In FSBlog’s Just Launched feature, we talk to brand new Full Sail graduates, right out the door from graduation, about what’s next for them as they head out into the workforce. This month’s Just Launched graduate is Brian Clark.
Name: Brian Clark
Degree Program: Digital Arts & Design
Graduation Date: November 26, 2013
First Job: I start next Monday, December 9, as a Front-End Web Designer/Developer at Focus on the Family, a non-profit, faith-based organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I’ll mainly be designing, updating, and maintaining their current website and other partner websites and working on a number of apps they have, so I’ll have a hand in a bit of mobile development, which I’m really excited about. I’m from Colorado originally – Colorado Springs is an hour away from where I grew up – so my parents are really excited I’m coming home.
How You Got Your Foot in the Door: If anything, GPS points helped me get this job. I had the highest GPS points in my class so I had the opportunity to join a Green Room session with Paul Bae of Focus on the Family [in October]. The company was looking for someone in digital media because they’re expanding their media program, so Paul told me to e-mail him about a potential job opportunity. I followed up with him, sent him my online portfolio, and by later in that week, I was flown out to Colorado to interview with them. After a series of interviews, they offered me the job the following week.
Before Graduation: My dad is an artist, so I’ve always been fascinated with art and creation. When I first got to Full Sail, it was a whole new world. I couldn’t see myself doing anything other than multimedia design. At Full Sail, SPARK got me a lot of opportunities and really helped out my work ethic, and throughout the program I was able to work on a lot of side projects, including title sequences for the Swamp Brothers and projection mapping for Cybis Communications. Speaking up in class and building a network with the professionals who have been teaching me opened up a lot of these opportunities. I think always being available and always saying yes to projects has definitely benefited me and will continue to do so in the future.
Down the Road: In the next year or two, I definitely want to increase my design, motion graphics, and coding skills. I’d like to be as good as coding as I am at designing.
Long-Term Goal: I would really love to work for Royale in Los Angeles with [Full Sail grad] Jayson Whitmore. He came to Full Sail last November and broke down one of their projects and I absolutely fell in love with their process. And in 10 years, I’d like to be in the Full Sail Hall of Fame. I told myself, “I don’t care what I have to do, or how hard it is, I’m going to make it happen. I will be in the Hall of Fame.”