If you had asked me back in high school, I’d have told you I wanted a career in digital animation and visual effects. I’ve always been an artistic, creative, musical, a little nerdy, computer, video game loving kind of guy. After High School, I was given the opportunity to study digital arts. But alas, I was young, unprepared, and terribly naïve about the level of intensity and commitment required of me to achieve that goal. Now, fourteen years after leaving art school, I find my life at a crossroads. Unemployed after spending three devoted years working at Bank of America, having also worked at Game Stop, a movie theater, a coffee house, and Best Buy, while studying at Jr. College, I realize my choices of employment have been limited to uncreative “9 to 5” managerial and sales jobs. After some deep, honest, self-reflection, I came to the realization that I am dissatisfied and unhappy with the current options available to me. A career in digital animation is still a dream I wish to fulfill.
So I did my research and found a comprehensive program that can put me on track to a new life and career in the ever-growing video game or digital film industry. The DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects) is located in Orlando, Florida on the Universal Studios back lot. They offer a fifteen month program in digital animation, visual effects, and video game art. Their program teaches all major aspects of digital art and production, including 3D modeling, Motion Capture, texturing, and lighting, just to name a few.The DAVE School also boosts an impressive 65% placement rate for graduates of their program.
The DAVE School is a costly and time intensive program requiring 100 hours of class time per month plus lab time and costing nearly $55,000 for tuition, housing, and living expenses over the 15 month period. While this would mean leaving friends & family to relocate to Florida, I see it as a worthwhile opportunity to radically change my path and I will exhaust every possibility to make it happen. This is the part where you come in. I am asking you (my family, friends, possibly previous alumni or future employers, and any generous people I don’t even know out there on the internet) to donate to help me pursue this rewarding new career. While paying off inevitable student loans for the next ten years is a sacrifice I am willing to make, I was hoping that maybe some of you fine people might see fit to help me and be part of this challenging journey.
I have come up with a wide variety of incentives (some serious, and others not so much) as a way to acknowledge and thank you for your support and encouragement. Any donations, regardless of the amount, will go 100% towards financing my education and starting a new and exciting career as a digital artist.
Even if you can’t donate, you can still help me reach my goal. If you could please share this with friends on all your various social networks; the more people that see this page, the better my chances for success at meeting this financial and life-changing goal. Thank you all, in advance, for your help as I start this new phase of my life.