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10/10/2012 12:23:50 AM
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Looking to enter the gaming industry...

As a character artist. To put it simply, I put two of my greatest passions together- gaming and art- and have been putting some serious thought into it. I thought my mind was set, but here, on the edge of high school and going into college I'm having some doubts. Now, whether or not I'll make it in is something that I'm trying not to think about right now, as right now pay is on my mind. First off, a school... ok it was Full Sail gave all applicants a warning "do not enter the entertainment industry if you expect to live an easy life style". This I was expecting. What I was not expecting was for the Ai of Pittsburgh to hand me a packet stating that I should expect to earn 26k/year to start. That scared both me and my parents. And so it gets worse. Looking on the internet gave my a breath of releif, as most sites stated that I should look for a 45k/year out of college. The only problem with that is with the location of many of the industry jobs, living on 45k/year is difficult (Washington, NY, Tx, CA). So, here I am flood, refusing to talk to my parents(as they would take the chance to stick me in a school for a mechanical engineering degree) wondering if anyone can help cool my nerves, and perhaps someone in the industry could help give me some advice regarding how they got though being the new guy in the industry (along with the 100k other new guys in the industry) [Edited on 10.09.2012 4:24 PM PDT]
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  • Join Bungie or 343i.
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  • 45k a year is not hard to live on in Texas (I should know, I live in Texas). It isn't anything special of course and you won't be buying that 60in plasma in one paycheck and living the bachelor life but you should be able to get buy in a decent apartment and enjoy some little freespending every once in a while if you are good with your money. Also don't aim for one industry in particular. For example I plan on being a visual effects artist for games but I could apply my skills to advertising, film, and virtual environments for medical,government, and military projects.
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  • Join RiotGames and make new splash art for the champs. Kthxbye
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  • [url=http://extra-credits.net/episodes/on-game-schools/]This might help you on the subject of schools.[/url] Anyway, my advice? You might want to break into more than just the gaming industry. As an artist, you might find it handy to do projects for various forms of media, unless you get hired by a studio full time.
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  • I want to join gaming industry as an artist 2 OP
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  • I'm in the same scenario, (I want to be a writer) but I'd say just go for it. If you really love to do it you should give it a shot. Use college to build up your experience as an artist and maybe get a job at a small company to learn more and enhance your skills while you're still in college. [Edited on 10.09.2012 4:27 PM PDT]
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