Nope, not a Glee thing here. I do however, adore the show along with my family.
It has been a long while since I posted anything on this blog and the Caged Tiger’s Templar blog. My focus changed. In October 2014, I resigned from being an animation, visual effects and graphic instructor at the Art Institute of Las Vegas to become a Lead Artist at a slot machine company. The change was refreshing and deep down inside, I could feel it was time to change. At this new job, I am able to come with new slot machine ideas, practice design composition, typography, color, animation, visual effects, programming and sound. Its also very interesting to learn about the industry, specifically how the casinos and the slot machine companies create revenue to keep things going. A lot of it is pure entertainment – make sure the player has a good time and that they enjoy the ride.
I am part of a slot machine team of 14 artists that is perhaps the best group I have ever had the chance to run with. Everyone is talented at what they do, we help each other and we just enjoy hanging out and being with one another.
Another activity that has been occupying a majority of my time is that the video game I’ve been working on, Infinium Strike is finally close to being published and will be available on Steam this summer. My contribution to the game is that I was the user interface designer for the game. The game is looking sharp and we are hoping that people will give playing the game a shot. Infinium Strike is a 3D tower defense game and people can learn about it on the Codex Worlds website.
The reason for this blog post however, is because I am on the verge of changing jobs again in the casino gaming industry. Too soon to tell at the creation of this post, but as I prepare my portfolio for this possible change, I noticed that I hadn’t visited this website in a long while. I still have thoughts of pursuing a “life coaching” path to help people out, but at the moment, the fire in that direction is not as bright. Lately my fire burns bright for the relationships in my life, exercise, spirituality and in this new career path I have.
I will miss the Art Institute of Las Vegas for giving me the opportunity to hone my presentation abilities, I thank them for spotting me my MFA in Computer Animation and I am honored to have been able to lead the hundreds of students who graced the seats of my classes. I am humbled and honored that you entrusted me to get you closer to your dreams. Send me a line in the future, so I know that what I shared with you worked, because I have no idea.
Since the last post, I also got into Instagram. I’m going to find a way to somehow get my Instagram feeds on to my blog, without having to install a new theme. This task however is also not as bright, I’m just not sure when I’ll get to it.
Until next time.
Fire it Up!