Help Katie Leave North Carolina
I've been editing over 7 years between freelance and the advertising agency. I moved from Indianapolis, IN to Winston Salem, NC for that job. I LOVE what I do, and I love post production so much. I was recently let go on a random Tuesday a mere few weeks ago, through no fault of my own. Just fit the budget with a group of others.
I immediately set forth to revamp resume and my reel (they needed a good dusting after a few years), applying frequently to jobs on the west coast, a few around NC state just in case. I also cut a new personal project and worked on a freelance gig even to keep up habits. It's all not enough, not happening quick enough. As expected, job responses are slow and most in our industry need you right away, all of a sudden to boot. I had to start considering work that wouldn't even involve editing to make ends meet, and that made me incredibly sad and in despair.
Why LA? I have an incredible network of friends there. I've been there once, at least. Also, should I ever have the bad luck to be laid off, I'm in an area full of post production work. I've been given excellent advice this can really set me up to be quite employable in the foreseeable future - never getting stuck in this situation, again.
This is my life ambition down to the core. I discovered my love for story telling and video editing while in college, and I have never once turned back. Not when classmates dropped every new class. Not when I was a fresh freelancer not knowing where my next pay would come from. Not when I had no mentor and felt lost. Not when I had to navigate each new projects in new programs and far well beyond into my years forward with all the experiences - both good and bad - I have stuck with it with an unwavering passion.
I'm trying to get to the west coast, somewhere near LA possibly, with every fiber of my being. I need help with the moving costs to do it, so the funds cover getting uhaul box pods (or truck/tow) and the gas to get car and kitties over with me, as well as storage for the items I may/may not be able to get to right away, and surviving there the first month with help on the apartment fees while I get work going. I have a guestimated breakdown sheet I tried to locate with best estimated prices on, so I'm happy to share or get advice on that, too.
I hope you'll take a quick peek at my video, despite it being shot haphazardly on my iPhone late last night while I still had the courage to do it. Pardon my half freelancer life/midway packing up sort of background of a mess. I didn't have enough time to do all this up proper.
My lease ends really soon, and I have a few loose ideas to float by for a bit but the more I thought on it, the more I realized that it was make or break time for me. I've never had to ask for this kind of help, and I've been working since I was 15. I'm now freshly 36 (believe it or not). I'm a hard worker, those who know me or my work know I go beast mode and focus on my edits. The east coast has some scattered around post jobs, but for how long would I make it, if I can even? Freelance here has been completely remote work for me. I need to be where the work is, if I'm going to survive this through and keep doing what I love. The time is now.
For anyone curious, last year for me was truly terrible. Impossible as it was, my mom getting diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer and passing away suddenly on Easter was unimaginably horrific. This involved several trips to Indiana (my home town of Indianapolis) and I was grateful to be able to do so. I later lost my beloved Snarfie cat to a blood clot after an expensive surgery. My savings are drained. I'm feeling utterly tapped out emotionally and mentally, and right before my birthday weekend, I got laid off.
It's been very difficult road for me as of late. I don't have a big family, both my parents have passed, in fact it's just my twin sis and brother left. Despite this, I've somehow held it together and continued forward the best way I know how - determined and persistent. Maybe with a bit of my mom's spitfire spirit with me.
I humbly ask for your support, even if a $1 or to share this. I'm sorry it's come to this. I take a huge risk putting myself out here, this isn't easy to be vulnerable. It took some words from people who inspired me to even do this. I would not have, otherwise. I completely understand if you're unable to help or don't find me to be worthy. I am nobody special, just someone with a fiery passion for video editing who can't give up.
It's the time or thought that's appreciated, all the same. Thank you for watching my video and considering giving me a chance at a better life.
You can see more about me, my work, my reel and anything else at my website : www.katietoomey.com
I thought it would be awesome for all of you to be able to read about it and see how it went. Get some glimpses into what a coast to coast move might be like. The best thank you I could think of and wanted to do as soon as I could, was write about the journey.
I'm happy to say that I did indeed land a job within a month of coming here. I didn't want to let you or myself down, and by sheer force, a dash of luck, and being confident, I was able to get something pretty cool! I definitely can't believe I went from being laid off to moving to California and working in post.
Without your help, there is absolutely no way I could have done this. I can't say thank you enough for sticking with me through this next adventure! I've often thought long and hard about the power of asking for help, and how I can find ways to help others out.
Since coming here, I've kept quite busy! I attended BCPC meet up for networking, helped my best friend build a start to her garden in a community plot, went to some interviews and meet & greets (which got me a job! yay), played a REAL local game of D&D (it's been years and beyond since last I played), seen the beach and listened to the waves, visited an asian market nearby that is full of crazy or cool snacks, wandered through a treasure trove of a flea market. I've found myself going outside quite a lot more often than before, and it's great!
Thank you from the depths of my heart for all the help. You can stay in touch on twitter @ninjakittay or follow me on instagram for more updates.
"None of this would have ever been possible without the aid of friends and people who believed in me. Without that one moment of me saying alright, I'll try, even though I was feeling unsure all the while. It's okay to admit things are greater than you, and that you can't do it alone. My old self would have never asked for this kind of help, it felt far too great of a burden. We all have our intricacies, and mine was being self-sufficient. It was uncomfortable to let that go.
That's where this ends, because this is where my life begins again. You have to make it to the end of a chapter to start the beginning of the next one.
Be well everyone. Thanks for reading, if you made it this far and eventually want to, come find me in LA - I probably owe you some cookies."
I had been waiting to hear back from my apartment place to find out about ending my lease. I just got the phone call today that they're planning to renovate apartments, including mine, so I got the good news I can go ahead and leave without extra fees! I was worried because it sounded like I would have to stay until end of April, otherwise. This is great.
Now the real work can begin. I need to find an apartment or somewhere to apply to. I'd like somewhere that takes cats with public transport reasonably nearby (ideally without bars all over the windows like a jail...) Somewhere safe enough to park my car, but fits my budget of course, andThings like this. It takes time.
The search for both jobs and apartments has been tough. I'm learning things as I go I didn't know about. Like how a lot places don't have fridges or have had too many issues with bugs (eep! please, no) or heavy crime. I'm learning the areas a whole lot better though. I've been researching and narrowing down choices since this happened, and now that I know I can actually head out, I can actually apply ahead of time. I'm hoping to land there in the next few weeks or bust.
As for the job search, I know once I get out there I should have way more options, but it can't hurt to apply even from here, because I'll be there so soon now. Fingers crossed anything comes in, but it could be I land there and then be on my toes for a little bit. Send me your luck, I'm going to need it.
If anyone has any leads on a place to stay, advice, suggestions, tips, please reach out. Keeping this open in the meantime for updates or any other help. Much love to you all. I'm doing my best!!
I will leave this up a little longer - any future funds raised from this point forward would help go towards securing an apartment for the first month in while I situate into new settings and new job, either way in a small floating period I will make sure I succeed (the first month they say is always the worst!) I plan to make this change happen for good so I'll be sure to provide updates and pictures along the way - I'd love to share it with you. You can follow me @ninjakittay on twitter or my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ninjakittay/
On a small giddy note, the cats won't even know what to do with themselves with all the new scenery, and know that I am immensely beyond relieved and grateful they get to come with me.
woohoo! super stoked that this has all happened so quickly. can't wait to see what you get up to in LA! stay awesome.
Glad to help!
Good luck, Katie! Nickie and I always enjoyed working with you. Give'em hell!