I randomly feel like quoting Gross Point Blank. TEN YEARS, MAN! TEN YEARS! Nothing as interesting as John Cusack’s character, but at least I haven’t killed anyone.
The only thing I’ve spent longer at is being in a relationship with my husband, which also is kind of mind-blowing. That includes pre-marriage time too – I’ve been at this job longer than I’ve been married.
Crazy. When I started working here, we did EVERYTHING out of photoshop. This was pre-VizRt, pre-Chyron and pre-Curious Maps. We made all our maps as they were requested. A couple months after I started I made a monstrous photoshop master map that was easier to just pick a an area from and turn around quickly. All those maps have long since been deleted. I got a lot more use out of my 3D skills when I first started, but have been called on less and less. Everything was done from Photoshop templates and animated or non-animated layers in Premiere. Now we have Chyron and a much more set in stone guideline book to how things are supposed to look on-air.
My favorite things have always been being able to do something different- the 3D stuff, sometimes animated web banners, animated printed pages, getting to work on the animation for our coverage of the final shuttle launch a few years ago. The time I got a complement from the Animal Planet people for an open I did-that was pretty awesome.
Getting free cable and internet all this time has been pretty nice too.
As of today, I am up to four weeks paid vacation- I’d been putting off taking any vacation most of this year because I wasn’t sure what the move to Charlotte would mean. I think I’m supposed to get a block of plastic at some point as well. Woot.