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GAME DESIGNER INSTRUCTOR & 3D ANIMATOR, IN-DEPTH: Her Dad Encouraged Her To Follow Her Dreams

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Fernanda, a teacher of animation to children ages 6-10, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, key decisions, how competitive her industry is, and work-life balance. She hopes to become a full-time animator for a film or production company.

Degree: Media Arts and Animation
Job Title: Game Designer Instructor & 3D Animator

Job Summary: Elementary-Middle School Teachers, Except Special Education

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A teacher has the unique and special responsibility of helping to develop and mold the lives of students. Teaching should be something you love to do, as opposed to being just a job. Students will appreciate a teacher with a passion for their subject, as this passion is infectious, and makes students more receptive to what is being taught.

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All states require public school teachers to have a state-issued certification or license. Most states require teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. Some states require etachers to have a master’s degree for career advancement. All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification.

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$30,000 - $80,000
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10 to 20 percent
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Indoor, Physically demanding, Office
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Creativity, Leadership ability, Patience, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Empathy, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='17150'>critique,</span> <span m='18080'>I take</span> <span m='18360'>that</span> <span m='18610'>really</span> <span m='18830'>serious.</span> <span m='20280'>So,</span> <span m='20760'>it's</span> <span m='21870'>rewarding</span> <span m='22060'>working</span> <span m='22710'>with</span> <span m='22950'>kids.</span> </p><p><span m='24250'>What</span> <span m='24510'>I</span> <span m='24750'>don't</span> <span m='25020'>like</span> <span m='25285'>about</span> <span m='25550'>my</span> <span m='26032'>job</span> <span m='26514'>is that,</span> <span m='28442'>for</span> <span m='28930'>right</span> <span m='29200'>now,</span> <span m='29520'>I'm teaching</span> <span m='30350'>animation,</span> <span m='30940'>and I</span> <span m='31430'>really want</span> <span m='31920'>to work</span> <span m='32410'>for</span> <span m='32900'>the film</span> <span m='33390'>industry.</span> <span m='34370'>So,</span> <span m='35350'>that's something</span> <span m='35840'>that I</span> <span m='36330'>think I'm</span> <span m='36820'>going to</span> <span m='37310'>grow,</span> <span m='38790'>probably</span> <span m='39210'>like</span> <span m='39400'>two</span> <span m='39670'>more</span> <span m='39870'>years of</span> <span m='40345'>experience,</span> <span m='41295'>and teaching</span> <span m='41770'>is</span> <span m='42245'>going to</span> <span m='42720'>give me</span> <span m='43195'>that experience.</span> </p><p><span m='45100'>And</span> <span m='45120'>another thing,</span> <span m='45780'>like</span> <span m='45960'>teaching--</span> <span m='48616'>this</span> <span m='49072'>is</span> <span m='49528'>very</span> <span m='49984'>specific--</span> <span m='51352'>having</span> <span m='51808'>to</span> <span m='52720'>set</span> <span m='52870'>up</span> <span m='53150'>the</span> <span m='53340'>whole classroom,</span> <span m='54410'>and</span> <span m='54901'>I have to</span> <span m='55883'>bring</span> <span m='56374'>all</span> <span m='56865'>the</span> <span m='57356'>computers,</span> <span m='57847'>because</span> <span m='58338'>the computers</span> <span m='58829'>are not in the school,</span> <span m='59320'>so I</span> <span m='59811'>have to</span> <span m='60302'>bring all the</span> <span m='60793'>computers with</span> <span m='61284'>me and set</span> <span m='61775'>up the</span> <span m='62757'>class</span> <span m='63739'>really</span> <span m='64230'>quick,</span> <span m='64721'>10</span> <span m='65212'>minutes,</span> <span m='65703'>as the</span> <span m='66194'>kids are</span> <span m='66685'>already</span> <span m='67176'>there,</span> <span m='67667'>and they are</span> <span m='68180'>so impatient,</span> <span m='68440'>they want</span> <span m='68700'>to start.</span> <span m='70260'>But</span> <span m='71656'>besides</span> <span m='72060'>that,</span> <span m='73140'>it's a</span> <span m='73210'>lot</span> <span m='73390'>of</span> <span m='73490'>fun.</span> <span m='74430'>I</span> <span m='74858'>like my</span> <span m='75286'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='76570'>I</span> <span m='77000'>think</span> <span m='77330'>my</span> <span m='77700'>dad</span> <span m='78145'>really</span> <span m='78830'>gave me a</span> <span m='79170'>lot of</span> <span m='79510'>incentive</span> <span m='80436'>to</span> <span m='82480'>study</span> <span m='82990'>art,</span> <span m='83570'>because</span> <span m='83840'>he</span> <span m='84160'>used</span> <span m='84380'>to</span> <span m='84470'>see</span> <span m='84720'>me</span> <span m='85070'>sitting</span> <span m='85490'>there</span> <span m='85590'>for</span> <span m='85900'>hours,</span> <span m='86740'>seeing</span> <span m='87220'>someone's little</span> <span m='87700'>drawings,</span> <span m='88660'>or</span> <span m='89140'>I would</span> <span m='89620'>draw from</span> <span m='90100'>magazines,</span> <span m='90580'>draw</span> <span m='91060'>from</span> <span m='93460'>pictures.</span> <span m='95390'>And</span> <span m='95530'>just</span> <span m='95790'>draw</span> <span m='96240'>from,</span> <span m='96525'>like,</span> <span m='96810'>people in</span> <span m='97251'>front of</span> <span m='97692'>me.</span> <span m='98133'>And he</span> <span m='98574'>was like,</span> <span m='99015'>OK,</span> <span m='99897'>I</span> <span m='100340'>think</span> <span m='100730'>this is</span> <span m='100890'>not</span> <span m='101140'>just a</span> <span m='101410'>hobby.</span> <span m='101980'>You</span> <span m='102240'>really enjoy</span> <span m='102697'>it.</span> <span m='103154'>So</span> <span m='103611'>he was</span> <span m='104068'>always</span> <span m='104525'>looking</span> <span m='104982'>for a</span> <span m='105440'>class</span> <span m='105790'>that I</span> <span m='106170'>could take.</span> </p><p><span m='107300'>And</span> <span m='109020'>he</span> <span m='109150'>pushed</span> <span m='109560'>me</span> <span m='109890'>to</span> <span m='110650'>follow</span> <span m='110915'>my</span> <span m='111180'>dreams.</span> <span m='112025'>And</span> <span m='112490'>I</span> <span m='112955'>think</span> <span m='113420'>that</span> <span m='114350'>thanks</span> <span m='115030'>to</span> <span m='115160'>him,</span> <span m='115800'>I'm</span> <span m='116274'>where I</span> <span m='116748'>am.</span> <span m='118644'>I</span> <span m='119120'>think</span> <span m='119260'>that you</span> <span m='119370'>need a</span> <span m='119490'>lot of</span> <span m='119780'>experience.</span> <span m='120691'>It's</span> <span m='121112'>very</span> <span m='121533'>competitive,</span> <span m='122800'>but</span> <span m='124336'>if</span> <span m='124760'>you</span> <span m='124810'>have</span> <span m='125000'>a</span> <span m='125070'>passion,</span> <span m='125960'>you can</span> <span m='126444'>do it.</span> <span m='126928'>I've been</span> <span m='127412'>talking</span> <span m='127896'>to other</span> <span m='128380'>people</span> <span m='128864'>in this</span> <span m='129348'>business,</span> <span m='129832'>they say,</span> <span m='130316'>look,</span> <span m='130800'>if you</span> <span m='131284'>have a</span> <span m='131768'>passion,</span> <span m='132740'>you</span> <span m='133100'>are</span> <span m='133250'>willing to</span> <span m='133380'>work</span> <span m='133670'>hard,</span> <span m='134780'>you</span> <span m='135240'>just</span> <span m='135580'>keep</span> <span m='135810'>going,</span> <span m='136290'>don't</span> <span m='136380'>stop.</span> </p><p><span m='137770'>Until</span> <span m='138180'>you</span> <span m='138500'>find a</span> <span m='138820'>job,</span> <span m='139255'>and</span> <span m='139690'>you</span> <span m='140310'>work</span> <span m='140880'>as</span> <span m='141060'>a</span> <span m='141310'>volunteer.</span> <span m='142360'>You</span> <span m='143324'>do</span> <span m='143806'>internships,</span> <span m='144290'>and</span> <span m='144490'>just</span> <span m='145010'>work</span> <span m='145320'>for</span> <span m='146510'>a</span> <span m='146700'>business</span> <span m='146940'>who is</span> <span m='147180'>just</span> <span m='147600'>starting.</span> <span m='149047'>And</span> <span m='149434'>help them,</span> <span m='149821'>and</span> <span m='150210'>that's</span> <span m='150490'>how</span> <span m='150640'>you</span> <span m='150770'>get</span> <span m='150950'>experience.</span> <span m='153042'>So it's</span> <span m='153503'>really</span> <span m='153964'>hard in the</span> <span m='154425'>beginning.</span> <span m='154886'>I would say,</span> <span m='155347'>like, the</span> <span m='155810'>first</span> <span m='156000'>and</span> <span m='156070'>second</span> <span m='156380'>year,</span> <span m='157590'>but</span> <span m='158400'>I</span> <span m='158510'>see</span> <span m='158810'>other</span> <span m='159040'>people</span> <span m='159470'>who</span> <span m='160030'>went</span> <span m='160190'>really</span> <span m='160320'>far</span> <span m='161010'>just doing</span> <span m='161508'>that.</span> <span m='162006'>Never stopped.</span> <span m='163002'>Just</span> <span m='163500'>need to work</span> <span m='163998'>really hard.</span> </p><p><span m='164500'>But</span> <span m='164590'>you</span> <span m='164690'>need</span> <span m='164850'>to</span> <span m='165200'>have a</span> <span m='165455'>passion.</span> <span m='166190'>If you</span> <span m='166310'>don't</span> <span m='166590'>have</span> <span m='166810'>a</span> <span m='167080'>passion,</span> <span m='167430'>give</span> <span m='167780'>up.</span> <span m='170490'>For</span> <span m='170945'>right</span> <span m='171400'>now,</span> <span m='171855'>like I</span> <span m='172310'>said, because</span> <span m='172675'>I'm</span> <span m='173040'>really in</span> <span m='173440'>my first</span> <span m='173830'>year,</span> <span m='174110'>I</span> <span m='174390'>think</span> <span m='174828'>I'm working</span> <span m='175266'>a lot.</span> <span m='175704'>Because</span> <span m='176142'>I'm</span> <span m='177100'>animation,</span> <span m='177570'>and</span> <span m='178040'>I'm</span> <span m='178510'>also</span> <span m='179470'>working as a</span> <span m='179950'>freelancer.</span> <span m='183800'>And</span> <span m='184000'>also,</span> <span m='184435'>I'm</span> <span m='184870'>learning</span> <span m='185245'>new</span> <span m='185620'>things,</span> <span m='185980'>because</span> <span m='186422'>when you</span> <span m='186864'>work for</span> <span m='187306'>the</span> <span m='187748'>computer,</span> <span m='188190'>the</span> <span m='188400'>technology</span> <span m='189470'>always</span> <span m='189780'>leads</span> <span m='189900'>to new studies.</span> <span m='190440'>So</span> <span m='190720'>I'm</span> <span m='190890'>taking</span> <span m='191600'>some</span> <span m='191910'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='194280'>And</span> <span m='194470'>I</span> <span m='194700'>feel</span> <span m='194820'>like</span> <span m='195190'>I</span> <span m='195560'>can never</span> <span m='195670'>keep</span> <span m='195880'>up</span> <span m='196120'>with</span> <span m='196380'>the</span> <span m='196540'>industry.</span> <span m='197160'>When</span> <span m='197580'>I</span> <span m='198000'>learn</span> <span m='198420'>new</span> <span m='198690'>programs,</span> <span m='199350'>they</span> <span m='199470'>want</span> <span m='199830'>another</span> <span m='200320'>one.</span> <span m='200605'>So I'm</span> <span m='200890'>like,</span> <span m='201120'>always trying</span> <span m='201450'>to keep</span> <span m='201670'>up</span> <span m='201890'>with</span> <span m='202180'>it.</span> <span m='204140'>So</span> <span m='204410'>I</span> <span m='204500'>feel</span> <span m='204890'>like I'm</span> <span m='205210'>doing</span> <span m='205654'>a lot</span> <span m='206098'>right</span> <span m='206542'>now,</span> <span m='207430'>but</span> <span m='208320'>like</span> <span m='208530'>I</span> <span m='208560'>said,</span> <span m='208990'>in two</span> <span m='209170'>years,</span> <span m='209470'>I feel</span> <span m='209770'>like</span> <span m='210370'>I</span> <span m='210670'>can</span> <span m='211270'>probably</span> <span m='211570'>have</span> <span m='211870'>more</span> <span m='212170'>free</span> <span m='212470'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='213070'>Like</span> <span m='213370'>right</span> <span m='213670'>now,</span> <span m='213970'>I don't</span> <span m='214270'>have</span> <span m='214870'>weekends</span> <span m='215170'>off.</span> <span m='217270'>But</span> <span m='218770'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='219070'>also</span> <span m='219370'>very</span> <span m='219670'>flexible,</span> <span m='220270'>and</span> <span m='220570'>my</span> <span m='220870'>schedule,</span> <span m='222070'>I can</span> <span m='222370'>say,</span> <span m='222670'>OK,</span> <span m='222970'>I'm</span> <span m='223270'>going to</span> <span m='223570'>start working</span> <span m='223870'>at</span> <span m='224170'>10:00 AM,</span> <span m='224470'>and</span> <span m='224770'>finish</span> <span m='225070'>at</span> <span m='225670'>2:00 AM,</span> <span m='225970'>you know?</span> </p><p><span m='226270'>Yeah.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265688,"video_id":"2708226101001","name":"71536498","duration":227178,"thumbnail_url":null}});