Most people I interact with (in real life and social media) might already know this, but I've moved to Sydney and have been working at Animal Logic on the upcoming Batman and Ninjago LEGO movies for the past 4 months.
Moving to Sydney has been a big change for me and I have defenitely felt outside of my comfort zone many many times (which is a good thing). I'm having a great time adapting to the city, meeting new people and even speaking a new language.
Then there's AL itself, which obviously represent is a big step on my career. Get up to speed with all the proprietary stuff has been tough but interesting at the same time, I'm learning a lot while working in very challeging problems and adding value to the great rigging team we have over here.
So... good for you, right?
Well, yeah! but I got here after a very bumpy trip and I thought that sharing this experience could be a more interesting topic for people reading this.
People often focus on the bright side of things, attributing success to excellence and all sort of personal greatness, which is somewhat true, but that's not the whole story.
There's a lot to be said about perseverance, compromises, frustration, hard decisions that have to be made in order to shape your own path... and even worse, there's a very considerable amount of luck, of having the right contacts and being in the right place at the right moment (which implies you have to be in the right place at the wrong moment many many times).
For instance I got very good feedback with my latest demo reel (it was instantly featured in it's art magazine), many recommendations in linkedin and stuff... But between the moment I published my reel and the contract with AL were something like 250 emails applying to job offers, 20 rejection letters (most of the time because of the lack of an EU/USA work permit), 3 failed interviews with big studios, an offer cancelled by a chinese studio after 3 months of paperwork and an "almost there" by a canadian studio.
So, if you are still reading this and things are not going in the direction you want, this is the best piece of advice I can give you:
Keep trying, find out what's missing, fix it and try again... and again, and again.
There's no easy path, people tend to not share publicly the stuff going on under the hood but it's going to be hard for you as it's for everybody else, just keep going, keep pushing, stay hungry, stay awesome.