Speaker Highlight - Benjamin Cavallari
Our next featured speaker for the AltDev Student Summit is Benjamin Cavallari, with a session titled "Not all Fun and Games: Using What You’ve Created to Get Your First Gig in the Interactive Entertainment Industry".
Applying to positions in the games industry with only classic resumes and cover letters is a thing of the past. We now work in one of the most intense visual mediums and competitive entertainment industries out there. Therefore, your portfolio and profile must show an understanding of the skills to perform the necessary tasks required by the target studio, team, and/or position, as well as the potential for more than what the job asks for.
Whether you’re applying for art, for programming, or for design positions, you should represent the appropriate skills in the most concise and attractive way with the substance to back it up. This talk will showcase examples of electronic portfolios and individual profile pieces including demo reels, voice-overs, and problem-iteration videos. These valuable items and other tips to the application (coming straight from industry individuals) will help to set yourself apart from your peers/classmates for that all-important first position in the industry.
Looking for more info on who Benjamin is? Here's his bio!
Benjamin has over 8 years of university instructing, and has extensive experience with student advising and curriculum development. After having most recently taught alongside Game Development faculty at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, he jumped into the gaming industry as a consultant for Warner Bros. Games in the Turbine/WB studio outside Boston, MA.
Specifically, his experience covers product management and various projects surrounding university relations. At Turbine/WB, he has placed WB Games industry developers in teaching positions at top 10 Game Development schools in New England, including Becker College (Worcester, MA) and Champlain College. He has created seminar series between WB Games and Harvard/MIT, is organizing coding jams/hackathons with Tufts University giving WB deep access to the top students and programs in the northeast. He is launching GameARC (Academic Relationships Consulting) in October, 2012 to continue to evolve the relationships between the industry and academia.
Join Benjamin and all the other speakers at the AltDev Student Summit, November 10th and 11th. You can see them all the sessions we've announced on the conference page, and don't forget to register for free through Eventbrite.