Bye Bye Corporate America!

Hey everyone!

Let me start this with my obligatory "I'm sorry I don't post on here as much as I should." That being said; I will continue to post on here with my experiences and learnings as often as I can. Turns out it's incredibly hard to teach something while you're still learning yourself!

So, if you didn't know, I have been working at a large digital ad agency in Detroit for the past 2 years, doing performance analytics & customer experience strategy. I quit 2 weeks ago.

This was something that was a long time coming, but I never really knew when the right time was to do it. After having a tough conversation with my boss, I made the decision to leave to pursue building Animated Collective full-time.

Am I crazy? Why am I passing up this job that is an amazing career opportunity that could set me up for the rest of my life? The answer is yes, I am crazy, and my relationship with my job turned very toxic and it took a conversation with my manager to realize that their goals and mine were simply not aligned anymore. I'm happy to say I left on good terms and didn't burn any bridges, which was very important to me.

Truth is, I'm too geeked on this Animated stuff to think about anything else. I felt so cool when I put in my two weeks because this was how all the episodes start in one way or another on my favorite podcast, NPR's "How I built this." But then it got real. How the F*** am I supposed to make money while building the brand? I still live with my parents!! How am I supposed to become I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T when my main source of income is taken away? 

I have no clue, but I have a few hunches and a head full of ideas. This is a great time to mention that I am now opening my services as a music producer, so if you need beats/sounds/loops/music in general for any project, I'm your go to guy. (Tell your other entrepreneur friends! Tell your mom!)

This is where I am today... figuring it all out as I go along. I have rough plans but really I have no idea what's in store for me... and I couldn't be happier about it. 

Until next time, 

ya boy, 

Ani Mayasandra