1. What interests you the most about IMGD? The connections and insanely talented people all around me. I shared a lot of classes with students from other majors (like animation, media arts + practice, and CS games) and a lot of them are incredibly passionate about what they do. Also some of the professors are very accomplished in the industry.
2. What originally led you to studying IMGD? I was interested in becoming a Disney Imagineer and interactive entertainment sounded like the most relevant major. Once I got here, it turned out that the department was working on a Themed Entertainment minor which I’m now squeezing into my last year.
3. What advice do you have for prospective students looking to apply to SCA? Don’t get discouraged if you don’t know what you want to do. Pick a direction and find what you’re good at/enjoy in that area. Things can change very quickly. A lot of skills you can only learn by doing so just do anything and everything. There will be projects you hate but you can learn something valuable from every experience. What you’re studying in school may not be the career you go into and what you’re doing 5 or 10 years from now won't be what you're doing for the rest of your life. The jobs you have might not even exist right now so be patient and do whatever life presents you with (and give it your all because doors will open). It's all about the people you know.
4. How has this program prepared you so far in your career in entertainment?Connections, intense projects, developing skills I didn’t think would be useful but have come in handy.
5. What have been your biggest challenges at USC? Figuring out my voice - the major focuses heavily on video games and programming which are not my interests. Also art.
6. What are you involved in right now? Where can people find out more about your work? GameCake - Emoji Charades