My first experience with game design was with GameMaker 6. After years of messing around with this software, I've branched out to the Unreal Engine and Ren'py. There are many engines out there, and so much to learn.
With the desire to design games, I've taken a lot of time learning about narrative writing, story-boarding, user testing, and game theory.
Ever since I was in junior high, I would use GIMP and other free programs to create pixel graphics and designs.
As I grew more comfortable with the programs, editing iamges and illustrating on the computer became a hobby. When I started using the Adobe Suite, everything only got easier and more enjoyable.
3D Modeling and Animation
During high school, I participated in a program that allowed me to attend EVIT to take a course there. There were many options, but I chose 3D Animation.
After 2 years, I learned how to use 3dsMax software. With this, I learned how to model and rig characters, create my own textures, and export models into various game engines.
I grew up playing the piano for several years. I happened to stop when I hit middle school, but with that I picked up the guitar and played that for some time. It has been a long time since I've touched an instrument now, but I bought myself a keyboard to play every now and then.
I also got Mixcraft Studio on my computer, and it has been fun to create music that way as well. For many of my game projects, this program has been used to create sounds and music.
I would say I am far more comfortable doing front-end work compared to back-end. I enjoy working with wire-frames and mock-ups to create a professional web presence.
2 Year Mission for the Church
I served as a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I served in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission. This was a full time commitment, and it tested me in every single way.
The schedule for each day was pretty set in stone. Wake up at 6:30 AM, shower and get ready for the day. Have personal study at 8 AM, companionship study at 9 AM. By 10 AM, we needed to be out and ready to go. During this time, we would proselyte till evening. I can't say that we were completely busy all the time, but everyday were opportunities to share gospel messages with those we come in contact with. We would pray for people in their homes, on the street, you name it.
A good percentage of the time for me was knocking doors and blessing families and their homes. Those who were interested in learning more had us come back and we would teach them more. In summary, it was quite an extreme experience.
Past Job Experiences
High School Cafeteria
I did this for a couple years once I found out about it. I worked in the back preparing frozen food, and moving various supplies from and to the freezer. The people I worked with were great, and it was a great experience.
I gave McDonalds a try, but with little to no training and a complete language barrier, I only lasted a couple months.
I was hired as a Clerk or Cashier for a nearby CVS store when I came back from my mission. Although working retail can be draining, the crew I was with were irreplaceable. They were all great people and their personalities made the job awesome. I kinda wish I worked there a bit longer, but had to leave due to school starting. They gave me a departure card and it made me sad to leave.