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 :)