So, despite my generally hanging around a lot of geeky nerdy people, I don't really have anyone I can identify with or who identifies with me (I don't believe so anyway) as a 3D CG pro. I mean, yes, I have my college pals, a lot of whom moved out to the West coast and are working in the games/film industry, but I do not really talk to them on a regular basis, and everyone else I know who does 3D work only dabbles in it, or teaches it, or likes it as a hobby.
I was super excited to learn that my city has a local chapter of AAUGA, (Autodesk Animation User Group Association), which holds meetings every couple of months. I went to the meeting last night (December 3rd, also known as 3December), and ended up talking to some folks who are on the same wavelength. I was also excited to discover that there is a local company in my city that does fairly high end boutique 3D work, animation, video, and who seek out freelancers with skills on a regular basis for contract work. I spoke a lot with the owners of the company, a husband and wife team, who were really laid back and awesome.
I also met a girl who had worked for Digital Domain in Florida, right before their department got cut. She actually knew one of the people I went to college with, and had worked with him at Rythm & Hues on a couple of movies. Small freaking world.
I'm just really glad to finally know some people, local people, that kinda get me when I start talking about this stuff on a fairly technical level. They also were impressed that I was working on my own film, though I did get called insane by a couple of different people. Yup.