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Happy Thanksgiving and a Reality Check

I hope everyone had a great Holiday. I spent time with the family, but still found time to work too. I launched a new website, google group and wrote two tutorials for And that's how it seems to be going nowadays. I'm moving at 1000 miles an hour either working, looking for work, or networking. Surprisingly, there are a ton of events to go to in LA in the next two weeks...

I feel for my friends that have to start looking for work now. I know of an editor who got laid-off last week, just before Thanksgiving, an audio mixer, and designer who were laid-off the week before. In my 10 years in post production, I've never seen it like this. It's been a challenging time for sure and I think of the quote James Mathers uses at the end of the Digital Cinema Society e-newsletter:

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change." Charles Darwin

I agree with that 100%. Change is here so embrace it. Use your down time to learn a new software, new skill set. I became an Autodesk Smoke Certified Instructor this summer for example. It's never been so easy to learn with great online training from, Digital-Tutors, Ripple Training. High-End specialized training is also available from Escape Studios and FXPHD among others.

Finally, I want to give thanks to my past, present and future employers. And thanks to 20th Century Fox for holding a family screening of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" the day after Thanksgiving and to Focus Feature for sending me my first "screener". But most of all, I want to thank my family for their support. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about.

Posted By Barry Goch on December 02, 2009 12:00 am | Permalink 
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