Change is Good, I Think

This is the end, my friends. I’m soon to be out of a day job!

Yesterday, while deciding which dates to book my plane ticket home for Christmas, I thought: “Wait, maybe I should figure out what’s happening with work. Maybe my schedule will be wide open after all!” So I sent the bosses an email, reminding them that I’m leaving in four weeks, and that decisions still had to be made. Well, I asked for it.

Today, boss: “We love you dearly, but we can’t make this work.” Sigh. Understood. “We’ll buy all the booze at your going-away party.” Proposal accepted. They’ve got to do their thing, I’ve got to do mine. Contract work may be a possibility, I’d like that.

This is obviously scary, but exciting. Most comics lose leave their day jobs eventually. A lot of my comedy friends have done it lately, and that makes the idea less jarring. I will miss the paycheque, but look forward to the freedom. “Yes, I can do a four-day trip to play some sketchy bars in Northern Alberta, and I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission.”

“So where do we go from here?” I asked. “Do I stay for the next few weeks, or do I get escorted out of the building now?” It’s happened before. That’s why I already cleared out a lot of my stuff.

“We want to keep you as long as we can,” he said. “Just let us know when your last day will be.”

My last day was supposed to be a Tuesday, but I think I’ll make it the Friday before. Especially if alcohol will be a factor.

I’ve been complaining about work long enough. It’s a great job, but I shouldn’t be in an office full-time. Time to figure out what I want to do with the next phase of my life.

3 thoughts on “Change is Good, I Think

  1. wow, congrats to you!
    That’s HUGE!
    Well, Erinn’s contracting now, I think you can do it too. Make it work, you’re following your dream and that is incredible.
    Can’t wait to see you on a special on HBO or something ;)
    Ok, the comedy network, ha!

  2. Thanks. It’s kind of surprising, but kind of not. I’m letting go of a sure thing here, but this is as good a time as any to gamble. The alternative is to stay at my desk, wishing I’d done it.

  3. So crazy Karen…we are living in parallel universes right now. I gave my notice, and I don’t think my bosses think I’m really going to follow through…

    So scary, but really so exciting! If you don’t take this chance you’ll just regret it, and like I said to my boss, “I can always fall back on my sitting on my ass at an office job if things don’t work out…”

    And since your office skills are even more specialized than just “sitting on your ass”, you’ll find work wherever.

    You can do this, O’Keefe, I know it!

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