I’m a brazilian guy currently living in Rio de Janeiro and I’ve been studying VFX for over 2 months now. I don’t think I’ll be ready to apply for jobs anytime soon, but there has been this voice in my head that shouts a lot of concerns and would be cool to put some light on it
I’ve been doing a lot of reads like:
What I gathered so far is:
Your reel should be your best.
Degree isn’t necessary.
Keep on making cool effects and opportunities will show up.
With that in mind, I wanna make some more questions but, before that, I wanna say that I know it’s kinda hard to give me objective answers for some of the stuff I’m gonna ask, meaning reporting what you’ve seen now and then during your career will do just fine too
What are recruiters really looking for on a Reel and who are they? I mean, usually, are they also VFX artists already working on the company or just HR people?
Is it optimal if I target my Demo Reel with an specific job/role/game style in mind or it won’t make that much a difference and should just do whatever I feel like doing? As long as it is good, of course!
How common are Remote Jobs nowadays? Is it something studios/companies are friendly with or is it some kind of last resource/something avoided?
How common is it for companies to hire foreigners to work on site? And what about remotely?
Do companies have some kind of preference when it comes to that? It came to me that it might be more troublesome to hire someone from abroad Vs hiring someone currently living on the same territory. Do companies even hire people from abroad or is a big no no? If they do hire, let’s move to the next question…
…Work Visa, Contract, Citizenship related stuff
Here in Brazil it’s very common for people to work “iregularly”, meaning there won’t be an official document/contract saying you work for a person/company. This is specially true for art related jobs or any other “results profession” where people do a lot of freelancing/gigs. Is it common when it comes to RTVFX too or not? If it’s not like that, does it mean they arrange a way to take the person in the country? Like, legally hire them?
The core of my concern is: Where I currently live now and my nationality - how does it impact on getting hired? Does it cripple my chances somehow?
I wanna state I’m totally willing to move, but I just can’t do that beforehand, I mean, before actually landing a job
I’m also interested on knowing if you’ve been on a similar spot as I’m now and your story. Have you had to move beforehand or after getting the job? How things have rolled out for you?