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Burnie Vlog: How to Get a Job at Rooster Teeth... (or any creative company)

Burnie interviews employees of Rooster Teeth and asks them all two questions: "What was your first job?" and "What was your big break in the entertainment industry?". The answers build a solid list of advice for anyone persuing a career in this field: make yourself available for opportunities, volunteer, intern and work unpaid, develop many different skills, get out of your comfort zone, build a brand for yourself and MAKE CONTENT!

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  • TearsOfLA FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Makes this video on my birthday, is talking about how to get my dream job. FATE!

  • AgentValkyrie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tired

    3 months ago

    I'm glad he put this out! It's insightful into how varied a lot of folk's backgrounds are, but also some of the incredibly fortunate ways people can get their foot into the door. 

  • Owen2410 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    So inspired by this I'm leaving my first comment on this site! Thanks for this Burnie was super inspiring even though some of it is not even applicable to my career (IT). It has however come out at the perfect time, I pretty much just lost out on a job after a 3 year apprenticeship and am currently looking for my first "real" job I often struggle with interviews and there's some good stuff in here I think is applicable to any career just really great advice. such as Koen's advice about "is this right for me" I think this might be why I lost out on the job I got kind of locked into a role I was good at but didn't love and also missed out building my skills in the job I do love...that definitely will not be happening again.


    love these blogs there's some great content.

  • Riflepariah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I'd watch 10 more of these with a different selection of big faces all the way down to the more entry level support staff! First spin off Vlog series?!

  • jonnylavelle

    4 months ago

    And it's videos like this why i love Burnie.. just a Kind, caring kinda guy!

  • dotZeke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Call center champions worldwide! It's a job so frowned upon, but one that teaches oh so very much!

  • colespock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    It's nice to here he was 29 when RT really took off. I feel like now days I keep comparing what I'm doing (even though I shouldn't) to others and they are soooo much younger then me. It's nice to know I don't have to be 19 in order to make it. lol

  • Evv FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold KevinEverett

    4 months ago

    Im going through the Entertainment/Film industry to hopefully become a high school teacher in the long run. I love to see people passionate about the things they are doing and I wanna help students reach their goals. 

    • Evv FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold KevinEverett

      4 months ago

      Then again no one knows what their future holds. It may be totally different than we all intended it to be.

  • stmb1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess

    4 months ago

    I'm getting my degree accounting, but my goal is to do it for a company I love.

    • Samuel_James

      4 months ago

      Hey, I'm getting my degree in Accounting as well! Good luck!

  • kaikaips3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    So sad to hear that Ezra has turned into a phone. Sorry, my dude

  • casey8013 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    you actually inspired me to start working on working my way in i have always loved entertainment, not because i think its easy or a free pass but because i love the idea of bringing a smile to some ones face, i am learning to build props and costumes my first build will be my fursona, encase you don't know what a fursona is it is a way of identifying your self inside the furry community and yes i am a furry, for those who dislike or misjudge furries and will most likely attack this you can bite me i do not care what you think and for those of you who wish to know more let me know ^^

  • TehJkr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    This was really great to watch, seeing how everyone built their way up, a lot of the time just being social and making contacts. Was super inspiring, but also a little disheartening 'cause I feel like living in Australia it's very different. I've visited America a couple of times and the vibe there is definitely more social, you meet people all the time when you go out and have those conversations. Here at home people are kinda snobby; like people live in their own bubbles, it's next to impossible to get any kind of work without contacts, but people don't want to expand their contacts unless you're out at a club at people are wasted, then they are super friendly aha. But yeah, I worked on a student run TV and radio program at uni, have done a lot of volunteer work in design and media, but that stuff always gets shut down by governments and the universities and everything, it blows. And I'd be so tempted to move to the US and try and build back up but I can't get health insurance over there because of my history aha. So I feel very stuck. But definitely still trying to make content and work hard - one day I hope I could even just do an internship at Rooster Teeth, would be the best experience ever.

    • mechemik

      4 months ago

      It may sound like it's easy to make connections in the US, but truth is it's only if you're a social person. I'm an extreme introvert and it's painful trying to get anywhere in the job world here because too much emphasis is put on "who you know" sometimes.

  • VaultHunter26 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Koen is a very smart guy. You know that is the process I am working on right now. I am not really interested in going into media production as far as videos go but I am in the "journeyman" phase he was talking about. Test all the fields until you find something that sticks and then put your energy into that. I went to a college for a "general degree" to test the different areas of study and now I am interested in game design and am going to Austin Community College this fall to go into a program there. If that is something I know I am not good at and don't want to get stuck in then I have a nutrition program at Texas State I am going to default too. I know I am pretty decent at that and that is a very interesting field of science and it helps people. So the advice for looking for certain fields is don't settle until you are happy and confident and then go balls deep with it. 

  • JacqueKoph FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I semi-work in film, local film schools or guilds will have connections to people in the industry or events. Offer up to work for free for a foot in the door, you could just shoot your own stuff but it's hard to know what you're doing wrong and how you can improve so having a kind of mentor/apprentice relationship with person in the industry is ideal.

  • mrgloves FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I find one of the most difficult parts of trying to make a name in the industry is how rare it is to find someone willing to work passionately, persistently, and equally on projects. Lots of people want to be part of a production, few ever want to do the work that goes into it finishing it. I've had the most burnouts from trying to save projects that people stop wanting to work on the moment recording is done. So I try to hold on to anyone who puts forth effort out of a desire and need to see a good end product. Get a few people like that together and I'll bet it gets a lot easier to make your own Roosterteeth.

  • cliosomnia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold that one person

    4 months ago

    I was not expecting to be as inspired by this as I was. This was very cool.

  • Bscribes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Forced Obsession

    4 months ago

    I'm sadly past the age and life to be able to take risks and go for something I might really love.  But I love knowing that the younger generation gets to watch something like this and possibly get the chance to try something I never got to. Great video!!! And for all you younger adults or kids watch this a few times and I hope i'll be watching one of your videos someday! 

  • Big_Kahuna_1897 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Will, but who gives a sh

    4 months ago

    Although I understand why this video was made, is there any chance of hearing from the more common business departments (i.e. Finance, HR, Marketing, etc,) and seeing if they have any general advice or advice on working at Rooster Teeth or a similar company? I know Rooster Teeth is an entertainment business and that I am most likely an outlier in my dream of one day working in your finance department, but I still found the stories and advice from everyone inspiring.


    Thank you to everyone in this video. Y'all are awesome :)

  • carboy66 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fuckin' Roombers

    4 months ago

    If you want another source, Matt Peake just recently wrote an entry on this topic. http://roosterteeth.com/user/mattpeake

    Also, Gavin is considered a co-founder?

    • AliStarr182 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      I think they meant co-founder of Slow Mo Guys.

    • carboy66 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fuckin' Roombers

      4 months ago

      Ohhhh

  • godzylla

    4 months ago

    hm, funny enough, the 'make your own roosterteeth', like many others have said is sticking to me more than the other points in the video. i have sort of always wanted to make my own job, even if its not in entertainment.

  • MartyGras2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Awesome.  

  • gallant_cp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    "Stocking veg" sound like a British euphemism for...

  • PlayPodSK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    i would LOVE to have my own roosterteeth. i wanted to make my channel "framejumper" into a production company. and me and my girlfriends channel "playpod" into something big as well. i am putting ALOT of work to make these things happen. hopefully i catch a break soon.

  • RascalPatch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Eddy Rivas! I watched the heck out of leet world! 

  • KevDee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Kev Dee

    4 months ago

    What I lack in skill I make up for in creativity. As in I have like 15 ideas a week for web shows, movies or games and I've written down a lot. Right now I'm focusing one one idea which is my crowning achievement. As in its the one project I've stuck with the longest and I've written out a bible. I'm not looking in to formatting a book and sending it in to Rooster Teeth because nothing better for selling your idea than an awesome looking book with story, characters and artwork all bundled in to a neat little package. 

  • funtoysarefun FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold FunToysAreFun

    4 months ago

    There's something you said about creating your own "Rooster Teeth" that is now sticking with me. Working along side companies like Rooster Teeth is now the dream.


    Thanks Burnie for the inspiration

  • jackthesnack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Thank you Burnie, that was really inspirational to me. 

  • mc123mp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I'm actually planning to at one point apply for the game dev jobs they've available.
    Starting game dev college in 2 months. :)

  • Capaneus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Fuchman

    4 months ago

    So, getting a cool media job requires all the stuff I'm bad at.  Well, I guess that's good to know.  I'll go try some new things this week.

    • elliemainey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Remember! "Sucking at something is the first step towards becoming sorta good at something." - Jake The Dog. We never learn if we aren't bad at things first!

    • Capaneus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Fuchman

      4 months ago

      Replying with a Jake quote?  You're speaking my language, Ellie!

  • FirenautPhx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Phoenician

    4 months ago

    I'll make my own Rooster Teeth, with blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget Rooster Teeth and blackjack!


    I'm way too introverted to even think of making online content. Humans scare me.

    • TheScarletMercenary FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TheScarletMercanary

      4 months ago


      You're not the only one dude.

  • mypal1990 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The one who works

    4 months ago

    This vlog gave me a lot of perspective. Jobs in the entertainment industry is tough to enter. However, going the length and availing yourself to any opportunity is the way to go. It may not be the most glamorous, but it's a stepping stone to something greater. Thanks Burnie for this blog! 

  • RonCapes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    This is awesome, Burnie! What you said at the beginning about not working for Rooster Teeth, but starting our own Rooster Teeth (metaphorically, obviously, lol) and speaks to exactly what I've been doing for the last four years. Not sure if you remember me, but I was a guardian at last year's Austin RTX (2016) and spoke to you after the debrief about my father and I forming Quantum Ascension Studios. We've been hard at work for the last THREE YEARS converting an old elementary school into a full-fledged production studio, and now, finally... FINALLY, the finish line on our studio renovations are within arms reach and we can start to shift our attention to what we really want to do: productions! film, podcasts, animations, music, you name it. 


    We haven't put out a large amount of content to the public yet because 1) our focus has been on renovations (or in my case also writing a sci-fi novel) and 2) honestly, we didn't want to half-ass our way into this industry. In an ever growing & competitive entertainment world, we want to get it right and work out a lot of our mistakes before we move forward to fully released productions. And thankfully, I think we're finally almost there!


    As I said when we met, Rooster Teeth has and will always be a touch stone for what I'm trying to accomplish. Our small start in many ways reflects your own with Rooster Teeth, and it inspires us to succeed in taking an idea and a couple people and turning it into something massive and beloved the way you have.


    Respectfully,

    Rone Capes


    Chief of Animation & Post Production

    Quantum Ascension Studios


    P.S. I forgot to mention at RTX last year that our studio is just north of Asheville, North Carolina. So if you happen to be in the area, we'd be ecstatic to have you come by and check us out or send us a message to quantumascensionstudios@gmail.com

  • cat008101 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    this is really cool I wish I lived somewhere more media heavy

  • Ozzymandias FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    As someone considering a career change, this video was helpful to me. I have a very stable job now working for a college, but it isn't necessarily moving me forward in my career or feeling like the "right fit." I've been agonizing about accepting another job that is far less stable, but could potentially open my career path up and lead me in some really amazing directions. Hearing the crew talk about having to jump on opportunities as they arise, even if it means doubling back or moving laterally in your career is inspirational. Taking a risk is scary!

  • chuppachump FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ready Meal Enthusiast

    4 months ago

    Eddy worked on A Day in the Life of A Turret!?

    I... This feeling... These memories... Of college... Nostalgia... Damn...

    • Eddy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Writer - The Know

      4 months ago

      Oh man, it was so long ago. Glad someone still remembers!

  • 242proMorgan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Oliver Morgan

    4 months ago

    Very vital question here, who's challenger is that at the start (grey).

  • Ousamaa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Mem Aleph

    4 months ago

    As someone outside of the entertainment industry (computer engineering), a lot of the career advice in Burnie's vlog apply to basically any job you want to pursue.


    In any career, being able to list a number of relevant jobs when applying to a position is important.  I did my first job in retail (and hated every second of it), but got a lot of valuable experience out of it: During interviews, I got to use it as a stepping stone for communication skill and going above-and-beyond (i.e., there was a woman who only spoke Mandarin Chinese and was having a difficult time, and since I can speak it, I switched languages and she walked away very happy that her checkout was easier, which also served as a stepping stone for client satisfaction).


    Internships are so, so very important.  Make sure it's not one of those fetch-the-coffee-and-sort-the-papers internships; the most meaningful internships I've had were the ones where I was working on something that the company was going to push to production or deliver to a client.  Part of the point of an internship is to use experience that you already have to gain more experience -- just having an internship on paper doesn't mean as much if you're questioned on it by a future employer and don't have any industry-relevant skills to take away from it.


    Volunteer work is also important.  In the tech industry, employers love to see someone who has made large-scale programs for fun, and especially love it when a potential employee makes big contributions to an open-source project.  I'm not sure what the equivalents are for other fields, but building your skills on your own and showing work you've done for free makes yourself look even better.  If applicable, relevant certifications are also very good.


    Entertainment seems like a very hard industry to get into, but like Burnie said, there are opportunities waiting if you search and put yourself out there.  Your very first paid industry job might not be your dream job or what you want to do for the rest of your life, but it's still valuable experience.  I think there's some misconception that one HAS to have their dream job right out of high school/college/what-have-you, but that's somewhat unlikely in any industry.  Showing dedication and work ethic in a job that's acceptable can help you get closer to your dream job.


    Finally, and this should be a given (although too many horror stories exist), write your resume using proper grammar and formatting.  Writing for an employer like you talk to your friends is a surefire way to help the recruiter thin down the stack of resumes they have.  And if you're lucky to get the interview, dress in business casual at the least, don't touch your phone, and have three to five meaningful questions to ask at the end.  I've heard recent(!) stories from my employers about people who came into interviews in a logo shirt and cargo shorts, and people answering their phones during an interview.  Don't do it.


    This vlog was definitely aimed at those looking to get into the entertainment industry, and since Roosterteeth is a big company, it's inevitable that so many members of the community want to work for them and ask questions aimed at working for the company.  Roosterteeth certainly looks like a splendid company to work for, but the advice given by everyone working there applies to the entertainment industry, and other industries as a whole.  There's a lot to take away for those who are still seeking out their perfect job, and taking everything said as a whole is sure to increase the chances of landing a great job, either with an established company or by building your own brand.

  • Jessieatscheese FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    This was such a great video, Burnie. I know it must be a little bit frustrating for y'all when you constantly get the questions at RTX about how the layman can make it in your industry. I also know that sometimes the answer of: 'Just make content. Don't stop making content,' and what not isn't always a satisfying answer for the people asking. It's hard to push yourself when you're not sure it's even going to pay off. 

    Seeing these people who are so talented at what they do pin their gateway to success on such small little opportunities that could happen to anyone is really inspiring. 

    Having those quotes highlighted was such a good idea. It's a real reminder that no matter what answer you're looking for when you ask, 'How do I make it in the entertainment industry?' that answer will never be, 'Just sit around and wait.' 

  • Razor_158 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Thanks for the advice, as someone in the early stages of creating my own webseries, I find this very interesting.

  • ssohtastic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Would love to get in the entertainment field or even acting but I struggle to find anyway to even get my foot in the front door or start down that path :/

    • Froglover FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Same deal, I'm trying to find something to get me started into the acting business.

  • UnholyNerd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    i love how burnie points at the camera a lot. I find it funny

  • jesriv FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RAWWRR

    4 months ago

    Boy, this is inspiring. ^_^


    I'm loosely in the entertainment industry as it stands, though not for film production. I've been working as a Sound Engineer for Live Theatre for the last six years. There have been moments where I've been overwhelmed and wanted to walk away, but it has always been worth getting through. It's hard at times, and I'm on a different path than I ever thought I'd be on. 


    Honestly, I just feel like I got lucky most of the way. In my undergraduate days, I started off as a Mathematics major. Then, after a semester of nothing but math classes, I switched to Film. From there, I started working in Theatre because of my sister. She needed help with a show, so I volunteered. After that, I switched majors yet again, and found my self completely enthralled by Theatre. Starting out, and ultimately what I got my degree in, I focused in playwriting. I've always loved creating stories. Still do. But, I also knew that it wasn't a viable thing to make money with starting out. So, I got a tech focus in Theatre.


    Which was Sound Design and Engineering.


    From there, I got an internship at a Theatre company as their Sound Intern. I worked on a lot of shows for two years. I met some amazing directors and designers from all over the country (and, the world). I eventually graduated from college and found myself wondering what the hell am I gonna do. Three or so months went by where I moved back in with my parents, cause I just couldn't figure anything out. Then, my sister, who was living out in LA, told me about a job opening for Sound Engineers at a Theatre Company there. So, I applied.


    Within three days, I got a phone call from their production manager, who just happened to be one of the founding members of the Theatre company I did my internship for. We talked on the phone for a while, he mentioned  that he already contacted the artistic directors at my old theatre and they said nothing but good thins. So, I was hired and asked to move out to LA within a week to start working. 


    While I've left that job in LA behind, I'm just grateful for the opportunities I've had. I went to Grad (granted, I dropped out cause it wasn't for me) and now find myself at another Theatre as a Sound Engineer (start in August!!!!).


    It's great hearing people stories at Rooster Teeth. I admit, I would love to one day work there, but also know my skill set isn't really needed. So, I'll keep doing my Sound Engineer stuff until I find something else. I never thought I'd be where I am today. I'm twenty-seven years old and feel I'm just stumbling through life most of the time. I worked hard to learn how to work audio consoles and create sound systems for Theaters (partly cause there's a ton of math involved, and freak I love math). But, at the end of the day, I wouldn't have it any other way. 


    I might have rambled, I apologize. I really did enjoy the video and hearing the stories of how people found themselves at Rooster Teeth. 


    Best of luck to all those who take the path of going into the entertainment industry. May your luck and dedication see you to your goals! 

  • Ecoli13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Infamous 535

    4 months ago

    Ezra worked at Current TV!? I loved watching Super News back during the W Bush administration. It's too bad after they were bought all of the videos were taken down. I have yet to find a reliable archive of them, but they had some pretty good political jokes.

  • GTTX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold GTTX

    4 months ago

    hire me plz lol

  • NioralNoas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nioral Noas

    4 months ago

    This was an inspiring video to say the least!


    A bit sad Jeremy's part didn't make it though, he interviewed him during an AH live stream of them playing Rainbow 6 Siege.

  • Surfermatt21 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    As always, Burnie has inspired and influenced so much of the industry and those that aspire to be in the industry. All the interviews were fantastic and covered a lot of the information that most are looking for when it comes to working in the business. The only thing that I would add to this for everyone is about the fear of failure. Don't be afraid to fail. It is a building block that leads to the success we all desire. Me personally, I look forward to my failures because it makes me a better creator and pushes my creative solutions in different directions. It keeps my design fresh and unique. I believe that failure is necessary for success. I would be interested in a follow up video with some of the same employees that discuss some of the failures that they have had to face and how it effected them in a positive way to become the person they are today in the business. Thanks for the VLOG Burnie, looking forward to the next.

  • TheScarletMercenary FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TheScarletMercanary

    4 months ago

    Oh wow, this is a lot to take in to be honest.

    I'm a dreamer mostly, I'm slow;y but surely developing my skills in the arts as I go through college. I have a lot of ideas that I absolutly should write on paper and I'm crossing my fingers on when I develop my animation skills that I could catch a break.


    Currently, right now, I make informal character designs (also known as fanart), mostly for myself and I upload it to deviantArt, It's all mainly for practice. It's not good to be honest, like I'll never get to be Bruce Timm levels of good, but everyday I'm improving on my style (and my anatomy).


    But I'm going to be expanding my horizons when I go to UIW, I'm finally going to be taking classes where I can develop those 3D animation skill so that one day I could make cool stuff like you guys made with RWBY.


    Most of the time, I feel like I'm in over my head when I look at stuff like this, like I have dumb thoughts that all these guys are lucky and all that, but really, I see people who worked their butts off to get where they are, so that's not going to stop me. I refuse to just sit here and let the doubts get to me. Recently I keep telling myself "How did Scrooge McDuck get his fortune? By being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties."


    I have dreams and I'm not going to let them be just dreams. I will keep Volunteering like I do with the Rodeo, I will develop the skills so that I can make sweet content than just drawing characters. I will work my hardest and hopefully one day, one day, I WILL bring the ideas I have in my head to life!


    Thank you for the Vlog Burnie, everyday while I watch Rooster Teeth content, I am inspired even more!

  • SenorPickle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Doodler

    4 months ago

    My first interest in animation was sparked by the White trailer all the way back before RWBY premiered. I was in high school at the time and I wasn't too good at drawing. But I bought a Wacom Bamboo Splash and used a bunch of freeware that I could find. It wasn't anything special but I made animations for school projects and such, eventually upgrading to an Intuos Pro with actual quality drawing programs. During that time I really, really wanted to work at RT as my ultimate goal, inspired by their content.

    I kept at it, developing my skills mainly in illustration because Adobe Animate sucked for legitimate non-vector drawing and I wasn't entirely sure how to animate otherwise. I chose to go to university and study under its animation program, which I was luckily accepted to.

    Now, I have a real dedication to my craft. I love animating and all the quirks and gripes that come with it. The grinding hours in key-posing and in-betweens, testing reels and making the motion work (though my favorite process is storyboarding). My original desire to work at RT has waned. It's not like I don't want to - it would be a dream - but I love doing what I do and that would be the cherry on top. Being such a competitive industry makes it hard to find jobs, but I've found making a name for yourself in small jobs and taking internships as a way to build a reputation of sorts so that people actually know you and recommend you for other jobs is the ticket in. It's not all happy rainbows and sunshine most times, but them's the works.

    But yeah, not sure where'd I be if that first spark hadn't hit me. So ... thanks!

  • Khronos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Whisk(e)y Adept

    4 months ago

    Problem these days is EVERYONE wants to get into the industry.  I know so many people who are much more talented and committed than I am and they've been doing stuff for YEARS if not a decade and haven't gotten a break yet.  


    One friend is a youtuber that does Let's Plays.  Hit 100K subs in like 2014 and now his videos only get like 500 views a day.  Used to get tens of thousands of views a week but he still persists.  Poor guy wants to be an actor and he emotes so well in his videos but his channel is dying.  :(


    Me?  I wanted to be a film maker.  Went to college at a good university but a small film program/courses (really think it got better about two years after I graduated.)  Projects were voted on democratically and my ideas never got voted for.  The director was pretty much Kubrick.  They controlled EVERY aspect of the process; directing, editing, script, camera operator...everyone else just lugged equipment.  Looking back it was a TERRIBLE system that only let the talented people excel.  The untalented people, like me, didn't get to DO anything but production stuff, and even then nothing.  


    Worst part of it is I took an independent study class in my last semester of college and FINALLY got to shoot my own movie.  Everything went wrong.  No one ever showed up for shoots or brainstorming sessions.  I don't think we EVER had every single person attached to my project in the same room at the same time since we divyed up the groups.  And then the professor made a mistake and I never got my film (actual film reel) back to edit.  So yeah.  Four years of "learning" the business I wanted to get into.


    I'm complaining because I'm a cynic and a pessimist.  To get into this industry you've gotta get lucky.  Look at Michael.  He made shitty quality videos (no capture equipment just him pointing a camera at his screen) of him yelling and screaming.  Sure it's funny as shit but so are so many videos on youtube that don't get noticed because there are hundreds of millions of hours of videos out there.  That video got on reddit and someone at Rooster Teeth saw it and contacted Michael.


    You gotta get lucky or get noticed.  You've probably got the same chance of getting lucky and getting noticed as you are going to college and working your ass off for a decade.  At least NOW.  I daresay most of the 30 somethings at RT had a better time of it than teens in highschool will these days trying to get into the entertainment industry because it's the hot thing now.  EVERYONE has a camera on their phone and access to youtube.  And that's the exact problem these days.  Competition.


    Sorry if I've been a downer and for the wall of text.  Been a fan since season one and a member since season two.  Always wanted to do something like anything I see RT produce.  Went to college, took my shot, graduated in 2010 and nothing happened for me.  :-/

    • Surfermatt21 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Khronos,


      I think most of us understand the discouragement in a market that seems to be flooded with talent. However, I would say to you that though you may have taken one shot and failed, it does not mean it is the end of your journey. I am a freelance graphic designer that has huge plans for my future, but at the age of 39 now, I have had a barrage of failures. I have come to find that failure is a key to success. I know that there are plenty of others that are more talented, better artists, or overall better educated than I am. But that does not mean that they have the same creative vision of the world as I do. Your own creativity is what makes you better than the rest. 


      My advise to you, because I believe you are in a prime situation to excel in your field, is to not focus on whether or not you know the right person, but to focus on your creativity. Make it your own. Put yourself out there and don't stop no matter how many times you get shot down. Be the person you want to be. Make the films you want to see on screen. As you stated, the equipment is readily available and you have some education backing you in what you want to do. Just go for it man. Eventually, you'll find the support you need for what you want. If you focus on what you think others want just so you get recognized, it won't be representative of you. But if you put your efforts into doing what your creative vision is, someone (out of 7 billion people) is bound to find it appealing and you will be much more satisfied with your product because it is something that you made, the way you wanted to make it.


      I really hope the best for you. It is not easy to be creative in such a cynical world, but if it was, there would be no appreciation for the true creatives that stuck to it and fought their way to their own top of the world. Good luck my man.


      -Matt

    • Khronos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Whisk(e)y Adept

      4 months ago

      Surfermatt21,


      My biggest problem is that I am an introverted loner.  I haven't kept up with anyone I graduated with (college OR highschool...hell, I don't even use facebook)  I can literally count my friends on one hand.  None have shown interest in movies/are camera shy.  I haven't made anything since graduating in 2010.  I just gave up.  That last class the last semester I took REALLY hurt me in terms of self confidence.  I failed A LOT at things when I was growing up.  Not school related things but sports and recreational activities and the like.  


      Not being able to even get a base hit on my last at bat (last chance to make a movie) just got me so down.  I graduated without feeling I had accomplished ANYTHING.  It was like I had wasted my entire college career.  And I know people say "a diploma is a diploma" and that it'll help me more than not having it, so why have I not been able to get a better job then the one I got as a junior in college?  I've had the same job for 8 years and haven't found ANYTHING in my town that is relative to my degree in any way, shape, or form.  Any and all internships I find are all unpaid and that's a no go because I racked up tens of thousands in student loan debt.  That's the OTHER big thing.  Used to if you went to a smaller college you could graduate with maybe $10K in loans.  When I first started college, tuition was maybe $1300.  By the time I graduated it had shot up to $3000!!!  


      SO much stuff is against kids these days; over saturated job market, unpaid interships, student loan debt...it's pretty ridiculous.  It's almost like a 20 year plan but that's a quarter of most people's lives.  I wish i still had a dream to look forward to but like I said I've pretty much given up.  I have zero creative drive anymore because I'm afraid of failing.  It's a bad feeling when all you do is fail for about a decade at anything you try to be good at.  Burnie said in another vlog that you have to fail and fail often to get motivated.  Welp, didn't work for me.  Turned me into a fucking pessimist with low self esteem.  :(


  • aidan1221 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Damn, what Koen said really hit hard

    • WabaDabaDoo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      What he said got me thinking I too was at a crossroad in my life. 


      I was weighing between cooking and animation but took culinary as I saw it for realistic but soon realized I liked cooking but I loved animation and that there made me have a dilemma. 


      I soon then took a break and gave my focus to animation to realize I was more a visual/art guy! But what I'm trying to sum

      up is that you'll be following one path but don't be afraid to see the other roads that could open new possibilities really.