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CREATIVE DIRECTOR, IN-DEPTH: I Like Being Part Of The Gaming Movement

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Sherida, the Creative Director of an her own independent gaming company, shares what she likes most about her job, its challenges, how hard it is to find work in her field and what her work-life balance is is like. There was no key decision that Sherida made in her life; instead it was a series of experiences and knowledge that led to to believe that gaming design was a career she could follow because it brought all her talents together.

Job Title: Creative Director
Employer: Self-Employed

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, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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<span m='10800'>So</span> <span m='10970'>it's</span> <span m='11110'>kind</span> <span m='11250'>of</span> <span m='11690'>the</span> <span m='11790'>opportunity</span> <span m='12220'>to</span> <span m='12330'>be</span> <span m='12450'>part</span> <span m='12700'>of</span> <span m='12760'>something</span> <span m='13250'>new</span> <span m='13620'>and</span> <span m='13760'>kind</span> <span m='13940'>of</span> <span m='14800'>be a pioneer</span> <span m='17350'>in</span> <span m='17540'>this</span> <span m='17680'>area.</span> <span m='18300'>So that's,</span> <span m='18640'>for</span> <span m='18760'>me,</span> <span m='19020'>the</span> <span m='19130'>most</span> <span m='19330'>exciting</span> <span m='19700'>thing,</span> <span m='19880'>like</span> <span m='20660'>creating</span> <span m='21010'>stuff</span> <span m='21350'>that's</span> <span m='21490'>never</span> <span m='21670'>been</span> <span m='21780'>done</span> <span m='21960'>before,</span> <span m='22340'>and</span> <span m='22540'>touching</span> <span m='22860'>people</span> <span m='23330'>and</span> <span m='23550'>entertaining</span> <span m='23960'>people</span> <span m='24230'>while</span> <span m='24450'>doing</span> <span m='24760'>so.</span> </p><p><span m='25240'>Maintaining</span> <span m='25830'>a</span> <span m='26160'>healthy</span> <span m='26700'>relationship</span> <span m='27390'>between</span> <span m='27720'>the</span> <span m='27800'>personal</span> <span m='28250'>life</span> <span m='28830'>and</span> <span m='29100'>professional.</span> <span m='30150'>Like</span> <span m='30950'>for</span> <span m='31040'>me</span> <span m='31810'>a</span> <span m='31920'>lot</span> <span m='32150'>of</span> <span m='32310'>the</span> <span m='32549'>lines</span> <span m='32910'>are</span> <span m='32980'>very</span> <span m='33200'>blurred.</span> <span m='33620'>Like</span> <span m='33810'>most</span> <span m='34060'>of</span> <span m='34140'>my</span> <span m='34280'>friends</span> <span m='35290'>also</span> <span m='35660'>work in</span> <span m='36130'>game</span> <span m='36350'>design</span> <span m='36810'>and</span> <span m='37870'>in</span> <span m='38400'>game</span> <span m='38800'>development,</span> <span m='39390'>and</span> <span m='40070'>sometimes</span> <span m='41440'>it's</span> <span m='41740'>easy</span> <span m='43080'>kind</span> <span m='43280'>of</span> <span m='43650'>not</span> <span m='43980'>being</span> <span m='44360'>sure</span> <span m='44710'>where</span> <span m='44890'>you</span> <span m='45040'>work</span> <span m='45900'>ends</span> <span m='46190'>and</span> <span m='46660'>your</span> <span m='47080'>personal</span> <span m='47375'>life</span> <span m='47670'>starts.</span> <span m='48600'>So</span> <span m='50310'>that's</span> <span m='50550'>kind</span> <span m='50670'>of</span> <span m='50740'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='51930'>I</span> <span m='51950'>don't</span> <span m='52170'>think</span> <span m='52350'>it</span> <span m='52420'>was</span> <span m='52630'>like</span> <span m='52830'>a</span> <span m='53360'>main</span> <span m='53770'>moment.</span> <span m='54140'>I</span> <span m='54170'>think,</span> <span m='56330'>for</span> <span m='56550'>me,</span> <span m='56760'>because</span> <span m='57070'>I</span> <span m='57340'>don't</span> <span m='57910'>necessarily</span> <span m='58340'>come</span> <span m='58510'>from</span> <span m='58710'>a</span> <span m='58910'>background in</span> <span m='59310'>gaming.</span> <span m='59740'>Like</span> <span m='59940'>all</span> <span m='60180'>these</span> <span m='60380'>little</span> <span m='60970'>things</span> <span m='61710'>that</span> <span m='62170'>I</span> <span m='62370'>learned</span> <span m='62790'>over</span> <span m='62990'>the</span> <span m='63120'>years</span> <span m='63540'>and</span> <span m='63620'>little</span> <span m='63810'>hobbies</span> <span m='64160'>I</span> <span m='64209'>got</span> <span m='64800'>eventually</span> <span m='65410'>led</span> <span m='65630'>me</span> <span m='66200'>to</span> <span m='66340'>the</span> <span m='66400'>point</span> <span m='66730'>where</span> <span m='66900'>I</span> <span m='67000'>felt</span> <span m='67240'>like</span> <span m='67740'>making</span> <span m='68030'>a</span> <span m='69700'>the</span> <span m='70010'>game design</span> <span m='70390'>career</span> <span m='70870'>is</span> <span m='71000'>really</span> <span m='71240'>something</span> <span m='71560'>that</span> <span m='71700'>brings</span> <span m='72050'>all</span> <span m='72240'>of</span> <span m='72320'>these</span> <span m='72490'>things</span> <span m='72670'>together.</span> <span m='75110'>It's been a joy.</span> </p><p><span m='76090'>It</span> <span m='76280'>really</span> <span m='76460'>depends</span> <span m='76900'>on</span> <span m='77330'>the views.</span> <span m='77850'>And</span> <span m='78160'>also,</span> <span m='79900'>I'm</span> <span m='80040'>not</span> <span m='80150'>sure if</span> <span m='80350'>it's</span> <span m='80530'>different.</span> <span m='81000'>Because</span> <span m='81240'>I'm</span> <span m='81340'>from</span> <span m='81480'>the</span> <span m='81550'>Netherlands,</span> <span m='82110'>so</span> <span m='83160'>it's very</span> <span m='83310'>small,</span> <span m='83780'>and</span> <span m='84260'>people</span> <span m='84790'>know</span> <span m='84950'>each</span> <span m='85130'>other,</span> <span m='85640'>and</span> <span m='85960'>the</span> <span m='86020'>country</span> <span m='86300'>itself</span> <span m='86620'>is</span> <span m='86730'>small.</span> <span m='87620'>But</span> <span m='87790'>it</span> <span m='87890'>also</span> <span m='88530'>depends</span> <span m='88900'>on</span> <span m='88980'>which</span> <span m='89160'>area</span> <span m='89530'>you</span> <span m='89620'>work in.</span> <span m='90140'>For</span> <span m='90220'>example,</span> <span m='90790'>programmers,</span> <span m='91660'>they're</span> <span m='91910'>always</span> <span m='92460'>in</span> <span m='92560'>high</span> <span m='92880'>demand.</span> <span m='93760'>But</span> <span m='94160'>for</span> <span m='94420'>artists,</span> <span m='95210'>depending</span> <span m='95570'>on</span> <span m='95630'>the</span> <span m='95690'>project,</span> <span m='96170'>it can</span> <span m='96330'>be</span> <span m='96410'>more</span> <span m='96640'>challenging</span> <span m='97120'>to</span> <span m='97220'>find</span> <span m='97540'>a</span> <span m='97580'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='99660'>For</span> <span m='99970'>me,</span> <span m='101310'>I</span> <span m='101400'>don't</span> <span m='101580'>think</span> <span m='101710'>it's</span> <span m='101830'>necessarily</span> <span m='103110'>difficult</span> <span m='103730'>to</span> <span m='103850'>find</span> <span m='104230'>a</span> <span m='104310'>job,</span> <span m='104740'>but</span> <span m='104920'>it's</span> <span m='105090'>something</span> <span m='105430'>that</span> <span m='105570'>you</span> <span m='105750'>need</span> <span m='106090'>to</span> <span m='106470'>really</span> <span m='108290'>go</span> <span m='108540'>for.</span> <span m='109410'>I mean,</span> <span m='110880'>it's</span> <span m='111060'>not</span> <span m='111300'>like</span> <span m='111770'>with</span> <span m='111940'>most</span> <span m='112450'>education,</span> <span m='113100'>where</span> <span m='113310'>you can</span> <span m='113460'>get</span> <span m='113610'>a</span> <span m='113650'>degree,</span> <span m='114170'>and</span> <span m='114530'>the</span> <span m='114580'>degree</span> <span m='114970'>itself</span> <span m='115360'>is</span> <span m='115540'>enough</span> <span m='115810'>to</span> <span m='116495'>make</span> <span m='116760'>you</span> <span m='116910'>interesting</span> <span m='117470'>for</span> <span m='118370'>future</span> <span m='118680'>employers.</span> <span m='119270'>It's</span> <span m='119460'>like</span> <span m='119620'>you</span> <span m='119830'>really</span> <span m='120060'>have</span> <span m='120320'>to</span> <span m='120410'>get</span> <span m='120590'>out</span> <span m='120810'>there</span> <span m='121190'>and</span> <span m='121870'>challenge</span> <span m='122210'>yourself,</span> <span m='122710'>and</span> <span m='124670'>find a</span> <span m='124820'>spotlight.</span> <span m='125570'>It's</span> <span m='126030'>getting</span> <span m='126340'>better.</span> </p><p><span m='128289'>Yeah</span> <span m='128539'>so</span> <span m='128720'>like</span> <span m='128940'>I</span> <span m='129000'>said,</span> <span m='129220'>I</span> <span m='129310'>mostly</span> <span m='129889'>work</span> <span m='130350'>60</span> <span m='131020'>hours</span> <span m='131670'>a</span> <span m='131740'>week.</span> <span m='132190'>I'm</span> <span m='132300'>trying</span> <span 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