…So, uh, I think I may have the next job lined up already. We’ve done the deal verbally, still waiting for the paperwork.
Job hunting is never fun for anyone, but for me it’s especially fraught because the first time I ever really had to devote attention to such a search was right after the financial collapse of 2008/2009. Before that I sort of stumbled into both a day job and all my theater gigs pretty quickly; my very first post-college job came via a call from my university’s internship office that came the morning after graduation, and I just stuck with the person helming that particular project for the next eight years. Then I kicked up the theater career and signed up for temping, and got easily placed in spots for about ten more years, with one gig lasting four years alone (and it probably would have gone on even longer if the economy had lasted). So the first time I ever tried to deliberately look for a job was in 2009, when such a search usually dragged on for months and months while your savings dwindled and your debt soared and you were living on ramen. That…was kind of a scarring experience.
So I was girding my loins for a very, very lean year while I was searching – only to have this come along in under a month. And I realized that my last job search was also comparatively quick. It’s given me food for thought – and the space to dream a little bigger. I’m still going to stay put at this new place for a good while (even when it’s fast, job searches suck), but I’m also seeing that this is letting me turn my attention back to “hey, you were going to try eating out more” and “ooh now you can get wonton skins, didn’t you want to use that cookbook more?”
Part of the idea behind the Year Of Challenges was just to get myself out and moving around more – because that’s how you find more connections and more things to involve yourself in out in the wider world. Life doesn’t have to just be a slog to your job and then a slog home, and I had forgotten that.
Case in point – I was looking for a place to see one of this year’s Best Picture nominees, and discovered a little teeny community space up in Greenpoint was showing a couple. I went out to one last night – it’s a tiiiiiiny theater space, which they also use for art galleries and video gaming contests, with an equally-cozy coffee house as well. There were only four of us there for the movie, so the guy behind the concessions counter came in to offer us all a free glass of wine as well, for the heck of it. I was intrigued enough by the space that I chatted with the staff for a few minutes after, even suggesting a couple films. But it got me thinking, as I was heading home, that if I ever wanted to launch some kind of a local movie event, they might be down with that….
I mean, I’m still a train, two busses and about fifteen bucks in a cab away from doing that. But the fact that I even was thinking along those lines is a sign of hope that I haven’t felt in a long, long time.