Today was a big day for me in SL…my graduation from AVENUE Models Academy. I made it through the event without a single hiccup or crash and for that I am relieved. Some of my classmates were not so fortunate and I commend their strength and perseverance in pushing through such difficult obstacles.
I find myself exhausted, overjoyed, and reflective. This event really was the culmination of a special journey for me. After the show and the partying I come back to my lil corner of SL and I am just Silly. I look at the lil desk I set up for myself excitedly when I was hired by AVENUE as a writer a year ago this month and smile. I haven’t had much time to sit at it these last few months, finding myself on a pose stand styling, rather than parking my avi at my lil desk while I write about my latest assignment. So I sat myself at it today and I felt rather…silly…for the emotion that came up from that simple act. My SL has been so enhanced by being a part of the AVENUE family. I can’t help but think back on all the memories and smile, grateful for each one.
The majority of my nearly six years in SL was spent in roleplay in various genres. SL has always been full of opportunities to me, and I never quite get it when someone leaves SL because they are bored. I never question or judge, I live by “to each their own.” So to those who have left I respect their choice, wish them well, and continue on with my SL. When RP wasn’t enough for me anymore I sought a new adventure. I had this crazy idea that perhaps I could write for an SL magazine, that through their assignments I could see more of SL than I could have found on my own. I had never been much of an SL magazine reader, but I set out trying to find some that looked reputable. In then end I applied to only two. One attempted to interview me right off, but due to various miscommunications that did not work out. I heard nothing from the other for quite some time and figured my idea wasn’t really a good one and focused on RP again.
I remember the day I saw the offline from Xandrah about an interview for AVENUE. I was thrilled and logged in immediately hoping to catch her. I did and we hit it off, and after a long and enjoyable IM conversation I was hired. I was put to work right away and was so excited. I hadn’t had a job in SL for ages. Last real SL job I recalled was in my early years as a hostess at a jazz club. As I began to work for AVENUE it was clear it was a quality operation and nothing like I had seen in SL before. I figured I would be the quirky lil (and yes I mean lil, I am sure you know how tall models can be) writer for the fancy fashion magazine. I had no fashion experience at all and was happy to write about non-fashion things. I also figured I would not really get to know the other staff very well just because I wasn’t a model and I was new. I was really surprised how welcoming the staff truly was. I had been to a modeling agency’s info day in SL years ago and found the people there rather haughty, and that stuck with me. I was glad AVENUE helped me to see that isn’t the mentality of everyone in SL modeling.
I was thrilled to be welcomed personally by Rusch and to work with the wonderful photographers and editors I have in my year with AVENUE. I had long given up my dream to be an SL model, but Xandrah often encouraged me to apply to the academy. At first I thought she was just trying to be friendly, but as it came up more often I realized she was serious. I had to really think about that as I knew AVENUE Models Academy was serious business. So the moment came when I could apply. I hesitated at first, but decided to go for it, I am so glad I did. Seashell, Kryptonia and Vikee were amazing instructors. The assignments we were given were thought provoking and challenging, and I learned the entire time. This is huge for me as I LOVE education and learning. When it is done right in SL I can tell, and the AVENUE classes were certainly done right. I sincerely enjoyed my classmates and the flavor they brought to our lessons, as well as socializing outside of class. I had no idea I would make new friends as well through the process.
So I have gone from being Silly, the avatar I made as an after thought, to Silly the writer, to Prisilla S. Avro the AVENUE Models Academy Graduate. Not to forget the Liv-Glam June Glam Girls Finalist…something I would not have been able to achieve without AVENUE. The journey has been amazing and humbling. I had no idea an experience this rich was mine for the taking. I am extremely grateful to those in my SL who have loved and supported me in all the things I do…Collin, Liat, Xandrah, Lark…without your constant love and encouragement, this amazing adventure would have been very difficult.