I knew that I had participate in the SULA program when I first heard about it. There were many people who asked me why I would leave the comfort of driving in Syracuse, and my friends and family and go to do my last semester in Los Angeles. My answer was, “Really?!” I would be the stupidest man if I did not take advantage of this great opportunity. I’m a VPA student majoring in Computer Art & Animation. I knew that Los Angeles is my destination, so why would I wait until after I graduate to go to Los Angeles to find a job or internship, look for a place to move in, and meet a new friends? Why would I wait when I can do all of that while I’m taking my last semester in the beautiful sunshine of Los Angeles, and leaving the days of spending thirty minutes shuffling the snow off my car every morning behind. There is no better opportunity to introduce me to the beautiful city of Los Angeles and the entertainment industry than the SULA program.
I applied for many internships in big and small animation and videogame studios, and I got interviews with most of them. I ended up doing two internships, on as a production intern at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the home of the longest running stop-motion show on television, Robot Chicken. Th other one is at Floor 84 Games Studio. F84 fulfills a wide array of creative needs, ranging from entertainment software development, branding, marketing, motion/broadcast graphics and website design/development. Clients encompass all markets,ranging from entertainment to corporate America. Both internships were amazing experiences.
The most important things I learned through my internships were the business side of
animation, the management of big projects, and how to solve problems. What I learned from
them helped me a lot in deciding which direction to go. I discovered that my goal is to have my
own animation company, and to direct animation shows and films.
It is very important to build up a good resume, and to know how to write a cover letters.That is what we learn in SULA, as well as at the SU campus. But the most impotent thing that isvery hard to get anywhere other than SULA is the connections that will lead to a future job in the entertainment industry. It is good to havea good resume and a cover letter when you apply for a job in the industry, but that would not get you the job. It could help you, but the connections will get you the job for sure. My advice would be for anyone who is thinking about doing the SULA program to stop thinking and just do it. You will never regret it. Most people
end up in amazing positions in Los Angeles or New York City. I believe that there is no better place than the SULA program to help students with their future career.