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Full Time After 784 Days of Unemployment

November 25th, 2009 · 7 Comments

September 1st of this year I accepted a position after 784 days of being unemployed full time.

I am here to thank all my clients and people that helped me through the hardships with jobs, referrals and introductions to potential clients and to give love to my new position.

First off I want to give thanks to the people of the United States for voting for President Barack Obama. Why? Because my position was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package to help train displaced workers how to shoot and edit videos for clients. They come in, learn how to shoot with the equipment, go out in the field and shoot the video (with me looking over their shoulder), edit together the project and hand the client a DVD of their finished project. They learn from the ground up and most importantly in the pre-production meeting with the client. That is where all the ideas begin and how we shape the story. By the end of the program the students have two client projects and one of their own on a DVD for themselves. The main purpose is to get them employment. Doesn’t matter if it is in the video field but this is a skill that boosts their self-esteem and shows them that they can do anything with hard work. We also have people that are working with organizations to help them place these people. A great job and a great cause. I’m so proud to be a part of this project and glad Rev. Odell Cleveland found this blog and began a conversation with me about his vision.

I am one of two Video Production Managers at CopyCents part of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project (WRLP) here in Greensboro, NC.

I signed a 13 month non-disclosure contract about my position so I will not don’t want to list what the job is about only to come back and edit out certain information. I join another Video Production Manager and he is a great editor/producer and looking forward working with him when things get tight.

First and foremost I have to give my love and respect to the woman in my life, my wife, Angela. She has been the rock in our household when I was looking everywhere for a job. I searched everywhere from Singapore to West Virginia. I had interviews in Boston, Raleigh, High Point, Huntington, WV and many phone and on-line interviews. She maintained a steady income that paced us through my unemployment. I am grateful for her love and support of my sometimes arrogant career. We made it through the hard times and I’m really proud of us both.

Freelance Work
Has been a great organization to work for. I’m an Independent contractor for them and they are a filmmakers best friend. If you are an honest filmmaker and do your job they will back you 100% of the time. I can’t find one thing to complain about working with them. They are smart, innovative and are changing the way companies do video production on a grand scale and locally. I continue to be available to them if they ever need a shoot on the weekend. They were a big part of my freelance income and I value them as a respectable company. If you are a filmmaker please look them up and see if they need a shooter/editor in your area. It made me a better editor and shooter and I can’t thank them enough.

Is a local graphics design company that does amazing work. My good friend John Ford recommended me to them and they have been great to work for and to collaborate with on projects.
Is a place where I have found jobs that have rewarded me with some great contacts and some good pay. But you have to sort through a lot of garbage to find some treasures. I can only image the kind of responses they get on the other side of the job listing. But I opened my search throughout the US and thank god for RSS which made it a lot easier to sort through.
A great resource that piles professional gigs with internships and lo-paid work. Of course I was gunning for the paid work and only found 3 gigs on that site that took me on. Tons of professionals use that site.
If you haven’t been there then get over there now and be a part of the cow. Tons of information, great tutorials and forums to help with any problems that you come across. They also have a high-end job listing and low-end job listing for everyone.
Another great site for professionals. You can list your resume, blog on their site, upload demo reels or work and search a ton of qualified paid job postings. There is almost zero spam/intern postings on this site. Very hard to find work on here unless you have a strong resume and demo reel. I found 3 contract positions on this site.

It has been very humbling to be unemployed over that time period it made me refocus what is important in life. I love what I do but it does not make me who I am and I need to remember that moving forward. In the corporate environment I used to be very passionate about the company I worked for and would be assertive with my ideas. Only to be destroyed when those ideas were thrown in the trash then have it resurface years later as a paid consultant would state the very same thing. I’ve learned to bring that down and focus on my job and be the best Video Production Manager that I possibly can be. If this job or any other position in the future wants me to help them move forward with my ideas then I will be glad to be a part of that process. But right now I have some students to help become more professional and move them to employment.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Morgan // Nov 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Andy,

    Congrats on the new gig – that is great news! We’re really happy for you and very thankful for the work you’ve done (and continue to do) for us at TurnHere. It’s people like you that make us successful as a company and we appreciate your both your great work and your kind words.

    Best of luck to you!!


  • 2 peter // Nov 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Andy- this is Peter from TurnHere. I also wanted to thank you for your kind words AND your excellent work. It’s filmmakers like you that keep me inspired at this company. Your work has been exceptional and trust me, we appreciate it as much as you seem to appreciate the work. Your new position sounds truly remarkable- a real opportunity to empower other filmmakers. Does it get any better than that?

  • 3 Andy Coon // Dec 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    You guys at Turnhere are so freaking great. Peter, it feels fantastic to empower these people and really give them the tools and resources to help them with filmmaking.

    Keep me in mind down the road. I’d love to continue to work with you guys on any level.

  • 4 Enigin // Dec 14, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the list of freelance sites. HayStack is also a great place to promote your work looking for freelance jobs.

  • 5 Jeron Moore // Jan 10, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Congratulations, Andy!! It’s great to hear that you are finally found a job doing something you can be passionate about. I’m heading out to LA this Friday myself to look for new work, high and low. Cheers, my friend.

  • 6 Andy Coon // Jan 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks Jeron, I hope you find plenty of work and fun in LA. Please keep in touch. I got some good people out there.


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