Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Issue 92 editorial: Art-related job

By Judith Rubin, InPark Magazine Editor

I’ve never concealed my age, so I’ll come right out and say that September 2022 is the month of my 65th birthday, and that I have been part of this industry for 35 years. I don’t know if that puts me over the hill, but certainly it qualifies for something. I’d have to say I feel mostly gratitude. Like so many, I sort of stumbled into themed entertainment.

I was a girl from Detroit, a jazz-crazed art school graduate living in NYC. I had a flair for writing, a love of theater and a talent for knitting. My various jobs included: activities director for a senior residence, publicizing a jazz club, designing sweaters and editing needlecraft instructions. I moved to the West Coast in 1987 and took a job with World’s Fair magazine, which was my portal to the attractions industry. Many of the people and companies I first got to know in my eight years there are still colleagues and clients today, such as Cosm.

There are many downsides to getting older, but the perspective of 35 years is pretty amazing. From my home office in Saint Louis, one of the things I really love to do nowadays is chronicle something that’s become vital and mature in the industry, that I witnessed in its beginning stages years earlier. I love being able to bring that context to the story, to celebrate its successful evolution and acknowledge the breadth and history of accomplishment. And I love that I essentially patched together a unique career for myself that stayed close to my core interests and abilities – a pioneer, if you like, whose job it has been to shed light on other pioneers. I’m not done yet, by the way. This isn’t goodbye, it’s just “wow,” and “thanks.”

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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