Beginnings and Ends


On September 4, 2015, I started my first shift at a/perture cinema. It was the day after my 23rd birthday. I'd never had a job outside of the audio or theater field and was looking for a little survival job that still had some sort of dignity to it (I understand my then flawed thinking). a/perture felt like home. I met some of my closest friends at a/perture and even my current partner. I grew and learned so much while I worked there, some of that growth and learning came as a direct result of working there. I learned so much about film - it felt like a little film industry crash course at times.

The last three years saw me through a lot of ups and downs. Overall, I'm glad to have worked there. But there were also a lot of times where it felt mundane, and I also have seen the worst in some customers. 

On September 4, 2018, I left that job. It was a decision I had made preemptively, and was going to hang on another decision that was out of my hands. I'm sad, but also so ready to move on.

I'm fortunate to be working in a field that makes me happy, and I can't wait to expand on that. I'm already working on more shows this year than I did the last year! And three times as many podcasts. It's a good place to be in, but as someone who feels comfort in stability, I can't say it isn't a little scary to be freelancing full time.

I'm excited for the next year to come, and if anything, it's nice to start my 26th year fresh and new.

Maria Wurttele