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Landing & Retaining Your Dream Job in VFX, Animation & Games

Know you want to work in this awesome industry, but aren’t sure what steps to take next? We’ve got some answers for you!

In this Circle, we’ll discuss:

  • Catering your portfolio and resume to attract hiring managers at the companies and teams you want to be a part of.
  • How to solidify a positive reputation amongst your peers
  • Professional advice for working and thriving in a team environment in this fast paced, ever-evolving competitive industry
  • Problem solving and multi-tasking skills.
  • Understanding how the decisions you make affect up and downstream departments, schedules and budgets.
  • Time management and goal setting
  • Networking advice
  • Coping with Imposter Syndrome
  • Understanding what makes a great team player who adds value to the team
  • Interview and negotiation skills to land your first or next job offer
  • The benefits of establishing a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset
  • Pitching your work with confidence
  • Managing the deadlines, stress and long hours that this industry can elicit.

Mentee Criteria

Exp Level:
Student
1-3 years

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice Per Month

Dates: Every other Wednesday

Meeting Times: 830am – 930am (PST)

Circle Leader

Shannon Thomas

Originally for Pittsburgh, PA and formerly on the professional track to become a veterinarian, Shannon has now been working in the VFX/Animation and Games industry for the past 15 years.

Working around the globe, he has contributed to multiple Oscar winning films along the way. Currently, Shannon is greatly enjoying his role as Modeling Supervisor within the award-winning Cinematics Department at Blizzard Entertainment. On his down time Shannon enjoys traveling the world with his wife (pre-covid), online teaching/mentoring and writing/directing his own short films.


Title/Expertise:  Modeling Supervisor – Cinematics


Company:  Blizzard Entertainment


Location:  Anaheim, CA


LinkedIn / Website:
linkedin.com/in/shannonthomas3d