To paraphrase from “Twelfth Night,” “Some wish change, some seek change, and some have change thrust upon them.”  In the past year, I’ve been thinking about the first two, but here at the end of the year, the Universe said “Enough whining, bald man, get to it!” 

Change has indeed been thrust upon me, and though it’s not perhaps the perfect scenario, I welcome it with open arms.  My employer of the past 11+ years, School Specialty, has decided to shut down the San Diego office, and with it, my position as Video Manager.  I have been growing stale there, as several things that held much potential fizzled out slowly over time, and I realized that there really was nothing much there to look forward to in the coming years.  I was trying to figure out what path to take, which direction to go, when this all happened.  Looks like I’m on that new path!

The good news is that in many ways, I’ve been preparing for this for some time.  I have converted part of my large garage into a very cool studio where I’m going to be able to work, record professional voice over, and have room to draw and create separate from the house.  My wife Kim started a job at a school district and therefore has excellent benefits for us all.  I have a couple of freelance gigs lined up already, and I plan on using this time in the coming months to really dive headlong into voice over work, creating new demos, and working on several personal projects that have been languishing off to one side.

This also means much more Tall Tale Radio, and with luck, a new Tolkien-inspired podcast later in the year!  If there’s any skill I really need to brush up on, it’s going to be effective time and project management, the bane of many a freelancer!

So, if you’re reading this, here’s the business end of my pitch: I am an experienced and creative cartoonist, illustrator, video producer, voice over artist, and writer, and I have a strong work ethic and put the client first in all situations. 

I’m expert in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and After Effects, with over 20 years of print and design work; over 11 years writing, storyboarding, filming, editing, and producing corporate video; professional voice over artist with commercial, narration, and animation experience;  and am a slightly above average cartoonist with delusions of grandeur. 

You can check my work out on my personal site:

www.thomasracine.com

And stay up to date with my podcast shenanigans at:

www.talltaleradio.com

With hard work, the help of contacts and social media, and a few extra chickens sacrificed to Crom, I’m on to bigger and better things, and will avoid having to say “Welcome to Wal-Mart” next holiday season!