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    I worked at Rockstar Games, sold everything I own to travel & live out of my car...

    My connections to the CG community run pretty deep, but I've never posted here (I'm doing so based on a suggestion from a friend)...

    I won't lie, I'm posting here in an effort to get my "story" out there and perhaps get more people interested in what I'm doing.

    I'm a former Rockstar Games employee. I was a Senior Environment Artist on Red Dead Redemption (I worked on a lot of the structures in the game). Although I left for my own personal reasons, you could say they are not entirely unrelated to things mentioned in the "Rockstar Wives" post:

    http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/Rocks...themselves.php

    In any case, my leaving Rockstar was a catalyst for bigger changes in my life and ultimately led me to terminating my lease and selling (or donating) everything I own that wouldn't fit into my 4Runner.

    For what? For an opportunity to pursue the things I'm most passionate about... photography, travel, writing, adventure, and connecting with people.

    I am passionate about CG, too... but, in my experience, there is often a severe penalty for working in games (which is where most of my experience lies). Perhaps I just haven't found the "right" company yet. I'm open.

    For the past 80+ days I've been traveling around the country (writing, taking photos...), living out of my car, and doing what the Internet tells me.

    Yes, it's completely nutty and I've had to make some sacrifices, but I was tired of being a work robot and watching my life pass before my eyes. So I opted to become part of a real-life adventure.

    And that, it definitely has been.

    Anyone interested in reading more about what I'm doing can see my site, the hub for everything I'm doing (links to my blog, facebook, twitter, youtube) and there's an intro video of me further down on the main page:

    http://zerodean.com

    Some people think it's inspiring. Others think it's pretty "out there" (I hear ya). And yet others, like my parents, don't really know what to think.

    I've had some amazing experiences, met some amazing people and it's completely changed how I view life in general and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

    Happy to discuss it or answer any questions having to do with any aspects of this if anyone is interested.

    I worked at Rockstar Games, sold everything I own to travel & live out of my car...

    I worked at Rockstar Games, sold everything I own to travel & live out of my car...

    I worked at Rockstar Games, sold everything I own to travel & live out of my car...

    I worked at Rockstar Games, sold everything I own to travel & live out of my car...
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    Zero you are every parents nightmare. And every working joe's inspiration.

    What a worthy trip. Thanks for the link.

    When Yumiko and I gave away our world and hit Asia to build business and travel on whim it was the best thing I could have done for my life and career at the time. The risks have paid off entirely. A worthy journey...I shall check it out as your trip goes on.
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    So you're saying there's a job opening at rockstar?

    I kied, I kied.

    Good luck.

    Also, my advice for the day, sell your 4runner and buy a cheap campervan, at least you'll have a decent bed while retaining your mobility. Get a laptop and wifi and do freelance to stretch whatever cash you've got.
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    hahaha That's well seen H. Go for it.
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    I've read a lot about the "happenings" at Rockstar. There's a reason why in spite of my growing up with "concept art" in mind, I'm not entirely certain I could stand to work in "the industry" at a studio like that.

    It's threads like this that make me proud of what it is I'm looking to achieve as an artist, and as a person.

    I might shoot you a PM at some point, I've got a lot of questions, just not ones I'm able to effectively...organize, at the moment.
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    Yours is, clearly, a commendable decision. Living life to its most, travelling and feeling, rather than stimulating the sensing through the thinking is truly, an inspiring experience. It might have not crossed your mind, but did you ever consider travelling oversees? I know the gap in the costs are enormous, but at the same time, it can be so grand and rewarding.
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    Thanks for your kind words.

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    ...did you ever considered travelling oversees? I know the gap in the costs are enormous, but at the same time, so rewarding.
    Yes, absolutely. My first inclination was to travel overseas and I would've very much preferred to do that... but after careful consideration, decided that I could likely get my savings to go further and last longer by staying in the USA.

    But if I ever have the opportunity to do something like this overseas, I will!
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    An opening at Rockstar? Hilarious.

    Well, if you'd want to work there after they decided to reward all the people who helped make Red Dead Redemption a hit by doing this...

    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/2...ion_Studio.php

    ...then go ahead. On second thought, I think you're a nice guy... so maybe don't go ahead.

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    Also, my advice for the day, sell your 4runner and buy a cheap campervan, at least you'll have a decent bed while retaining your mobility. Get a laptop and wifi and do freelance to stretch whatever cash you've got.
    The 4Runner actually provides adequate space for a semi-comfortable bed. Not sure a campervan would provide any additional value to what I've got...as I can take the 4Runner to places I wouldn't be able to go in a van... but I hear ya!

    I've considered selling the 4Runner and going overseas to some cheap country for a while...

    And I'll definitely consider all my options (freelance, etc) when it becomes necessary. I definitely hear you on stretching my cash!
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    inspiring! "born to be wild" is playing in the back of my head...
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    Congrats and good luck on your adventures and enjoy the philosophical quest of new ideas this path will undoubtly take you on. If I had the money and portfolio to allow me to take the time to travel the country, or the world, I'd do the exact same thing as you.
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    Well.

    Way to go, good man. Getting out of the circuitry and living life!

    I'm sorry to hear about Rockstar. There's always the rumors, but stress like that only makes it feel all the better when you (almost literally) cut loose.
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    Thanks for your kind words everyone.

    It's been challenging. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to everyone and I'm not exactly sure where it's going to lead, but it's been something "completely different". Sort of a shock to the system.

    For those interested, here's a link to the Google map that shows the path of my travels thus far...

    http://bit.ly/bD6N3J
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    Have a safe journey. Get a copy of "My Travels with Charlie" by John Steinbeck for those quiet nights, he kind of did the same thing at the height of his career.
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