I'm rather new here but for this topics sake I'm using a different account.
I'm going to drop the short version first:
I've been in the games industry since 2008 where 3 of those years were about VFX.
I joined current employer 4 years ago and haven't been able to do VFX at all.
I have a problem with relocating fully and would like to know if you think studios accept VFX artists to work remotely and spending every other / 3rd week in office? Because I really want to keep working with this but I am given no chance at it and this is the only games related work thats close enough to drive to.
I have pretty big problem right now and I am really unsure on how to proceed in my career and life and I would love to hear if anyone else have had these problems or might sit on a solution or part of a solution.
I've been in the industry since 2008 and I've worked on 5 titles, 4 of them released. 3 of them AAA class.
I've worked with environments for 3 years and then Vfx for 3 years.
Here's my problem: That was almost 4 years ago. I've been doing only basic modeling and tutoring the last 4 years.
When I joined current company 4 years ago I thought I would be given the chance to learn more about VFX but that hasn't been the case. And most likely won't be in the coming 2-5 years and I really want to learn more about VFX and the tools used. And I don't think I can wait much longer.
Why don't I just get a new job and move there? Well, I am married with 2 kids and relocating isn't as easy as it used to be. Its not impossible, but I really want to ask around first.
Do you think that any studio would accept a VFX artist to work remotly and being in office every other / every 3rd week?(There are studios half a days travel away) It's a very social role and it requirea a lot of cross-disciplin communications, yes. But is there a chance? Or is my only option to relocate if I want to save my career?
Please let me know what you think of this. Be as hars as you like, any advice or idea is greatly appreciated!