Case study

SFX artist, editor and animator — Jordan Alexander

Jordan used his connections, as well as the knowledge he gained through his animation degree, to gain entry into the effects industry

How did you get your job?

I got the job following an application I made through Indeed, followed by an interview with the company. I work at Box Bear Ltd., in special effects and animation. I work in the green screen production unit.

What do you do in your role as an SFX artist?

The day starts between 8.30am and 9am, and I'll usually jump straight into any projects that are being worked on at that time. The finish time can vary and will depend on the project. Working late is often necessary to get things done on time. Fridays are generally more chilled.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

I like that I get to be creative every day and having the opportunity to put ideas forward and work together to create some awesome ideas.

What are the challenges?

Time can often be the biggest challenge, as well as the pickiness of clients.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

I studied animation at Solent University and I use what I learnt every day at work. This includes editing videos, adding effects and colour grading, and animating 2D and 3D characters using a wide variety of software.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

I've done many creative jobs and now finally I'm beginning to get to a level where I have more control and my words mean more. I want to continue moving up the ladder, be a big name maybe, or just work and live comfortably.

Any words of advice for someone looking to get into VFX?

  • Always try. Email and write to every company you want to work for. There is no harm in asking. You'll be rejected, some companies won't answer you and others will take you for granted. Do not get discouraged.
  • Keep creating - even when you feel like you can't be creative, it will help.
  • Always try to network. People love connecting. Use the connections you obtain in life. LinkedIn is great for this - I have it and have used it to find my next career step.

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