Archive for November, 2008

Life after Cow

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

It has now been two and half weeks since I was laid off from the company I will refer to as Cow Chemical. They still owe me a sizeable severance check and are also paying for three years of health insurance, so I must continue to play nice. Not that it was a bad company to work for. Cow put food on my table for eight years and helped buy a video game or twenty. I just hated working there with the burning passion of a hundred suns, or something equally burny.

So now I am free. I wake up when I want, I go to bed when I want. I can go out on a Tuesday night. I can watch an entire season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer in three days. I can play Fable 2 at 3pm or 3am. You’d think this would be a good thing but…hell yes, it’s a good thing! It’s freakin awesome! Instead of fighting material planners over chemical availability, I’m fighting forest trolls over buried treasure. I highly recommend everyone get laid off at some point.

There is the small issue of doing something with my life though. Ultimately I want to make movies and the industry is exploding in Michigan now. Unfortunately shipping 2 Ethyl Hexyl Acrylate to New Jersey has not done much to bolster my film resume. I did take an unpaid position as a Production Assistant (pronounced “CREW BITCH”) early this month and did get valuable experience buying donuts, making photocopies and guarding bathrooms. I once guarded two bathrooms in one day. I think that is really going to stand out when I apply for another production.

The truth is I know I am never going to climb my way up from boom mic holder to director. I want to write and produce, so I just need to write and produce. A friend of mine has a short film he wants to shoot and he asked me to produce so the ball may start rolling soon. As far as writing goes…I’m writing now, does that count? No? Well then it’s time to dust off my screenplay program and get to work. Just as soon as I finish Buffy Season Six of course.