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Advice for Game Dev Grads of 2017. Congratulations, class of 2017!

Advice for Game Dev Grads of 2017

This month is a big moment for the next wave of graduates as they enter the workforce and double-down their search for work. I am one of these fresh grads, but I have been humbled and blessed to have found full-time work starting in June. As many of us know, professional game development is highly competitive and heavily saturated at the bottom 30% of jobs, which makes it really difficult for individuals to get their foot in the door. Fake a commute — Tools not Rules. This advice came from Mark Smith, a friend and talented computer engineer who has been successfully self-employed for as long as I’ve know him.

Fake a commute — Tools not Rules

It’s the greatest advice anyone has ever given me regarding working from home. The Agile Composer: Project Management for Game Audio - Video Game Music Academy. Being a composer of video game music can be a tough gig.

The Agile Composer: Project Management for Game Audio - Video Game Music Academy

Practice Balance: A talk with Composer/Sound Designer Richard Gould – Practice Positive. Meet Richard Gould.

Practice Balance: A talk with Composer/Sound Designer Richard Gould – Practice Positive

Richard is a composer, sound designer, and voice actor for film, video games and interactive media and currently juggles freelance projects while working in sound editorial for Bay Area post-production company Skywalker Sound. His portfolio includes projects ranging from last year’s Blue Sky Studios release “The Peanuts Movie” to Adventure Time’s “BMO Snaps” for iOS to a host of independent documentaries, animations, and short films. Even a brief look at his credits & awards page will give you an idea, not only of the caliber of his work but also of the scope.

Richard graciously agreed to submit to Practice Positive’s first interview and I took the opportunity to ask him about something he is very good at; producing content and completing work. Below you’ll find our conversation about sound and music for film, creative process, and productivity in the face of a wide variety of projects. An introduction: Hello Richard. Favorite movie or movie franchise?

How to Make Your Own Luck in Hollywood. “You’ve got to ask yourself one question.

How to Make Your Own Luck in Hollywood

Do I feel lucky? 50 ways to take care of yourself in the arts. Image: pixabay.com As a sector, the arts is on the verge of burnout if not already teetering far beyond its edge.

50 ways to take care of yourself in the arts

Lack of support, the precarious nature of freelance and contract work, the emotional and physical toll of creative and community arts work, frequent requests to work for free, and the undervaluing of work in Australia is confounding. Yet there is a silver lining in that these issues are finally being broached. At the Making Time: Arts and Self-Care conference held by Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) last week, the discussion was stripped bare of the appearances we are often greeted with at exhibition openings, or daily dealings with colleagues and friends. Delegates shared candid accounts of dealings with trauma, mental health difficulties and illuminated the dark corners of community arts work. Community arts workers in particular are often exposed to difficult or traumatic situations through working with those that have experienced hardship.

How to Get Focused. What a Millennial Wishes Mom Told Her About Work. (I normally blog biweekly about work and volunteering for Next Avenue.

What a Millennial Wishes Mom Told Her About Work

But this week, in honor of college graduation season, I've turned my blog over to my daughter Juliana, a 2013 grad, and asked her to reflect on her first year in the workplace. — Nancy Collamer) Dear Mom, Last year, as I was about to graduate from George Washington University, you wrote me a letter that Next Avenue published passing on your wisdom about how to approach the “real world.” Admittedly, my transition from college student to Executive Director of Volunteers On Call (a nonprofit dedicated to service opportunities in Fairfield, Conn.) has had its challenges and over the past 12 months, I’ve turned to your words time and again for guidance.

While I hate to be difficult (especially because you’re letting me live in your house rent-free — thanks!) , I must admit that you missed a few key pieces of advice. (MORE: Mr. (MORE: 11 Money Tips for New College Grads) 3. 10 Things That Truly Passionate People Do Differently. Being passionate is important in life, but it also can be difficult to deal with.

10 Things That Truly Passionate People Do Differently

Just like with all good things, too much of it can be damaging. However, passionate people, overall, do live happier and better lives than the average individual. Passions give us purpose, but more than that, they make us feel that we have purpose in our lives. Being passionate isn't just about knowing – it's also about feeling. That's what makes passions so important; they make us feel that we're on the right path in life and give us hope for a happy and exciting future.

Passionate people lead significantly different lives from their less-than-enthusiastic counterparts. 1. It's not that passionate people don't enjoy sleeping – they do. 2. How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating. Reader Resource Join Entrepreneur's The Goal Standard Challenge and make 2017 yours.

How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating

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