A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog on what happens when your comfortable goes away. In my case, it was my job. It was a good paying job in an awesome environment with people I had grown to love. But the economy isn’t in the best place, and being a contractor, I was one of the first to go. I completely get it. No hard feelings. Plus, I still get to hang out and work with them a few days a month, which I’m sure is all of me that they can handle.
For the past 45 days, I have been freelancing. In terms that people who don’t do this kind of work, it means waking up every day, hustling your butt off, not having normal hours and watching your emails explode on a daily basis.
But it’s been a blast.
Sure, there are days I wonder if I will make all of the bills the following month or if anything else is coming, but overall, it’s been a good experience, and has taught me, well, somewhat, how to be organized.
But in the last 90 days, here are some of the cool things I have gotten to be a part of.
First and foremost, I LLC’d…finally. Haymaker Collective finally is legit. Nothing like a year late on the process.
Secondly, I have been doing marketing and movie graphics for The Song, a movie from City on a Hill that will be coming out in September to 400+ theaters nationally. It’s been a cool experience to understand some of the behind the scenes of movie making and the effort it takes to market and sell the movie to not only the public, but retailers. The hours have been long on some of the things we have done, but has been more than worth it.
I also got the awesome pleasure of working with a great non-profit in San Diego called The 1 to 1 Movement. They champion sustainability and conservation in a unique way, starting in the schools. Their leadership is dedicated and hard working. Even more, when they contacted me, his main direction was “make this rad.” Someone that speaks my language.
Finally, because of a friend, I have begun working with the great people at Hatfield Media. These guys are on the cutting edge of technology and are growing with big and creative ideas. And again, the leadership, spot on in what you want in leadership. He hustles daily, has big visions and doesn’t put a limit on creativity. Overall, it’s the perfect environment for a creative.
So, as these last 45 days have come and gone, it’s had it’s tough moments. The moment you look at your bills and bank account and have a bit of a “well, wonder how I’m going to pull this off.” But then there have been twice as many good moments, where you create something that people absolutely love. Those moments definitely outweigh the moments of despair and make it worth it.
But a lot of this would have never been possible without my friends at Woodlawn Sunergos Coffee for absolutely filling my veins with caffeine and on special occasions, chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for the workspace.