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    Question What about age?

    How does yourt age affect the chances to get in and keep working in the concept art business?

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    hi viga
    the age issue
    in an ideal world you will be judged by talent portfolio and perhaps personality exclusively.
    but of course we do live in the real world where everything is a possible factor, especially in a bit of a youth obsessed culture
    but lucky for us all your portfolio speaks volumes
    if someone sees your portfolio online chances are they will not know your age
    this is an industry based on ability
    if you cant produce and perform you, 1, will more than likely never get a job
    or 2, get a job and lose it right away possibly gaining a bad rep due to an inability to produce meet deadlines and meet quality standards

    ill be 30 in 2 months and my career is really just getting started for instance, apart from a few jobs throughout my 20s im starting to get commisioned rather regularly now though i am still on the lookout for full time concept work

    the whole thing is a constant learning experience
    ups downs flat periods ....... get used to it
    all you can do is try
    get a portfolio tegether
    shop yourself around
    worst that can happen is no after no after no
    oh by the way a thick skin is helpful

    hope this helps

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    Age just doesn’t matter, unless you happen to be the rare, rare rare rare exception who happens to be a genius artist at the age of twelve, in which case you still need to go to highschool and perhaps college to learn some other things to go along with your super uber art skilz.

    Experience, on the other hand, matters a fair bit, particularly in leadership positions. For example, nobody is going to hire a lead artist who has no experience in the industry or in some other leadership position. Concept artists are in a similar position – you’re unlikely to get a job as a concept artist straight out of school, because not only do you need to be a good artist, but you need to have some experience working well with others, responding quickly and positively to critiques, drawing for the technical limitations of the project, sticking to the limits of the intellectual property, and working in a bit of a leadership role. Many of these skills can only adequately be learned while on another job within the games or movie or similar industry.

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    couldnt have said it better myself , trevroar. yea man, this is an industry based on skill.

    for instance. If you enter in an art contest...and a geeky, pubescent kid beats u....u can kick his ass, u can punch him in the dick if u want.

    but, it doesnt stop his art from beating you. therefore, your art is your kungfu. and u know how on those old movies where theyd say "Hmmph Hmmha-hummph....Your kung-fu is good" ?

    thats what fuels me to keep drawing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marco nelor
    but, it doesnt stop his art from beating you. therefore, your art is your kungfu. and u know how on those old movies where theyd say "Hmmph Hmmha-hummph....Your kung-fu is good" ?

    thats what fuels me to keep drawing.
    Nice analogy Marco, never thought of it like that .

    One factor that correlates with age is the way with which you carry yourself. Jason Manley said in Montreal that the reason some people are chosen over others is not only for the skill and talent but with which that person interacts with others. You can be an amazing artist no matter what the age, but noone's going to hire you if you're a huge jerk. Not only are the skills necessary, but also good relations between employers, other friends in the industry, etc.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanx a bunch guys!
    The answers are just like the ones I hoped for. Except the punching of the adolescent dick part. That was just magnificant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marco nelor
    u can punch him in the dick if u want.
    That made me laugh.

    I was wondering about this myself, and it's a bit of a relief to know that age isn't a factor.

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    ok
    the dick kick
    not a factor
    the age possible factor
    but not likely
    but in my situation i would not be pushing myself so hard if it werent for marco he's young
    hes amazingly talented
    and he has a better drive to make himself better
    than anyone i have met outside of andrew jones
    the 4 to 5 hours i spent with droid and puddin head
    were the most humbling hours of my life
    they sat
    had coffee
    fries blah blah blah what have you
    and drew THE WHOLE TIME
    if you are feeling insecure about your work
    you should be
    some people HAVE to draw all the time
    some people WANT to draw all the time
    and there are others who think art is an easy career choice because they werent good at math
    im somewhere in between the first 2 .....where are you?
    the truth is
    no matter how good you are or want to be
    there may be someone better, more dedicated and more experienced
    i hope for your sake your future employers cant afford them
    thats how folks like myself end up with deadlines


    therte will ALWAYS
    be someone better than you
    keep adjusting
    keep drawing
    keep studying

    and maybe someday
    you will be the one who is destroying freelance work like they do

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    ps: viga
    swearing in the sig
    very unprofessional
    everything you do
    affects someones opinion of you
    keep it good
    keep it positive

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    You are right Trevor. Fixed the sig.

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