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  01 January 2017
What is it like to work as a 3d modeler?

Hi! I am planning to apply to a university/college in Canada next year, and currently interested in becoming a 3d modeller or a 3d animator. I asked my friends and read some threads about this topic, but a lot of people said that it's not a good career. So I would really appreciate to know the opinions of you guys who had experience in this career.
- How about your working hours? Some people said that it is normal for this career to have 12-16 working hours. I understand that sometimes when the deadline is coming close, we have to work extra hours to complete the project, but it can't be frequent, right? Do you still have time to hang around with friends and time for your family?
- What's your salary? Is it possible to earn 40 000$ a year? According to Payscale, 3d modeler can earn from 45 000$ to 72 000$, but some people said it's unrealistic. If we are good enough, can we get higher salary?
- People said that it's hard to get long term contract. Is it true?
- How about the job market in Canada (or in other countries)? Is it really competitive to get a job? People said that even a modeler with amazing portfolio could have hard time getting a job. But I think there should be high demand considering the wide application of 3d (furniture, game, advertisement, film, 3d printing..)?
- I read that it's hard for international student to be hired due to the tax (or something like that). So has any international student here gotten a job in this field after grad in Canada? How do you get your first job? If possible, can I see your reel?
And finally, do you feel happy with this career? Do you think this is a good job? Do you regret choosing it and why?
Thank you so much
 
  09 September 2017
salary depends on experience and the company you work for.
I think 40k is pretty reasonable.
everything in art is hard to get long term.
that is the nature of art. Art is a project based business. once a project is over.. it's normal to have to look for a new project elsewhere.

Also about money I've heard that big name studios do pay very high. 70-140k salaries..
but were talking top industry talent at companies like ILM pixar etc.
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  09 September 2017
- How about your working hours? Some people said that it is normal for this career to have 12-16 working hours. I understand that sometimes when the deadline is coming close, we have to work extra hours to complete the project, but it can't be frequent, right? Do you still have time to hang around with friends and time for your family?
normally you work from 9 to 6, eventually there's crunch time, where you may have to do some extra hours, which in Canada, are payed on top of your salary. Of course there's time for friends and family

- What's your salary? Is it possible to earn 40 000$ a year?
Yes, obviously depends on experience and company, but 40k is a pretty low salary as far as I know.

- People said that it's hard to get long term contract. Is it true?
Again, depends on the type of job, company and demand, difficult to say, but don't expect a long contract on your first jobs

- How about the job market in Canada (or in other countries)? Is it really competitive to get a job? People said that even a modeler with amazing portfolio could have hard time getting a job. But I think there should be high demand considering the wide application of 3d (furniture, game, advertisement, film, 3d printing..)?
There's quite a lot of demand for 3d artists right now, but this may always change

- I read that it's hard for international student to be hired due to the tax (or something like that). So has any international student here gotten a job in this field after grad in Canada? How do you get your first job? If possible, can I see your reel?
International artists need a visa/work permit to work in Canada, which must be sponsored by the company, so unless they are in real need of unexperienced artists, is probably hard to get a first job, unless you have some open work permit that allows you to already work there. I got my first job en Europe many years ago

-And finally, do you feel happy with this career? Do you think this is a good job? Do you regret choosing it and why?
Like anything, it depends on many factors. You may work at a place where they don't treat people well or you may work at a place that is amazing. People in this industry tend to be in cos they love doing what they do, not cos they may get rich. There are good days and bad days, like in any other industry...

hope that helps
 
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