Earlier this week, Azure Lorica published an official post of the new changes in their operation. From rebranding to new programs, this versatile nonprofit is boasting a service worth 10 employees per office, a number average charity organizations can rarely accommodate. How is this being carried out? Is it even true? Or can it be that there is a short cut no one is telling us?
According to CEO, Stefanie Warner, the business of nonprofit entertainment is “an expensive hobby”. Rarely do people make it a full time business, and many times can barely go beyond nine months in operation. “You’re business is only as good as your staff.”
And so, we had to ask. How is it working? She expressed that no one is getting paid, except for those with Artist Tables. Performers, Panelists, and even the core staff are “part of the community.” Some local Guest of Honors are happy to contribute for free, since the event is either within or near their neighborhood. Considering conventions fun and easy promotion for their personal projects, such as their Novels, Films, and Ensembles.
Staffers are happily volunteering, as quotas are easily met via meetings and blog posts, allowing a healthy strategy for community operations, such as Triskele Press blogs and Ninja-Con events. But in order to run smoothly, some things had to be sacrificed for the sake of staff policies. In Triskele Press, Affiliates are no longer given Press badges under the brand, but rather are trained to build up their own to be showcased in Triskele Press’ feeds. The feed streams to over ten different social networks, including Instagram, Tumblr, and Storypad.
In Ninja-Con, Committee and Staff members are required to attend meetings and be trained in their position. Luckily, most of the Committee and Staff have impressive resumes to boost their qualifications. But unluckily, those that didn’t make the cut are left to reapply on the next application cycle, or magically improve their resume out of the blue.
Drift Plume, the new kid on the block, was originally a ticketing service. Those that remember this year’s Ninja-Con may have had their artist tables paid through this service. The original operation dropped after a massive miscommunication occurred during the convention. Luck struck again when Pedro Ortiz, Azure Lorica’s latest Producer, proposed to resurrect Drift Plume to rebrand the white plume to red, as the new Ensemble program for Azure Lorica. Marking an improved form of entertainment via theatre and dramatic recordings – this nonprofit could be any happier.
The progress of this little theatre company is has been an impressive feat. And are excited to bring the community many more!