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GAME DESIGNER & CHARACTER ARTIST: You Can Get There

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This game designer and character artist talks about holding multiple jobs. His work in character art (drawing characters in games) is truly his passion and through determination and hard work, he found a way to begin doing it for a living. Watch this video to find out how you can make it happen.

Degree: Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians
Job Title: Character Artist / Game Designer
Employer: Monster Wars

Job Summary: Game Developer

Job Description

Game developer is an umbrella title for different roles in a development team that works together to create games. A game developer can be a game programmer, game architect, game designer, game artist, etc. They use computers to structure, design, test and publish games for different platforms.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Teamwork, Artistic, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='800'>Hi there.</span> <span m='1280'>I'm</span> <span m='1300'>Felix</span> <span m='1610'>Embree.</span> <span m='2573'>Let's see</span> <span m='2986'>here.</span> <span m='3715'>For a</span> <span m='4030'>current</span> <span m='4310'>job,</span> <span m='4630'>right now,</span> <span m='5090'>I have two</span> <span m='5550'>jobs.</span> <span m='5870'>I</span> <span m='5980'>work</span> <span m='6530'>at</span> <span m='7200'>Liv</span> <span m='7420'>Games</span> <span m='7840'>for</span> <span m='7980'>Monster</span> <span m='8290'>Wars.</span> <span m='8600'>This is</span> <span m='8930'>our new</span> <span m='9260'>app</span> <span m='9540'>that we're</span> <span m='9650'>releasing.</span> <span m='10630'>More</span> <span m='11020'>importantly,</span> <span m='11450'>for</span> <span m='11560'>this</span> <span m='11730'>one,</span> <span m='11890'>I</span> <span m='11960'>do</span> <span m='12240'>character</span> <span m='12630'>art.</span> <span m='13500'>Basically,</span> <span m='14430'>that</span> <span m='14660'>job</span> <span m='15490'>I</span> <span m='15710'>got</span> <span m='15890'>through</span> <span m='16180'>a</span> <span m='16250'>friend</span> <span m='16500'>of</span> <span m='16540'>mine</span> <span m='16740'>who</span> <span m='16880'>wanted</span> <span m='17120'>to</span> <span m='17180'>make</span> <span m='17340'>video</span> <span m='17600'>games.</span> </p><p><span m='18868'>The</span> <span m='19824'>idea</span> <span m='20302'>behind that</span> <span m='20780'>is</span> <span m='21400'>basically</span> <span m='22150'>working</span> <span m='22620'>as</span> <span m='22710'>an</span> <span m='22790'>ad</span> <span m='22990'>agency</span> <span m='23400'>person.</span> <span m='24180'>Really</span> <span m='24580'>hated his</span> <span m='24900'>job, so</span> <span m='25180'>there's</span> <span m='25390'>one</span> <span m='25540'>job</span> <span m='25760'>that</span> <span m='26180'>he didn't like.</span> <span m='27040'>But</span> <span m='27390'>decided</span> <span m='27920'>instead</span> <span m='28150'>of</span> <span m='28630'>trying to</span> <span m='28890'>sell</span> <span m='29150'>games,</span> <span m='29410'>I</span> <span m='29440'>want</span> <span m='29580'>to</span> <span m='29630'>make</span> <span m='29840'>games.</span> <span m='30330'>He</span> <span m='30820'>recruited</span> <span m='31310'>friends that he knew</span> <span m='31800'>had special</span> <span m='32290'>talents.</span> <span m='32780'>Since I'm an</span> <span m='33270'>artist, he asked me</span> <span m='33760'>to make some</span> <span m='34250'>character art.</span> <span m='35230'>And</span> <span m='35720'>I did.</span> <span m='37190'>About</span> <span m='37460'>a</span> <span m='37480'>year</span> <span m='37680'>later,</span> <span m='37930'>we</span> <span m='38020'>released</span> <span m='38370'>our</span> <span m='38440'>first</span> <span m='38700'>game</span> <span m='39090'>which was</span> <span m='39480'>really nice.</span> </p><p><span m='40630'>On</span> <span m='40900'>the</span> <span m='41100'>other</span> <span m='41280'>side of</span> <span m='41610'>that,</span> <span m='42090'>my</span> <span m='42190'>main</span> <span m='42440'>job</span> <span m='42740'>is</span> <span m='42860'>actually</span> <span m='43230'>I work at</span> <span m='43420'>Blizzard</span> <span m='43888'>Entertainment.</span> <span m='44356'>I</span> <span m='44824'>work</span> <span m='44980'>as</span> <span m='45136'>a</span> <span m='45292'>QA</span> <span m='45760'>analyst.</span> <span m='46700'>There</span> <span m='47620'>basically,</span> <span m='48900'>I</span> <span m='49020'>really</span> <span m='49550'>love</span> <span m='49750'>my</span> <span m='49860'>job.</span> <span m='50280'>I get to</span> <span m='50751'>work in the</span> <span m='51222'>game development</span> <span m='51693'>industry,</span> <span m='52164'>very close related</span> <span m='52635'>to</span> <span m='53106'>development.</span> <span m='53577'>They</span> <span m='54048'>take a lot of</span> <span m='54519'>feedback</span> <span m='54990'>from their QA.</span> </p><p><span m='57980'>I</span> <span m='58540'>really</span> <span m='58750'>like</span> <span m='58930'>the</span> <span m='59070'>artistic</span> <span m='59450'>outlet</span> <span m='59770'>of</span> <span m='59950'>the</span> <span m='60310'>Liv</span> <span m='60570'>Games</span> <span m='60840'>side</span> <span m='61110'>because</span> <span m='61390'>I don't</span> <span m='61670'>get to do</span> <span m='62000'>art at</span> <span m='62440'>Blizzard,</span> <span m='63130'>which</span> <span m='63460'>would</span> <span m='63570'>be</span> <span m='63750'>a dream.</span> <span m='64129'>But</span> <span m='64890'>right</span> <span m='65060'>now,</span> <span m='65560'>I got</span> <span m='65840'>to</span> <span m='66100'>start</span> <span m='66400'>somewhere.</span> <span m='66896'>So</span> <span m='67888'>working</span> <span m='68384'>with my friends and</span> <span m='68880'>doing this</span> <span m='69376'>is a really</span> <span m='69872'>good release for</span> <span m='70368'>getting that</span> <span m='70864'>artistic</span> <span m='71360'>outlet.</span> </p><p><span m='72360'>So</span> <span m='73060'>my</span> <span m='73190'>career and</span> <span m='73510'>educational</span> <span m='73805'>path.</span> <span m='75480'>I've</span> <span m='76860'>gone</span> <span m='77320'>to</span> <span m='78240'>basically</span> <span m='79000'>game</span> <span m='79180'>art and</span> <span m='79270'>design</span> <span m='79790'>through</span> <span m='81550'>AI.</span> <span m='82636'>It was</span> <span m='83102'>a pretty good</span> <span m='83568'>program.</span> <span m='85070'>One</span> <span m='85210'>of the</span> <span m='85310'>things</span> <span m='85520'>I</span> <span m='85570'>did</span> <span m='85780'>learn</span> <span m='85940'>about</span> <span m='86140'>that though</span> <span m='86410'>is that</span> <span m='86715'>you can</span> <span m='87020'>most</span> <span m='87380'>of</span> <span m='87460'>what</span> <span m='87570'>you</span> <span m='87660'>want</span> <span m='87800'>to</span> <span m='87860'>learn</span> <span m='88050'>offline</span> <span m='88530'>and</span> <span m='88730'>through</span> <span m='88870'>contacting</span> <span m='89240'>other</span> <span m='89680'>people--</span> <span m='90120'>websites</span> <span m='90560'>like this</span> <span m='91000'>that are</span> <span m='91440'>connect you with</span> <span m='91880'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='92760'>If</span> <span m='93360'>you</span> <span m='93460'>want</span> <span m='93570'>to</span> <span m='93610'>email</span> <span m='93950'>me,</span> <span m='94240'>it's--</span> <span m='95220'>let's</span> <span m='95710'>see.</span> <span m='96055'>Do I want to</span> <span m='96400'>give you</span> <span m='96870'>email?</span> <span m='97310'>Sure.</span> <span m='97680'>fembree@blizzard.com.</span> <span m='99040'>If</span> <span m='99430'>you want to email,</span> <span m='99815'>I don't</span> <span m='100200'>guarantee</span> <span m='100530'>a response,</span> <span m='100885'>but</span> <span m='101240'>if you</span> <span m='101310'>want to put</span> <span m='101740'>it</span> <span m='101840'>out there</span> <span m='101990'>and</span> <span m='102250'>ask</span> <span m='102740'>questions</span> <span m='103070'>about</span> <span m='103280'>the</span> <span m='103400'>game</span> <span m='103800'>industry,</span> <span m='104200'>you're more than</span> <span m='104671'>welcome to.</span> </p><p><span m='105613'>As far as</span> <span m='106084'>college</span> <span m='106555'>and major</span> <span m='107026'>internships,</span> <span m='107497'>previous</span> <span m='107968'>work,</span> <span m='109381'>let's</span> <span m='109860'>see.</span> <span m='110440'>I guess I'll</span> <span m='110650'>kind of skip</span> <span m='110890'>ahead to</span> <span m='111260'>the</span> <span m='111460'>question</span> <span m='111780'>about</span> <span m='111990'>jobs</span> <span m='112200'>I</span> <span m='112270'>don't</span> <span m='112480'>like.</span> <span m='112740'>But</span> <span m='113710'>I've held</span> <span m='114060'>a</span> <span m='114390'>lot</span> <span m='114610'>of</span> <span m='114660'>jobs</span> <span m='115070'>growing</span> <span m='115290'>up.</span> <span m='116270'>I</span> <span m='116720'>started</span> <span m='116940'>in</span> <span m='117150'>the medical</span> <span m='117440'>industry</span> <span m='117820'>doing</span> <span m='118040'>cancer</span> <span m='118290'>diagnostics.</span> <span m='119990'>The</span> <span m='120100'>job</span> <span m='120370'>was fine.</span> <span m='120490'>It</span> <span m='120790'>paid</span> <span m='121000'>really</span> <span m='121220'>well.</span> <span m='121495'>What</span> <span m='121770'>I</span> <span m='121890'>didn't</span> <span m='122150'>like</span> <span m='122320'>was</span> <span m='122490'>the</span> <span m='122590'>harsh</span> <span m='122840'>chemicals</span> <span m='123080'>use.</span> <span m='123400'>So</span> <span m='124500'>I</span> <span m='124620'>decided</span> <span m='125110'>that</span> <span m='125280'>I</span> <span m='125380'>wanted</span> <span m='125550'>to</span> <span m='125610'>get out of</span> <span m='125690'>that.</span> <span m='127080'>It paid</span> <span m='127360'>really</span> <span m='127540'>well,</span> <span m='127760'>but</span> <span m='128000'>again,</span> <span m='128889'>harsh</span> <span m='129009'>chemicals</span> <span m='129360'>every</span> <span m='129449'>day,</span> <span m='129729'>feeling sick</span> <span m='129984'>when you go</span> <span m='130240'>home is</span> <span m='130540'>kind of</span> <span m='130840'>crappy.</span> </p><p><span m='131290'>So I</span> <span m='131790'>decided</span> <span m='132150'>I'd</span> <span m='132250'>jump</span> <span m='132470'>into</span> <span m='132890'>working at</span> <span m='133300'>EB Games</span> <span m='134240'>because</span> <span m='134430'>I had a bunch of</span> <span m='134610'>friends</span> <span m='134970'>that</span> <span m='135090'>worked</span> <span m='135280'>there.</span> <span m='136680'>Big</span> <span m='136910'>pay grade,</span> <span m='137220'>but,</span> <span m='137390'>like,</span> <span m='137600'>really</span> <span m='137820'>fun,</span> <span m='138180'>right?</span> <span m='139130'>After</span> <span m='139390'>working at EB</span> <span m='139840'>Games</span> <span m='140195'>for</span> <span m='140550'>two</span> <span m='140700'>years,</span> <span m='141370'>I met a number</span> <span m='141827'>of people</span> <span m='142284'>that worked</span> <span m='142741'>at Blizzard</span> <span m='143198'>Entertainment.</span> <span m='144112'>From there,</span> <span m='144569'>I've</span> <span m='145026'>started working</span> <span m='145490'>QA. I've</span> <span m='145660'>been</span> <span m='145800'>there for</span> <span m='145950'>five</span> <span m='146330'>years.</span> <span m='147374'>But</span> <span m='148282'>yeah,</span> <span m='148736'>aside</span> <span m='149190'>from that,</span> <span m='149644'>just working</span> <span m='150098'>at the company</span> <span m='151010'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='151690'>So</span> <span m='152020'>things</span> <span m='152320'>that</span> <span m='152430'>I</span> <span m='152480'>wish</span> <span m='152680'>that I</span> <span m='152830'>would</span> <span m='152960'>have</span> <span m='153100'>known</span> <span m='153820'>when</span> <span m='153980'>starting.</span> <span m='154580'>Just</span> <span m='154800'>that</span> <span m='154920'>it's</span> <span m='155090'>possible</span> <span m='155550'>to</span> <span m='155600'>get</span> <span m='155770'>where</span> <span m='155870'>you</span> <span m='155960'>want</span> <span m='156110'>to</span> <span m='156170'>go.</span> <span m='157690'>When</span> <span m='158140'>I</span> <span m='158910'>worked in</span> <span m='159854'>the</span> <span m='160326'>medical</span> <span m='160798'>industry,</span> <span m='161270'>I</span> <span m='161370'>never</span> <span m='161570'>would</span> <span m='161720'>imagine</span> <span m='162150'>that</span> <span m='162270'>I could</span> <span m='162400'>have</span> <span m='162610'>been</span> <span m='162820'>a</span> <span m='162860'>game</span> <span m='163080'>designer</span> <span m='163528'>or worked at</span> <span m='163976'>Blizzard</span> <span m='164424'>Entertainment.</span> <span m='165320'>But</span> <span m='166670'>after</span> <span m='166980'>working at EB</span> <span m='167270'>Games,</span> <span m='168300'>there's just</span> <span m='168730'>this moment</span> <span m='168910'>that</span> <span m='169090'>clicks in your</span> <span m='169580'>head that</span> <span m='169910'>like,</span> <span m='170460'>I</span> <span m='170540'>should</span> <span m='170740'>be</span> <span m='170820'>doing this.</span> <span m='171314'>This is what</span> <span m='171808'>I should be</span> <span m='172302'>doing.</span> <span m='173290'>And then</span> <span m='173784'>just</span> <span m='174278'>kind of</span> <span m='174772'>setting your beam and</span> <span m='175270'>focus</span> <span m='175650'>on</span> <span m='175750'>what</span> <span m='175880'>you</span> <span m='175970'>want</span> <span m='176100'>to</span> <span m='176170'>do.</span> <span m='176460'>And</span> <span m='176750'>then just</span> <span m='177150'>every</span> <span m='177560'>action</span> <span m='177890'>that you</span> <span m='178090'>take</span> <span m='178470'>leading</span> <span m='178735'>toward</span> <span m='179190'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='179810'>So</span> <span m='180260'>whether</span> <span m='180500'>it's</span> <span m='180620'>art</span> <span m='180920'>on the</span> <span m='181140'>side or</span> <span m='181590'>making</span> <span m='181870'>games</span> <span m='182880'>on</span> <span m='183050'>your</span> <span m='183220'>own</span> <span m='183500'>free</span> <span m='183690'>time,</span> <span m='184440'>if</span> <span m='184700'>you</span> <span m='184810'>want</span> <span m='184910'>to</span> <span m='184950'>be</span> <span m='185050'>an</span> <span m='185120'>artist,</span> <span m='185420'>you need to be</span> <span m='185720'>living and</span> <span m='186020'>breathing</span> <span m='186320'>art all the</span> <span m='186620'>time.</span> <span m='186920'>If you want to</span> <span m='187220'>be a</span> <span m='187520'>designer,</span> <span m='187820'>you</span> <span m='188120'>should be in</span> <span m='188420'>editors</span> <span m='189020'>making</span> <span m='189620'>games.</span> <span m='190220'>Grab the</span> <span m='190520'>StarCraft</span> <span m='190820'>Editor,</span> <span m='191120'>grab</span> <span m='191720'>the</span> <span m='192020'>editor that's</span> <span m='192320'>coming for</span> <span m='192620'>Skyrim,</span> <span m='193520'>and</span> <span m='193820'>just start</span> <span m='194120'>designing</span> <span m='194720'>levels.</span> <span m='195320'>No one's going</span> <span m='195620'>to</span> <span m='195920'>take your</span> <span m='196220'>word that you're</span> <span m='196520'>a game</span> <span m='196820'>designer.</span> <span m='197120'>You need to</span> <span m='197420'>prove</span> <span m='197720'>it.</span> <span m='198320'>That would</span> <span m='198620'>be about</span> <span m='198920'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167964,"video_id":"2733325882001","name":"121492769","duration":199713,"thumbnail_url":null}});