May 17th, 2011,11:49 PM
Originally Posted by MadGuy44
Simply stating you've been using a program for few years doesn't equal how much real world experience you have, or even how deep you know the program. HR will want to feel confident that you have the skillsets to do the job based on your knowledge of something. Length of time is simply a number. I've seen people with 30 years of driving experience, but that doesn't mean they know how to drive a car properly.
You're not going to like this, but if you have no real world experience then you probably WILL start at the bottom of the food chain. And that could include being a runner. It's called paying your dues. Most of us have done it, and is simply part of the process.
I started off as an onset commercial PA. I've know people who started off taking out the trash. But from that we make friends, and through friends you make connections, and through connections you get your foot in the door of a real VFX house, once again at the bottom, doing roto or paint. It's all up hill from there.
It won't happen overnight. Good luck.