A writer posted an article about how moving is actually a luxury:
I’ve moved four times since 1992, which was the last time I had to pay for the move. My companies have always shouldered the tab. This move we’re about to make to south Louisiana is on my own dime. I had no idea how expensive it was going to be! We don’t have a lot of stuff — we’re living in a fairly compact three-bedroom apartment now. Don’t be fooled by “three-bedroom;” it’s not that big. And yet, when we got estimates from various moving companies, the rock-bottom cheapest was $8,000.
Obviously the bulk of these costs involve hiring professional moving services to move stuff but if your a VFX artist like me, you probably have learned to go real lean. I’ve managed to only have enough personal items so I can move very easily.
Everything is in boxes because I never find myself settling down. My dream was to always get a really nice 60 inch flat screen tv. It’s not that I can’t afford it, it’s just the cost of lugging that thing around and the trouble of trying to sell it is just too much. You know you’ve been working in the VFX industry for a while when you factor in the costs of moving a potential item you want! I also have wanted a dog or a cat but I would hate to ever have to part ways if I had to move.
I consider myself one of the luckier ones, I’ve only moved around the California area and managed to get on longer projects so I have had to move every 1-2 years for my next job. I work so many long hours that commuting is out of the question.
My colleagues have it much worse. I’ve seen VFX workers go from UK, New Zealand, US and Canada in less than 2 years! Of course they’re getting more money (I hope) but when you factor in much of the costs of moving, you could actually end up losing big time.
You have to worry about breaking your current lease on the rental, or you can pay more for those super expensive furnished rentals that go month to month.
If you have a car you’re going to have to pay for storage or sell it. If you have to fly to your next project you’ll have to fit your life into 2 suitcases.
Hopefully the facility you are going to will pay for your airline flight. Wait did you ask if they’ll pay for your return flight?
Do you have a house? Now you have to pay for a mortgage and rent in your new location unless you find someone to rent it. What about maintenance?
Have a spouse? They’ll either have to come along or stay and then you are paying for rent in 2 places. Long distance relationships should work, if not find a new fling.
Have children? How the hell are you going to take them out of school? Try homeschool? Okay you can’t move. You’re unemployable!
What about taxes for all these countries you are in? You have no freaking idea how much of a tax hit you are going to take. You hire a CPA and even then you still don’t know what you’ll owe.
Don’t get me started with immigration. If your project abruptly ends you’ll have to leave the country immediately or deemed to be in violation of the law. Thanks for coming! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
They call it the movie industry for a reason, but for some of us we move more often than the pretty little pictures! This is getting absurd.