What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
Chase up emails! There have been so many times where I haven’t got a reply for an application, sent a follow-up email, and then got the booking. People in HR positions are swamped with emails, and some just slip through the net. I sometimes miss emails myself, and people are generally very understanding.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role to you?
If you want to learn 3D, get Blender. It’s 100% free and it’s open-source with thousands of custom plugins and user forums. I taught myself how to use it for some projects at uni and since then I’ve used it on nearly every professional job.
At some point, you’ll probably have to learn C4D because most studios use that in their work pipeline by default, but the skills are mostly transferrable (Blender is much better for modelling, whereas C4D has better render output options).
Stock up on references of all kinds. While I mostly work in motion graphics, I take inspiration from traditional animation, character and concept design, games, even just observing movement in everyday life.
Lastly, have something else outside of work. As your favourite pastime becomes a career, the fun can be drained as income and client expectations take precedent over personal vision. Having something outside of this framework allows you to keep that self-driven part of you going.