Leaving On A Jet Plane

Don’t know when I’ll be back again.

In other words, I’m back in America. Good ol’ U.S. of A. Land of the 自由 and home of the 勇敢な人々.

For the first time in a long time, I’m focused on looking for a job. That means getting my résumé in working order, actually finishing my portfolio, and spending time each day applying to jobs. All while combating the jet lag that’s hampered my ability this week. Not to mention all the noise my brother makes here. Forgot about that.

But things are getting done, and for that I’m glad.

There’s always this small sense that things are never perfect enough when it comes to applications. After all, looking for a job in the game industry is harder when you don’t have many professional contacts to vouch for you, nor a history of work on AAA titles, nor a degree in computer science or anything comparable.

So my biggest asset is going to be my portfolio. It’s the one thing that proves I’ve done work that shows I know what I’m doing. But as I continue to make games to add to the portfolio, I always come back thinking: What if this isn’t enough? What if it’s my next game that makes my portfolio stand out? By that point, I’ve already applied and judgment has been cast. That regretful thought: Why didn’t I just wait?

Fact is, jobs come and go quickly. There’s really no time to wait. I think I’ll always regret not applying for a level design job at Double Fine. Just as I’ll regret applying with a weak portfolio. Yet that’s just how life is. Time is limited, and there’s no time to dilly-dally.

In any case, wish me luck! And if you know anyone hiring in the games industry, let me know! I’m hoping to relocate. 🙂

No Post This Week

Unless you count this, which I’ve been told some people do. So, I guess here it is: a post!

Two sentences really isn’t enough, even for a non-post, so why not a few more?

I’m going to Japan in less than two weeks! Exciting! It’ll be nice to go back and enjoy the Japanese spring, which is probably the best season over there. Summer and fall are both nice, but spring is where it’s at.

Also, Persona 5 may go down in my mind as the most intense game I’ve played, new words wise. Already my personal dictionary has 359 words logged, including such recent gems as 書斎(しょさい), “a study”, such as お父さんは書斎に閉じこもっている, “My father has locked himself up in his study.” I wasn’t aware that 斎 was used in any other word than the family name 斎藤. Guess I was wrong.

I have to stop looking up new words or I’ll never finish this game before I go back to Japan. Guess we’ll see what aspect of my life I decide to forfeit for the sake of the game.

JET Interviews

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The mysteries of the JET Program. Just who are those people? And why do they avoid the “T”?

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Working at the Japanese consulate this past week, I got to see the JET program from the other side. Continue reading