Hello Cgsociety, I need some artist advice in regards to finance.
I was wondering if anyone had experience taking out a loan to help when they were either transitioning or did begin working in the industry?
I’ve been working very hard on building up an Environment/Surfacing/Matte Artist portfolio but I’ve also been doing this while living off my current savings (which I’m now beginning to run short). I realized if were to go back to working a minimum wage job again, not only would this mean I would dramatically have less time to work on my portfolio, but I also came to realization that any money I would make would barely help me make big decisions in the long run (i.e if I wanted to move to another part of Canada that might be hiring for VFX, a minimum wage job is going to take forever to have enough money to move).
On the flipside, I understand the risks of taking out a loan. It would put me in debt that I would eventually have to pay off. But I’ve been wanting to take this risk if it finally means I’ll have the money to move to any VFX/Games Studio and once I start working, I can begin to pay it off.