Today I’m currently unemployed. And heading to the beach. I guess things could be worse?
Today I’m currently unemployed. And heading to the beach. I guess things could be worse?
Hello all. As most of you (or maybe none of you) know I have quit my job and am now officially in the same boat as Jess: The Unemployment Boat.
I know you must have all sorts of questions:
Do you have a new job? NO
Do you have a plan? KIND OF
Are you scared? TO DEATH
Why did you quit? Let me tell you why…
A lot of people don’t understand the entertainment industry. You don’t work in the same job for 25 years like back in the Midwest. Actually, if you work for the same place for over 3 years, that’s pretty unheard of. Shows goes on hiatus, movies only shoot for maybe three months, people aren’t asked back, people don’t want to come back, and some start to get pigeonholed. The last statement was what was happening to me. I was working on a reality show for almost two years and knew it was not where I wanted to be. So, I told myself once I saved a certain amount of money I would leave to pursue my passion: scripted features/television.
This business is also all about taking risks, so leaving my job wasn’t that much of a shocker. And now I have done it! I have taken the plunge and we shall see what happens. When I left on my last day, most of the people at my work told me how proud they were of me, that I was making the right choice, and I should never second guess my heart. And on this Monday morning, my first day of not having a job in over two years, I couldn’t feel better! To tell you the truth, I’m so burnt out. I’m so glad that right now I have this time to try and find a great job with awesome people, find myself, and work on my craft. Of course it’s going to be a long hard road. Of course it’s going to be stressful. And of course I’m afraid of the unknown… But at the end of the day, here’s the most important thing: I have the most incredible family on the planet, the most amazing REAL (not that fake HOLLYWOOD shit) friends, and the most loving boyfriend ever. Most people in this industry may have lots of money, go to fancy restaurants, and have a closet full of expensive clothes and shoes, but they have NO true love in their life. And that’s sad. So maybe I don’t have any money, maybe I don’t have a job, but right now, I’m winning because I have a HUGE support group. If you feel like you’re in a job that’s not heading the right direction, don’t be afraid to follow your instincts. We spend most of our lives at work, so why not spend most of our lives somewhere we are happy. Think about it…
Now, let’s go make some dreams come true…
It’s been a week or so, kids. I was temporary employed at STARCOM LA. They are also in NY and Chicago…if you were wondering. Getting paid to spend my days reading industry news and occasionally answering the main phone line. I also read a lot of magazines, did a few crossword puzzles to work out the brain functions. It was fine for a week of work and now I’m back to the couch. Or I guess right now I’m in my bed.
Not much to report on this end. Just waiting for the next job to come my way. If any of you hear of anything I’m open!
Short and sweet blog. But I’d like to end with this clip from a friend of the LAQP’s. His name is Brant Daugherty and he’s now in the cast of the show Pretty Little Liars. Us girls have been giggling over his random appearances in the show. The show itself is not exactly my cup of tea on a lot of things. However, I watch to support a friend! So check this clip and if you want to tune in to the show it’s on ABC Family or you can catch it on Hulu, etc.
Sup? Well I’m officially back on the couch. I hope not for long but we’ll see how this week goes.
I left you with a post about the set we were building and some pictures. Well cut to – Wednesday July 14. I made my first early morning trek to Orange. Took me about 1.5 hours in traffic. Nonsense. That commute is terrible. Anyway, it was a good day of installing and prepping for Thursday’s shoot. I was also taught how to make fake dirt stains and fake soap scum with a tool called a Glitter Gun. Happiness is really what that tool should be called.
The commute home took just about as long except it was sweaty. Ugh. The heat in this town has been horrid the past week. Wednesday evening brought laziness about making dinner and I ended up with M & Ms and a glass of milk. Only to pass out at 9pm. My body needs to step up and stop being so tired.
Thursday morning led me to Orange with the anticipation of being on a professional set for the first time in a year. It was wonderful. So much excitement even though it was just for a Scotch Brite commercial. The day went on as it was. We were running behind. Around 5pm I was carrying a glass shower door over to it’s home when the thing just shattered in my arms. I was more worried about the fact that I broke this piece of glass and what if we needed it again. When someone told me my arm was bleeding. So I ran back to the kitchen to wash some of the blood, but those cuts wouldn’t stop bleeding. Of course the producers freaked out and bandaged my arm like none other. It wasn’t that serious at all. Only one teeny piece of glass in my arm, nothing the tweezers couldn’t take out. Thursday went into OT for 3.5 hours. Which is great, but I had midnight tickets to see Inception. So 10pm rolled around, I was released from set and booked it back to Glendale in record time to jump in another car and head off to the Arclight.
If you haven’t seen Inception yet, please do. It boggles my mind to know that there is a genius walking amongst the industry. Christopher Nolan is incredible at what he does. The midnight showing of this movie about sleep while i fought sleep very hard, made me want to see this thing again and then maybe again and again.
Thursday night/Friday morning allowed me 3 hours of sleep. I drove to Orange with my head bobbing around. I broke down and drank an energy drink. The thing about energy drinks is that they contain caffeine, right? Well I NEVER drink caffeine so it affects me ALOT. By 10am I was shaking and running around full blast. It was a quick strike day and I was back on the road by 11am. Talking a mile a minute to my mother on the traffic filled ride back to Glendale.
Below there’s some pictures of the finished set and of my arm when the producers went psycho on me.
Friday was a wonderful half day off while still making dollas. I got some delish Chinese food with Andy and we bummed around Burbank’s air-conditioned mall for awhile. For real it was 104 degrees on Friday at 4pm in the afternoon!!
Saturday was another steamy day….in which we went to view Inception again, this time at the Vista. Being fully awake helped. And my mind was most certainly blown again.
Alright, here’s the thing while I was sitting down to write this thing. I got a call for some temp work for a week. So I now have to be somewhere everyday through next Tuesday. That’s cool though. Another week of work makes me happy. I’m not entirely thrilled to be sitting in an office again but I do need the money.The office is pretty boring and uneventuful but I won’t be doing very much all day and that’s fine with me.
Anyway, let’s back track a bit to Monday? Yes. Yesterday. Christine, Brittany and I have embarked on a fruit flush to jump start us into diet world. I’m determined to be a lot thinner when I go home in September. We started Monday and Monday was a protein shake every 2 hours with a salad for dinner. We’ve all gotten to protein shake ratio wrong and trudged through the day drinking very chocolately water.
Today (Tuesday) starts the fruit part. We are to eat a serving of fruit every 2 hours with a salad at night and same for Wednesday. I am pretty excited to eat some fruit! The point of this is to jump start and give your body a bit of a boost into a normal workout routine/diet. So I’m using it as a jumping off point to kick my butt and really finally lose this weight. We’re supposed to lose about 8-9 lbs in these three days. Of course it’s all water weight and toxins but it’ll help to motivate. So I’ll be back with results from all of us on Thursday!
Anyway, it’s off to temping I go. Wish me luck this week. Full report to come next week.
Brittany said I should start documenting my unemployment by pictures. What a great idea! So this entry may include some eye candy.
As you know I picked up a few more days of work this past week. Friday morning I was ridiculously nervous. I had designed/decked shorts for friends this year but I wasn’t knee deep in a build in over a year. Thankfully, that stuff is like riding a bike, with a little tune-up I’m all good.
Friday and Saturday and for 3 days next week I’ll be building, assembling, shooting on, and striking a commercial for Scotch Brite. I’m working for Marc Rizzo who is one of the nicest guys ever. He’s not only a great designer but he’s also so fair and just an all around sweetheart.
Friday was great. I got to play with bondo (a putty like substance used to fill holes and patch things up) and priming my little heart out. While the two construction leads finished up the remaining walls and started to tile the walls. Oh yeah…I forgot to tell you we are making a bathroom set. It’s simply designed but it’s a bathroom still. There will be some pictures below. It was so wonderful to come home from work completely exhausted, full of paint and spackle dust up my nose! It also feels wonderful to get paid well for doing something I enjoy.
Saturday night, Andrew and I celebrated our 6 month anniversary (a week late) by going to dinner together and stuffing ourselves to the brims. I even tried a bite of salmon for the first time…and didn’t hate it!
He then convinced me to go see Cyrus with him. It was an enjoyable movie. I was nervous about falling asleep after an exhausting day at work and so it took mea while to work up the courage to go see the movie. But I was glad I went and it was a nice change from all the dumb 3D sequels that they’re pumping out these days.
So now this brings us to Monday morning. I had an appointment with Apple One temp agency to just get my name in another system and try and get some work from that.
All the computer based and written tests went well and it was great to just have another possible way of making money if I need it. Just thanking God for these few days of work I’ve already gotten and hoping it keeps up!
I came home from the meeting and ate some delicious lunch. Then started cleaning the apartment, worked out my bod and now I’m doing a bit of writing and random things I need to get done today.
I like when days off turn into really productive days!
Well that’s all for today kids, catch ya on the flip side! – Check out some pictures of the set in progress. Keep in mind I didn’t build anything. I just finished the walls (spackling and painting)