Our Agency in Isolation
As we slowly work our way out of isolation and begin to navigate the new world and figure out what the new norm is going to be, I take time to reflect on “what the heck just happened??” We have spent over two months in isolation and now the doors have opened. It is back to business in a whole new way. I wanted to check in with our artists to see how they were doing. Below, are just a few of their stories.
For Michael, his attempt to move on from Vancouver, have some “me time,” and go on to conquer Toronto got completely kiboshed by COVID-19. I can definitely say that from my own experience, having the idea to move countries or provinces is one thing, but actually doing it takes a major burst of self encouragement and confidence. Michael had been dreaming about his big move for years; I can recall countless conversations with him regarding this. He and I dreamt about the possibility of Faye Smith Agency contracting him out for makeup and hair jobs all around the world, and most specifically in Mexico. He was finally doing it!
Michael was still in Mexico when he got the news that he needed to come home to Canada. He had been there for two months and was due to spend another two before moving on to the next part of his adventure: the big move to Toronto with a fully booked wedding season ahead. He booked his flight back to Vancouver just before Justin Trudeau said “come home now.” He had already given up his apartment and most of his belongings so, upon arrival in Vancouver, he went into quarantine with some friends who had also returned home from a trip. Later, Michael made the tough but obvious decision to go and stay with his parents in Vernon, BC for the foreseeable future. The Toronto dream was gone for now.
A visit with a friend.
When I zoomed with Beatrice, she was in high spirits, cracking jokes and bursting with laughter from the moment the cameras were on. She was in the middle of moving apartments and painting her new space a beautiful shade of blue. Her new and improved apartment was only a tad more expensive than her last. What a win! This is one good thing that has come from this pandemic: more apartments are available and for slightly more reasonable prices.
For Beatrice, the first month of quarantine was iconic. Of course it began with getting used to the new life of extreme measures. “Going to the grocery store is the worst,” she said. Taking all the precautions and going through all the steps to properly sanitize yourself and all of your belongings when you come back into your home is certainly time consuming. After that, Beatrice’s first thought had nothing to do with her business and all to do with her mind. She enrolled in an online university course on Coursera, “The Science of Wellbeing,” a course that studies mental health and positive psychology. She knew right away that she needed to set a schedule for herself and ensure that she didn’t feel like she was on holiday everyday. Yoga became a part of her daily routine and she even explored meditation. I was so impressed to hear that this is where her mind went when she, along with everybody else, was told she had to isolate for an unknown amount of time. She was preparing to be in isolation for a while and knew that she needed to look after herself, both mentally and physically. Being stuck at home and unable to see anyone is taxing on us in many different ways. This decision to care for one’s self was so smart and she will gain from this practice for as long as she can keep it up. Beatrice hopes to keep Yoga and meditation in her routine post isolation.
At Home with my Cat.
Makeup Artist & Lash Lifter: Victoria
Cuddling my companion.
So what have I learned from interviewing four members of the Faye Smith Agency team? Though we all work in the same industry, we have very different personalities and live very different lives and our experiences through this pandemic have all been vastly different. We have all experienced one thing in common: self reflection. Life as we knew it changed over night; our social lives were taken away from us, our businesses were ordered to close, our careers were put on hold, and we were given more time for ourselves. The time offered to us by a global tragedy has allowed us all to assess the life we had and learn about what we want to change moving forward. What does that change look like for you?
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