Technically speaking, I’m an artist.

Big changes demand better blog up-keep!

A lot, and I mean A LOT has happened in the past few months.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been very vocal about it, at least not where this blog is concerned.  So, here it is.  The good with the bad.  Like any good story, it has a happy ending!

In January, the state sent budget cuts to the University of Louisiana, and by proxy, to my company.  They let go three artists including myself.  While that might not seem like much, for a team of ten people, that was a big deal.  I spent the next few months battling with the state to get unemployment.  Not my favorite thing to do in any sense.  Apparently, even if you’re eligible for unemployment by every record known to man, if your application gets fouled up by no fault of your own, it takes a minimum of three months to fix.  Sufficed to say, I don’t want to do that again.

Later, in March, I started as a contract consultant with the UL  – Lafayette Engineering Research Lab.  The good thing about this job was that I got to work out of the same building as my last one.  Making my own hours was a headache, but getting to still hang out with my old co-workers from time to time was awesome.  I worked with the lab on a really cool project in partnership with the U.S. Army.  The project involves a CAVE environment linked to an omni-directional treadmill.  Witnessing everything up and running, though, is really a sight to see.  It makes me really interested in hearing what comes of the research.

Now I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.  I just accepted a job with DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, CA and have to move to Los Angeles in the next week and a half.  This is really an exciting opportunity.  The only thing I can do is continue working and hope I’m prepared for everything that is thrown at me.  I can truly say that I continue to be blessed every day, regardless of the pitfalls around me.

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