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  1. Thanks anothername. I agree about contacting someone in the right position. The plan was to call the front desk and ask who would be in charge of hiring and go from there. i think an email at first is best; I know I would be turned off if I received a random call from someone I don't know. As long as I go about it the right way, I suppose the worst that can happen is I get a no or no response at all.
  2. I'm a video editor and motion graphics designer. I've been working at a small ad agency for a year and am really hoping to move up to other, more experienced, studios in the city. There are many great places in Toronto that produce amazing work, places where I would love to work. I'm wondering what is the best approach to contacting them. I'm hesitant to start cold-calling/emailing them but at the moment, that is my only option. I don't have many friends in the industry but I'm hoping to work on that in the near future by going to some meetup groups in the city. I really want to move on from my current employment and actually work in a more accomplished studio. I'm currently the sole video editor at the place I work and you can only learn so much working alone! If I do go with the cold-call/email route, maybe I shouldn't ask for a job straight off the bat, but maybe ask to visit the studio and take a peek. Just a thought. So what's your take on cold-calling/emailing?
  3. A little while ago I started a personal project where I asked motion designers, creative directors and studio execs, "What does it take to work with you?" Responses are trickling in and I'm working on getting more and spreading the word. You can check out what I have so far here: http://doublestrum.com/what-does-it-take/ If you can pass it on it would be greatly appreciated. If you yourself would like to chime in just leave a comment on the site! Thanks!
  4. I've started a little project that I would like to really get rolling and get the word out. Many times, I'd look at a reel of a motion design studio and ask myself, "What does it take to work there?" I could imagine many other young designers wonder the same thing. So I took it upon myself to ask as many local studios in Toronto that very question and post their tweet-sized responses into one collection. Needless to say, the responses are trickling in. As you can imagine, a cold email doesn't usually get through. However, this is something I believe in and it could help out a lot of people out there and I would love to get the word out. It'd be great to get as many responses from creative directors, executive producers, senior designers (anyone who has the power to hire someone else, really) and have them all in one place for someone to see what the general consensus is. You can check out the responses I have received here: http://doublestrum.com/what-does-it-take/ It's not much but I would love for that to change. If you, or someone you know, would like to contribute to this please leave a comment or email me at chris.tarroza[at]gmail.com Thanks!
  5. I'm looking for some of the best motion graphics/post-houses in Toronto. I currently work as an in-house video editor and motion designer at an agency which is in a great area and has great staff but there are a few concerning things... 1) At the moment (middle of summer) it is DEAD. And when I mean dead, I mean I have nothing to do, no projects to work on whatsoever. For the past 2 or 3 weeks, I've been playing around with After Effects and watching a bunch of stuff on lynda. When I was first hired, there was a steady stream of work and it picked up pretty well. It could be that it's just a low point in the industry but as far as I know, there aren't any upcoming projects that I know of in the near future. The print and web guys are also not as busy but they still have work to do daily. Boredom is my worst enemy, I'd rather be packed to the brim with work than nothing at all... 2) Continuing on from the above comment, I wouldn't be surprised if they were to let me go. In the event that happens, I'd like to have a backup plan to pay the bills. 3) Minus the current boredom, this is a great place to work when I actually have work to do. One of the slight issues, however, is that I'm the only video guy in the company. This is my second job out of school and I'll admit that I am far, far, far from the best. There is much I need to learn and experience and it's kind of tough when I'm the only guy here who knows how to work After Effects. I want to be surrounded by people who can kick my butt at motion design, where I can learn more and make some really cool stuff. I want to ask the head-honchos of the company if there are any upcoming projects, but I fear that if they say there isn't any, they will realize that I have no use here and send me off. So I just wanted to know of some studios I can look into and possibly apply to or at the very least, network around and get some names so I can get back to them in the event I get let go. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Hungry for Work
  6. At work: 2 x 2.8 Quad Core 4 GB Ram... I have been BUGGIN' for more RAM. So far to no avail... At home: 1st Gen. 13-in." Macbook Not-Pro... 2Ghz Intel Core Duo! Wo0t! 2 GB RAM As you can see, I'm not catching any breaks here. I'm planning on upgrading my Macbook to the iMac i7 to do some work on the side in hopes of getting out of my current employer. I know the limitations of those iMacs but I don't see doing a lot of work on the side as of yet... and Mac Pros are way out of the budget right now.
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