Rhonda R. on May 11, 2017
Rhonda R. on May 11, 2017
Discrimination really exists Rhonda R. on May 5, 2017 Career Change, Career Management, Job Search I am an Multi Media Artist and a survivor of ovarian cancer. I was very fortunate it was caught at an early stage in 2009. I used to do graphic design work for General Motors, so I believe that my talent & skills are up to par. Unfortunately GM cut many programs and the firm that I was working for was eliminated, eventually putting the design firm out of business. So I had to resort to freelance and do contract work to survive. When less and less work became available I decided to take classes at a local college to keep my skills updated. This was when I was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently treated with chemotherapy. I told my doctor I was taking a film course. He asked me to a documentary about my experience with cancer. I did. He loved it. It made the viewer cry. It was on the hospital website for a month or so and he shows it to the med students he teaches in Detroit. This particular work shows many skills I have in film such as shooting video, animation, stop motion and editing, to tell a story. The film is up on my portfolio site with all my other work. Unfortunately it is about cancer. I had an phone interview last week and he asked me why some of my work was "dark". He had to be referring to the film. I am finding it difficult finding employment. I am running out of money. I don't know if it's my age or cancer. I am wondering if I should take the documentary down, but I need it up because I have it in my job description on my resumé. I am thinking about putting a lock on it so people won't know I had cancer - but the work is strong. Around this time I started looking for jobs with the new programs I mastered. (I am now having my "experimental" films accepted in film festivals) but the funny thing is that they wanted to hire THREE of my college friends who didn't even learn the program they wanted expertise in. Not me who did an 8 minute animation in this particular program. I am beginning to think another problem is age discrimination. One my last interview the interviewer who I though was a "little" younger than me asked me how old my mother was and what war my father fought in. Wow!!! I didn't tell her the age of my mother just that she died. And my father that he fought In WWII and he was going to be sent to Korea, but this was way before I was born. And on top of this, this job was for a senior citizen housing community. Can't men father children almost till up to their death? What does his age have to do with my artwork? I have other examples that have happened to me in the past few months, but you don't have the time to read a book. Please advise fairly fast. I don't know how long I can hang on. I have been turned down on jobs that just answer the phones. I think they will give Bigfoot a job before me. That is if he's under 30 years old and did not have cancer. XD Thank you for your time and the fact that you seem to care about us.