I start this year with nothing BUT goals. Last year was full of it's up and downs, but left off with me having to make big decisions about my future. So, let's see what I want to accomplish.
[X] Get a job and/or start my own company.
So, this is the big one. I'm going to make a go at my own company if I can't find a full time gig soon. For those unaware, early December I was laid off. It was difficult since I really did like working there and I'm one of those types that lives to work. I like having that purpose, that meaning. I used to come to work on weekends just to have something to do.
To make the best of it, though, I'm preparing to have my own business to help make ends meet. I may find part time work to supplement my income--but if I'm going for it, then I'm going for it as my main job. Still, I'm hoping I get a call soon that will tell me I have a job and not have to focus on this. Starting your own company is scary as all hell.
UPDATE! I got myself a new job! I start Monday as a Multimedia Designer for Holiday Inn Club Resorts. Very excited! I'm going to do my side company still, but it'll be a video production company
[ ] Start the documentary series
Pretty soon, you'll be seeing some info about a Kickstarter project to help get equipment for this new venture. The idea is to do a series of 45 minute long documentaries this year that we'll release for free on the internet (with DVDs to follow). This is sort of my passion project and came out of my constant frustration with my old podcast's format. I think we have the talent to pull off some nice documentary shorts each quarter with the sort of polish I'd like.
[ ] Do more motion graphics.
Related to the last goal. I have a large interest in honing my skills as a video editor and motion effects artist. I finally got to the point last year that I could afford professional equipment and software and I want to show those off. After Effects, specifically, gives me that feeling I had when I discovered Photoshop for the first time (wow, 12 years ago, now that I think of it). It's that realisation of just how much you can accomplish. That feeling of anything being possible with enough effort.
Happy New Year, kids.