It’s been two years almost to the day that I was laid off from my job as an environmental consultant and map maker in Encinitas. At first I was a little set back, but having no debt, no car payment, and money in the bank I knew I could get by. After a little search I got myself to the third interview at a wind turbine startup. Fast and loose was their game. I was told I would be wearing different hats all day, and be reporting to someone about 10 years younger than me. I might be asked to write code one minute then make a map the next. It was not until I started listening to the knot in my stomach that I knew my days of sitting in a cubical were over. In a phone call to my future boss I said, “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to turn down the interview”. When asked why I replied, “It’s more about a passion then a job”. I kid you not those were my words.
What was I going to do? I had no idea, but I knew it would be something that I would enjoy, be able to work at my own pace, and work with people who were just as passionate as I was. So I found myself enrolled in a voice over class at my local community college and I crashed an audio production intro class as well. Let me tell you the audio production class and the professor changed my outlook on what the world had in store for me. I was learning about the physics of sound, but not just on paper, but actually hands on. I later took more classes in the same department including the production of live jazz concerts, the creation of music, the concepts behind news writing, and later an in-depth crash course on Pro-tools and full on audio techniques.
Where has this landed me? Well two internships later I’m not employed, but I’ve been on a movie set, behind the console of a 96 channel mixer, sat side stage with some jazz legends, learned you’re not going to find a job in this industry in the news paper, and had one a great time doing it.
So why and am I writing this? To all those that would like to change their job and get out of the 9-5 rut I would urge you to make a change now. We’re heading into the holiday season. Take this time to reconnect with family, friends, and yourself. Take this time to start making your dreams come true. It might be a hard at first, but it’s the things you didn’t do that we regret the most.