Now it is the beginning of November, 2018. I was reading my last post, about how living in Los Angeles as a roto/paint artist is becoming more and more obsolete.
What I’ve done since then is study compositing like crazy, and then I got a paint artist job at Method Studios for a few months, which was very cool!
But then, the day after I finished up at Method, I was contacted by Digital Domain to work as a compositor. Of course I said yes. And so, my career has taken a turn for the better (and busier pace!) since then.
I worked on some very difficult shots that the senior level artists were doing. Wow, what an opportunity!! And, my fellow comper coworkers were so nice and super helpful and I am so grateful.
I had been avoiding being a compositor all these years because I didn’t want to work the 70-80 hr work weeks that are usually required. I was going in every day for 3 weeks, I think, with no days off. Well, it’s what’s the reality of working in the VFX business, no matter what location.
Prior to that, I was seeing how if I wanted to keep working in L.A. I definitely needed to expand my skills and the most logical step is to move into compositing. I got some great advice from others who moved from roto/paint into comping and the best thing I heard was, “You’ve got to just make that leap!”. Well, working on Lemony Snicket at DD as a compositor was definitely making a jump.
But I gained some skills, and then I got hired after that at Dreamworks Animation! Another crazy wonderful step in my life and career! I’m currently working as an Image Finaling Artist (basically, a 2D compositor for 3D animation). I love it!!!! Wow, I am learning a great deal now, and it’s an awesome team of folks to work with.
I know that I am always going to need to grow/learn/change in order to keep up with the changing industry. I have been telling my fellow coworkers from roto/paint (in L.A.) that they need to move into compositing or move to Canada for work. Or, some are taking the route of becoming a supervisor which really means, Q.C.’ing the work coming in from Outsource.
Many have just given up on VFX, and moved on to other careers instead. I have loved my career so far, and it’s taken me many places when I decide to take risks and increase my skills. Whenever I’ve moved out of my comfort zone I’ve benefitted. Or, if it was an awful experience, I was still blessed because it showed me my weaknesses and I could only move towards strengthening them. See, we always win if we stay open to change and roll with it. Life is all about learning and growing and changing. We become stagnant human beings if we stay inside our comfort zones.