What a roller coaster ride this year has been. On December 11, 2014, the project I was working on got shelved and I was informed of my layoff. Almost exactly a year later on December 7, 2015, I’ve been rehired on a brand new project. I’m back to work that I love on projects that are meaningful to me.
While difficult at many times, my experiences this year have given so much:
- I’ve significantly grown my professional network.
- I gained experience in the field of feature and commercial VFX production, which helped solidify my priority to keep a healthy balance between work and personal life.
- I now have a more senior job title and additional studio on my resume.
- I’m more skilled and experienced in salary negotiation and am now at a higher salary than I ever would’ve been able to negotiate had I not left the company.
- The experience of a completely difficult work project tested and strengthened my ability to learn, adapt, and cope with stressful people and situations.
- I have new friendships with my former coworkers.
- I have a better appreciation for living close to work. I’m now getting two hours of my life back each day by not commuting across LA. Work is now 10 minutes by car and 20 minutes by bike.
- Sooo much to write about for this blog!
I’m confident that my professional challenges will continue on this new film, but they will occur in a more supportive and creative environment. Fun and juiciness await! But my next step is to figure out what to do with all of my newly gained free time!