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06 June 2003, 04:59 AM
I know that there's lots of professionals here at CGtalk, And because im work for the FBI, i need to know watch'a doing in life.

06 June 2003, 05:23 AM
I'm an actor. I'm trying to make it big in the world of digital porn. Sometimes the effects can be a real pain in the ass.

06 June 2003, 05:27 AM
I'm a bovine scatologist.

06 June 2003, 05:49 AM
I am everything on that list and more... some have compared me to a god ( just ask my many lady friends),, but I prefere to be know as an evil artistic scientist.

06 June 2003, 07:02 AM
I'm an evil bovine who acts like a mad scientist. The 3D stuff is what I do when I'm not scatting everywhere.

06 June 2003, 07:05 AM
/me shivers in anticipation of a serious reply


06 June 2003, 07:38 AM
hmmm, well technically speaking I am credited at a motion editor. in actual fact, I am more of a lead mocap TD/aniimator right now...paperwork sucks

06 June 2003, 09:26 AM
eh ??? How come this is in the LW section ??? Is it not General ???

I am a modeller, developer, webdesigner, programmer so I'm not gonna cast my vote as I do a lot of varied tasks...

06 June 2003, 09:33 AM
Same here.
Animator, modeler, Technical artist etc.. Everything they want me to do.

06 June 2003, 11:35 AM
erm...designer first and foremost, but i 'specialise' (if that's the word) in visualisation of designs, not just my own stuff but for others as well...i've also acted in stuff, too :p :D

06 June 2003, 02:45 PM
I am a roofmaker who will spend the rest of the year learning Lightwave from bottom to top and then will try to get a job in this industry ( you wont believe how much i hate my current job :thumbsdow )


06 June 2003, 02:49 PM
i'm a taxpayer.:thumbsdow

06 June 2003, 03:35 PM
Java developer for University of New Mexico. At least I'm not a roofer! ;)

06 June 2003, 05:05 PM
Actually, I'm a Crackwhore's Assistant.

But at least I'm not a roofer. ;)

06 June 2003, 05:43 PM
I manage a support team for a software company. I usually feel like a wh*re (unfortunately, with no crack), though, since I hate my job more every day, feel distinctly f*cked quite often, but stick around because they give me money. But at least I'm not a roofer or a lawyer.

I have no delusions I'll ever work in the CG industry, it's just a fun hobby, at which I'm not all that gifted. :arteest:

06 June 2003, 06:00 PM
Let me jump in here as well :)
Profession: None, because I basically didn't learn a real job.
Occupation: animator, programmer, director / manager, producer, art director, compositing artist, editor... you name it ;)
So much for small owner run companies.

MattClary: makes me feel like a wh*re most of the time too, but I like my job :D

06 June 2003, 06:38 PM
My ability to entertain and communicate to the audience landed me a job as a Systems Analyst. Right now I'm designing a UI for a new round of software. Fortunately, my company lightly utilizes my art skills as well.

I feel very strongly, though, that my next job will be as a 3D modeller.

06 June 2003, 07:44 PM
I'm a Network Technical Analyst, which means I have more duties than a Nework Administrator, but don't get paid as much as a Network Architect.

If heights didn't make me nervous, roofing might not be a bad thing.:D

06 June 2003, 07:58 PM
Originally posted by CTRL+X
I am everything on that list and more... some have compared me to a god ( just ask my many lady friends),, but I prefere to be know as an evil artistic scientist.

Did he just say Manly lady friends?:surprised


06 June 2003, 08:24 PM
I'm a web, umm ... developer....designer...programmer...project manager... I co-own these two companies-- ( and ( We use some 3D, but not much. Most of the time I spend using LW is for personal projects.

06 June 2003, 08:37 PM
I work in a morgue.

06 June 2003, 09:17 PM
Awww... When working with this stuff I am a modeler, animator, textureartist and all that. I run my own company, which is great! I´m my own boss so noone gets to f&%ck me from anywhere.

Though... my business haven´t been doing so great since early this spring, hardly any clients (this makes me have to shout: clients... look HEEEERE!!! ( and please give me more work to do) soooo... I have for the last weeks been forced to take emergency employment as (and I´m not kidding!!!) a ROOFER :scream:
(Roofer "so to speak", since the company I work for is a roof-company. The project I´m at for the moment, is conviniently at the ground though.)
Hopefully this will not last for long. Wish me luck!

06 June 2003, 09:25 PM
So at least you have understand why i wanna get away from this job that i am doing for 6 years now :hmm:


06 June 2003, 09:37 PM
Originally posted by HowardM
I work in a morgue.

You post at odd times of the day. Work the graveyard shift? :applause:

06 June 2003, 10:44 PM
Been working the last 24 hours straight on a Flash web course project... it was due today at 3 pm... I finished it just in time, 6 cups of coffee later, slowly killing myself... only to find out that the meeting is cancelled and now I have till Friday to finish it! Gahh! Oh well.

I don't get to use Lightwave at work, this Flash project has been so all consuming that I haven't had time to do anything 3d in the last 3 months. :annoyed:

06 June 2003, 11:59 PM
i'm an ironworker.

Triple G
07 July 2003, 02:38 AM
I'm unemployed. :thumbsdow

07 July 2003, 03:11 AM
I guess I'm the lone sales rep. "Hey Meester, ya wanna buy my seester?"

07 July 2003, 04:38 AM
Director, editor, animator, producer, gofer - do whatever needs doing - but mostly short projects (PSAs, interstitials, graphics for programming, etc)

07 July 2003, 04:38 AM
I work in a morgue

I bet people are just dying to get in to that place !!!!


NO I did not say Manly,, I said many MANY


Actually if I told you what I did all day you'd all fall asleep, mainly cause I am forced to use MAX.

07 July 2003, 05:06 AM
Originally posted by CTRL+X
I bet people are just dying to get in to that place !!!!

The customers never complain. :cool:

07 July 2003, 06:36 AM
I work for the Department of Defense at the Air and Space Tactics Center located at Nellis Air Force Base, in Las Vegas, Nv.
I am an animator...I could tell you more, but then I would have to kill you.


07 July 2003, 09:35 AM
A sales rep and graphic designer for a cell phone company. I hate the job with passion but hey,they pay me. I am trying to establish my own company because I hate to be tossed around like a freaking baseball. I love 2D animation more than anything 'cause I can draw and that has earned me the nickname
'cartoon' (been drawing comics from age 1) but the recent boom in 3D has thrown confusion in the mix. Right now I am throwing my frustrations('cause of my annoying job) on a 90 minute animated movie all by myself, call me crazy if you want but I am getting there gradually and if rendering will stand in my way, I will gladly make it a 2D stuff with lightwave crowd and LW background. I have to call myself an animator because that is what I do(umm...not on a commercial basis yet, maybe in a few months.)

07 July 2003, 01:19 PM
I work on the IT side of payroll for a large company. So I a faceless drone in a hive. They keep us around only because they are still not sure how to outsource all of our jobs to India. But they are working on two pilot projects in that area, so I give it about five years before the entire department is outsourced. Our next round of layoffs comes in August, so if I get the short straw, I may be either unemployed or a roofer. This is a fact of life for IT people now- businesses will go where the labor is cheaper, just like the textile and manufacturing industries. So it is adapt or practice saying “Would you like an apple pie with that?”

To bring this back to Lightwave – I have been working for 3 years to get my skills to the point where I can model and animate characters. This is done on weekends, evenings and on the bus ride during the 2 hour commute to the daily grind.

I want to work free-lance for a bit and get some professional experience under my belt. I have created a few logos for cash. But my dream is to do my own animated features, in the vein of “Ghost In the Shell.” I believe the anime look is well within the capabilities of a single person to create a feature in. I admire Terrance Walker for giving it a shot, he definitely proved the concept enough to inspire me to do my own.

After seeing Ice Age, Shrek, Toy Story, and Jimmy Neutron do well, I am wondering if the anime look is really necessary. I definitely want to keep clear of even trying a “Final Fantasy” look. Photo-real may be there for inanimate objects (cars, planes, buildings) but the technology is still not quite there for realistic humans (with the exception of Gollum – who was fantastically done), and well outside the grasp of “one guy in a garage.”

I have the two main characters modeled and rigged, but still have to set up face targets. I’ve never done lip-sync, so that’s my next challenge. I have a story laid out, now I am writing a screenplay, and will start on a storyboard. I learn LW by giving myself a project, and that forces me to learn a host of new things.

Of great help has been the LW Tours hosted by Lee Stranahan and Larry the “Splinegod.” My skills & workflow increase by simply watching people who really know what they are doing. The training CDs have been very good for reinforcing and expanding on what they try to cram into 2 days.

I have put together my demo reel and I’m sending it out to firms who are open to free-lance work.

I learn something every day with 3D modeling and animation – I love it. I can’t see myself growing tired of it. And I can’t get over about how much value comes from LW straight out of the box. This was crucial when I went to pick a package to learn on.

The only plug-in I’ve bought is ACS4 for character rigging. Well worth the modest price.
What I need are a hard-body motion controller and something that easily creates good looking fire. I have had mixed results with creating my own using particles and hypervoxels.

07 July 2003, 04:20 PM
I may be a sales rep now, (which I love doing) but I have 15 years experience as a professional artist.
About 30 years ago, a friend and I started an animated short in the traditional method. We got it to a point of watching the extremes pass on the screen. After 3 years we were burned out, need big money and I wasn't happy with my characters so we set it down.
Ten months ago I got interesed in 3D and am now modelling the characters and will be going on a similar journey of discovery through all the steps to complete this project. Looking forward to compositing the figures and effects onto the 2D background paintings.
I almost feel there should be a forum for people working on producing a finished piece (perhaps encourage thrapists to visit our site).

07 July 2003, 05:41 PM
I'm a goat really....I am:D

07 July 2003, 09:44 PM
I am an engineer by profession. I work on 3d by choice and shovel rocks by destiny.

07 July 2003, 11:00 PM
I'm a mucisian-become-3D artist, mostly because the upgrade fees on software are much lower than having to pay all that $$$ on new music gear every 6 months. And also I like to work alone these days.
Music is still a passion, but only as a hobby now.
My day job is as a texturer for a studio that creates virtual clothes for the net. This has been ongoing for the past 3 years.
My dream job is working at home doing 3D, creating webpages or logos or whatnot..... I get a few contracts once in a while, but far from enough to feed me and pay everything else.
If I had a better body I could protistute myself, but alas, all those thousands of hours sitting behind a monitor, learning the difference between a vertex and a spline, has pretty much rendered me unqualified for stress-relief body-management of the opposite sex toward lucrative goals, lol.
Anyway, I'm still mostly quite happy with what I do.
Forever rearranging the world in my head just so it looks good... ain't that what an artist is all about anyway? Lol.

07 July 2003, 01:22 AM
Are you a prince too Remi?

07 July 2003, 01:24 AM
Machinery Designer for a major US Defense Contractor. Any more information might jepordize my security clearance ;)

Don't kill me, but I use 3D Max at work and only get to use Lightwave at home:)

07 July 2003, 02:47 PM
I am a musician/composer.

I play drums, guitar and keyboard.

I work in a studio

If you need something related to audio and audio effects

dont hesitate in contact me...

07 July 2003, 03:07 PM
Oh man... Goat hearder. I did all those daft school tests to see what jobs I suited. Why didn't that path ever make itself apparent to me? :applause:

Like a couple of others here I do just about everything graphics-related at work. This ranges from 3d modelling/animation and Video editing to interface design for software. I also have the added bonus of being quality control on software projects. i.e. if a product goes out the door and it looks c**p... my head's gonna roll. :eek:


07 July 2003, 06:39 PM
Im a webdesigner, voicemaker, animator and conceptor.

07 July 2003, 07:44 PM
3D artist - mostly a texturing artist, as most of you know :)
Also an author now, as well as a part time texturing lecturer for Max and Maya.

07 July 2003, 07:53 PM
Hi all,

I'm a 3d game artist. I mostly do modeling, special fx, animations and textures

Ciao :wavey:

07 July 2003, 09:19 PM
Typical...character setup artist is not even an option in your poll/
There are many TA's out here ya know!

07 July 2003, 02:47 AM
Whoa......I'm an Animator.

It's kinda crazy. I've been trying to land a job as an animator for a long time. Last December I finished school and began looking for a job. The market was pretty non-existent. But somehow, I found a great job doing character animation for a kid's show. It's so crazy to think that now when people ask what I do for a living I can honestly say that I'm, "an Animator". Pretty sweet.


07 July 2003, 04:58 AM
just remember young grasshopper, padawan, whatever the hell you will ALWAYS be an Animator! :)

07 July 2003, 06:17 AM
I can do the woody wood packer's voice & laughing :D

07 July 2003, 10:51 AM
I'm a software engineering student at Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

07 July 2003, 11:44 AM
should have a freelance option in the poll ( i put artist )
I'm a freelance 3D artist ( pay me i'll create anything for you :cool: ) that's model, texture, rig, animate, render, compose then send it to you on CD

used to be CAD draftsman,
before that
a session guitarist on the east coast of Australia ( mostly heavy metal :buttrock: )
got kids had to slow down, kids and wife didn't like the Pub scene for some reason :hmm:

starting a game develpment company now too, so a codemonkey in some ways too

07 July 2003, 09:51 PM
ex-cook/pizza guy/restaurant manager/electrician/picture framer.

currently a mainframe technical analyst/systems monitor. the job is pretty cool; 3 12 hour days on, 4 off, 95% of which i've spent on LIGHTWAVE over the last 12 months (not having an actual life).

would like to work in films or game design.

07 July 2003, 10:16 PM
I took over the world a few years ago, been sitting high and mighty ever since. :beer:

07 July 2003, 10:42 PM
Originally posted by Finkster
I'm an actor. I'm trying to make it big in the world of digital porn. Sometimes the effects can be a real pain in the ass.

I can't wait until the first CGI porn movie features a "bullet time" money shot...

07 July 2003, 10:43 PM
uh.............ok Chris...thanks for sharing.

07 July 2003, 11:04 PM
Oh, come on. It's a funny mental image, no?

07 July 2003, 10:06 AM
:) Hey Scandal, have you left Waterford? Congrats for the Sony internship. I guess I will soon see your name in some film credits.

07 July 2003, 05:49 PM
Yeah...i left Waterford on May 25th. I left the beautiful Salt Lake Valley, packed my bags (and my wife and baby) and moved out to sunny Los Angeles. Very cool! My internship has been a blast and I have learned so much in the little time i have been here. The bad news is my internship ends in August. The good news is Sony Imageworks offered me a full time job starting immediately after my the end of my internship! :beer:

So...i guess my stay out here in LA has been extended indefinitely!

Thanks for showing interest in my life! I appreciate it!

07 July 2003, 06:57 PM
Ok well full time I work in the Photograhpic industry, in a large commercial lab in the UK before that I was a Gamekeeper for a number of years.

Also run my own business part time(very at present!) doing 3D and web design.

07 July 2003, 07:00 PM
oh and I'm rubbish at spelling


07 July 2003, 07:34 PM
rofl..this thread ceeps cracing me up
btw: im student of art :p

07 July 2003, 07:41 PM
Man, if I listed all the things I've had to do at my company (that is, do and be proficient at), people'd read my resume and think that I was trying to sound like the greatest employee ever. I can't help it that I love computers!

07 July 2003, 02:25 AM
its scaring me that there are more Students than Animators because the children are nipping at our heels!!!! BACK! Back you wolves!

07 July 2003, 03:35 AM
its scaring me that there are more Students than Animators

there are more garage rock bands then working rock bands
there's more weekend sportsman then professional sportsman
there's more people trying to be millionares then real millionare

that's the way of the world man.
and there's no such thing as talent they only hard work !!

sorry to get all serous but if your heels a getten biten you need to run faster :cool:

07 July 2003, 12:24 PM
Programmer for a computer company who don't know jack about computers or IT (hey I'm not kidding!) - Heck even the language we use is outdated and clumsy.
Sucks the big one, but pays for me Lightwave and weekends away, plus, of course, the old mortgage ;)

So to Matt Clary - ya not alone Bud!

Anyways, work is just something I do between bouts of life.
Lightwave is one of my "fun" things, that, guitaring and working with birds of prey. Everything else, just filler.

Like Matt, don't ever expect to get a paying gig with LW, trying to get better, but not having any 2D skills don't help! :(
Even so, I know I'm better than I was, so there's always hope!

Badllama - Gamekeeper huh? - One of my best friends was a gamekeeper for yonks before starting the birdy of prey sanctuary.

07 July 2003, 02:13 PM
Yup Gamekeeper went to collage trained etc..

2 Years Abergavenny
3 Years in Herefordshire

30,000 pheasent , 5,000 partridge, 1,000 duck on the last estate.

Who says I don't have away with the birds :applause:

07 July 2003, 09:44 PM
Official title - "Manager of Training and Services" for a little old technology company called SensAble.

What it really means - modeling, rendering and traveling the world teaching folks how to sculpt on a puter' with this input device/ arm thingy called the "Phantom" that sits on your desktop - and our modeling package - called FreeForm. Character rigging and animation with Lightwave is what keeps me from sleeping as much as I probably should........

07 July 2003, 09:47 PM
I'd something like one of those arms used for modelling, only I want to use it as a motion capture device. I wanna build a puppet around it and capture movement. ;)

07 July 2003, 02:13 AM
:applause: Funny Thread.
I am Modeler, Animator, Painter, Webdesigner, Programmer..and a CCNA.:D :wavey:

07 July 2003, 12:42 AM
Well, it wasn't on the huge list of every other profession, so I selected other. I am a physicist. I would have settled for scientist, but that wasn't even a choice. Do you all have something against scientists? Even engineers made the list. I think there is a conspiracy against scientests that like LW.

07 July 2003, 12:51 AM
I thought scientists only made models with balls and sticks. :thumbsdow

07 July 2003, 01:27 AM
Hey PartlicleMan! I always thought this world would be fascinating to a physicist. It seemed to me that the same forces exist... with a much broader rulebook.

May the space bend around you.

07 July 2003, 07:47 AM
damn i 8 science. ive failed 3 times in high school. daaaaamn i hated that shit on phisics and chamist stuff.

lucky me i passed with 61% :) d'oh i cheated... i payd some one 20 bucks to give me the answer of the final test

07 July 2003, 03:29 PM
I'm a computer nerd at a national lab..
particle accelerator and all that jazz.

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