A good one, at that. I was pretty sure once the holidays were over and Hollywood was focused once more, some openings would pop up. The hardest part about being unemployed was not knowing how long it would last. If I had a date I would DEFINITELY have a job by, I could have budgeted, I could have planned, I could have maybe even traveled. But instead, I had to be ready to work at a moment’s notice, but also budget like I would be unemployed indefinitely. It was pretty depressing.
I’m also someone who really needs a reason to get up early and face the day. Otherwise I sit around alone all day, going down a rabbit hole of worry and anxiety. I was able to avoid that for a while this time, but right around Christmas my anxiety was getting pretty bad. Then I made myself a deal–I would pretend I was just on Christmas break. I would completely enjoy the holidays, pretend I was coming back to a job (though keep the budget just as tight), and just RELAX. Which I mostly was able to do. (Honestly, I did drop the ball on relaxing completely, but that was after a health scare that came out of nowhere and really threw me/my anxiety).
And right before Gareth arrived, I got a call from my friend who works on Switched at Birth about temping there for a few weeks straight after the break. I was SUPER excited because I LOVE that show (Bay is SUCH a strong female character), and also because I had a (temporary) job to go back to! I was there last week and it was really amazing. The people I was working for were really nice and inclusive, and the entire staff, cast, and crew were all extremely friendly and welcoming, which can be really rare. I got to go to the table read for the first episode back, and meet all the writers/producers/actors I’ve been a fan of for so long. I’m even in this picture!
I was supposed to be there for the next two/three weeks, but over the weekend was asked to interview and hired on the spot to be the writers PA on The Leftovers! This is SO exciting for a few reasons. One: DAMON LINDELOF. Enough said, no? I’ve been watching interviews with him since I was in high school and completely obsessed with LOST. He and Joss Whedon are basically the two people responsible for me realizing TV writing was a job, and a job I very much want to do. So the high schooler in me is kind of freaking out. Two: It’s a GREAT, well written show on HBO. Kind of the dream. Three: It runs for most of the year, meaning I don’t have to deal with being unemployed until next year, hopefully. Four: I am getting paid again! I can’t remember what it’s like to not wake up at night stressing out about money. It still hasn’t really sunk in–I am not completely, 100% broke anymore! I can maybe spend the next few months getting my finances back on track! The only downside is I might only get to see Gareth for a few weeks over the next ten months, which is pretty devastating. But last year was really lucky, and just what we needed to be strong enough to do long term long distance.
So overall, the start of 2016 has been AMAZING. I heard another show I love that was on the bubble is getting picked up for another season, so basically the fan in me has had QUITE the start to the new year. As has the financier. I start the new gig Wednesday and am so beyond happy, it’s hard to put into words!