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Tuesday, October 8 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Changing your career in games without having an existential crisis

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Making the jump into a videogame career already comes with its moments of nerves, doubt, and imposter syndrome, but shifting into a new role in the same industry (or even considering shifting into a new role) can bring these feelings out all over again, sometimes even more so. As an indie, is it possible to apply for a job in AAA (or inversely, as a AAA dev, is it possible to run your own indie studio?)? After years as an artist, can you apply for a producer position? How do you apply for a job at a game publisher when you’ve only worked at a game developer? This session will explore all of these questions in a variety of ways, from preparing your CV and portfolio appropriately for a new job opportunity, to managing the emotional challenges that accompany changing your career trajectory in the games industry. Jo Lammert's career has run the gamut in experiences, from librarianship to indie game dev to community organizing to government stewardship to freelance to currently publishing, and there's a lot of things she's learned over this past decade she wishes she could bestow onto her younger self- instead, you can reap the benefits from her past self-doubt, insecurities, and quarter-life crisis! No matter how different your previous work seems, there’s always opportunity for those experiences to complement a brand-new role with new responsibilities.

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Jo Lammert

Jo Lammert is currently the Program Manager the videogame label Private Division, with previous game experience in indie development, community organizing, and even government. Jo’s first foray in the videogame industry was when she co-founded White Whale Games, producing 2012's... Read More →

Tuesday October 8, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm AEDT