Hi folks, new aspiring artist/gamedev here,
A bit about me:
I used to work random odd jobs/temp jobs but I had a bit of a life altering moment of clarity a few months ago, and realized this is for me.
I started learning/working on as many projects as much as I could. Iv made some practice projects, and am currently in the process of finishing a game that actually looks decent.
Everything in the game(and previous projects) is made entirely by me, a one man team. I do everything from Coding/Programming, to 3d modelling/texture/sculpting, animation/rigging, game/level design etc etc.
I feel like I’m at a fork in the road now, my skills are starting to develop to the point where I feel like i’m doing more than just scratching the surface and my skills are starting to take flight.
But sometimes I feel like there’s not enough time in the day to do what I love. And that I’m trying to learn/do everything at once. What should I do? Should I focus on Coding and Game logic, or the artistic side? Ultimately all of this comes together to create a great game/finished product, but my understanding is that usually professionals work in teams and studios, where different departments are responsible for different things and, where each person/team has a focused task.
Should I continue to juggle everything best I can? Should I hunker down and just focus on one area to master? What have you all done throughout your lives/careers?
Another thing I am trying to consider is whats more in demand? And where is more money?
I’ve done enough stupid pointless things in my life, and held enough sh*tty meaningless worthless jobs to know that THIS is what i’m meant to do (Playing and Making video games) and if I’m doing this on the day I die, I will go a happy man. Knowing I fulfilled my destiny. Ultimately it matters not what I do(programming or artistic stuff), but that I make cool games and am involved in the process.
I live in Canada, but I have no problem whatsoever going where the work is.(I hear Montreal is a hub…also Vancouver)
I should add I have no desire to work in anything other than gaming really. I learned programming only because I can use it to make games…(I have no desire to ever write banking software for instance)
I should also also add that at the moment, I am able to concentrate full time on this.
I don’t want to hamper my career by choosing the wrong path. Your inputs would be greatly appreciated.