Still laid off...

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Posted by David Dutch K. on October 09, 1999 at 18:50:57:

I'm an artist currently residing in Austin, Texas and am not doing anything currently in the animation/cartoon field. I am working but not at where I want to work.
What happened to us was we were in a major downtime at our studio (about 30+ artists there) and there was a chance of a lay-off, but nothing concrete. Then one day, in November 1997 we were given a form to sign that initally said any ideas, equipment, modelsheets, just finished projects, etc. were to be kept secret due to any copyright incidents and all that. Fine, but the VERY next day they call us all into a meeting and say there were going to lay eight of us off. I was one of the eight and it turned out the production manager and the financial advisor of the studio brought me into the office to brief me on unemployment and give me my severence check. Now, why would they not warn us in advance of a certain lay-off? It would perhaps give us time to get our portfolios ready or look for something else! Plus the actual boss and owner was no where to be seen that day. You'd have figured he would have been there being how small the studio was. Three weeks later everyone else was gone.
So, since then I've worked a non-art job and did some stuff on the side but nothing to make a living off of. My current dilemma is that everytime I try to apply for a position somewhere else I either get a "no positions available for what you're looking for" or "we send our work overseas". How is a clean-up/in-between animation artist supposed to get anywhere if all the work's being sent out of the country? I also hear it might be because I live out of state, but they never seem to mention that on any rejection letters.

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