I sit here with only hours to go before 2008 comes to an end, and want to summarize the last 365 days (and 1 second) of my life. But I don’t want to look backwards, because when I do it feels like absolutely nothing happened. This isn’t true, but it certainly can feel that way when I couldn’t find a job. So I refuse to look back with that mind set.
Instead I would like to take a moment to thank people who have helped me in one way or another, no matter how small. As you all know by now, I’ve been pursuing a career as a writer in animation and comic books for a very long time, and it certainly hasn’t been easy, and one of my greatest problems I have is networking.
So I want to thank all the people who have talked with me over the last months, either in person, on the phone, or across the internet.
To the veteran animation and comic book writers who took the time to give me advice. I thank you.
To the president of a publishing company who though isn’t in a position to hire writers, was willing to give advice and point me towards editors who might be able to hire me. I thank you.
To those editors who did response to my e-mails, asking what I had done and was seeking to do. I thank you.
To the editor who not only is willing to consider me to write for him in the future, but also willing to read my series pitch. I thank you.
To the comic book writer and animation story editor who took the time to read my spec scripts. Even though your current series is fully staffed, you were willing to consider me and remember me for future projects. I thank you.
To the studio executives and production staffs that have spent time to talk with me about working with them even though there is no work to be had. I thank you.
To the Human Resource Manager at a TV network who called me for a job I had not applied to, and was very impressed with my resume in ways no one else had ever commented on before. That I was one of only four people in consideration for the position. I thank you. And who was very apologetic when a company wide hiring freeze came down. I still thank you.
To my representative at an employment agency, who was willing to take my angry phone call when they didn’t seem to be doing anything, and explained things more clearly to me. I thank you.
To the animation and film producers from other countries who sought me out through the internet. I thank you.
To everyone at the Writers Guild of America and the Animation Writers Caucus who have always been a great support to me, because they’ve all been the same place I am. I thank you all.
To all my new friends in the comic book and animation industries that I am getting to know through facebook and twitter, I say hello and thank you.
To those of you who have begun to check out my website and web comic. I thank you.
To my family who has supported me through this crazy pursuit. Thank you and and God Bless.
And lastly to Shannon Muir, my writing partner, my love and fiancée, and most importantly my best friend who walks with me hand in hand through this life. I can not thank you enough. We will be married soon!
I may not have gotten a job, or written a comic book or animated episode, or sold a television series, but I have gotten to know a lot of very wonderful people. To you all I thank you, and may 2009 be filled with more opportunities to meet one another and give thanks.
Kevin Paul Shaw Broden
December 31st, 2008