I'm an artist and have enjoyed creating art for as long as I can remember. When I had to make the decision to choose my major in college, I struggled to find my path until I was introduced to World of Warcraft in 2005. Seeing the beautiful landscapes in Azeroth, it dawned on me that artists helped create this game. I remember reading the artist job descriptions on Blizzard's website and noting the programs that I needed to learn in order to become a 3D artist. Once I found a college program that offered game design and 3D modeling courses, I instantly decided to transfer colleges.
After I graduated, I wasn't getting any responses to my art applications. Since the art route wasn't working out, I opted to take another path and landed a QA gig in the game industry. I moved by myself to another state for an entry level job. I was going to do whatever it took to get my foot in the door even if that meant living in a sketchy neighborhood for a little bit. Several shipped titles later.. I realized that I needed to focus on my craft if I was going to get an artist job in the games industry, because my art was... for a lack of a better word.. crap.
I temporarily switched industries for a higher paying job which would help me pay for the art courses I needed. I completed Rob Chang's "How To Become a Better Artist" workshop, Jeff Parrott’s Patreon Video Game Art Mentorship, and countless tutorials. I bought any tutorial I could get my hands on that would help me level up my art skills. I wasn't going to give up. I took any chance I could get to work on my art daily... getting up extra early before work, going home during lunch breaks, after work and weekends. During this period of time, I sacrificed a lot of things that I enjoyed such as playing games, going to social events, watching anime and other hobbies. If I was going to achieve my dreams, I was going to put my all into it.
Fast forward to today - I am focusing on making more artwork and growing my skill sets. I stream daily and create weekly vlogs to share my art journey in becoming a professional artist. I hope the content I create inspires other artists to go after their dreams and to never give up. :)