The past year has been full of changes. Changes in my family (my son, Logan, born last March, and another one due this Christmas), changes in our location (moved back to SoCal), and change in job (now I work for Legacy Effects, formerly Stan Winston). The biggest change, personally, has been my work. The past three years of going balls to the wall churning out a lot of work for the collectibles industry was a blast. Every year at SDCC was more phenomenal than the last. Then....burnout set in....I had been pushing too hard for too long. I didn't have time for family or even taking care of myself, and it was taking its toll. We decided to move back out to SoCal to be closer to my wife's family and so that I could find a full time job where I wasn't working from can to can't. I more or less left the collectibles industry behind and put Idol Workshop on indefinite hiatus.
I'll still be doing collectibles pieces from time to time, but the burnout I experienced was pretty extensive. So extensive that I don't believe I'll have a single piece at SDCC this year. I have lamented this fact for quite awhile, but haven't even mustered the motivation to do a personal piece like I've done every year for quite awhile. I'll be attending the Con this year as an observer and film industry professional, not as someone who has wares to show. Will the burnout be permanent? I'm not sure. Some days I think so....I enjoy working more or less 8 hour days. Some days I think not, because I've got a pocket full of personal projects that I think need to be expressed in order to develop myself more as an artist.
We shall see.
If you don't see many updates from me over the next year, you'll know why. I'm trying to relax, replenish, and re-ignite.
Listening to: Spotify
Watching: Big Bang Theory
Eating: In N Out
Drinking: sweet tea