Next in our “Meet the SW? Staff” blog series, I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to one of the most earnest, hard-working, and humorous staff members to ever join the “Whatters” family—Marilyn Moss! With many years in this industry, she offers a unique point of view regarding all things related to theatrical soft goods. Her sincere enthusiasm for her job, her infectious energy, and her willingness to learn as much as possible, have all made her one of our company’s most impassioned employees. Please take a moment to learn a little bit about this funny, creative, and genuine person by reading, in her own words, what excites her about working here at Sew What? Inc.!
When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?
I started the end of May 2015. I had applied for the purchasing position, and was absolutely stoked to be offered a position in sales and rentals. I was thrilled to be given an opportunity with this company— plus this also gave me a great reason to move out of the (San Fernando) Valley! ;-).
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The world is so big with so many wonderful places to explore but there are two places I’d really like to go to. Having sold the “Queen’s hot sticky buns” at the Renaissance Faire and having studied their history – I’d really like to visit England. Rome is another place I’d like to go to. I am fascinated with their history and architecture. I would like to see and experience what I’ve read so much about.
What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?
Though I’ve been in “the business” for many years, I was actually working at a cemetery before coming here. I worked in the office doing data entry and assisting the owner manager, but I also helped people find family graves; people looking up family history. It was quite fascinating. Founded in the late 1800’s, the history of this particular cemetery was amazing. I really did learn lot! The main question I got from friends – “Isn’t it weird working there?” Not at all, actually! It was very …peaceful. Almost like working in a beautiful park.
Do you have a special talent?
I’m sure I have something…. (lol) Acting was once my passion and I hope to get back into it some day on a limited scale. Doing community theatre is so much fun. Dancing and writing especially. I also have a knack for organizing things, and am often found helping wayward friends and family with the organization of their closets, kitchens, anything!
What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?
I like the fun stuff we do together as a group – picnics, pot lucks and the pictures that get taken of everyone and posted online. I like the fun creations we make here, too. It’s amazing some of the things we’ve custom-built since I’ve been here. The sense that everything we do is a group effort; that everyone is important to each and every job on some level helps creates cohesiveness in the company. And I’m learning a lot! There is always something new to learn. (Oh, and I also just got a new SW? company shirt. Thanks!!)
What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?
Favorite sport: Formula one racing. The cars are amazing. To be able to go to Monte Carlo or Manza – what a thrill that would be! Can I add that to places I want to visit someday? 😉
Favorite movie: “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Is there anyone out there who hasn’t seen this movie? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. It’s amazing how connected everyone truly is, and you never know what kind of an affect you can have on another person’s life.
What are some of your hobbies?
Writing is something I enjoy doing – Creating characters and stories – it must be the actor in me.
What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?
One of the projects I worked on where I felt a true sense of accomplishment was the job we did for J. Berry Nursery. Not only were we able to provide a printed drop with LED lights and keep it priced within their budget, but the customer also won for Best 10’ x 20’ Exhibitor using the drape that we were able to create for them from their own unique design vision. That was very exciting, and extremely satisfying!
Anything more about your time here at SW?
I know that I’ve already said this, but I’ve been in this business for many years and there’s always something new and different to learn about it, and I am so thrilled to be learning so much from my work here at Sew What? Inc.!