That, however, isn't the most important recent change. Since I haven't posted in so long, it hasn't been announced here that I am no longer a student and am now a professional animator. Amazing, isn't it? A professional animator. As in I'm making enough money to make a living off of being an animator. I still don't quite believe it myself even after having a job for a week and two days. Today was my first payday and I have more money sitting around in my bank account than I've ever had in my entire life.
Ah, let me back up a bit more. Aside from school, last year I completed an internship as well. I was a little worried, because it wasn't an internship with an animation company, but instead with a small film studio in Galveston. I learned a lot, though, about equipment and hooking things up, one thing they skimped on at school for fear of us ruining everything. I can now set up just about any combination of audio or video equipment. I liked everyone there and they offered to hire me if I couldn't find a job in January.
After finishing up my internship and classes, I successfully graduated with honors on December 17, 2010.
My very awesome career adviser sent me many job leads during and after graduation, and I applied for many of them. The first one I heard back from was actually the best of the bunch and I got asked in for an interview, cleared level one, then got asked in for a second interview. After a little more than I week I was sent an acceptance letter. Holy shit I had a job! And a really good one!!!
After an illness and some paperwork trouble, I got in! I started February 10 and have been working since then. Not very long, but damn am I happy to have a job. So many of my classmates that graduated with and before me have had a hard time finding one, and with the economy the way it is, I was really worried.
What am I doing? I work in the oil industry! Haha, they pay their animators well, which is nice since I'm a just-graduated employee with loans. I'm shocked they're paying me what they are, and I even have benefits. And they're super busy, we have, like, six animations that we need to start. The day goes so fast.
Oh! Also, I have a boyfriend now. Shocking! We nearly died in a car accident together on our way to an iaido event in November and soon after that we started dating. Life's funny like that. I don't know how much I can say about him on the internet, so I'll leave it at that.
Life seems to be treating me well for the time being, even if my awesome job does involve waking up at 5:00 in the morning, at least I enjoy it and the people I'm working with. I plan on paying attention to LJ again and posting more often.