Greetings be to thee fellow artists of Polycount! I am a junior 3D Environment Artist living in the magical kingdom of Los Angeles seeking some wisdom regarding alternative career opportunities to help get my foot in the door. I moved here about a year ago and began the career hunt last January, which to this point, has spawned nothing but crickets and rejection (aside from an internship with a small VR studio). Although I may be delusional in certain aspects of my life, I have no delusions that my work needs to be better, and in my free time, I am taking every chance and opportunity to better skills and the content of my current personal portfolio project, and the presentation thereof. That said, I work in the veterinary field and struggle often to be as productive with my art as I want to be due to how physically and mentally exhausting my job tends to be, and am trying to think of other creative ways to pay the rent/bills while still having the time/energy to pursue my art career and possibly build something of a network at the same time.
I was wondering if, living in an area like L.A., there were job opportunities with studios unrelated to being an artist that I should be looking out for that may help me at least get my foot in the door somewhere and afford me the opportunity to see and experience the studio environment and possibly make some acquaintances? I have applied to a few receptionist positions with some larger studios, and was wondering if there were other entry level positions I should keep any eye out for? Janitorial? Court Jester? Etc... Also, is there any benefit to showing up in-person to any of these studios and inquiring about job opportunities? Everything seems to be online these days, and I worry that it's easy as a candidate to get lost in the shuffle of all the competition. I feel like there is a lot of opportunity in a place like L.A., but it's also a very daunting and overwhelming place for a new guy like me and I am honestly unsure how to pursue any said potential opportunity and was looking for some guidance from those who may be more familiar?
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