14 March, 2018

update; productivity, curtains, interviews

So far, in the past 2 months, I've been remarkably productive.



The jetlag productivity has faded off. The first internship has finished. Somehow I'm still making things and doing things? Honestly it's just as surprising for me as it is for you.



I like it here. It's been so long since I've felt at home. My mother and I have decided to stay here longer than originally planned since we're feeling more at home. Our balcony is slowly turning into a little forest and it's really lovely.

I'm going back into therapy, thanks to the appropriate amount of peer and self pressure. I have a routine, thanks to Macy. I have a regular GP, plans for the day, week, month and year. I have made a number of zines, I have plans to make more, and plans to sell them in different formats. I made a portfolio, I'm writing a manifest, I'm working and looking for work. I've bought a sewing machine, I'm writing and editing content every day, I brush my teeth every day. I've bought a replacement Mini Diana, we're finally getting curtains, and I've made it through the longest period of time I've had to live with my mother since I was 9.
There's an amazing sense of calm that washes over me every now and then, and even though my resting heart rate probably gives away my obsessive tendencies and anxiety, I am, comparatively, much more relaxed than I used to be. I don't expect to ever get rid of that part of me, but I can live with this kind of improvement.



I've finally gotten around to making a homepage, which means some of the links on this blog might not work anymore. Maybe you've already seen it, since it's the link that used to take you straight to here. Maybe no one reads my blogs anymore. Who knows? Either way, www.annieandthemotions.com is now in business as I originally intended, so long ago.
The links take you to my Etsy, my current portfolio (which links to my portfolio on The Loop but I'm still figuring out the link - more things on that page as soon as my mother leaves lmao), my blog (here), my showreel on Vimeo and a document link to my current resume.

Which means I'm getting new cards done soon. My old one is hilariously outdated in terms of how important I thought I was going to be. Stay humble everybody.

I've been doing a lot of interviews and, almost always, everyone always starts with the worst interview question to answer -- the dreaded So, Tell Me a Little Bit About Yourself. It took me about a good 6 or 7 times fumbling that question in the dark like a teen with a new body part until I've finally figured out an answer that a) I like and b) doesn't feel like pandering. The list of variable answers looks like this for me right now:
  • general aesthetic
  • illustration/animation - an explanation
  • travels
  • languages, culture
  • value alignments
  • career goals

Somehow, it feels a little more natural to tell a story as the beginning of the answer. I suppose it doesn't work quite like this for every professional position acquisition but to just say "Hi I'm Annie I'm good at storytelling" could definitely be improved by a story. 
So I tell a story. 



I've started getting really into Dungeons & Dragons. It's amazing and I love it a lot. After a very simple campaign as introduction I've started listening to The Adventure Zone finally, after a very long time of wanting to but not bothering to learn how to play in order to listen. On the scale of listening or watching something very funny on your own I think this is absolutely amazing since I've honestly had to pause the podcast to finish laughing at one thing, out loud. Can you imagine? It's real great. 

My bare boned character at the moment is a rogue named Grandma Cheesecake. More to come. 



Soon, soon, 
Annie.