One of the things that I dwell on now and then is wondering how different my life would have been if I had made a different choice in my career path; ties in nicely with my love of interactive narratives. According to a couple of different scientific theories (Eternal Inflation and Quantum Mechanics), there are/can be an infinite number of parallel universes around where things might be very different, or very much the same aside from just one simple different outcome in your personal life. This makes for some nice daydreams about being a Hall of Fame strong safety that single-handedly brought the Browns to a series of 10 straight super bowls; according to science, I’ve done that!
Anyway, sometimes we are given a chance to peek in on one of these alternate universes, and I had one yesterday.
Back in October, I was working at Funtactix on a 1-month contract, but was still interviewing with other companies as I still was looking for something full time. I had an interview with another company up in Boston, and it got pretty far; they paid for me to come up for the day and interview with pretty much everyone in the office. Afterward, the word back from the recruiter who set things up was that they really liked me, but wanted someone was more mobile experience (which, fittingly enough, I now have). While I wasn’t a fan of moving, the pay scale and position upgrade would have been pretty favorable. I might not have accepted, but it was something that was definitely on my mind. In the end, I was signed on to Funtactix, and it was settled.
Skip forward to now. I have been laid off as there wound up being no more work for me. Definitely a bummer, but kudos to Funtactix, as they did their best to keep me on, and were 100% professional about everything. A very positive experience, no question, and I don’t regret my time there for a second.
What gets things interesting is that I was speaking with the recruiter that got me that interview in Boston, and I mentioned that while I definitely was planning to stay in the city, another opportunity to land something a step up would certainly be worth a look. She then mentioned that in the end, it was best I didn’t get that position after all: apparently, the company (which had been bought by a larger studio) wound up getting phased out about 3 months after my interview.
“Wow,” I said, a bit surprised. Then I remembered that the Creative Director I had interviewed within had just started, himself, about 2 months prior, and had moved to the East Coast from L.A. for this position. “Did the people working get reassigned or were they just let go?”
“I think that one or two people might have been moved around,” she replied, “but pretty much everyone else was let go.”
So, while my current situation is not ideal, it would have been far worse off if I had actually moved to Boston, only to then be out of a job less than 3 months later, and most likely having to move again to find a new position.
As I always say, this industry is not for the faint of heart.