Help Jason go back to school.

Raising money to help with tuition and housing so I can go back to school and train for a new career.
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Jason Goldwine
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Education
Palmdale, California
United States
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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.


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  • $1USD
    Support and Share

    A peaceful Zen like feeling caused by the knowledge that you have helped me pursue an exciting new career.

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  • $5USD
    In the loop

    A quarterly newsletter containing updates on my schooling, links to view projects I am working, movie reviews, editorials, funny pics, and a Sudoku puzzle. All personally delivered by me direct to you email. The peaceful Zen like feeling is also included at this level.

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  • $10USD
    Hand Written Thanks

    A hand written thank you note, written on the most unusual postcard I can find from either Orlando or my road trip to get there. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $25USD
    What you've always wanted.

    A jar of 100% pure Florida air. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

    1 claimed
  • $50USD
    From my personal collection.

    A DVD from my personal collection. If I know you, I will try to pick a movie I think you will like. If I don’t know you, I will pick one at random. It may be a movie or a TV season. They are all used but they are 100% guaranteed to play. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $100USD
    A sweet way to say thanks.

    Candy from Honeydukes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, sent to you via Owl Post. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $250USD
    Artful Gratitude

    Custom artwork made by me for you in Photoshop. A hand written thank you note, written on the most unusual postcard I can find from either Orlando or my road trip to get there The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $500USD
    The fruits of my labor.

    A free copy of the first game or movie that I am paid to work on after graduation. A hand written thank you note, written on the most unusual postcard I can find from either Orlando or my road trip to get there. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $1,000USD
    Read All About It!

    You can experience my time at school in the form of a coffee table book. This photo journal of my time at The DAVE School will feature pics of the trip to Orlando, school life, examples of in class projects, home life, and anything else I think is relevant or interesting. A hand written thank you note, written on the most unusual postcard I can find from either Orlando or my road trip to get there. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $1,500USD
    Combo Perk #1

    A free copy of the first game or movie that I am paid to work on after graduation. You can experience my time at school in the form of a coffee table book. A hand written thank you note, written on the most unusual postcard I can find. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $2,500USD
    See for yourself.

    A documentary about my year at The DAVE School on DVD A hand written thank you note, written on the most unusual postcard I can find from either Orlando or my road trip to get there. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $5,000USD
    Combo Perk #2

    A documentary about my year at The DAVE School on DVD. You can experience my time at school in the form of a coffee table book. A free copy of the first game or movie that I am paid to work on. Custom artwork made by me for you in Photoshop. A hand written thank you note, written on the most unusual postcard I can find. The quarterly newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling are also included at this level.

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  • $55,000USD
    The Full Ride

    I will tattoo my undying gratitude to you and your extremely generous donation. We will collaborate on the design of the tattoo but I will make the final decision on design, size and placement. (This is saying a lot given that I don’t like needles at all!) The documentary. The coffee table book. A free copy of the first game or movie that I am paid to work on. Custom artwork made by me for you in Photoshop. The hand written thank you note. The newsletter and peaceful Zen like feeling.

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