Thursday, March 17, 2011

Utah Bound...

So...a few years ago when I was still working in slot gaming, I was trying really hard to get my foot into the Video Game industry. I was contacting Art Directors and anyone else I could trying to get feedback on my portfolio, or see if they had any potential openings for an industry n00b. During my search I connected with an Art Director at a company in Orem, Utah. We talked a bit and he mentioned that he liked my portfolio but they didn't have any positions open at the time. He was nice enough to give me some positive feedback and mentioned that if they had any openings he would keep me in mind. It was a very positive experience and made me feel real good about my efforts since I was doing well enough to get someone out in that big industry to notice me.

I ended up getting hired at my last job Red Dust Studios (formerly HSC labs) and worked there for quite awhile. I was promoted twice and it seemed like I was on top of the world until (without any warning) they sadly shut their doors. It was my first industry job but it was also my first layoff in the industry. I was bummed but I stayed optimistic and I was fortunate enough to be unemployed for just a few short weeks before landing a job at ex-Westwood founded Petroglyph Games as a UI artist. I was stoked. I had been trying to get a job at Petroglyph since I graduated from college so it was a double positive: I was no longer unemployed and I finally reached my goal of working for Petroglyph Games. Turns out the fun was just getting started.

A couple of weeks ago I was offered a job from the aforementioned Art Director in Utah and it turns out I will be moving there very soon! I am really excited for this opportunity since the company does exactly what I have been working towards doing in my career. Plus it's a chance for me to get out of my hometown and live somewhere that actually has weather haha! It snows in Utah. I love the snow. I have never lived in it, but I am excited to. Some people I have talked to hate the snow but I think it's amazing. Gray skies, cold air, the out doors. I couldn't be more excited.

So wish me luck, but to all my friends don't worry, I will definitely keep in contact still, and the wifey and I will definitely be back to visit every so often. We still have family out in Vegas and they will definitely want to see the baby from time to time.

So in conclusion:
à tout le monde, à tous mes amis, je vous aime, je dois partir

Stay tuned to see what happens next in the new adventure that is now my life.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


So I finished my submission for the Little big planet 2 contest and I am stoked! I have entered these contests before but I never finish them for one reason or another, but this time I was determined to finish, and I did (despite the lack of sleep) and I am pretty happy with the end result:

If you have an account on head over there and vote now. The contest is still going until Sunday I believe! Thanks for looking.