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  • Advice for someone embarking on a mograph career?

     x-claim updated 15 years, 6 months ago 7 Members · 10 Posts
  • Randall Bennett

    April 5, 2005 at 6:56 pm

    I’m looking at getting my first job as a p/t (maybe f/t) broadcast designer for a local station in Salt Lake City. Any advice for a recent grad about making mographics a possible career?

  • John Cuevas

    April 5, 2005 at 7:03 pm

    Check out law school. 😀

  • Randall Bennett

    April 5, 2005 at 7:04 pm

    I forgot to add… I’ve heard all the “NO MONEY, GET OUT OF COMMUNICATION RELATED FIELDS!” speech several thousand times.

  • Aindreas Gallagher

    April 5, 2005 at 7:24 pm

    Architecture I say, I know a few & they’re raking it. And they get to wear hard hats. Or property development in Ireland: i can’t recommend this one highly enough, they’re making so much money its begun to seriously distort the irish economy…:0)

  • Don Jaksa

    April 5, 2005 at 9:13 pm

    Honestly, stay away from the local TV gig. It’s a branch of the industry that just seems to get more and more automated and provides fewer opportunities for advancement every year.
    If you want to focus on Motion Graphic Design, look into post houses, ad agencies etc. But don’t waste your time in local TV.

  • Randall Bennett

    April 5, 2005 at 9:42 pm

    I’m really just starting in local TV because its available (and I’m graduating from college this semester), but how would I get a job doing more design and learning more about design? I didn’t go to college in design, but i have an art sense, and a technical sense (and i went to college to become a reporter, which i still might do when i’m older than 20). Any advice?

  • Don Jaksa

    April 6, 2005 at 6:54 pm

    The bottom rung of the post house and production studio path is even lower than that of local TV (at least where pay is concerned), but the experience that you get, the contacts you will make and the quality of production that you are likely to be involved with is much more valuable than running teleprompter at some affiliate. You may have to start as an associate producer or intern or apprentice at a post house with little or no pay, but if you are serious about a career path and don’t just think “TV is cool!”, then you can really soak up all that is to be learned in that atmosphere. Promotions are likely and you will make good contacts that can further your career in the future. Pound the pavement, even the entry-level jobs are not easy to get.

  • Kathlyn Lindeboom

    April 6, 2005 at 9:02 pm

    [Don Jaksa] “you will make good contacts that can further your career in the future”

    Most of the people here have mentioned making good contacts. I can’t stress enough how important “who you know in this industry” is. It’s often not good enough to be a great artist. There are so many really good artists in our fields that Ron and I have gotten to know over the years that write to tell us they’re leaving the field — they just can’t get the jobs.

    So, you need to get out there and “network” — Meet people. Join your local users group. Attend a conference if you can. If you can’t afford the classes, try finding the free classes and attend the free expo part. NAB is a big opportunity to meet people.

    Get yourself noticed. Come up with some killer technique and write a tutorial for the COW.

    Use our demo reel forum. Post your reel and ask for feedback. Use the advice to create a killer reel. Don’t just copy what everyone else is doing. Try to think up something original. You won’t believe how many reels we saw with the George Polevoy “Flowing Text” effect on them when that tutorial was first up. It was almost a rite of passage. A sort of “see, I figured it out.” But most of the reels hadn’t even changed the settings. Ron and I actually saw a title sequence in a fairly big movie that used that effect — unchanged from the project aep that was supplied with the tutorial.

    Hope some of these ideas help. Good luck with your quest.

    Kathlyn Lindeboom
    The Mistress of Mmmooooo!

  • Clint Fleckenstein

    April 7, 2005 at 1:57 am

    TV is the hind end of this industry. You will not get time to learn and experiment and branch out in what you do.

    For instance, I spent 14 years working for a regional network of NBC affiliates, and left making under $13/hr (in North Dakota)…and we were so busy with newscasts and promos that I *never* had time to do anything cool. It was hard enough finding time to get up to speed on the equipment we were adding.

    I have a hard time believing it’s any different at any other station. They’re in the business of getting stuff on the air. In fact, I was told that we did a lot more production at our stations than most, simply because of our location. The ABC stations I worked at before that, nothing but promos. And because they believe their ratings tie in heavily with their branding, you’re looking at cookie-cutter jobs.

    I’m not bitter or anything, but one of the reasons I’m glad I’m out of TV is because now I have a boss who insists that we read magazines and browse web forums and download tutorials. More creativity, less nuts-n-bolts.


  • x-claim

    April 7, 2005 at 4:37 am

    I am in a similar position to you, except I have recently got a degree in computer graphic design, focusing on motion graphics and video.
    I looked at a job at the national (country of 4 million people) TV network and decided that I didnt want to do all the low end jobs, so started looking at post production houses, I am now in a small post house with 5 people and I am ‘the’ motion graphics guy.
    It is really good to get dropped in the deep end with nobody to ask, you have to teach yourself and get to try your hand at everything.
    I fully advocate a small place for the first job!

    Door knock!

    New Zealand

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