Q&A Session with Kit Ho and Jeff Turley
If you missed the Q&A session on Friday, no worries. Juliana Chen was kind enough to take a few notes.
Check it out:
On making connections:
Kit made her connections that landed her first gig by going and meeting the same representative at Siggraph for 3 years. He remembered her, and when he remembered she was graduating, he sent her an offer. (not immediately after Kit graduated though.)
Jeff made his connection to Disney by participating in the Talent Development Program, which was a very rigorous and challenging experience. (he really emphasized how tough it was.)
What really matters is getting your foot in the door, because afterward getting a job will be easier.
Have networking etiquette: don’t be creepy, meet a representative for an honest critique of your work and ask how you can improve, and you only need to meet that representative about the job one time. Any more may be spilling over into the creepy zone.
Be a person people would like to work with.
On their job:
As a Production Assistant at Disney, Kit has to work in each department at least once.
As an art director, Jeff…directs the art.
Your portfolio should feel personal, like a reviewer can tell what kind of person you are by looking through your portfolio. Aka don’t fill it up purely with classwork.
Sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time.
Also, set yourself boundaries, takes breaks.