My road in life took a while to figure out.
Moved across the country to attend school in California.
Created a short animation that was featured on IFC.
Graduated college with a degree in animation.
Took a job in Quality Assurance (Game tester).
After several months, was hired as a VFX Artist at Shiny Entertainment.
Became Lead VFX Artist on several projects, including a Green Lantern game.
Took a Senior VFX Artist position at Respawn Entertainment.
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Senior Visual Effects Artist

I design real time visual effects for video games.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Day to Day

My day consists of finding out from the rest of the team what they need and delivering those assets. The tasks can vary wildly from adding impacts for a new weapon to adding falling leaves to a level. I work with the artists / designers to add visual communication (danger, safety, etc).

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be as well-rounded as you can be. Take every art class you can to start developing an understanding of techniques in multiple mediums. Get very familiar with digital art packages like Photoshop and After Effects. Get familiar with Max and Maya. There are plenty of free tutorials online to get up to speed.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You should not be an artist. You will not be successful."

Challenges I Overcame