I'm willing to bet that most of you suffer moderate to extreme anxiety when you join the ranks of the unemployed. Not me. I'm out of a job this morning and I'm positively giddy.
But then, I'm used to it. I've been newly unemployed dozens and dozens of time. It's the way freelancing works. It's truly a joy to finish a job and know that aside from a few phone calls and emails, I won't have to worry about this movie any more. I've got two more paychecks coming my way. One of those is the DGA mandated "Completion of Assignment" check. That's an additional week's pay I get just for being a Guild member (sort of like severance pay).
I've spoken to one producer about a job that might start the middle of next month, but really, a job isn't a job until someone tells you you're actually on it. So, truthfully, I have no idea if I'll ever work again. I'm used to that too. Disclaimer: No, I don't actually believe that I'll never work again...that would suck and I'd starve and be homeless and lots of other bad stuff. But I'll wait a couple of weeks before starting to feel at all anxious over it.
I've been kind of dwelling on the parts of freelancing that might make a normal person queasy, but there are some great things too.
You know that feeling when you get an interview for a new job?
Or that feeling when you've aced an interview?
Or that feeling when you hear you got the job?
Or that feeling when you start the new job and everything is shiny and filled with nothing but possibilities?
I get to feel those things over and over and over again.
In the meantime, I'm going to let my inner-sloth take over for the next week or so.