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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need Help With Difficult Parent

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From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Nov 14 2007 - 15:04:12 PST


Awesome!!!! Thanks, Jen! Max is a very driven, competitive kid. If
he sets his sights to something, nothing's going to stop him. I think
he'll do well.

Thanks for all the info! This is great!

Becky

> Rebecca-
>
> All of my friends in the digital media field are making GREAT money.
> They all love their jobs and work in creative environments where they
> can dress casual, make their cubes look like castles, and have free
> lunch everyday!
>
> However, this field is EXTREMELY competitive. You have to be an
> excellent student and really become an expert at your work to get
> taken seriously. That being said, I know very few people in my major
> that did not get a job in their field. They were scooped up very
> quickly.
>
> I got a call from a friend last week that was complaining to me about
> 3 offers from Sony, Pixar, and Dreamworks. (oh the pain! to have such
> problems!)
>
> You may want to bring up how 3D technology is now being used in the
> medical field to simulate surgery demonstrations or animated medical
> illustrations. These skills are VERY valuable, and are extremely
> limited at this time.
>
> Many companies are now requesting technical drawings to give product
> demonstrations or online animated instruction manuals. What about
> using CAD for an architectural firm? Engineers use CAD daily to do
> their work. Is that not in some aspect digital art?
>
> You can make a lot of money in web media as well. That uses both sides
> of the brain mixing technical if you like programming with design.
>
> Taken from here http://www.animationarena.com/game-design-salaries.html
> Salary Overview for the Gaming Industry
>
> The following information is based on search assignements in the year 2002.
>
> Artists/Animators - There is still a shortage on the market of
> experienced 3D animators. Top grads from programs like Ringling and
> Vancouver are still getting offers in the $50-$60K range. Of course,
> that is for the top talent. There are more bad demo reels out there
> than there are fish in the sea (a little hyperbole never hurt anyone).
> Lead artists with a hit console title to their credit are entertaining
> offers in the low six figures. There are a lot of console projects in
> development that are screaming for talent.
>
> Programmers - Pressure to get out launch titles for the X-Box forced
> up the price of all C++ game programmers. Entry level coders with 3D
> skills are being paid in $45-$55K range. At the high end of the
> market, lead developers are being paid $150-$250K to work on high
> profile console titles. The slowing economy is having no visible
> effect on the salaries being offered to experienced game programmers.
>
> Project Managers/Producers - A strong development manager with a track
> record of working with outside development teams is being paid
> $80-$100K. An executive producer with a track record of managing
> multiple projects is being paid $100-$130K.
>
> Marketing - DotCom inflation was driving up this market and it is now
> almost in total collapse. Manager with strong retail channel
> experience who were getting $90-$120K are now looking at $60-$80K
> while managers with internet skills are getting unemployment checks. A
> Director of Marketing with a strong Internet background was being paid
> in the $200-$300K range and is now lucky to have a job. Channel
> marketing skils and strong retail contacts are now being valued again.
>
> This is 5 years old and I know the salaries have gone up from there.
>
> I may send more later....
>
> Jen
>
>
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