thanks for the support all!
Blendergenie - put together a reel, and study other reels on the web before you do for format - this place never even looked at my resume, he just popped in my reel first thing at the interview then asked if I could work that day (I actually did a couple hours of rotoscoping). I got the job cold-calling places, I probably talked to fifty different graphics companies and had five interviews before this place. also be willing to do other jobs - my last job I was working in the vault and shipping when my friend, the DVD author, died. they knew I could do aftereffects so I freelanced for a little while then they hired me there.
If you know maya you should definitely be able to find work, there are many places that specialize in TV ads that exclusively use maya. one place I interviewed they had smoke, flame, and inferno ($$$$$$$ graphics hardware/software) 7 CGI workstations, a 200+ cpu render farm and over 30 maya artists. I wasn’t nearly good enough for that place, I’ve only been teaching myself 3D for like four months. I would have been the tape op guy, so in some ways I’m glad they never called back. it was a pretty impressive place though.
aftereffects is another one of those skills that should get you a job too, everyone needs cool animated text and compositing. good luck. BE PERSISTANT (but not annoying). finding work is a full-time job.