After reading the FAQ, I realize that the digital/entertainment/etc. art industry is not plum pretty as an average person would think. But I want to be in it. I think ever since I started to play N64 I decided to become a game designer, but as I have found out, it is really hard to effectively participate in a lot of extracirricular educational classes revolving around it. I regret now in the second to last year before high school graduation that I haven’t done much to be prepared.
I’m just really worried about college apps. Carnegie Mellon, since I heard about it from Randy Pausch, looks like a great school I want to be in. Carnegie Mellon has this Bachelors of Computer Science and Arts, but I have no participatory experience in computer programming languages (which they highly recommend for me to be familiar with. My school doesn’t have a Computer Science class.) Nor have I kept or even pursued professional fine arts for college. (Sculptures, painting, etc.) I’ve just been, as a life interest and hobby, drawn to Blizzard like art, or the fantasy sci-fi materials. (Which I am afraid any fine arts college wouldn’t take seriously, unless I am mistaken.) I have no definitive portfolio since I just got my hands on any of the software and training since last summer.
I know what I want to do, but I don’t know how to exactly get there. I am afraid that its too late to do anything about and art portfolio and Carnegie Mellon looks so pretty (might be considered a dream school.)
I’ve talked to my counselor, and I realize that there are other schools I would like to go to (such as USC) but unlike, I think, say wanting to be a lawyer, there doesn’t seem to be a obvious way to do any of this. (I might be blinded by that fact I’m only looking at major colleges.) I think I’m also used to the whole idea of a general education, just a keep a level base like school.
It all sounds so intimidating. Is there anything I can do now to push my foot not through the job door but at least onto the front lawn?
I want to become part of that creative energy that I see a lot of artists are a part of, like Samwise.