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Perseverance Pays Off: My Journey to Landing a Lead Animator Role in a AAA Studio

Updated: Dec 18, 2023



Introduction:

Embarking on a journey to secure a promotion as a lead animator is no small feat. It requires dedication, skill, and a fair share of determination. Over a span of six months, I faced challenges, rejections, and moments of self-doubt while interviewing with prominent gaming companies. Through the highs and lows, I held onto my dream of becoming a lead animator in a AAA studio.


Navigating the Interview Landscape:

My journey kicked off with interviews at several renowned gaming companies including PUBG, CCP Games, Techland, JunkFish, and Yager Games. Each opportunity came with its own unique set of challenges. PUBG initially showed interest, but their on-site requirement became a hurdle after two rounds of interviews. CCP Games, after multiple rounds of interviews, opted for a more experienced candidate. While these rejections were tough, I recognized that certain outcomes were beyond my control.

Techland's Extensive Animation Test:

Techland's interview process posed its own difficulties. A series of interviews coupled with an extensive animation test awaited me. The test, designed to gauge skills and creativity, was a significant time investment.


Unfortunately, juggling it with my full-time role during the closing stages of another project meant I couldn't dedicate my best effort. Hindsight revealed that the test's complexity often requires even experienced animators a week to complete, providing a perspective on the challenges I faced.


Budget Constraints and Ambitions:

JunkFish recognized my potential but couldn't align with my salary expectations for the Lead Animator role. This situation was particularly frustrating, given that my recruiter had already presented my desired salary upfront. Negotiations hit a roadblock due to budget constraints, highlighting the importance of alignment between candidates and prospective employers.


Questioning Self-Worth and Perseverance:

Throughout this six-month journey, I encountered moments of self-doubt. The extensive interview stages led me to question my skills and whether the transition to leadership was the right path. It's natural for anyone in this situation to doubt themselves, especially when faced with a series of rejections. Yet, these moments of doubt are often where the true test of perseverance lies.


The Triumph of Persistence:

Amid the challenges and uncertainties, I persevered. My dream of becoming a lead animator in a AAA studio remained steadfast. I refused to let rejections define my worth or deter me from my path. Finally, after numerous interviews, rejections, and months of dedicated effort, I achieved what I had been working towards. Yager Games provided a smoother interview experience, culminating in the realization of my career-long dream.


Conclusion:

My journey to landing a lead animator role in a AAA studio underscores the importance of resilience, determination, and self-belief. The path to success is rarely a straight line; it's paved with setbacks and rejections. Each rejection is an opportunity to learn and grow, and every interview stage is a chance to demonstrate your skills and passion. So, if you're struggling to achieve your career goals, remember my story. Perseverance pays off, and with the right attitude and commitment, you can overcome the hurdles in your path and realize your dreams.

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