ve been recently and I have to admit I haven’t been keeping up with blogging as much as I hoped to when beginning this journey. So for today’s blog I just wanted to do a quick check-in to let you all know a little about what I’ve been up to! I’ll generally be touching on some of these things but I do have more in depth blog posts I’ll be doing on some of the topics.

My last blog post was made at the beginning of the year, a time when we all thought 2020 was going to be an amazing year- or that’s what I thought at least. Then Coronavirus started to infect individuals all around the world causing the US as well as other countries to enter in to a state of emergency declaring COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic. To my knowledge over the course of my lifetime we have had other viruses circle the globe but none that people were so afraid of like they are of Coronavirus. It was strange because the world was changing quicker than anyone could have imagined, the future was uncertain. Now individuals in most parts of the world are required to add a mask to their every day attire to stop the spread of this deadly virus. My intentions aren’t to make this post about COVID and how it’s effected me and my life but I did want to preface with this because for a long time there was a lot of uncertainty with going or not going to work at my day job, having to almost completely shut down my birthday party company and not taking photography bookings. There was just so much going on that blogging wasn’t at the top of my priority list. But to be honest it probably should have been because it would have been a nice distraction! However the positive was that I was able to spend a lot of time around my house with my husband and dog. With our work schedules quality time is something we don’t get as often as i’d like but we were able to motivate each other to work on some things around our home.

If you haven’t guessed by now I am a professional photographer in my area. While Coronavirus has barred me from booking sessions with new clients I was still able to do some shoots with family and friends, until tragedy struck. Dramatic, I know. As I was photographing my sister-in-law and her boyfriend my camera suddenly stopped taking photos. After having the camera looked at by a local professional at a camera equipment/repair store he informed me the issue was internal and that my camera would need to be sent off to the manufacturer to be fixed. No problem, I understand things break, but with Coronavirus sweeping the country the manufacturer was closed for new repairs so I basically had to wait it out. During that time I also had to start saving up money for the repair because I was told it could be anywhere from $400-$600 depending on the nature of the repairs needed, ouch. So for four long months I waited patiently then sent my camera off when I received word the manufacturer reopened. Here’s where the happy ending comes in, for this part of the blog at least, after receiving my camera the serial number fell within a range that was eligible for a warranty due to a faulty part. While my camera’s issue didn’t exactly fall within the description and nature of the warranty they decided to fix it anyways so turns out I will have a fully repaired camera with only $40 out of my pocket that was the cost to pack and ship my camera in the first place! Like what!

I’ve been planning a blog to talk more in depth about my jobs and professions but in short, I am also a professional part princess- I’ll explain later. Basically I go to birthday parties and events dressed as a princess and perform various activities with the kids and guests in attendance. Once Coronavirus appeared to be a serious threat we had to stop taking party bookings until it was safe to enter people’s homes and have gatherings again. As an alternative to keeping the company open we instead started offering virtual services such as pre-recorded personalized video messages, live video chats etc. While these services paid our performers and company significantly less than what we were used to making off of regular in person bookings, the amount of time spent to do virtual services was about the same. So basically it was a lot of work for way less money. I thoroughly enjoy what I do as a character entertainer, it is just very hard to keep up with something that requires so much time and effort. Not to mention, normally I would have a cast full of performers to schedule multiple visits in a day as various characters but with stay at home orders in place getting costumes to and from my performers including the upkeep required in between wears certainly put additional strain on running the company during a pandemic. But, to get to the happy ending of this part, we managed to push through as best as we could and with things sort of getting back to ‘normal’ we hope to get back in to doing parties again soon, safely of course.

The last update I want to talk about for this post is a recent project I was invited to do. When I began my photography journey when I was about 18 I had always wanted to be a creative of some kind. I wanted to work with brands and partner with other creatives to collaborate with so I would always have an outlet for my imagination. I began cosplaying after I became a party princess and it quickly became one of my favorite hobbies besides photography. Between being a party princess/cosplayer, photographer and personality for various companies like a local tour company in my city I completely evolved as a person and allowed myself to pursue these things that made me happy. I was approached by a representative for a tv network that spans across the Gulf Coast about being a creative partner. Without hesitation I jumped on board. I’m currently working on articles for my feature as well as a special cosplay for this project (you’ll see why pretty soon) and I’m super excited to have this platform to get myself out there more because my end goal is to create a brand for myself and have people in my community know me and want to work with me.

If you’ve been with me a while you might notice that my site has had some updates, and in time I’ll tell you all about the new navigation of it, but for now I appreciate your attention while I explore all the things life has brought to me and I’m excited to share all the great things with you!

Sincerely,
Kat

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