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Ruz ngon master

so what alternative careers have you ever considered apart from computer graphics. I am seriously considering ending my involvement after 27? odd years but nothing springs to mind.

i still enjoy making stuff, but without anyone being interested , what's the point?

Too many CG artists around these days i feel and I don't really enjoy the modern workflows like substance etc

I did consider private detective as a new career, which may sound weird, but I did used to be in the Military police and was briefly a police cadet in the Met Police back in the late 80's - did not really enjoy that

I think nosing through various evidence based/research stuff would suit me personally, but the money is not 'that' great

not really sure what else there is to get involved in at my aged ( nearly 55)

I think what brought this on was recent dealings with HMRC, led me to think why I am still torturing myself :)

ideas so far

Invgestigative or security based

travel and Tourism - maybe airport driver/ security etc - again everage money

office based( I used to work in an office ) money can be shit, have to wear a suit

retraining as a plumber ( money is pretty good and I have installed bathrooms/toilets myself previously)

Done a few house refurbs too.

hangman in some totalitarian state :)

my brother and dad were both painter and decorators, but I never fancied that, too messy

And no i don't want to teach :)



  • sacboi
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    sacboi insane polycounter

    Oh, sorry to hear that, hope things turn out for the best.

    Anyway my 2 cents:

    Ever thought about or indeed previous experience working for yourself? i.e. small/micro business, freelancing, selling art work...etc because it Just seems to me that you're not that enthused about those listed alternatives, apart from a potential grindy 'bill paying' gig.

    So I'd suggest possibly looking into security - investigative work...perhaps?!

    Security especially, from experience can be a mind bending toil but the money where I live was pretty good although long hours and away from home alot which nowadays I guess probably more suited too single people.

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    Ruz ngon master

    cheers sacboi, yea not really sure tbh, its case of paying the bills and CG/game etc is just not cutting it

    Tough thing to gove up on it when I spent so many years doing it, but it seems you can earn more away from the iindustry

    and hav e a lot less stress/hassle

    I will just have to dwell on it some more :)

  • Udjani
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    Udjani greentooth

    Wouldn't go to pluming at your age, it's heavy work that you can do now but maybe in 5 years will start to be too much, sorry that you are in this situation, hope it get better

    You are very skilled in sculpting, have you thought  about maybe selling stuff for 3dprinting on places like turbosquid? you would avoid painter and all the other boring stuff like uv's.

  • Ruz
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    Ruz ngon master

    Yeah Plumbing is a bit hard on the knees TBH, but the money is really good in the UK

    I have refurbed several houses on my own, was a real pain though

    That blue bath weighed 16 stones and I had to drag it down the stairs on my own, but later found out it was just best to smash it up with a hammer and take it down in pieces :)

    i installed the new bathroom and retiled the whole thing

  • poopipe
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    poopipe veteran polycounter

    International assassin?

    Why not become a producer? Sensible adults with a sensitivity to work done by the people they're organising tend to do quite well there.

    No idea whether there's formal entry qualifications but I suspect not - doubly so cos you're a grownup

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    Ruz ngon master

    So are you a producer then? , seeing as you are sooo mature and sensitivity is your middle name :)

    i suspect not

  • poopipe
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    poopipe veteran polycounter

    It was a serious suggestion - you know your stuff. If you're sick of doing it why not help other people do it?

    And no, I'm not a producer, I just tell them what to do.

  • Ruz
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    Ruz ngon master

    I think it's the sort of job you need a certtain kind of personality for and I am all about the art tbh.

    i have no objection to mentoring anyone, I did a lot of probem solving/produced lots of base meshes when i worked full time in games and was happy to be a a team player

    I did see a producer job advertised though a few years back, £800 per day which is damn good money( might have been VFX though, can 't remember)

    Anyway at my age it's tough to even get replies, no matter how good my standard gets

  • Ashervisalis
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    Ashervisalis godlike master sticky

    Choosing a new career is hard af. Most jobs sound unappealing, either regarding the actual work, or the pay. My partner just spent 5 years trying to figure out what career she wanted to go for. Your ideas so far (PI, plumber, tourism) are pretty varied...

    What about recruitment for the games industry? You must have loads of contacts.

  • killnpc
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    killnpc polycounter lvl 11

    i believe this career is momentum based. those that keep at it are better rewarded. tech advances so quickly, a lot will move out ahead of you if you let it. you've been around a long time and have solid fundamentals, that's worth something. don't give up on yourself. embrace the new and stay on board, you won't regret it.

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    Ruz ngon master

    Ashervisalis - for me it was always about the art side of it really, started off as an airbrush artist, back in around 1991, so it was really illustration first

    I can't really envisage working as a recruiter. Suppose at some point it will go back to being my hobby as i head towards retirement

    funny though it took me 5 years to get in to the games industry and was told I was told old at 27 :)

    killnpc - I will keep on trying but practically its tough now as contracts are not as frequent, but some years it's really good( like last year)

    Maybe if I learn Substance more thoroughly, that might help, it's not as though i am bored with it, always find something new to do, spent the

    last year or so doing environment stuff and just finisihed a contract where I was doing environments and characters + lighhting ( blender to Unity)

    quite enjoyed it but need more consistent work., so it feels likre a proper career again, not a part time gig

  • Zi0
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    Zi0 polycounter

    Maybe try education? UK has colleges that teach game art etc these kind of schools are always looking for lecturers.

  • BagelHero
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    BagelHero greentooth

    And no i don't want to teach :)

    Looks like Ruz is way ahead of you, haha

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