Good news. Bad news.
Just as I step out of graduation, into a world of unexplored freedom and opportunity, opportunity comes knocking on my door in the form of an old classmate and friend who had a job offer floating around he thought I was good for, with my old course director being the one fishing for applications for it.
So I’ve decided to apply, even though it is highly unlikely I will get the job. But I have 4 years experience as an artist, and my teachers are willing to give me references for the job.
And that’s not the only job offering. There’s been another one on the bench while I was still busy with studies and other matters. Well, now is the time to look back to that one as well - don’t put all your eggs in a single basket.
That is the good news.
Now for the bad news.
Applying for this job will take some time to prepare - CV, portfolio, application process, practising for a possible interview, travel, etc. This alone means I will have less time for my other engagements, which means the October stream offer and, more regrettably, the comic I’ve been working on in collaboration with @safetysketchy, will all be adversely affected. NOT CANCELLED, mind, just delayed. I estimate an October 30 release, instead of the originally projected October 20.
In addition, in the unlikely event that I do land one of the jobs, I will most likely find myself working full time and have very little freedom to work on my hobby stuff. Which, I admit, would impact my ability to enjoy any potential job I get greatly.
Where does this put me? Tomorrow I’ll be sending in a CV for these job offers, and after that face the weather however the winds may blow. But I know I will regret it more if I don’t apply for the jobs, even if the ideal scenario is that I don’t get a new job and I can keep working on my own plan and design and develop my own games and draw my own art.
Does that mean I am ungrateful for these chances? No, of course not. I am very grateful to have these offers. I am just worried that I may disappear from the lot of you as so many other artists before me have because of careers.