So it’s been awhile but I did make it to California safely. The trip was amazing; it’s definitely something I’d like to do again when I have more time. We took it fairly slow but ideally I would like to spend closer to a month traveling, with many more detours and stops. A northern route might be interesting as well.
Lexi and I settled into an apartment in Long Beach in the beginning of September, and we both started looking for work. We had done research and prepared as much as we could before the move, so we were able to start sending out applications right away. After a few weeks I saw some new listings from Digital Domain, and ended up applying to a position titled Digital Production Administrator. I got a call from a recruiter a few days later asking me to come in for an interview. I ended up coming back the next week for a second interview, where I got to meet some of the leads in the department. The interviews went really well, and they offered me a job which I accepted.
It’s been about 2 months since I started at DD, and work has been going really well. I got 6 weeks of training which made the transition as easy as possible. The job itself consists of managing render farm resources, archives and restores, dailies submissions, and keeping data moving between Venice and other DD locations. Not exactly the most glamorous gig in town, but I think it provides me a nice foundation to build upon. Also I get to skip over that whole intern thing, which was a major factor in accepting the position.