We PCS'd (Permanent Change of Station) in November all the way cross country - San Diego, CA -> Norfolk, VA. Like most military spouses, this meant leaving my job of 5+ years to travel into the unknown. Over the years I've had quite a few artistic leaning jobs: lightboard programmer, lighting technician, theatrical tech, prop maker, scenic carpenter... Basically everything related to lighting, props and scenery. Now, I had only moved states once before, and it was a little jump from Phoenix, AZ to San Diego. The two towns are pretty damn similar, and the theatre and art scenes only improved with the move.
So here I was, scrambling for months to try and secure a job in Norfolk before we got there. I must have sent dozens of emails, applied for dozens more jobs, and was met with a resounding silence in return. The art jobs just aren't here.
How did I deal with this silence? The deafening vacuum of scenic opportunities? I struggled for two months before my old job in San Diego called, asking if I'd like to fly back for two weeks (on their dime).
YES! Employment! Temporarily... doing my old job... for what turns out to be a week of very little actual work... BUT it was something.
...And then it was back to the silence and uncertainty. I got a job at Home Depot (they were eager to have an actual carpenter). The pay was dismal and the hours were... some adjective worse than dismal.. an adjective that is somehow also a swear word would be ideal. But it was employment.
Two more calls from PEP in San Diego followed by quitting HD, and spending 2 1/2 more months in California... and then it was back to the silence and uncertainty... but also the knowledge that I could go back to HD if I got desperate. (Again, an adjective with a swear word could replace desperate...)
But there's no more phone calls from San Diego. No more easy outs. Time to accept that this PCS is real. I live in Norfolk and the arts I've come accustomed to (theatre/events) are nothing like CA.
Look on the bright side, I'm home now, not living out of a suitcase... I can finally finish all these art pieces I've had in the works since January. I've taken a few art commissions from Etsy. I have a small part time (on call) job as a manual laborer / lighting technician for a staging company; a couple gigs a week. That's at least a little money.
Well, world, if I'm going to be underemployed with my BS in Business Management and 10 years professional scenic experience, might as well throw myself into my art. Might as well stay busy, get better at illustrator and photoshop, learn figure drawing, sketching techniques, take risks... If the world won't let me work, might as well on my self.
"Dark and difficult times lie ahead, soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
P.S. Anyone else read Cursed Child? I'm torn... So many questions! Anyhow, maybe that's a blog for tomorrow?