Things I needed to know about getting a job in the CG industry (21-25)

Top Things I Needed to Know… (11-20)
(About getting a job in the CG industry)
Written & compiled by Zero Dean 1997

21.You are more likely to get noticed being where the action is (i.e. California). Go to conventions, like SIGGRAPH, and mingle with those in the industry whenever possible. Many say it’s not always what you know, it’s WHO you know. Remember that you may get lost among the crowds of job seekers at large events unless your work truly stands out.

22. You cannot master Alias or Softimage quickly (That still doesn’t mean you shouldn’t _try_). These programs are infinitely deep. However, having a good understanding of the basics helps. Most 3d programs deal with “concepts”. The concepts are universal. It’s learning the different interfaces and added features that takes the most time.

23. You may be good, but there are always people better than you. Seek them out and learn from them. Along the way, help people who know less than you. Again, this is a great way to meet contacts, make friendships, etc.

24. There are always people out there who will find a reason why you shouldn’t be in this industry. It’s pretty easy to criticize someone else’s work, when you know you won’t be criticized right back. Don’t let that criticism turn you away from your dream. Remember what Yoda said, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Rather than _say_ you’re going to do something, go and _do_ it.

25. If you buy one book (and you’re serious about character animation), make sure it’s:

Disney Animation : The Illusion of Life (*****)
Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston / Published 1995
List: $60.00 Amazon Price: $42.00

Also check out the highly rated:

Digital Character Animation (*****)
George Maestri / Paperback / Published 1996
Price: $44.00 + $11.00

The Animator’s Workbook (*****)
Tony White / Paperback / Published 1988
Price: $15.16 + $3.79

For modeling reference material, you can’t go wrong at $22.00 for:

Cyclopedia Anatomicae
By Gyorgy Feher, Illustrated by Andras Szunyoghy, Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc. Copyright 1996, ISBN: 1-884822-87-8
List: $24.98 Amazon Price: $17.49

For an even more extensive list of animation books and recommendations, see the books resources section of 3D ARK.

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