I have a To-Do List for this weekend, and to update this poor blog is number one on the list, but one of the last to actually get done. Now that it is not quite time to start dinner and it's raining outside, I find myself in prime condition to do this thing!
I haven't been able to get to this bad boy for quite a while now, what with the holidays and the new job and all. I've moved (again)- hopefully this time, I can stay for a while!- but moving always throws me for a loop. I never feel "settled", but now things are starting to cool. On top of the new job, Christmas hit. For the first time in two and a half years, I got to see my mom & dad. I surprised my mom, who thought I was flying in on Christmas Day, by showing up on December 23rd. I got to spend nine beautiful days with my family, including my baby sister, and got to see a bunch of my friends. I came back to LA on New Year's Day- VERY early in the morning- guh!
Went back to work on the 5th- and missed it so much! I missed work, I missed my car, and I missed this beautiful city. (Yes, I love this stupid city.) Every time I leave and come back, I am reminded how this city calls to me. I feel at home here. It's that feeling that tells me that I am in the right place.
Work got busy this week. Deadlines and learning new skills. I think I have learned more in a month in the biz than I did in four years at CalArts. Man, all my teachers were right! I mean, geez- don't get me wrong, CalArts taught me SO much and I don't regret one moment, but working at Bento Box has given me a depth that I never experienced before. While I sat at work this week, finishing up some work, I realized that if you had told me a month ago that I would be doing what I was doing, I would have told you you were crazy!
One class that has come in SO MUCH use it's ridiculous was Nicole Panter's screenwriting class! OMG! I get to format scripts- and there is no way I would be able to handle it if it hadn't been for Nicole! Writers are awful- hahaha! Spelling, grammar, format- you name it. No consistency whatsoever! haha
I am truly enjoying the job and I think my coworkers are fantastic. I love asking them about what they did before. Everyone is just so nice and I feel like I belong. Very similar to how I felt my first week at CalArts: all these new people from all over the place, clumped together in a small place, who all share this beautiful thing in common. Even though I had never known my classmates before in my life, sitting around the Cafe tables (all pushed together to fit more of us together), I felt "at home" with them, as we all sat there talking about animation, and movies, and such. Work is just like that. These people have come from all over the biz, from different studios, different backgrounds, different formats, but in the end, we come together and get to make cartoons all day. We have the best damn job in the world!
Finally, I have some big news coming at the end of the month, so make sure to look for a big post on January 31st/Feb.1st! See ya soon!