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Thomas Wilson at Quebec's Activision Beenox met with Game Careers

Thomas Wilson, Art Director at Beenox in Quebec City met with David Smith of Game Careers and Interactive Selection at the Montreal Interernational Games Summit ( MIGS) in Montreal in November 2010. His advice for job seekers looking to apply for a job with his studio is: “Determination is what it takes. It is a competitive industry, sometimes there are only 1 or 2 job openings, if you’re lucky a studio will open up and they’ll be looking for a whole bunch of people. Once and awhile you really have to stand out from the crowd and my recommendation to any student or anyone interested in joining that industry, when you get into your program, don’t just count on the program to give you what you need. Work hard, make sure you find a way to make a statement and standout from all the other guys who are maybe going through the program for the fun of it. You have to standout! If you stand out you might get a chance. Don’t stand out on top of everyone, just stand out for the right reason. It is just a matter of making sure that you spend the energy when you’re studying to develop the strongest portfolio as possible and then you might get a job and start your way into a company. Don’t try to achieve a high rank job; it’s not how it is going to work. You get your foot in the door with an entry level job and then figure out how the industry works and climb the ladder if you have the skills.”

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