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  04 April 2010
To old to switch careers

Hello,

I currently hold a bachelors degree in architecture engineering and i am currently finishing my masters in architecture design. For the past 3 years I have been playing with 3D max and vray creating architectural renderings. So far I have become decent in it, and I have grown a passion for it. I am debating to switch my career to VFX, but of course I cant afford to do that with loans and already a family. I am thinking of doing the self taught path and slowly create a reel.

1. I am 28 years old, am I to old to switch and break into the industry?
2. How long does it usually take to become good at a self taught pace?
3. I have various DVD tutorials from Gnomon, cg academy, and others, are there any other ones i should look into?
4. I am more interested in working with particles and effects, is there a certain pipline i should follow?

Thanks Juan
 
  04 April 2010
Quote: 1. I am 28 years old, am I to old to switch and break into the industry?


your never too old!

Quote: 2. How long does it usually take to become good at a self taught pace?


If you are already well versed in 3d, it should take you no time at all. Its all about practicing and setting goals for yourself.

Quote: 3. I have various DVD tutorials from Gnomon, cg academy, and others, are there any other ones i should look into?


www.vtc.com has alot of tutorials.

Quote: 4. I am more interested in working with particles and effects, is there a certain pipline i should follow?


If your looking to get into that area of 3d, you should try and learn houdini, as its becoming one of the more, if not most popular program for doing particles/simulations.

http://www.sidefx.com/
 
  04 April 2010
Learn Maya particles/fx.
Learn Houdini.

There arent that many people who are Houdini wizards and if you really get a kick ass reel it shouldnt be too hard to find a job.
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  04 April 2010
Guys thanks for the responses.

where can i get DVD tutorials and online tutorials for Houdini.
 
  04 April 2010
Originally Posted by juand731: Guys thanks for the responses.

where can i get DVD tutorials and online tutorials for Houdini.


http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?opt...40&limitstart=0

http://www.sidefx.com/images/storie...tml?&Itemid=311
 
  04 April 2010
Originally Posted by juand731: 1. I am 28 years old, am I to old to switch and break into the industry?


One of my best friends was in his mid thirties when he decided to switch to a career in 3D. He's now 43 and working as a senior artist in one of the best VFX studios in the world. So no, you're not too old.

Quote: 2. How long does it usually take to become good at a self taught pace?


This totally depends on you, as different people learn at different paces.
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  04 April 2010
I hope youre not working there , if u do lets switch jobs.
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  04 April 2010
Originally Posted by juand731:
1. I am 28 years old, am I to old to switch and break into the industry?



Juan, if it makes you feel any better I am approaching 50... thats right I am just on the right side to half a century.... and I am about to give up work for six months to try and break into the industry... I currently have a good career in IT, but badly need a change and like you I have been getting more and more proficinet in max.

My plan is to attend some short/medium courses (6/12 weeks) and in between work very hard at learning the tools of the trade, during all of this I will be creating a reel/portfolio.

As another person posted, you will get hired on what you CAN do, not where or how you learned to do it. And I am hoping a good reel or portfolio will get me over the age gap...

hey maybe with equal opportunities they will want to hire me just so they can tick the "old guy" box???

If your interested in sharing your self learning progress and experiences, send me a private message.

Good luck..
 
  04 April 2010
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The best courses for Houdini are here:
www.3DBuzz.com, check out the Houdini Fasttrack course, it is great, I'm in the middle of it and am learning massive amounts, I feel very comfortable using Houdini now.
 
  04 April 2010
You're never too old. I didn't start 3d til I was 26. The amount of time it takes self teaching is most likely up to you. I feel like to go from zero to professional takes at least five years if you're motivated but I don't know about effects. And I'm sure its different for everyone. I would suggest learning max and Maya but like I said I'm not familiar with effects.
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  04 April 2010
28 is still young. A lot of people change their careers at least once between the ages of 25-40. Since you have an architectural degree you should consider getting into architectural rendering. There are companies that specialize in this and usually prefer 3D artists with architectural backgrounds. Also, many large architectural firms have people that specialize in doing architectural visualization.
 
  04 April 2010
this thread is so encouraging. actually i am in quite the same situation. i am 28 as well, worked as artdirector and illustrator the past 4 years at several webagencies, am selfemployed now and use every spare minute between my jobs to train my 3d skills more in depth, i used 3d software in my job just barely. and i totally know your feeling, i am asking myself at least once in every 3d session i do if i am too old to do start this now.

cheers mate for opening this thread,
michael
 
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