And I love it.
Where else on Earth would I get to run around and do things like style a Christmas tree, look for Halloween/Christmas props in the prop room, get to hang out in the prop room (a facinating room, that's so cool I stayed and ate my lunch in there my first day) where there is everything imaginable under the sun on those shelves (I even found a photo of my neice in a box of photos used when a set needs real-people-photos for frames), assist my sister-in-law (so talented is she, I'm so proud of her) in finding paint colors appropriate for this account's sets, then look for sets (that alone is an adventure, just whole parts of houses warehoused and waiting to be picked), then look for appropriate furniture (there is A LOT of furniture), hang out on a set of a porch inside the studio while I figured out my Christmas tree, use a drill (for the first time in my life I drilled a screw into a wall), and be around so many different facets of design in one enormous building where everybody works together to make it all happen (and it happens fast). People who build sets, who care for the sets, who paint sets, who prepare rooms, who sew, iron, catalog items, soft stylists, food stylists, set stylists (that's me, in training), photographers, a woman who shops for everything..
There are tools and wires and cameras and fabric and furniture (and sea shells, autumn leaves, rocks, lamps, books, plates, glassware, vases, framed art, plant life/flowers, pretend cakes, real cakes, pretend apples, pears and pumpkins, shoes, candles, jack-in-the-boxes, piles of old christmas cards and letters, typewriters, balls of yarn, spools of thread, drawers filled with buttons, bottles of laundry detergent, antique baby rattles, turn of the century wedding photos, tooth brushes, door knobs, bathtubs, spoons, African, Asian, Indian, and European artifact, a box filled with glass orbs and marbles, fire places.. all of it sorted by color) everywhere. It's a giant old industrial building (with a couple places way off in the seams of the building where people go to have secret cigarette meetings). And I have my own desk. And I can wear whatever I want.
It's DESIGN. I can't believe I'm going to be paid for this.
My sister-in-law is great, even when I'm a complete dork, she's cool. She's a absolute pro and she's already taught me a million things. And I love the fact that it is her that is teaching me all of this. I will always be able to say that she was my mentor. That is the cherry on top of this many layered chocolate cake. I'm actually sad that my first week (of the two that I'm sure of) is half over.
I love this job.