I know I don't really update my journals much, but I figured this would be a good time to let you guys in on what is going on in my life. A lot will be changing very soon, and I am not really sure of what will happen to everything here on DA and the future of my costume work and commissions.
I am graduating college here in two weeks (WOW that went fast!), and I am currently applying for graduate schools across the country. It is very likely that I will be moving very far away to complete my studies, and everything is very up in the air right now. Currently I am applying to several Florida schools including Florida International University for their Master's program in Biology, and by the conversation I am having with one of the professors it sounds pretty promising.
As for my costume work, I don't really want to drop it entirely, but as time goes by it seems like I will need down grade significantly. I may be moving into a tiny apartment with no space for any of my fur and foam. Most likely all of my supplies will be packed up and put into storage for many years to come, and while I don't want that (mostly because it will ruin all my fluffy fur) I don't really see any other options.
I will of course continue to keep an eye on my DA and will try to bring some smaller projects with me. I have one more fullsuit commission that I will be finishing before I move. I might continue making thing, just on a much smaller scale, size wise, not production time, as I barely finish anything as it is! Mostly I will try to make pre-mades, masks, eyes and possible handpaws, ect. What would you like to see up for auction? What type of small items would you be interested in? Lately I have been cranking out small plushies for my nieces and nephews for Christmas, and I might sell similar items as well. I quite enjoy the change of pace, and my next big project is nearly devoid of fursuit- type crafting.
TL-DR: I'm moving super far away, and severely downgrading my production and closing commissions. Premades may be available once I settle down again. What would you like to see for sale? Big or small.
SIDE NOTE-To those who are working currently, fulltime or as a hobby:
My friend helped me to polish my resume and she decided that it would be a good idea to include my costume "business" in there and also add all the awards I have won at conventions. The first response from the professor at FIU,
"..... I did a quick Google search on your name because I was interested in your work experience with costume design. The youtube videos of your work are very impressive; you are clearly very artistically talented. I bet those skills could have some kind of interesting and surprising application in a science career. ....."
I was dumbfounded! I didn't expect anyone to care about my costume work when it has NOTHING to do with my studies as a zoologist, aside from the animal part. To any everyone who is doing this type of work as a hobby, or full-time, keep up the good work, and don't forget to put that in your resume!!! Of course we didn't portray it as "furry fandom", but we did list it as business experience, working with customers, keeping records, and "costume design". It might not be much, but it definitely sounds awesome on my resume