What is your name?
Betsy J. Tankersley
What is your occupation?
Professionally a Production Stage Manager, but currently a baker at Nellie’s Southern Kitchen (owned by the Jonas Brothers’ family).
How old are you and where do you live? 24 and Belmont, North Carolina.
Do you have a website or a blog or a Twitter account or anything where people can learn more about you?
Feel free to follow me on Twitter (@pledged2god), but you’ll only learn about my obsession with #LawandOrderSVU
What’s the appeal of Law and Order SVU?
So, I don’t know if this will fit the vibe of your site, but it’s the truth.
I am a survivor of assault, and watching the show and seeing the characters help victims has been incredibly therapeutic. Sometimes in an episode, a character will give voice to the emotions I felt or continue to feel, and I feel a little less alone in the daily struggle.
To my readers: I asked Betsy if she’d be willing to share with us some of the experiences related to these difficult events in her life, and she’s agreed. I’d like to thank her for her openness and courage in doing so. If you’d like to read more, please click here. Warning: Some intense and potentially disturbing material.
Betsy, thank you very much for sharing that, and may your journey bring you peace and healing. I also admire how you refuse to let your bad experiences define you. Speaking of which, let’s get back to the fun stuff. Can you tell us the most interesting place you’ve visited?
Most interesting to myself: Greenwich Village, New York. I love all the art, the people and the whole vibe.
Most interesting to other people: Bogota, Colombia. SO many cool animals and stunning architecture.
Your favorite meal would be?
My grandmother’s spaghetti. I’m pretty sure it cures everything.
Favorite book, or movie, or TV show?
Pride and Prejudice in every variety. I try to read it annually. If you need a copy, I will hook you up!
If people want to pray for you, they could pray for……?
Wisdom. Peace. Perseverance.
Family or pets?
I have an eight year old cat who acts like a rebellious teenager.
One thing many people don’t know you can do?
It’s not really a trick or anything, but I’m into extreme couponing.
Can I ask you to give some advice to extreme couponers?
I highly recommend that you ask friends and family if they use their coupons. You would be surprised how many people just throw them away. The more you collect, the more you can save. For example, between all the coupons I got from friends at church and work and the ones that I purchased, I got about a half-dozen packages of cat treats for free. It made my rebellious teenage cat very happy!
If you had any spare time, what would you do with it?
Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered.
I’ve served as a Production Stage Manager for over 100 shows across the United States and on the high seas and am one of the youngest people to be employed as an Entertainment Production Manager with Norwegian Cruise Line (first embarkation was at 20 years old).
I am writing and composing a musical about the effects of combat-related PTSD. I am hoping to have it produced in order to raise funds for veterans.
I collect vinyls (favorites in my collection are a mint-condition Blues Brothers record, several Shaun Cassidy records and a ridiculous amount of original Broadway cast recordings).
Just for fun, I’m also including a link to a Facebook video of you singing “Wildflowers.” Thanks for letting me share this!
How did you get into stage managing shows for cruise lines?
Simply an online job board! I’d been stage managing at the Flat Rock Playhouse and other regional theatres for a few years and was looking up jobs on a theatre website and found an advertisement for Norwegian Cruise Line. It’s different than working in theatre on land in a lot of ways: One, you can’t really just walk away if someone drives you crazy…you’re in the middle of the ocean! Two, there’s a new show every day, if not more, so you are constantly in tech. Three, the crew is constantly rotating, so you are always teaching and learning. But you see some awesome places and meet some incredible people! They even have church groups on board. (I support them by sending them materials, if anyone wants to assist.)
Betsy, thank you so much for letting us get to know you a little. We’ll be praying for you in your journey forward. God bless.