or, "Coming to Seoul: the Story".
I landed my dream job on a popular television show right out of university, just out of the blue. Freshly graduated, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my career, but one thing was sure, I needed and wanted to travel or go work abroad. Staying in Montreal was out of the question, and that's why I said no when I got a sudden job offer on a tv show. The idea was tempting, so I visited the set anyways and realized I couldn't say no. So I said yes for one year, promising myself I'd go travel right after. Sounded like a perfect plan, but one year in my Devil Wears Prada actually lasted... four years.
In those four years I never had any time to think about my life too much, I just worked, worked, and worked, and enjoyed the great perks- fun parties with the crew and local celebrities (we're talking about Quebec, not Hollywood), and being lucky enough to work for one of the most important people in the industry. I loved my job so much, would stay long hours and take it all in.
However, any time a friend (or Aaron) would mention some great stories about living or working abroad, I'd get insanely envious and frustrated I did not get to experience it myself. I started thinking about Asia, since it's a completely different culture, and a great way to save money. I knew it was a bit crazy to quit everything, but I NEEDED to do it.
Thankfully everyone around me was so supportive, even my producers and co-workers, encouraging me to take the plunge. I knew it was not the smartest move for my career in the industry, but it was the best thing to do for myself. I knew I'd regret my decision to leave on tough Korea days, and I did a few times.
But being away made me appreciate it even more, and I know I'm passionate about that field, or anything related, so in the end I don't regret anything. I realize it might be difficult to find a contract when I go back, but that was part of the deal. I'm scared (or rather, terrified), but the way I see it, I gained so much more on a personal level and I got the traveling out of my system... for now.
Stay tuned as I return to Montreal and...