Bad news first
I spent most of my four-day weekend filming my first episode and I felt like I was off to a great start. I had the week ahead planned to record my voice over narration, intro/outro on-screen clips and to select and mix my music. And then, I went to work on Tuesday, and I was fired from my job.
Without getting into too much detail, I worked for the same company on and off since 2008. I let the job lead me down a path without any real direction of my own. While I did learn a lot, I was never fully committed. It was something I did just for the money and “for now” turned into ten years.
The initial shock was very upsetting, but once I got over it, I realized it wasn’t the outcome that bothered me, but the method by which it happened. I trusted my managers and made a decision without having all the necessary information. One month later, I voiced my concern and two weeks later it was over. I can’t say I was surprised; the company had a bad year financially and there were layoffs last fall. I already was feeling insecure about the job, but I can honestly say that I’m happier without it.
So that’s the bad news. The good news is that I’m free to pursue this hobby with full time effort, at least until I find a new job. My post production schedule is on hold while I sort myself out, but I will be back in the producer’s chair before long.