Warcraft and Other Peripheral Lifesavers
CHAPTER 11 - PHOTO GALLERY
The author with a few peripheral awards / Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos gift set / Craig Alexander, executive at Sierra, Westwood, Activision, and Turbine / Various titles and screenshots from video games discussed in this chapter
CHAPTER 11 - EXCERPT
It still hurts to remember how demoralized I was.
Down and out. No work, meager money, little hope. Anyone who has lived through extended unemployment knows how depressing and frightening it can be.
It was early 2001. A cold, wet winter had settled over our California mountain community. The days were short and dark. The nights were long and miserable.
I had no scoring projects. No way to earn money to put food on the table. I was getting desperate. In addition to my HUGEsound hunting and gathering efforts, I was starting to dig through “Help Wanted” postings, applying for jobs on the Internet, meeting with job training advisors, crafting resumes, trying just about anything to open some door. Any door.
Perhaps only composers and actors can relate to the experience of auditioning again and again, putting out such an intimately personal expression of yourself with all your heart, all your hope – only to meet with an endless treadmill of rejection. It is profoundly, desperately agonizing.
But churning milk does eventually turn to butter...
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CHAPTER 11 - MUSIC GALLERY