Leveling up by giving up on my goals

One of the personal goals I set in 2017 was to never be an employee again.

Now, I am an employee.

I’ve been quieter online recently due to some large changes in my life and career. You can still catch me puttering around on Twitter, but overall I haven’t been active. That’s because a few things have shifted in super exciting ways and I’ve been busy playing catchup.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

1. I gave up on one of my big goals (aka I have a day job now)

After running my solo-studio and freelancing for a couple years, I was presented with the incredible opportunity to be Lead Creative at Authors. I loved working with the people at Authors, but I wasn’t ready to be employed again and it took a while to reach this decision.

The more I thought and prayed about it, the more I realized I had a ton I could learn working closely with Ross and Ryan – both very accomplished in the creative industry. So, I swallowed my pride in being self-employed and embarked on a learning journey, trying to absorb as much knowledge as I can from this opportunity. I don’t regret it.

I’m just about 9 months into the job and I’m learning at 5-10x the rate I was on my own, getting to work with insane talent, and be a part of some high-caliber work.

I still plan on being fully self-employed in the long run, but this learning opportunity will be well worth it when that day comes.

That’s why I officially changed Pivvot.co to simple static landing page announcing I’m no longer open for client work. All my “side-hustle” time is now dedicated to building things and preparing for the next business.

2. I’m doubling down on coding

I’ve been writing code since I was 11 and my mom found an old book at the library book sale on HTML. My first W-9 real job was when I was 14 and was a PHP programmer (mostly a trainee). But I took a long break from focusing on code while I dove headfirst into the world of video: visual effects → editing → motion design.

Around 2015, I started getting back into code through After Effects expressions and scripting, and then in the last year, have been working towards becoming a competent full-stack Javascript developer. I’m not there yet, but I’m on my way and it is unlocking a whole new world of creative endeavors and business ideas.

I’ll be sharing more code in the future.

3. I’m still working on side projects

As always, I’m working on a bunch of side projects. One of them has been slowly re-coding this site from scratch to run on Jekyll, which I ended up ditching and starting over yet again. I decided to stick with WordPress for ease of use and to reduce barriers in the way of me posting.

I’m still learning rapidly in the art department. I’ve been helping lead a varied range of projects recently, so I’ve had to personally expand my knowledge in areas I’ve only dabbled in prior. Traditional animation, 2D/3D workflows, 3D animation/rendering, VFX and compositing, illustration, design. Pretty much any creative skill, I’ve been trying to immerse myself in so I can be better at working with other creatives and creative directing.

And I’m still working on my SaaS business, video-automation system, and web app. It’s been a long process but I’m finally getting somewhere. More on that later.

When I’m not busy with that, I’m learning full-stack dev, playing with workflow systems and automation, reading some interesting books, woodworking here and there, painting with watercolor for the first time, etc.

Never be bored.

4. I’m getting married!

Another reason I’ve been busy is because I’ve been spending a lot more time away from my computer than normal. I got engaged to the love of my life, and we are getting married later this year. It means more time away from my projects and endeavors but it has been the best time of my life.

Wedding planning takes a lot.

The goal behind these shifts in my career and life is to open up greater possibilities for my future – ones with benefits extending beyond me and my bachelor life.

The goal of this site is to become a hub for documenting my learning. It will become a place where I collect my endeavors, references, and thoughts – for my benefit and hopefully for yours.

Here’s to the future!