I was really trying to make that Connecticut Yankee reference work, but it just wasn’t happening.
As I write this, it’s one year to the day that I was laid off from my job as the in-house video producer/editor at The Omni Group, a small software company in Seattle, WA. The pandemic happened, my wife and I have separated, and I have realized that I am basically starting over at this point. A good friend of mine has graciously shared their house in Oregon with me for several months while I figure out what I’m doing with my life, but it’s time for me to move on. And if I need to move, probably best that I move to where the jobs are, yeah? Hence, Los Angeles.
I don’t know how regular this blog will be, but I want to chronicle my journey from Seattle corporate video producer to LA Editor. I used to be a really good online editor before I left broadcast for a corporate gig eight years ago — can I return to my former glory? Am I actually as good as I thought I once was? What the heck does an online editor do these days anyway? Can I eventually move from online to Editor? Will I have to drop back to Assistant to prove myself? How am I going to find a place to live if I don’t have a job yet?
All of this is up in the air right now, but I’ll let you know when I know. Maybe it’ll be useful to someone.
In the meantime, I’ve been watching and listening to some stuff about LA, just to get myself a little excited about the otherwise daunting prospect:
- Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
- L.A. Story (1991)
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
- The Big Lebowski (1998)
- The Moving to LA Podcast: An Idiot’s Guide, currently on hiatus because of Covid, but they have a nice list of resources for LA movers
- Stay F. Homekins podcast, specifically the latest episode, “Hate Buckets”, in which they both talk about their early experiences in LA for the first half of the episode
- Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions (2012), a Comedy Central stand-up comedy special where Paul talks about a bunch of his working experiences after first moving to LA, and his fear of being yelled at, with which I completely vibe — available now to stream on Paramount+
Also, hey, if you need a video editor, I’m looking for a job. Here are my credentials. More soon.