Ira Thomas

CGI Artist

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What advice would you give student taking classes at Richland College?
My advice to students taking classes at Richland College would be to find out and know exactly what you want to do in the industry from the start. Meandering through school is a waste of time and money if you’re not focused fully on what it is you want to do. You’ll end up unhappy with anything you create if you do that.¬†And always set goals for yourself to keep track of the progress you’re making and don’t get discouraged if you feel like you’re only making a little progress because whether it’s two steps or five, progress is progress. And finally, be passionate about whatever it is you do. Showing how passionate you are about your career goes a long way with how people remember you and how much of an impression you make on new acquaintances in the future.

How did you begin to look for jobs in your field?
I just started googling local studios in the Dallas area and started asking professors and mentors for tips on how to market myself. I also found resources and made friends with other people in the industry who could relay information about openings at studios.

What would be your dream job or situation?
Definitely working at Naughty Dog Studios or at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Those are the goals and bars I set for myself and am continuously trying to attain.

Are you working on any other projects or personal work?
I’m currently working on a ton of personal/side projects with a few friends that are going to be finished within the coming months. Will keep you guys at Richland posted about when they’re finished.

How did your experience at Richland College game department help you?
Being able to pursue my dreams and passions with other people that had that same feeling was a great experience. It also helped that I had great professors that saw my efforts and helped me reach my goals and keep challenging and pushing me beyond my limits.