"My experience showed me the tools, equipment and software that I needed to concentrate on to develop my skills. Then I figured out what I had an interest in and concentrated on that. Every class that I took showed me a larger piece of a puzzle that was guiding me into the direction. I wanted to go. Chris Curra really helped guide me into special effects. The classes he suggested were geared to advance my knowledge and efficiency.
"Being mainly interested in game design, I started looking for jobs online and on sites like LinkedIn and others for mentors and people who are doing what I want to do; people who I could ask questions like what's happening in the field? I wanted to talk to people who could advise me on how to proceed. I also wanted them to look at my work and give me feedback on my projects which I hoped would lead me to a company interested in my work. My dream job is to own my own studio making games.
"If it's something you enjoy, stick with it! School can only do so much. When you find your craft focus on it. Look up tutorials and go through them. Ask your professors for suggestions. Don't do anything else but what you are interested in. If it's effects, do effects. Practice your craft. Especially after school hours. Keep doing it. Put in the time and effort. Always be persistent."