Today marks the 3rd week at my new home in Las Vegas. It’s quite a dream come true. To finally have all that hardwork pay off is something that I find hard to describe at this moment. Back when I was in school, it wasn’t odd to work 8 hours to have a payoff at the end of the day. I even had some times when I worked a whole week before receiving a pay off, hell even a month. Getting this job is the payoff I’ve been looking forward to for 3 years. I’m extremely happy to receive it.
In other words, I glad that I kept working. Not to long ago I began feeling defeated. Applying for a bunch of jobs, and not hearing back from hardly any got me thinking, “Maybe, I’m just not good enough.” This attitude is a defeatist attitude, and defeat is what comes of it. I would never be here today, If I didn’t ignore people who said my dreams would never happen. Since I started on this journey of art and video games, I was made fun of many times. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because people doubted me, or didn’t have any dreams of their own. I was very lucky to have a select few friends who helped me along the way. If it wasn’t for them I don’t think I could have done it. A dream and career is a great thing, but without being surrounded by people who love you, it’s nothing.
I have found a few things I would like to share at this point. First, I’d like to talk about moving from one side of the country to the other. It’s quite different than I expected. First of all I drove 2,000 miles here. It was a fun dive, although I had to keep my mind of the miles and try to enjoy the dive. when you’ve been driving for 8 hours, and keep seeing the mile markers one by one, it feels like you’ve been driving forever. Also, I had the luxary of staying with some of my parents friends. Take advantage of this if you get the chance. Not only does it save you money, you can develop friendships. You never know what may happen in the future. Also, staying at a real home, rather than a hotel on a 4 day drive makes things feel much more normal. I stayed at 3 places along the way, two nights at friends houses, and one at the hotel. One of my stops was in Gorman, Tx. My friend owns a cattle and horse ranch. I spent the day working on various farm tasks, and had a bunch of fun. It was great to relax and soak in the country side, while still accomplishing tasks. It was a much-needed break from driving. The night I stayed at the hotel was just lonely, dark, and cold. I felt very alone.
Once I got to Las Vegas, everything seemed so new. The mountains, the sky, the city! It was like I was a 3 year old. I love being able to see the mountains from almost every point in the city. (as Las Vegas is a bowl surrounded by mountains) Also, the strip is visible from nearly everywhere. I’ve been down to the strip three times. Each time I left me more amazed. Not just the sounds, booze, and typical downtown things, but the “artfulness” of downtown. Two of the times downtown I wasn’t even drinking, just walking around the casinos and enjoying the architechture. I haven’t got two see half of the strip yet! One thing that left me flabbergasted was the Fountain at the Bellagio. A water fountain show to music! It was amazing.
The worst thing so far was apartment shopping. For the first 2 weekends I was here I spent most of my time driving from apt to apt looking at the model homes and getting pricing information. Exhausting. I didn’t want to sign a lease in a place where I wouldn’t like living after a month. I wanted something nice, but not overly expensive. I found a few places in my price range, but most were over what I was willing to pay. I ended up signing at a place about 300 yards from work and I move in monday! Whats great about this, is I want to get a mountain bike so I can ride to work, save gas, and ride the bike at the nearby mountain trails. (maybe a mile from the house.) I could even walk to work! I’m excited about not having to drive 15-20 minutes to work each day. If I spent that hour drawing instead, imagine how much I would improve. I guess what I’m trying to say is that looking for apartments can be a lot of work, but if you screw off in the beginning, you may not be happy in the end.
Friendships. It’s hard to put this into writing, but I’m really glad to be making new friends. Not that I don’t like my old friends, but meeting new people who have similar interests and passions as me is really nice. The old model of some of my friends fitting in this shell, and knowing there every move has disappeared. I’m just getting to know the people at work, and it’s such a exciting thing. It helps that everyone at work is really friendly and we go out to lunch a lot. It’s been good to get to know some of them and hangout with them after work. I miss my old friends. I really do, but at the same time I know when I come back to visit it’s going to be really exciting. I hope some of them get to come visit me out here.
For now, thats a good wrap up of the first 3 weeks. The last thing I want to say is that I’ve been doing a bunch of figure drawing sessions with the other artists at work. I’ll hopefully be attending a 3 hour figure drawing session each Tuesday night. I’ll post the best ones on here.