What I do for a Living (and how I got where I am)

July 29, 2010

Well, I just realized the other day that I never posted about what happened to me before Jamie and I were married; after I graduated in December. So I'm taking my lunchbreak to tell a little story of how Jamie and I ended up where we are now.

After graduation I spent Christmas and New Year's at home in Michigan with my family, and Jamie. I dropped off some of my things from college, packed up my essentials, and began my trip to Los Angeles. First Jamie and I drove to Colorado to spend a week with her family before she went back to school and I went to Los Angeles. Once I got here, I moved in with four of my friends from the one semester film school I attended Spring of 2009. They were generous enough to allow me to live with them free for a month so I could get my feet on the ground.

The day before I left Colorado one of those four friends called me, asking me to send him my resume so he could pass it along to an employer he had a connection with. So before I even moved to LA, I was pretty excited about finding a job. Well, after I made it here, I didn't hear anything back from that potential employer. So I spent the next three weeks looking for work, and getting next to no responses. At the end of those three weeks though, I got an interview with one job I applied for as an editor, and the original connection through my roommate also asked me to come in to talk about a new show they were starting. I was extremely excited that after three weeks of nothing, two people were interested in me on the same day.

To make a long story short, I spent a day working at the editing job, which turned out to be an incredibly tedious, uncreative job that would've only been part time. So I graciously took the other offer.

That offer was with Eyeboogie Inc. A production studio located on Hollywood Blvd. The position I took was co-animator of a brand new show for Yahoo! News called "Who Knew?". Each episode is 1 and a half minutes long. I spent Two weeks in February at Eyeboogie developing the show's look and feel with a co-worker, as well as the workflow for a whole day. There's a new episode every weekday, and since it's a news show that meant that we would have to not only create one entire episode each day, but that we could only be two or three episodes ahead before they started airing.

Unfortunately the show didn't have a sponsor in February, and after two great weeks at Eyeboogie, I was suddenly jobless again. It was very frustrating because originally we thought that I would only be off for a week; but that turned into two weeks, and then a month, and then two months. It was especially discouraging because I needed to buy plane tickets for the fast approaching wedding; not to mention planning our honeymoon.

April came around and Jamie flew out here to visit me on her spring break. That was a great week, and since I wasn't working, we got to spend the whole time together. The day she left I got a phone call from Eyeboogie. "Who Knew?" had finally gotten sponsorship, and was set to begin in two weeks. I was asked to start working the next day. I've been working there ever since (except for the two wonderful weeks of our wedding and honeymoon in Michigan).

Since then our show has been running 80 episodes long. That officially concluded the first "season" of "Who Knew?". The show has been renewed, and it looks like I'll be working on this show for a while. My specific responsibility is to animate half of an episode a day based on a visual description of the script in time to the voice over narration. I absolutely love my job and have become so much better of an animator since I started working here.

To see the show visit http://whoknew.news.yahoo.com. Like I said, there's a new episode every weekday, and I animate half of every episode.

Well, my lunchbreak is up.


July 27, 2010

We're designers. It's what we love to do. So, we thought it was time to have some fun and redesign our blog. It's not that we didn't like our old design, it's just that we can't stop being creative. We both really like how this one turned out so I think it will stay this way for a while. Enjoy the new look and we hope it makes it more fun to read. Also notice the ad on the right side. We are getting closer to the unavailing of our Etsy shop.

For those of you who read this from an email or from Facebook be sure to click here to see the new design.


Our Dwelling Place

July 18, 2010

Well since Jamie's been posting so much lately I figured I should take a turn at writing a post.

Yesterday the couch that we ordered from The Sofa company in May was finally delivered. The fabric we wanted was on backorder until this month, but I was offered two free couches from a co-worker, so we decided to just wait it out instead of switching fabrics. Today Jamie and I tried taking some nice photos of our apartment that I'm sure many of you have been waiting for. Remember to click on the image for a larger view.

So, welcome to our home:

I merged four different exposures together for this photo, I love the way it turned out.
From left to right:
TV - Free (Found in trash)
TV Stand - Free (also found in trash)
DVD Stand - Free (Thanks Aaron)
Table Lamp - Free (.....found in trash)
Love Seat - Free (from co-worker)
Pillows - $10
Red Coffee Table - $50 (From craigslist)
Modern Floor Lamp - $30 (Wal-Mart)
Calling this place our home: Priceless

These are Twiggies. Jamie found the idea online, so we bought some yarn, found some sticks, and now we have an awesome centerpiece for our coffee table.

Here is our dining table and art studio. We got pretty much everything in this photo from craigslist.

Jamie and I livened this letter holder up by covering it in thick wrapping paper and sealing it with mod podge. It turned out fantastic.

Our kitchen is just the right size for the two of us to cook together.

We have every appliance you can think of.

Here is our bathroom. The cabinet above our toilet helped so much. I don't know where would would be able to store any of our bathroom stuff without it.

And here I am putting it together 2 months ago.

Hanging on the wall is our soon to be available on etsy bathroom art print designed and hand printed by the Pair of Pears.

(Yes, we even love typography in our bathroom)

If you read our blog consistently, you've already seen this image.
But here's what it looked like when we got it on craigslist for $8.

Don't be fooled though, Jamie did her fair share of the work too :).

Since then we bought this ikea bookshelf on craigslist.

And that is our home. Feel free to drop by anytime, but give us a call so we can get you a parking pass.

What I WOODn't Do for these

July 8, 2010

Once again I became completely emerged in Etsy. I found all these beautiful wood grain items that are just wonderful. I love wood grain. The what seems to be boring lines make up this intricate design and yet never repeats. It is both beautiful and rustic. I think the organic-ness of it is what fascinates me. Maybe someday I will live in a tree house made out of beautiful wood or at least Jake and I will build one for our children and climb up in it to have tea time and put puzzles together. Doesn't that sound fun? I think so.

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir

6 down 4 more to go

Right before summer began, I made a list (yes I'm one of those people) of all the things Jake and I wanted to do this summer and posted it on my other blog (I am now just posting on this one) I thought I should take a look at the list and see how I am doing so far. This is the list:

  • go to the beach (too cold)
  • ride my bike to the Farmer's Market (don't have my bike yet)
  • find some beautiful place and go for a hike
  • go camping and roast s'mores (I'd say my bachelorette party counts, check)
  • paint a picture for our new apartment (two paintings actually, check)
  • picnics, lots of picnics (one so far)
  • upcycle something for our apartment (one old door=one new bed, check)
  • make whole wheat blueberry scones and drink tea (check)
  • Get lost in a good book
  • become a photographer (just bought an amazing camera so i'm well on my way)
well that's 6 out of 10 things. I would say that is pretty good and it is only the beginning of July!