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#Actualslayemin

Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:07 AM

I sincerely believe that the proof is in the pudding. What can you do? Show me!

A degree in something difficult is always a bonus but never a guarantee. I personally think certs are completely useless (ooh, you know how to study and take a test!). Can you design fascinating levels? Are you passionate about it? Have you made stuff already? It sounds like you have, so its time to make your demo reel and to start sending it out. Put your best foot forward by showing your best work and give narration on what you're doing, why you're doing it, the decisions you made, any influences, etc. Imagine yourself being a passionate artist walking a tour group through your first art exhibit. They don't know who you are, what influenced you, what your art is trying to communicate, why you used a certain brush stroke or method, the theme you were aiming for, etc. People like to have their hands held and be entertained at the same time, especially in new territory. Do that, show you have what it takes, and you'll have a really high chance of landing an interview and job.

99% of the time, your age won't be a factor. I know a friend from highschool who got hired on at Valve as an artist right after graduation. She knew her shit and had obvious talent, so hiring her was a no brainer. :)

#1slayemin

Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:04 AM

I sincerely believe that the proof is in the pudding. What can you do? Show me!

A degree in something difficult is always a bonus but never a guarantee. I personally think certs are completely useless (ooh, you know how to study and take a test!). Can you design fascinating levels? Are you passionate about it? Have you made stuff already? It sounds like you have, so its time to make your demo reel and to start sending it out. Put your best foot forward by showing your best work and give narration on what you're doing, why you're doing it, the decisions you made, any influences, etc. Imagine yourself being a passionate artist walking a tour group through your first art exhibit. They don't know who you are, what influenced you, what your art is trying to communicate, why you used a certain brush stroke or method, the theme you were aiming for, etc. People like to have their hands held and be entertained at the same time, especially in new territory. Do that, show you have what it takes, and you'll have a really high chance of landing an interview and job.

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