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Time for a new chapter

Posted by zer0wolf, 28 August 2010 · 170 views

So, I'll be straight forward - I was laid off a week ago. Our studio went from about 20 people down to 6 in a matter of two weeks. The last year has been an absurd ride, having a couple of months invested 300+ hours at work away from my family and now I am jobless.

I know, I sound bitter. I am a little bit, but this is also a kick in the pants to explore the rest of the industry. I had been working for the same company for three years at two different studios. Three years of working on work-for-hire projects, with little creative control as a Designer and then Producer. Three years of working on budget, or cash grab, projects. Within the first year I felt the need for something 'more', but I was hiding in the safety net of a fairly stable job. This is what was ultimately important to me, because I have a family to support. Well, now I am free, getting a decent severance check, and looking for new opportunities.

I have interviews lined up with EA Mobile and Bonfire Studios, and I have some friends looking into Bioware Austin for me. I'm both scared and excited at the same time right now. Wish me luck :)




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Original post by zer0wolf
So, I'll be straight forward - I was laid off a week ago. Our studio went from about 20 people down to 6 in a matter of two weeks. The last year has been an absurd ride, having a couple of months invested 300+ hours at work away from my family and now I am jobless.

I know, I sound bitter. I am a little bit, but this is also a kick in the pants to explore the rest of the industry. I had been working for the same company for three years at two different studios. Three years of working on work-for-hire projects, with little creative control as a Designer and then Producer. Three years of working on budget, or cash grab, projects. Within the first year I felt the need for something 'more', but I was hiding in the safety net of a fairly stable job. This is what was ultimately important to me, because I have a family to support. Well, now I am free, getting a decent severance check, and looking for new opportunities.

I have interviews lined up with EA Mobile and Bonfire Studios, and I have some friends looking into Bioware Austin for me. I'm both scared and excited at the same time right now. Wish me luck :)


All the best! Are you looking anywhere in particular (besides Austin)?
Thanks :) Well, my preference is to stay in Austin, but I'm looking all over. I just bought a house in Austin a year ago :( EA Mobile is in LA and Bonfire Studios is in Dallas.
Ok, I have a friend who is a recruiter in San Francisco and I'd be happy to introduce you if you were looking there.
Woah, sorry to hear about the job. However good luck with the interviews and I hope it leads to something better.

Getting made redundant really sucks (happened to me 3 times so far) and can knock your confidence the first couple of times. If you've got experience though it can be just what you need to move up to something better! :)
Best of luck! (I feel like I need to <sincerity> tags around that, it gets used sarcastically so often :))

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