After reading countless posts, I am really wondering why so many people put soooo much weight into going to school for a “degree” in 3D.
After much thought, hiring/firing dozens of aritist, and looking at hundreds of demo reels, I’ve come to a few conclusions:
Most people don’t realize that learning at home is cheaper and more efficent. You could buy all the hardware/software you need for cheaper than some schools charge.
Maybe some parents put misguided pressure on the students for a “degree” even if it costs more than it is worth, just for the sake of having it. “My son/daughter is no dropout…”
Lots of new 3D students aren’t hardcore artists, and maybe shouldn’t be in this profession. They rather be spoonfed than self proactive. This explains the new pool the weak artists with bad attitudes and horrible work ethics.
Peer presure and mis-information from schools create a false sense of what is really needed to susceed in this biz. People like the idea of going to school more than actually learning stuff.
and lastly… Its a good thing that helps some people out with no other way to have acess to technolgy… (See, I’m not all negative)
I dont mean to rant, or turn this into a flame war, but I just really can’t stress enough to people that it is only about the WORK!!! I learned at home, and so did some of the other best guys I know out there. Its all about how dedicated you are, and how much you really want to susceed.
And I’m not saying that school doesn’t help lots of people. I’m just saying that people with real talent will do well no matter what. And the ones who can’t learn on their own, I think maybe should be doing something else.
No matter how good you are, you are always learning new stuff, sometimes everyday. Its this drive that seperates the minors from the majors.
Your reel is king. Armed with that and a good attitude and a willingness to learn, nothing will stop you.
Dont believe the hype…Do it for yourself…