From the editor: Shy?
A career in social media and journalism might not seem like the right fit for a self-professed natural introvert. And yet...
I’ve always been shy.
A career in social media and journalism might not seem like the right fit for a self-professed natural introvert. The thought of inserting myself into a conversation makes me quake in my boots. Yes, just like the heroine of “Once Upon a Mattress,” this confident air is a mask that I wear (like an Instagram filter). And as any other actor or comedian could tell you, performing for large crowds of strangers is a totally different beast from networking with actual humans face-to-face.
Give me the crowd and the stage any day. My off-the-cuff impressions are way more impressive than my small talk. Or so I thought.
It turns out, the phrase “I’m with TulsaPeople Magazine” is the perfect entre for the professionally competent but socially awkward (it me). I once introduced myself to the mayor while at Trenchers in service of our Instagram story.
My job title not only gives me a confidence crutch, but also a degree of access to extraordinary people and stories. Through the Tulsa Talks podcast, I’ve experienced hour-long, unfiltered conversations with fascinating folks whom I would never be bold enough to just talk to.
Being a journalist also opens doors — like the door to the Tulsa Ballet studio, where I got to watch Andy Blankenbuehler create choreography in real time. I was in the room where it happened, and you get to read all about it here.
It also opens gates, like the one at Southern Hills Country Club, allowing me to roll up in my used Hyundai Accent, shoving a piece of QuikTrip pizza into my face, with no hint of shame.
After four-plus years of aggressively faking it — at black-tie galas, in interviews, on social media — I’m not so sure my bravado is fake anymore.
Beyond the writing skills and the technical know-how I’ve acquired with this publication, it’s the hard-earned bravery and confidence that will serve me most as I move to Chicago this summer. I don’t know what’s coming, and I don’t know yet what I’ll be doing, but I do know it’ll be an adventure that TulsaPeople has prepared me for. You can follow me as I go at @annabennettcreates.
Stay in touch, and please, don’t be shy.