The job interview went well, today. I go in for round two of interviews, Weds. afternoon. If I do get this job— and I like my chances— it's going to mean, well, changes.
For the past two years or so I've managed to make an honest-to-goodness living doing what I love: writing scripts, editing scripts, and working as a voice-over artist. It may not have been crazy abundant, but it's always been enough to keep the lights on, the rent paid, and the fridge stocked. It was enough.
Now, with work being what it is, I don't really have a choice but to find full-time 'regular' work.
What does that mean, exactly? It means that the work I've been doing is going to trickle down into whatever I can make time for, outside the office.
Let me be clear: I do not begrudge the notion of working a desk job. Or at least, I don't mean to. This is where I am. This is what's next. So it's happening.
I could gnash my teeth, pull my hair, and drag my feet as I make my way into an office building. Or I could make the most of it.
Part of that means focusing of positives: like more money, financial security… and a reminder that the last kick-ass (personal) script I wrote was while I was working a full-time job.
My sister Tara pointed out that taking on this new job would mean not needing to do the kind of freelance gigs that spend my creative juices on other people's projects. I love the work I do… but I haven't managed to write anything of my own in several months. I haven't had the time or the energy for it.
I could look back on the past two years and feel like I've lost something, or failed. That's one way of looking at things. I prefer to see the past two years as a lesson, and an example— one I'm exceedingly grateful for. I've sold scripts. I've recorded audiobooks. I even managed to sneak in VO work as an educational cartoon pirate. So I've got that goin' for me.
I don't know what the future holds. But I do know I'm going to give it my best damn shot, whatever it is.
I have a lot to be grateful for. So I'm going to keep reminding myself of that… no matter how many times it takes to stick.
Shared from Casey Jones' personal blog. He is a screenwriter and voice-over artist. Come hell and high water, he'll continue being both.