So I'm back, and honestly I have been for a couple of weeks now. I've not been very active lately due to my website and just getting back to life.
SIGGRAPH was absolutely amazing. I learned and experienced so much and even made friends with people from Pixar, Dreamworks, and Disney, among other amazing places. I learned most importantly, though, that in order to really get into the film, animation, and gaming industry, you really need to be more of a specialist and less of a generalist. Learn to do one specific task VERY well. Then once you're in, you can learn to do a little more.
So I was working at a bank for a while... It was actually pretty awful after a while. The customers just... Yeah. Customer service is not glorious or gratifying after being yelled at for so long. So a job opportunity came up at a vinyl print shop nearby. The day that I was supposed to get on the plane for Siggraph, I had an interview that morning, haha. It paid off, as that Wednesday before I returned, I got emailed and offered the position. Funny, though. I was refreshing my email at the hotel and was just thinking about how much I dreaded going back to the bank and working with people and not even thirty seconds later, I found out about that job offer email. It must have been meant to be!
It's now full time and well paid and I finished my second day there earlier. Tomorrow I start my third day. It's been really awesome so far. I get to work hands on with the vinyl and I will get to do some layout and maybe even eventually some design stuff, too! The atmosphere is my favorite part. Everyone is a jokester and gives each other a hard time. The atmosphere is super laid back and I feel actually important. Like I really am needed. I am the only other artistic person in the entire little company besides the main guy that hired me, so that really is cool. He's called me competent and seems to really like me, so a major plus! I finally have a big girl job! It's really something else.~