Remember what I said in my last post? That I had a"flexible and well-paid" job?
Scratch that. I got laid off today. My bosses couldn't have been nicer about it. They felt awful. They actually said "We love you." They also asked if I would stay on and complete the project that I am in the middle of. So I will get severance AND also get freelancing fees. Quite nice of them, really. They offered to write letters of recommendation, make calls, whatever they could do.
I just hadn't realize how bad the behind the scenes economics were. It had been slow, but we just won a substantial account that I thought would postpone any lay-offs, or at least minimize them. But five people were laid off today. In a company of 18 employees. And my boss tells me they will still be in the red. Ouch.
Lay-offs in the advertising world are as commonplace as copier breakdowns. Clients come and go. And consequently work flows come and go. Yet it still feels mighty shitty.
I am tired of feeling shitty. I'm tired of the stress. I am Burnt Out on bad shit.