If unemployment taught me anything it’s to always be learning
For freelancers working in the film and television industry, one thing is certain: wintertime is slow. Everyone expects a little downtime in January and February as projects slowly get picked up. What you don’t plan for is a global pandemic and months of downtime.
I started this year freshly wrapped off of 4 seasons of Beachfront Bargain Hunt and 2 Seasons of Lakefront Bargain Hunt. As January and February rolled along I followed up with my contacts and peers reaching out about any upcoming work. At the end of February, I found myself interviewing several times at Be Electric Studios in Bushwick, NY. We discussed building a role around my skillset where I would manage client outreach, relationship building, in-house production support, and the growth of services and offerings all while amplifying the impressive work the company is doing within the industry. It was an incredible opportunity, to say the least, that I could have excelled at but Covid-19 wasn’t messing around. The film and television industry ground to a halt.
For the first few weeks everything was lax. My friends companies were still figuring out the transition to work from home. Discord servers started popping up left and right. A few of my friends and I booted up a Minecraft server and everyone had enough freedom to log in and out through the day. My job search continued but I had server plugins, permissions, and lava griefing to distract me from the fact that I didn’t know when I’d have work again. I started messing around with Minecraft texture packs, shaders, and optimization mods. When that wasn’t enough I started splicing together several texture packs to only including the individual assets I wanted. Little did I know that I was seeding the next big adventure of my life.
My job search continued but I had server plugins, permissions, and lava griefing to distract me from the fact that I didn’t know when I’d have work again.
This blog is that journey, those technical explorations, and my foundation for future learning.