As many of your know I have been working contract/freelance for many years and not entirely by choice. Freelance in the animation world used to mean more money and less hours, now it means way less money and way more hours. The studios are cutting corners and so it is what it is. I love to draw and I love writing, so working freelance was a great way for many years to do both. Also the studios are hiring less and less in house people, so it just sort of happened.
I have also been working as a freelance script reader for a few companies around town and even offering up my own services, and it's been great. I am very lucky to do what I love.
If you read my last post you will see that I am taking that full time-I will still freelance in animation-I mean after 17 years it is part of who I am, but I am excited to be getting more and more clients for Script Concierge, www.stephanieolivieri.com and more and more people interested in my class on dialogue.
Now the dreaming begins. I have never wanted for much-which is probably why I don't have much, you get what you ask for from the universe. When I was seven and told my mother I wanted to be an actress and work in entertainment she said, "You'll always be broke" and I said, "That's okay, I'll always be happy" and I am happy and I am, a lot of the time not flush-let's say not flush-sounds better than broke. I never cared about having money, making money or being rich, so I told the universe that it was okay. Now I am going to ask for some specific things such as:
A great apartment on the west side. Yeah I was thinking about moving up to San Francisco, but if I live on the west side I am still here in Lala land-where my life in this crazy, fun, exciting industry is and I can go up to SF as much as I want. So I want my great apt. in Santa Monica. Here is a photo from a real lead I found. It's a little spendy-but not insane. So I am asking. Universe, my apt in Santa Monica.