Dey Tukk Ar Jerb

I’ve been putting off writing “this” post for the past few days, even though it seems like the most important update to document if I plan on looking back on these entries years from now.

At 11:00 am CT this past Wednesday, our entire company was surprisingly informed that it was being dissolved into Ticketmaster over the course of the next 60 days.  Thus, Echo will cease to exist around my 23rd birthday and I have officially experienced my first widespread lay-off.  I’m still wrapping my head around the thought process behind the decision, but I think it will be something I reflect on for years to come.  From an analogy standpoint, I initially felt like the mouse in the following clip (which, on an unrelated note, makes me excited to see Earth in an IMax theatre):

Although the news was certainly disheartening at first, I will be leaving after gaining valuable experience in the sector that I was most interested in learning more about when I accepted the job last summer.  At Echo, I consciously made an effort to be as involved as possible with the ticketing side of the business, most notably by volunteering to implement and manage all pre-sales for our team.  Regardless of what comes next, I’m glad that I was able to be a part of the process and to work and learn from such a fun, talented group of people.  Without a doubt, I will miss them more than any specific job role I held.  For example, where else could I have found a job where a fellow co-worker can have a good enough sense of humor to post the following clip on Facebook the same night we all received the news:

The closing of Echo obviously affects every employee, so my heart especially goes out to those with families and mortgages to worry about.  For me personally, I think this week’s events will be a blessing in disguise over the long run, opening the door to more exciting opportunities.  Plus, whenever I get overwhelmed with the thought of what just happened, I try to remind myself that things could be a lot worse.  Once my stomach stops dropping from the thought of having to job search and interview again, I find myself optimistic about what the future holds.

If this inevitably marks the end of my time in Nashville, it’s been a good run.  For prediction purposes, I see myself living in one of five places by the end of this year (each of which would have its pros and cons):

  1. Tennessee
  2. Chicago metropolitan area
  3. North Carolina
  4. Someone’s basement
  5. A van down by the river

6 Responses to “Dey Tukk Ar Jerb”

  1. the kelli Says:

    You have a permanent spot on the kickball team, if you decide to stay. I will forever miss looking up from my computer and seeing your face, especially when it’s a scowling reaction to someone or something… Being on a team with you and Kelly over the past few months has made a tremendous difference in my own job satisfaction, so thank you for that.

    I will miss picking on you for your worship of Bruce and U2. And also playing your least favorite Mandy Moore song over and over because you specifically said you hated it. Just remember she shares a bed with your other boyfriend Ryan!

    In the meantime, keep thinking of songs for which we can make fun videos to pass the time!

  2. AB Says:

    I don’t think you could have found a better set of videos to accompany this post. Does echo/Ticketmaster realize what they are loosing?

  3. cbgb Says:

    i cannot believe dey tukk yur jerb. i do, however, applaud your optimism. which i will add to with the following quote.

    “what looks like a loss may be the very event which is subsequently responsible for helping to produce the major achievement of your life”
    -srully blotnick

  4. cbgb Says:

    p.s. are you the “anonymous staffer?”

  5. the walth Says:

    this is probably only semi-related, but i was reading in the economist recently about how the recent decline in the american economy has a lot to do with the flexibility of jobs and the housing market. more specifically, part of the american dream (and american economy) is that we can just get up and move across the country or wherever we feel like when we dont like our job. this is a good thing because it ensures that most people are doing something they like and therefore are most productive. however, since most people are tied down with insurmountable debt and overpriced houses, they are unable to move or change jobs right now, leading to inefficiencies in the market. you, my friend, are an efficient worker looking for his niche. you will not be looking very long – the american dream says so, and thats a powerful source

  6. Macon Says:

    I just decided to go blog stalking today (which I have to also say inspired me to start my own blog). Nonetheless, I wanted to commend you on your optimism… & I’m sure that mouse will kick the foxes @*! next time.

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