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.