“Alia iacta est.” (“The die is cast.”) – Julius Caesar, January 10, 49 BCE
“The only thing constant is change.” – Henry Jekyll, “Jekyll and Hyde” (You knew I’d work a musical quote in there…)
Monday evening I got back from the most amazing weekend in Los Angeles. The second amazing weekend in Los Angeles in two weekends, both filled with friends, and fun.
This weekend included a 4th of July pool party that was just off-the-hook excellent (do people still say ‘off-the-hook’, whatever), and then two absolutely magical nights at the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade (which I’m in the process of writing another post about, so stay tuned…), before chilling with some friends on Sunday night before heading home.
I’ve been using these trips to kind of test the waters, and see if moving back to Los Angeles was something that I wanted to do, and needed to do. You see, I really love my life in Oakland, love the Bay Area, and enjoy the lifestyle up here tremendously.
But the truth is that none of that matters. My career, contacts, and the business opportunities that will allow me to continue to follow a creative path in the Entertainment Industry are in Los Angeles, and that’s what’s relevant.
I gave up a lot when I shut down my consulting business, sold my townhouse, packed up my stuff and moved to Los Angeles. Conservatively, I’d estimate that, over the last 13 years that ‘lost a lot’ translates into…Well, I don’t want to go there because there are over seven figures involved, and they don’t start with a 1. But I’m not complaining…I needed to be back in filmmaking, and I needed to be creative, and getting out of Corporate America was not a mistake for me. It was a great living, and I was good enough at it to have a very successful career, but it wasn’t the life I wanted, and wasn’t were I was happy.
Looking back over the last seven years, and my time at ILM, I realized I made another mistake…I let myself get comfortable, and when a chance came to take a risk and follow some opportunities in Compositing, I took the security of a management position, and a desk job, and was completely unfulfilled for the last 3 1/2 years I was there. Now I’m looking at the opportunity to stay in the Bay Area, and possibly switching industries to do so…Sure, I’d probably even make more money, but I’d repeating a mistake, and ignoring the lessons learned. It’s time to move.
Got a lot of encouragement, in different forms, from a number of friends this weekend…Oh, and while we’re mentioning friends, there is no small upside to that aspect of moving to Los Angeles, an ever-expanding circle of wonderful friends, many of whom are part of an amazing creative community that truly inspires me. And what’s life all about if not being inspired by the people you surround yourself with?
Anyway, one of my friends succinctly pointed out, in between mouthfuls of bacon and eggs at Nat’s on Saturday, that I should stop wasting my time, and just move sooner than later. There were several bullet points that went with his reasoning, all of them driven home with amazing clarity. He was right, it’s time for me to move, the sooner the better.
So, I’ve already started taking baby steps, and immediately after Comic-Con those will escalate into major efforts. The amount of work I have to do is insane, not including finding an apartment, and managing the logistics of getting my stuff from here to there. So it’s a stress-filled time, but compared to the stresses of the last year-or-so, it will be okay. At least I think it will be okay, it has to be okay. Yeah, it will be okay. 🙂