I was just looking at the post on "Buy or rent a house" and somebody posted this article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18406129/ns/technology_and_science-games/t/sure-its-cool-job-do-games-pay/
I read it and I did notice 2007 was the date of the article, but I still hear the same things today like "You'll get sick of the industry" "You work all the time and have no time for family" "You may get paid decent, but the cost of living is a lot" and it kind of worries me.
I am only 18, but I tend to think ahead, and get paranoid, but I have been doing 3d art for years now and I tend to model sometimes even 10-17 hrs a day (in the summer) without pay.The only thing that worries me is the stability. I always hear stories of people getting booted out he door and artists staying at studios for 3-4 years then finding a new one. I will just be worried about my family, but I guess I gotta do what I gotta do if thats the case.
Before you say "This industry isn't for you" your wrong, because I love doing what I do and I feel I am being called to do this, but what advice is there for a backup plan that can make some money? I am majoring in graphic design, so I guess that could be my backup.
Here are my questions (sorry for the long read above)
- Is the industry really that unstable?
- Are paying indie studios more stable then large AAA studios?
- Is the cost of living really low, because of the area?
- Are the hours really that bad that I can't spend much with my family?
Once again, sorry about the long text above, but I wanted to give as much information as I could so you could get a better grasp on the situation, and maybe someone else here is going through the same thing.