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  1. #1 Can anyone answer this? (Because I am completely puzzled) 
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    There are about 12 game design companies here in Austin that have any where between 2-82 job positions open for various positions, some of which have been posted as far back as march 2011, none of these positions offer relocation packages and some of the are just temp positions that may last only 6 -12 months give or take.
    I am an environmental artist which is also called a level designer.
    they are looking for someone that can design andmodel in Maya , I have a number of samples on my demo in Maya, They ask for some knowledge in 3dsmax,I have 1 or 2 models in 3dsmax, They ask for some working knowledge of Unreal,The last half of my demo is in unreal,they ask needs to be useful with photoshop, 100% of my textures are done in photoshop,Needs to be able to model things with a photo realism quality, I have a detailed model with reference pics post side by side of the final rending for comparison,Preferred degree but not an asset, I have a degree in game art. Must be able to model objects from a series of images,I have a full model of santa maria della saule in venice. etc.....
    This city is not that big and the main collage is way out of date with it's courses that it's not even funny (really it isn't).

    So what is the deal? do compainies post job opennings even though the are not hiring?
    who is doing the work mean while?
    why do they pass on people if they are "not what they are looking for?"
    is this some kind of an insider joke?
    are the applications written in code?
    seriously can anybody answer this???
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    From the research I've done (as I am greatly interested in this field as well as film), it's an extremely picky and competitive job market. Since so many game artists possess essentially the same skills, companies look for the one or two minor things that make others stand out from the rest. And these jobs are temporary jobs because that entire business is project-based.

    They also possibly just haven't updated their websites. I've noticed that about quite a few companies.


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    your not kidding about being picky, I have a degree in game art from full sail. then moved back to Austin thinking that I could easily land at least an entry position from a well known design school. I was always told that make the demo as photo realistic as possible then you could always down grade to match what ever project they are working on.
    Not the case, I have been strugg along from one company since last May only to be told yesterday that my creditials are no match for what they are looking for
    despite everything they had listed on the job position.

    but this is not a really big city and word of mouth spreads quickly so eventually aren't they going to start running out of choices?
    still puzzled.
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    You need to network yourself. Knowing people in the business is also a HUGE plus for getting jobs. Take every opportunity that you get.

    ** I'm not speaking from experience, but am from many people who have told me this from their experience. **


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    I have actually heard that from a couple of people,
    not that I am attacking you in any way but I moved back here to Austin 3 months ago
    so as far as meeting people in the game industry I am starting on a new slate and the only contact I have had with any of them are the follow up calls weeks after I apply for any of the positions(and they are not that friendly)


    but there is a website here that does show the convintions that the local companies host but the problem with that is it is done on a day to day schedule so it makes pretty hard to just get up and go attend.

    any suggestions as far as how to begin networking with locals?
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    I've always heard that Austin is overpriced and not many jobs. For some reason lots of people just love Austin so they are willing to work there for next to nothing and pay WAY too much for a shitty apartment. (Personally, I think the town kinda sux and dont even really like to visit let alone live there). Also, I've heard that Austin is the "next silicone valley" (Austinites say this, anyway) so everyone in Texas who wants a job in the field is going there.

    Thanx Psycho_Path
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    actually austin is the exact opposite, I live here and that's why so many companies from california are coming here because of the low cost in living and very low taxes.Unfortunelty I think this is why it is hard to find a job because compaines are holding out for the next big thing to come walking into their door and work for next to nothing.
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    Low cost of living in Austin? Compared to cali, maybe. Compared to Texas, never.

    Thanx Psycho_Path
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