S.R. Wild: Artist and Graphic Designer

I Got Laid Off



That’s right folks, I am unemployed again. Last Friday morning my bosses asked me to come up to the conference room. I thought I was in trouble for talking about inappropriate things at work (bestiality, necrophilia, parasites, whether or not a gerbil went up Richard Geer’s rectum, etc.). After I sat down one of my bosses got to the point, which I appreciate, and said they had to let me go. I thought it was a joke at first, but no one was laughing and both of them looked very serious. We shook hands, I went back downstairs, said goodbye and hugged a few people, then went home.

When I got home I immediately called and emailed almost everyone I know to see if I could find some work. I was in shock, so I was in a good mood because it hadn’t hit me yet. Late Saturday evening it finally hit me and I felt like shit. I drove around in the rain for a bit and then went to bed. I slept in really late the next morning. I felt much better when I finally woke up. Ever since then I’ve just been staying busy to stave off boredom.


It’s weird, two years ago to the day I was laid off from my last job. Luckily, I’m in better shape than last time: I’m not alone, I have a better network of friends and colleagues, my living expenses will be going down soon, I have a better idea of what I want to do, and having been laid off before I know the routine.

This time I wasn’t laid off because some ass clown spammed a bunch of MySpace users, was caught, and slapped with a multi-million dollar lawsuit that drove the parent company I worked for out of business. No, I was laid off for the same reason everyone many others have been: the economy sucks and times are tough. The way things looked I knew someone was going to be laid off, but I didn’t think I’d be the first to go. (One of my coworkers, the newest designer they hired, was also let go a few minutes after me). I wish I knew more about the economy, but I failed economics in high school (by a fraction of a point), which prevented me from getting a diploma and is why I have a GED (Good Enough Degree).


I don’t know what I’m going to do, other than go on unemployment. I’l figure something out. For now, I’m just going to enjoy my vacation and not panic. The last time I was laid off turned out to be a good thing because I was burnt out and needed a change. Maybe this time will be a good thing too and I’ll finally find my dream job: working for myself doing odd jobs and ditch that annoying zombie routine of working from nine to five in an office. I know being a free agent is tough and unpredictable, but I think I’d like it. I’d be able to spend more time with Magpie.

In the meantime, if you or someone you know has any work that I’d be interested in, please contact me.


  • Jess said 1960 days ago:

    Yeah that sucks for sure. Being a self-employed designer, I can’t really get laid off, but there are always lean times and the pay is erratic. Lately though, business has been good as I have been designing graphics about how the economy sucks. Go figure!

    I am sure you have probably heard this a few times already but take this opportunity to re-evaluate and switch gears/directions/breakfast cereal.

    I use to work for an unnamed design house in Burlington and thought all the 9-5 designers thought they were super cool. It was only after I left to do my own thing that I realized that their job was just as menial and repetitive as the worker bees they lorded over. Now, I get paid for the shit that’s in my head, and that’s where the fulfillment is.

    And finally, I see from your images posted on this entry that we browse the same sources. I actually used that last picture for a graphic about unemployment. No body shall know the sources

    /throat slit

  • molly said 1956 days ago:

    You can always sell C1ali$.


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