I’m writing now with some good news. I’ve been accepted to one of my top choice MFA programs. I feel a huge sense of relief and I can finally breathe a bit easier. After being laid off about a month and a half ago, I have been in a heightened state of anxiety – what will I do with my life? Specifically, to make money. I know I want to write and create my own content, but for now, I need a day job.
That worry was especially consuming when I thought I might not be attending graduate school. I’ve been meeting with potential employers and it’s kind of hard to say you’re looking for a “day job” with “good people.” You have to talk about future plans and career ambitions related to what you’re applying for – i.e. “Oh, I absolutely love marketing and have worked in such and such vertical…”, and on and on. You get the picture.
For now, I feel like I don’t have to lie. I am a screenwriter and playwright. I have about five months until I’m in graduate school. So for the next five months, I want to find some suitable, enjoyable temporary employment. And then I’m off to graduate school. Take that, being laid off!