I am an Environment Artist working for Just Add Water, just outside of Leeds. I have worked in the games industry for a year and a half now.
I didn’t follow the traditional route to university, something that Arts Emergency tweeted was, A-levels aren’t the only route to Uni. In the rush for AAB students, vast swathes of the population has been discarded – a generation vexed! and that holds true for me, I left school at 15, I went to college for 2 and a half years only to leave when I realised I wasn’t being taught what I needed to become a game artist. I eventually wound up in university, after taking a year and a half out of education, studying a BA(hons) in Computer Games Modelling and Animation, I was lucky to have a solid lecturing staff to help me improve my skills and get to where I wanted to be.
The main reason I want to volunteer for the Arts Emergency is that the games industry can be difficult to get into, and getting the right information on how to even start your journey towards becoming a game artist can be problematic, even once you get to university sometimes. Being in the games industry was something I had wanted since I was young, cliché I know, and having the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to others and help put them on a path to their dream job is something I would really like to be a part of.