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ASK A PRO | Flame Artist

Professional Title:

Flame Artist

Can you share your career journey and how you arrived at your current position? Please include education, volunteering, work experience, etc.

Went to college for Visual Effects and Editing, got in contact through my professor with someone in the industry, had an interview, was hired as an assistant and worked my way up to an artist.

What motivated or inspired you to pursue this field?

I enjoyed making videos with my friends in high school and looked into finding something like that in college.

Were there specific challenges or obstacles you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them?

At one point I felt like my career was at a standstill and I wasn't learning anything new or being challenged at all. I switched jobs to gain more experience and make connections.

What aspects of your job do you find most rewarding?

Making connections within my team and becoming friends with some of my colleagues.

What aspects of the job do you find challenging or less enjoyable?

Contributing to capitalism and getting over worked for things that don't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

What advice do you have for someone starting in this field?

Learn as much as you can, don't think you are above any task being asked of you.

Are there specific skills or qualities you believe are crucial for success in your profession?

Multi-tasking, open to criticism, ability to focus in times of stress, fast learning and good communication.

How do you stay current in your field, or do you engage in ongoing professional development?

Watching tutorials, learning new software, talking to my peers and going to VFX meet ups in the city.

Did you have any mentors or role models who influenced your career choice?

My current boss, I had first met on a tour of my work when I was still in school. I had only met her briefly but seeing how the studio was run under her watch made me want to work there.

If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Don't stop creating, trying new things and always continue to be yourself.

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