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#ActualHamsta

Posted 27 October 2012 - 01:44 PM

It seems as though my portfolio isn't spectacular enough to have an American studio go through the effort and cost of sponsoring me for a work permit.
While I am constantly working on my skills, I am also looking at other ways to make it easier to get hired.


I want a degree because I need more time. Time to work on my portfolio, time to expand my network and get more people, and maybe finally hit the person that will hire me, time for the economy to possibly improve, and if I successfully complete my degree: a year of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in which I can legally work in the US for 12 months, without the person hiring me having to worry about sponsorship.

If I can get paid to complete my Master's, wouldn't that be better than paying tuition, in every possible way? As an international student I would only be able to work on-campus in any case.
I currently do not have a job. Even if I did, it is likely that I would have to quit once I relocate across the Atlantic.

I am not considering a Master's in Art, L. Spiro nor did I ever claim concept art is the only direction I'm pursuing, it is only the end goal, and the first thing people will notice in my portfolio. Dig a little deeper and you will find I can do pixel art, vectors and 2D and 3D animation.

1.He does a lot of things, and while not the best in any of those things he does what we need at an acceptable level, and he lives near our studio.
2.He does a lot of things, and while not the best in any of those things he does what we need at an acceptable level, but he lives in Israel, and we'll need to pay a couple thousand bucks, fill out form correctly, and wait for results.

Guess who gets the job?

That's why I'm looking into the: we have a lot of decent local artists, decent local programmers, decent local designers and decent local sound engineers to choose from, but we really need a <insert super specific role here>

edit: another caveat I almost forgot about.
The OPT must be done in the field you studied. Can't go legally flipping burgers for McDonald's if you graduate from an architecture program.

#1Hamsta

Posted 27 October 2012 - 12:14 PM

It seems as though my portfolio isn't spectacular enough to have an American studio go through the effort and cost of sponsoring me for a work permit.
While I am constantly working on my skills, I am also looking at other ways to make it easier to get hired.


I want a degree because I need more time. Time to work on my portfolio, time to expand my network and get more people, and maybe finally hit the person that will hire me, time for the economy to possibly improve, and if I successfully complete my degree: a year of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in which I can legally work in the US for 12 months, without the person hiring me having to worry about sponsorship.

If I can get paid to complete my Master's, wouldn't that be better than paying tuition, in every possible way? As an international student I would only be able to work on-campus in any case.
I currently do not have a job. Even if I did, it is likely that I would have to quit once I relocate across the Atlantic.

I am not considering a Master's in Art, L. Spiro nor did I ever claim concept art is the only direction I'm pursuing, it is only the end goal, and the first thing people will notice in my portfolio. Dig a little deeper and you will find I can do pixel art, vectors and 2D and 3D animation.

1.He does a lot of things, and while not the best in any of those things he does what we need at an acceptable level, and he lives near our studio.
2.He does a lot of things, and while not the best in any of those things he does what we need at an acceptable level, but he lives in Israel, and we'll need to pay a couple thousand bucks, fill out form correctly, and wait for results.

Guess who gets the job?

That's why I'm looking into the: we have a lot of decent local artists, decent local programmers, decent local designers and decent local sound engineers to choose from, but we really need a <insert super specific role here>

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