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#1 s.edwards2



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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:45 PM

Hi Everyone,

I've always wanted to work in the USA but after lots of research I am just baffled about the best way of getting out there...visas/job searching and all of that. As I am from the UK though I can get a years work visa in Canada and was thinking of saving up some money and heading out that way in 6 months or so. I've always wanted to travel but worry that if I took a year out of the industry I'd get behind so want to travel through work.

I guess I just wondered what the motion graphics scene was like out there? I've also heard that job hunting works differently over there, much less advertising on job sites and a lot more word of mouth/checking designers sites (not that I don't do that in the UK). Essentially if anyone could shed some light or share any interesting stories about setting up as a mograph artist in a new country? I'm a Junior at my current company as well so wondering if that would be a major hindrence?

Cheers, looking forward to reading any responses :)


ps. Sorry it said error when I posted and ended up posting twice!

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#2 JonnyB


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:25 PM

I don't know too much about the subject having not done it myself, but I know that it's tricky and there really is no easy answer!

I'm sure you're aware of these but I thought i'd link to other posts that talk about this.


they all point to the same conclusion... you'll be very lucky to get a work visa in the USA but hey if you don't try, you don't get!

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:56 PM

Yeah, in Canada it's all about connections. When we hire, we tend to ask the people who already work here if they know anyone, and if we don't find anyone within a few degrees of separation we post an anonymous ad to Craigslist. There aren't really any active job sites. That said, here in Vancouver most mograph people I know are kept pretty busy. Unfortunately, since moving to Vancouver I've completely stopped doing freelance/contract work, so I don't really have any insight as to how to break in.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

If you want to come to Canada and work your best bet is probably Toronto. There are many less Canadian eyeballs than American so it's a waaaay smaller market.
Not to be discouraging but unless you have a top notch kickass real it might be a bit difficult to breeze into town and pickup gigs easily.

Your best bet would be to get in touch with studious a few months before you plan on coming to start the getting to know you process and increase your chances of having gigs lined up once you get here.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

Cheers for the general advice, specially about how jobs are advertised.

I'm not necessarily looking for freelance work, in an ideal world I would get a permnanet job and sponsored be that at a junior level or perhaps middleweight if I have reached that point. As I wouldn't be looking to move for at least 6 months (saving) that also gives me good time to work on the reel. I do have one but it needs freshening up.

I was wandering about getting in touch with studios beforehand so I will definitely take that advice on board!

It's really interesting to hear what you guys have to say about this so I appreciate the responses.

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