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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Unemployed Again

I just became a statistic. My boss laid me off today "due to the economy and lack of work." Let it also be noted for the record that lack of common business sense on the part of the business owner was a contributing factor in my layoff.

About two months ago, my boss signed a three-year lease for 2,000 square feet of office space. He spent $10,000 on new office furniture, about $6,000 on new computers, another $6,000 to have the computers networked and installed, and who knows how much on a VoIP phone system. He did all this even though we didn't have any clients or any new business in the pipeline. He did all this, and yet he cheaped out on buying an official licensed version of the Adobe Creative Suite software. The software just updated itself and Adobe realized that the license was invalid and locked the software. The graphic designer can't use any of the programs and is working from home. So now there's just my boss and one full-time employee sharing all that shiny new office space with him. Excellent decision-making, sir! Way to be a "top-tier, Fortune 500-level" marketing and advertising agency!

Mr. Pink is unemployed as well, so I'm not sure what the two of us are going to do. We're both looking for full-time work, but we are also considering starting our own marketing and design firm. I know that we have more talent than my (former) boss does, and I'm pretty sure we have better business sense, too.

Ah, life. It's always interesting, no?


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