Tom Frederick Bernardo
HOW WAS LIFE AFTER FIRST ACADEMY?
First Academy has opened doors for me to a more fulfilling and exciting career in the CG industry and our school has also given me the opportunity to share my knowledge by making me one of their 3D instructors.
WHAT'S YOUR TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
As head of the 3D Modelling department, I train and oversee my co-artists. I make sure that the quality of every 3D model/asset we produce meets the technical and aesthetic requirements of our project. Part of my work also involves collaborating with other department heads and our Technical Directors, CG superivisor and Director in order for me to give the most practical and appropriate direction to the 3D modelling department.
During free time, I upgrade my knowledge both in the artistic and technical aspects of graphic arts. I also give myself time to relax and enjoy the company of my friends, catch up on my favorites tv shows, reading, and be on the lookout for a new toy or action figure to add to my collection.
WHAT WAS YOUR JOB BEFORE FIRST ACADEMY?
Before, I used to work as a document analyst for an outsourcing company. Then after the training I got from First Academy and through my very knowledgable and friendly mentor Jherz Hernandez, to whom I'm also very thankful for, I got a job as a 3D generalist, Cloth simulator, Instructor and now the biggest break I got is being a Lead Modeller for Mano Productions.
WERE YOU HAPPY ABOUT THE DECISION YOU MADE TO LEARN WITH US?
I am positively sure that I am happy about my decision to learn 3D animation at First Academy.
WHAT WORK-RELATED CHALLENGES CAME YOUR WAY AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
In this profession, the lack of communication within a groups of artist can really be a pain in the neck... that is why I do my best to collaborate and find a win-win solution to resolve issues.
WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE TO ASPIRING ARTISTS?
It takes a lot of heart to be in this profession, so love it.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
I want to learn more software packages related to CG and further improve my skills in 3D animation. If God will allow it, I'd like to see myself work for a major 3D studio outside our country.
HAVE DONE FREELANCING?
Well so far, all of the jobs I got in the CG industry are freelance in nature. How was it? I enjoy the pay and the work schedule! The best part is you don't work in a typical-rigid environment, you have more control of you time.
IF YOU COULD DESTROY ONE MYTH ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
All artists need to be trained, even those born with the talent.