After 14 years, I’m leaving FXHOME at the end of this month.
14 is not an insubstantial number of years. One of my colleagues was 10 years old when I started working there. Back then, the Internet (and thus, the world) was very different. No Facebook. No YouTube. Google was still just a search engine. The iPhone hadn’t been invented. George W Bush and Tony Blair were getting ready to carve up the world. Nobody had seen the battle for Helms Deep. Half Life 2 was still two years away, as was Steam.
Over the years I’ve met great people: both customers and colleagues (it’s a fuzzy line between the two, to be honest). Friendships have been forged which will continue long after I’m no longer at my desk.
My work at FXHOME has made a difference to young and new filmmakers around the world. That’s an incredible thing. It feels like mission accomplished, for my part. Time for something new.
When a job is comfortable and secure, it can feel risky to move on. But as the great Brian Blessed said when asked about climbing Mount Everest at age 75, the only danger is in not taking the risk.
Simon Sinek talks about understanding your Why. About how people are drawn to organisations which represent their personal Why. I want to be creative and help other people be creative: that’s what has driven everything I’ve done in my adult life. FXHOME has always aligned pretty closely with my Why.
Finding marketing roles that fit my CV isn’t hard, from a box-ticking perspective. Everyone is looking for digital marketing experts. Far harder is that Why – finding an organisation or product that resonates and which is worth my time – worth my life. Because that’s what it comes down to: when you spend 8 hours a day working somewhere, that’s where your life is going. The stakes are high. You’re not getting those hours back, so you’d better make damned sure the place deserves it.
Which brings me to Writers’ Centre Norwich. That’s my destination. It’s a charitable organisation that works to explore creative writing in all its forms and how it impacts socially and artistically on the world.
I’ve been taking my writing more seriously in the last few years, especially with the launch of my A Day of Faces serial. When I redesigned this website a few months back it wasn’t by accident that ‘Creative writing‘ became the main blog category.
My new role at WCN, which begins in June, is a perfect intersection of my professional experience and my personal interests. Digital marketing combined with creative writing. Community mixed with literature. The universe rarely aligns quite so neatly. Best not ignore it when it does.
Big changes. New mountains to climb. It’s going to be a good year.
In the meantime, a big thank you to everyone who has helped along the way. And also thanks to these lovely people for being lovely, and to Michael Miller for compiling this incredible trip through my memories: