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Journal Entry: Thu Oct 18, 2012, 7:34 PM


My position became redundant, apparently.  Me and a few others at the studio got laid off today.  Kind of in shock still, I think.  It's difficult to really process.  I've worked there since 2005, so it's been a very long run.  The studio head teared up when he told me that I'd gotten cut.  The directive came from above their heads to reduce the headcount.  When we hired a new lead animator last year, we actually got one who knew his way around rigging and scripting, and he liked making his own rigs, so my role as studio's rigger got reduced then.  I'd mostly been helping out the environment team, but we've got a fair number of environment guys now, so it's not all that huge a shock.

Well, it is a shock.  None of us saw this coming.  Not really.  But well - whatever.  So yeah.  There it is.

My husband is still there and still very much in high demand.

In all honesty, I've been pretty unhappy with work for a while now.  There's the whole 'holycrapmoney' thing - especially since we just bought the new house.  I'm just trying not to think about that right now.  I got a good severance package at least.

sigh

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infinityspiral Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just saw this today and I know what that feels like. I've enjoyed finding the tuts and updates you've been posting. I'm sure with your talent that your downtime will be short lived. There were a lot of people that squandered their time in college, but you were always putting in the extra effort. There weren't a lot of people that that, but I think we still came out ahead.
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NatsumeRyu Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
At least you have the experience? Imagine if you were trying to break back into the industry without the titles under your belt? :(

Worst comes to worst - I'm sure you can do something Indy. :) Also, don't count out the fact that so much of your work doesn't matter about being there in person. The internet means you can work for people and places previously impossible. Your work can go where you cannot. :)
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CaseyD2K Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry to hear about this, especially the timing. The last time I got laid off at a job it was a month after my first daughter was born....It was brutal. But you have a ton of experience doing what you do so I imagine you should bounce back pretty quick. How far are you from Redmond? I imagine finding a job out there shouldn't be too bad right? Best of luck to you!
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Athey Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
By Redmond - I assume you mean Redmond Washington? I ask because there's a Redmond Oregon that's only a 30 min drive from where I live - lol. Definitely a big difference between the two.

As for Redmond Washington - We're about an 7 hour drive south, so it's not really a commutable sort of deal, and we don't want to move. My husband is still at Sony here in Bend and we think we can manage things with his salary and me doing some freelance. I'm also looking into teaching a class on 3dsmax at the local Community College.
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CaseyD2K Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh that's right! I was totally thinking you were living in Washington...My Bad! Either way, I hope you land on your feet soon!
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OnI2kc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really sorry to here that happened, your very talented and will definitely be able to find work again. good luck and stay strong.
- A fan of your work!
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AR-X-DESIGNS Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That blows....
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PieroStuff Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ouch, I'm sorry to hear that... :\ But hey don't worry, with your skills I'm sure you'll find another job in no time! Just look at this as an opportunity to start again, with another studio (or as freelance maybe?), meet new people, and so having another great time in your life. Stay focused and be happy! :hug:
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the-stephy-powers Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: :hug: :hug: I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you find a better position somewhere else.
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dreamer07079 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Uugh I'm sorry that happened. It just brings attention back to the fact that economy just isn't getting better for anyone, and no one, not even someone with your awesome talent, is safe anymore. I hope things work out for you!! My fingers are crossed for ya!!
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Ulysses-31 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
:(
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punchyninja Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man, that sucks. I've been working in the industry for 12 years now and the layoffs always suck, but more often than not lead to something better. Good Luck!
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JamesMargerum Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to hear that. I went through the same thing a few years back when I was made redundant from a simulator company, so I know how it feels.
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rockleefan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Sorry to hear this! But honestly you are so talented you rule the world and workforce! Think of this as a form of freedom that you have now! Do you want to work for another big company, indie, or be freelance? You will find a job that you will like :)
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garyjsmith Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really sorry to hear about the layoff. I had this happen last year and was out of work for 11 months. Let me know if you'd like any tips on staying afloat monetarily and dealing with bill collectors
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Vysuki Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Sorry to hear, If you've been unhappy with work was it the work place or are you wanting change?
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coregazer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to hear this Athey. I hope you're coping with it alright. Keep up the good work, and hope you find something again soon.
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Aleeart7 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry about the bad news. You'll do fine though since you have plenty of experience and your talented at what you do! I'm still trying to get my foot in the door but the whole experience thing isn't working in my favor. Best of luck!
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Konartist3D Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
You'll be OK. You have talent! Good luck!
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x-Ren-x Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I trust Hazardous' judgement; I've admired your work and your dedication for a long time and I'm sure you'll find a new job - freelance or otherwise - very soon.
I'm sure this will be a new beginning for you and that you'll find a place to be happy with. I wish you the best of luck!
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IllysianB Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Stay strong, sorry to hear about this!
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HazardousArts Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Artist
I remember watching you back in the cgsociety days bustin out your hand painted characters and pwning the world. I have no doubt that is you pop a few of those out, youll have work, either freelance or studio in no time :)
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Aserosiris Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sucks to be out of a job, but someone with your talent can find a new place of employment in no time
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AmadisAmaranth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang, that sucks :(

Good luck to you :heart:
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darkmag07 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Artist
Sorry to hear that, best of luck getting yourself out there again.
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Ugh-first-aid Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
; A: i'm so sorry to hear this is happeneing to you...7 years is such a long long time to be working at a place...you are a VERY....VEEEEERY talented indervidual....and i'm sure that you can find another placement....i'm so sorry again this had to happen....and you REALLY didn't deserve it...they really have lost a very good employee...; A ;

:hug: I hope you find a place that you are really happy working at > A < never loose hope and continue to do what you love!!!
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sketcher-taku Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to here that that sucks. Would you be able to find other work?:(
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