Preparing for this month’s issue of the magazine had me reminiscing about my time in the theater. When I was younger (much younger), I thought I wanted to be an actor. How much fun is it to pretend to be someone else for a while? I loved leaving my life behind and immersing myself into a part. In high school, we had a drama club and a theater class, so I had more than my fair share of options when it came to trying out for parts. I was cast as the lead, Emily, in Our Town and I have to say after that part I was hooked on the thrill of entertaining others from the stage. I wanted to run off to New York and start my acting adventure. Unfortunately, the Our Town production was the pinnacle of my theater career as a freshman in high school. My next production was painful. I was cast in the musical Fame. And, this was during the 80s when the television-show Fame was huge. I was thrilled. Unfortunately, my glee was short-lived because no matter how I tried, I did not have a gift for singing. It was torturous to everyone around me. Luckily, I had other skills to fall back on. Remarkably, I know a lot of people who have spent some time in the theater. My husband, for example, did quite a few shows himself from a really young age. His mom got him into it and I think he remembers that time fondly. In fact, my friend Shelley Davis Mielock and Patrick Dowling starred together in Tumble Weeds in good ole Adrian, Mich., where they attended the same high school. They sang, “Feels So Good to be Evil.” Now, both of them have much better voices than I do, so I’m not sure why they didn’t skyrocket to Hollywood. I’m personally grateful that they found a different path that led them to me. One of the reasons I love the Lansing community so much is that there is a focus on the arts and culture. It’s amazing to know that we have shows around town that are top-notch and you can find individuals from all walks of life starring on our local stages. Our story on Melissa Kaplan, Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator at Lansing Community College, is a great example of how there are many ways to contribute to the world of arts and entertainment. Melissa really impresses me with her ability to take on challenges with a smile. She’s an asset to our community. I also want to encourage you to support the arts and our local actors by checking out our fall theater preview. Can you believe we’re wrapping up the summer already? I can’t. The fall is peeking around the corner and I’m kind of excited. It’s not that I want the warm weather to end, but there’s something about the beginning of fall that’s refreshing, regenerating and exhilarating. I was that kid who could not wait for school to start. Sure, I wanted to learn, but mostly I wanted to start something new. This fall, there is a new event put on by the Greater Lansing Business Monthly called the Financial Expo presented by PNC Bank on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the University Club. It is a great event for women who want to learn how to make savvy financial decisions. We could all use a bit more information as it relates to dealing with our finances. I encourage you to check it out at www.lansingbusinessmonthly.com. Also, don’t forget to grab your team and hang out on the golf course for the day supporting a great cause. The CAWLM Lady Classic is upon us and it will include our usual Celebrity Caddy Auction for charity and other unique facets. It’s going to be at Timber Ridge Golf Club on Thursday, Sept. 19. Have a fabulous end to summer, Tiffany
Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at www.m3group.biz.