Last Friday, I had the day off work to spend some time with wifey. We ended up going to see Taken 2, cos she thinks Liam Neeson the most bad-assed guy in the world.
During the movie, I started feeling my phone buzz to life with a whole bunch of text messages. They were from my colleague, and were basically telling me that I’ll need to start looking for a new job now because our studio is closing down.
(Side note: Even without this external influence, Taken 2 still turned out to be a weaker movie than the first one. It’s just less intense.)
This is a bit of a first time for me. I’ve had 6 previous jobs in the last 10 years, but I left all of those on my own accord and I’ve never been retrenched before.
So for now, I’m taking this like an unexpected break-up. Well, not entirely unexpected since the relationship was a bit rocky already with delayed salaries and all… but still I didn’t expect it to happen so soon.
And what do you do with an unexpected break-up? Same with any other break-up – you just pick up the pieces and move on.
Right now I’m in the process of putting together a new demo reel with shots that I’ve done at work (my first reel with professional work in it!), and I’ll start applying to other studios as soon as I’m happy with it.
Between this and my military reservist next week, posts on my blog are going to be a bit on/off for a couple of weeks. You know, just in case the three of you are wondering why I’m not posting as much.
In the meantime, check out this relatively-accurate portrayal of working in a Korean animation studio!