Documentation / Tutorials
Industry / Case-studies
Cover letter templates
Showcase your work by Austin Kleon
EssentialsDomain nameWebsiteA professional email addressEmail signature — https://www.mail-signatures.com/signature-generator/#/user-social-mediaa cover letterFor the interviewyour expected salary (hour/monthly/annual)answer to "tell me about yourself" using Jodi Glickman's Pitching Yourself structure
Get a website and a domain name. Get a free domain name for students at nc.me.
Choose your preferred website builder. There is no "best" website builder because everyone needs vary. Think of it as buying a car, you should test drive before committing to paying for the full cost. Try all the website builders you can. Here are the most commonly used options:
Wordpress + Elementor Plugin
Alternatively, you can establish your online presence via social media such as Instagram. It is definitely easier to get your work seen by people, and possibly develop a name for yourself. Such is the world today when everything is instantaneous.
Sending job applications and applying on companies' job portal are the bare minimum you have to do; and we might just stop at that. The next step you need to take:
Connect with employees from studios or companies you want to work for
Visit their office with your portfolio or business cards
Bring works that go along with their styles
Showcase your works if asked, or politely show them
Network with people around there
In order to be found you have to be findable I think is an easy way of putting work out there making discoverable why focus on getting really good at what you do. Almost all of the people look up to and try to stew from today, regardless of the profession, have built sharing into the routine. These people aren't schmoozing a cocktail party; the too busy for that. The cranking away in the studio's, the lavatories, or the cubicles, but instead of maintaining absolute secrecy and holding the work, they are open about what they are working on, and they are consistently posting bits and pieces of the work, ideas, and what you're learning online. Instead of wasting your time "networking," the taking advantage of the network. But generously sharing your ideas and knowledge, the often gain an audience that they can tend average when the need — for fellowship, feedback or patronage. – from the book Showcase your work by Austin Kleon
Put caricatures of yourself on your resume; most often it is not tastefully done
Instead, showcase a series of caricatures and illustrations of various characters in a look-book which can you bring to an interview
BasicswagesContract durationBenefitsNumber of PTOs + holidaysOvertime payInfrastructuresoftware providedTeamhow big is the team?who will I work with?who is your supervisor / lead?Culturepsychological safetyCreativegeneralist or specialist?Talent developmentpreparing you for your desired roletraining opportutnies / mentorshipremote working for how long?
Employer: I just wanted to let you know it’s a busy week here, but I’m working on getting details together. I think the quick summary on our end would be to bring you on for a contracted period to help us work on this current project, it would likely be 4 weeks or so, at a rough guess — but I’ll get back to you on that soon. Beyond that, are you interested/looking for full-time opportunities? Thanks and chat soon —
Thanks for following up with me! Yes, I can and am excited to work on contracted basis and I am interested for any full-time opportunities. I’m sure you have a lot of details and information to cover. Shall we get on a 15-mins Zoom video call this Friday afternoon 2pm EST to get on the same page and clarify any information.
Thank you, and talk soon!
Thank you for getting back to me so soon, I appreciate the communication. I'm excited to pursue this further! It'll be an exciting time and process. Thank you and the team for taking the time to reach out to me! I hope our work together will lead to great things.
creative confidence and expertise, accountability, knowing your worth and how to spend your time.
I want to bring your attention to how we manage talent in Studios / DVFX team. As much as I love the company, the team, the work, it still bothers me significantly that my efforts are being overlooked, and that I .
I like to believe that too, and I say that because I spend a lot of time and effort to do my best work at
company. Over the past year I felt that I brought a lot of value to the team such as consistently delivering quality work to
department , my knowledge in
subject that allows me to
Potential reasons: build toolkits for the team, advising our peers on how to operate them, running workshops, representing the company at ..., recruiting potential new hire, setting up ..., working with departments to ...
person , I like to follow up with on that
matter regarding elevating my role.
what do you think of the proposal?Is there anything you can do to support my request?Do you know who are the decision makers in this process?Can you reach out them to support me?
Tell me about yourself - use keywords they demonstrate the work and your process
Motion Design at WarnerMedia Studios working on broadcast graphics. I very much serve as a generalist that does design, animation, 3D, coding and scripting and automation, video editing
heavy After Effects usage, low C4D, work alot with typography animation and working with photos, open sequencing
where is your office based in?what are you looking for?how can I help youshare some contacts who might be looking for new opportunitiesshare your job with my community
F*CK YES. IT IS ABSOLUTELY NORMAL. Focus on your school work first before worrying about employment. With your college training, you should be able to easily produce new portfolio work after graduation to increase your chance of employment.
Yes. Most often this is caused by pressure from your peers getting hired, and societal/school conditioning of employment before graduation has imbued fear into you on a psychological level which you cannot undo until you graduate. The point is: you will have that innate anxiety in you till you get your job; you just need to learn to accept that, and keep hoping for the best.
That is a saying in the Singapore army when we are given the order to fire at the practice range and that is
Own time own target
Here is a sample answer you can use:
" Thank you very much for the offer! Unfortunately, I am currently booked so I am unable to take on this position. However, I do look forward to future opportunities with working with your company"Something like thatI worded it better previously but I can't remember
The key word is " booked ". Personally, I see that word as a professional euphemism that does not reveal much, and you can use it for saying:
"I am busy with other projects"
"I have really important event to attend"
"I don't want to do it"
Of course, use the word with caution.
To increase your standard of living at your new job (eg. pay, location, benefits, culture)
To bring more value to people or a business
Eg. Ziye Liu mentioned going the Mill to Microsoft, and mentioned how he could become a senior lighting artist if he stayed longer, and I believe you feels that your role at commercial shop is just being a gear in fine-tune machine. Whereas working for Microsoft with in smaller team and different disciplines, there is a humanizing element where you are just doing more than what your role asked for. You are bringing value as a thoughtful human being, not a technician. — Apr 2021
Another way to at this is "If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.” Personally, I felt a sense of stagnation when I finished my one year at WarnerMedia studios. I learned a lot at that studio but it got to the point where there was not much new things to learn. This prompted me to go Graduate School and I never regretted my decision but happy for it instead.
Tell your supervisor about your goals (eg. learning Houdini) even if it is out of your job scope, and have him/her link up with the right person to talk
Establish contact with the said person (Houdini artist/supervisor), and explain your plan
Start training yourself or work towards your goals; and send weekly updates to this person
With enough time and dedication, you should have built a rapport that allows said person to trust and work with you on projects
[tested and proven]
When I was employed in WarnerMedia Studios , an art director from Turner Classic Movies reviewed my portfolio and found interest in some of work specifically:
Cowboy Bebop process video
There comes a point when you have gained enough experience, skills and presence within your team that makes you think that you are ready for the next big thing. However, life does not work out like that. A company is in the end a business that operates on a financial engine. Here are some hypothetical situations why you won't get hired:
If your contract is 2 years, and you have not make your way to the end of it, why should a company pay more when they have you for two years?
If you left a job when there were not lots of projects going on, a company would not think so much your absence
If somehow you are about to leave before a crunch time and you are very much needed, wouldn't a company be more likely to keep you?
Urgency: Did you find and accept a job elsewhere that was offering better pay or benefits?
If so, your current company is obliged to make a decision quickly on keeping you through a promotion or a pay raise or benefits (overtime, bonus).
Dispensability & irreplaceability
You know you are awesome and great at what you do but do people know that? Especially in a big corporation or company where you have many teams such as design, edit, vfx/cg, production,etc.
5 tier of rapport (adapted from the Korenman's Freelance Manifesto)
Know > like > trust > worked with > need
Your endgame is obviously become a need for a company or within a team
Not feeling good enough you are at the workplace; and thinking that everyone is better than thus hindering your growth and potential
How to get better at what you do?
You completed your training at college. Now it is time to choose your adventure and craft your journey to improve your skills. Tutorials work great when you are learning something new but when it comes to improving existing skillsets, you will have to analyze works of masters or the professionals by copying the design or the animation. Review the video frame by frame and breakdown how a shot is done. Read Steal like an Artist to get a better idea about how copying improves your skills.
Staying within the comfort zone
Getting a job after a long period of waiting seems like a big break for you; it is possible take once you will grow stagnant after settling into a job or your comfort zone.
The key is to be self-aware of this fact and yourself. Plan to personal creative projects by using a Mathematical approach so you can balance work, life, self-care, and personal projects.