Work is slow because of the economy and I'm down in the dumps. . .

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    Jun 24, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    . . . it's just not picking up and it's frustrating. Things used to go so well.

    Hard to sum it up in a few sentences, but I produce TV shows, documentaries, PBS, etc, also write print pieces. . . journalism has taken such a hit over the past few years. . . that along with the economy has made things really difficult. It really kills me because I've won Emmys for my work, UPI awards, all kinds of stuff. . . and the work is drying up anyway. So many others in my profession have the same problem.

    I've had a good attitude about this for a year now. . . but it's really starting to impact me. I'm getting kind of depressed.

    Anyone else having a rough time? How do you handle it and how do you keep your spirits up?
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    Jun 24, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    i'm sorry to hear that.
    but you seem to be very resourceful , have you explored all your options ?

    i'm self employed so all my life has been chicken today, feathers tomorrow.
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    Jun 24, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    Thanks, Xassantex and Antijock for the posts. Re: your question about the next 40 years. . . the thing is, this is what I love to do and frankly, I'm really good at it. . . so I don't want to abandon it after one bad year because of a bad economy and changing circumstances. Just trying to figure things out and keep my head straight in the meantime.
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    Jun 24, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    Oh, I do the volunteer stuff already. . . quite a bit actually, helping inner city kids in a journalism class
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    Jun 24, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    The longest I've been out of work was a year. I started to freak out the first few months. But then realized that it wasn't my first time being unemployed, and that in the end, I do manage to get a job. So from that point forward, I just focused on doing personal projects, learned some new skills, and refreshed some old ones. And of course, I hit the gym pretty hard. Essentially, I kept myself busy and tried not to stay locked up in my place all day worrying about finding a job. Because something will come up eventually.
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    Jun 24, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidOh, I do the volunteer stuff already. . . quite a bit actually, helping inner city kids in a journalism class


    It's nice to do the "feel good" appeal based volunteer work. However, doing higher value strategic volunteer work which builds your knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques is really a much better approach. Not only do you help "more", but you also prepare yourself to make more as well.

    I hit the skids nearly 3 years ago when the global financial crisis struck. I decided to continue doing high value work, but I did it for free for a number of not-for-profit organizations. Now, I'm making $150/hour doing the same stuff I enjoyed doing for free. I only need to work about 25-30 hours a month to make my ends meet and have a little more for splurges.

    You can bet that I'm now really enjoying what I used to be doing for free.

    I'm still doing about 150 hours a month of volunteer work for free, but that's stuff that I will surely make more than $150/hour doing once I conclude my present volunteer commitment.
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    Jun 24, 2011 4:42 AM GMT

    Is there anyway you can gear your ideas toward technology.? So many now have ipods and blackberries. Making small segments to watch on there OR making advertisements to appear on there so get them to the desired medium.

    Journalism: I think books are still popular but I've seen some of those Kindels out there. Gear ideas toward those or downloaded books on ipads etc.???
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    Jun 24, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    I work in music. I am always on "the bubble". And my performance evaluation is in a few week icon_surprised.gifhnoes
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    Jun 24, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    xassantex saidi'm sorry to hear that.
    but you seem to be very resourceful , have you explored all your options ?

    i'm self employed so all my life has been chicken today, feathers tomorrow.


    This. Two years ago, my business was taking off like a rocket. It's been in glide mode this year. icon_sad.gif

    But I just finished a humongous project, so if my Accounts Receivable ever come in, I can coast for six months or so. Maybe even take a short vacation.

    But when business is bad, there's more time to work out and fool around with guys. My abs and my sex life seem to be inversely proportional to my income.

    So at least there's that. icon_biggrin.gif
  • slimnmuscly

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    Jun 24, 2011 11:09 AM GMT
    It might not be a bad idea to start blogging, especially on topics/issues/trends related to your field (sprinkled with references to/stories about your experience), to keep your name out there. If you develop a following among people in the field, it could really come in handy. And getting regular doses of positive feedback about what you're writing now, even if you're not getting paid for it, could also help with fighting off depression.

    Good luck.