I have been away from CA for a long time.
Back then I had a clear idea of what I wanted professionally and in life.
Fast forward to after college and three years later: I think I may have made some poor decisions in terms of what my path should have been.
I'm trying to backtrack into concept art and honestly I feel like I made myself too inflexible to be able to compete.
My background has been primarily advertising, animation and editorial, I've had some gigs doing pre-visualization but never in a capacity that was full-time.
I've been trying to figure out a way to get back into the entertainment industry. The only thing I can control is the quality of my work.
But my resumé is something that I cannot change, I've been passed over for hires even after face-to-face interviews primarily because I don't have industry experience.
It's a little bit of a catch-22 because I need those entry level positions to be able to prove that I can do concept art work. I almost always get art-tests and I get brought in afterwards and we're talking about big companies like EA and Gree and still I get booted in favor of someone else. No explanation as to why usually. Just silence.
I don't qualify for internships either, I've had plenty of rejection letters for those as well.
What puzzles me is that I have been in a production environment, I know what tight deadlines are and how to work as a team, I've been doing it for a while.
Wouldn't that experience translate regardless of industry? I thought so, but it's been a couple of years and I have not been able to transition.
So beyond work harder, which is the only tangible solution right now. Is there anything else that I could do?