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Episode 10 - Kim Nguyen: 3D Animator

--- Originally from Florida, Kim Nguyen is an Atlanta based 3D animator. She earned her Masters in Interactive Technology from the FIEA (Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy) after earning her undergrad degree at USF. Her credits include EA Tiburon, Hi-Rez Studios, and now Moon Studios. We discuss her work, her experiences in the industry thus far, and the unconventional path she took to get there. **[Kim's Portfolio Website](www.kimbawin.com)** **Mentioned Companies:** * [EA Tiburon](www2.ea.com/locations/orlando) * [HiRez Studios](www.hirezstudios.com) * [Moon Studios GmbH](www.oriblindforest.com/#!moon-3/) * [Ori and the Blind Forest (XBox One)](http://amzn.to/2uJDZ02) * [Ori and the Blind Forest (PC)](http://amzn.to/2tgbzGI) **Mentioned Schools:** * [University of South Florida (USF)](www.usf.edu) * [Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA)](fiea.ucf.edu) **Other Mentions:** * [Kartikay Bhagat, rigger/technical artist at Hi-Rez Studios](www.kbanimation.com) (this is an old site, but it's all I could find) * [Full Sail](learn.fullsail.edu) * [3Ds Max](www.autodesk.com/products/3ds-max/overview) * [Maya](www.autodesk.com/products/maya/overview) * [Atelier, definition](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atelier)
--- **Selected Quotes** - I used to draw on my desk a lot when I was a kid. It was the only thing that got me in trouble, ever. ~ Kim Nguyen - Art was definitely a part of my life, but I didn't know I wanted to do it professionally, I guess... Until I realized I was definitely not going to be a doctor. ~ Kim Nguyen - I liked doing everything. I think if it were really up to me I'd be a generalist, just because I like doing everything so much. But at the end of the day, nobody else I knew wanted to be an animator, and we had projects to do. ~ Kim Nguyen - The whole “sleep when you're dead” thing is bullshit. It is! And anyone who says that [...] I don't know what kind of lifestyle you're living, but I need to get some sleep. ~ Pat Bollin - I loved the whole thing [in school] where everybody is passionate and everybody is pushing each other. Did I say already it was the best years of my life? ~ Kim Nguyen - If you don't play board games like you're willing to lose friends over it, you're doing it wrong. ~ Jeremiah Clark - My parents still don't really get what I do. They're like “so you draw pictures every day?” ~ Kim Nguyen - To this day, even though I have a paying job and everything, my mom is still like “are you sick of that yet? [...] It's never too late to go Med school!” ~ Kim Nguyen - At first I wasn't thrilled to be working on basketball [games], but I learned so much at EA. ~ Kim Nguyen - You can always learn something from somebody else, so matter what level they're at. ~ Pat Bollin
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