Not that I think you are timid (a successful hospitality pro is anything but lol) but don't let them bog you down at the reception desk.
Like being on perpetual hold with the Carpenter's greatest hits on endless loop Hell, you will go insane long before you can get anywhere.
I have never worked in MS but HAVE dealt with trying to get a festival license in deep East Texas and I imagine they are pretty close.
Small isolated towns with one huge family working all the courthouse desk jobs..... plus running every catering and baking business in a 6 county span.
I never got no application.
Yes, I think I'm facing some of that. I don't think they are going so far as to lose my info. But they do not like that I have California on my resume (I had to submit a bio with my application). I keep getting a lot of attitude about that. I don't even have to mention it and I hear flack about it. They ignore the fact that I was raised in Ohio (in the restaurant business) and lived in NC for twenty years (again - managing one of my dad's restaurants). I keep getting SoCal thrown up into my face - even though that was a small segment of my life. I had a small neighborhood bar there. The circumstances were completely different than being a personal chef or even full fledged caterer.