I'm actually going to start with Pico Day. I have tons of pictures to upload, so I'll probably update this post with an album when I finally get around to it. Either way, Pico Day was by far one of the most magical experiences I have ever been a part of. The amount of talent, individuality, and passion that was crammed into that single office space was overwhelming at times, both emotionally and conceptually. There were some Newgrounders there who traveled from half way across the world just to share in that moment with a community that becomes seemingly stronger (to me at least) as time goes on. If that doesn't drive home what kind of an impact a place like Newgrounds has made on someone's life, I don't know what does. I got to hang out with long time friends and first time faces, and felt completely welcomed at all times. When I first joined Newgrounds in 2012, some of the first people I ever became acquainted with were @tyler and @redminus, and here I was, in 2015, standing face to face, without introduction, chatting with them as if hanging out over the weekend was a regular thing. It was no different for those who I met for the first time that weekend either. I unintentionally bumped into @Ukinojoe and @Stamper (not at the same time) and was instantly greeted with hugs and conversation. @jaxxy & @TomaMoto you guys were amazing! I really hope we get to hang out again in the near future! @Sabtastic you're an absolute sweetheart, it was so lovely getting to meet you finally! @TomFulp is one of the most kind hearted and hospitable man I have ever met, and I can't possibly thank you enough for not only allowing us to spend the weekend with you, but for making all of this possible in the first place. There are so many people I met, and I can't even begin to describe how much of a pleasure it was to shake your hands, hug your bods, and touch your butts. If you're one of those people, know you'll always be an inspiration in my eyes. I can't wait to see you all again next year~ <3
On another note, the week I got back from PicoDay I was informed some projects have been placed on hold, so the company I work for will be experiencing a reduction in force. In turn, I received a 2 weeks notice and this Wednesday is my last. I'm a little anxious about where I'll end up after this, but I can sustain myself for maybe another 2 months before I'm going to find myself in a pretty tough situation. I moved to Dallas at the start of the year and that's about 10 hours away from any immediate family. While I search for a new job, I really want to re-evaluate where I want to go in my career. My previous position was as a Junior QA analyst, and I'm really glad I learned a new skill and can apply that to an ever growing industry, but I would really like to find myself in a more creative position. I'd like to be searching for entry level positions for animation/ production, even though I realize that entry level positions are a dime a dozen in this industry. If I could find consistent (paying) voice work, I'd be dedicating all my time to that in a heartbeat. I really hope I can come up with something soon and I'm even looking into offsite positions since I'm signed to a year lease at my place here in Dallas. I'd really appreciate your best wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts while I try to get through this unfortunate event.
Thank you Newgrounds!!! I love you all! <3