So my sister, Sarah, lives out in Utah, and for some reason they have a profusion of game companies out there (?!) I know! Utah? games? WEIRD!
so, I did not know this when I told her of my desire to get into some animation studio, be it game, movie or tv. I have a nice family, and consequently, when Sarah happened to meet a person in the game industry, she told them about me, got an email address and sent it to me. she got 2 email address's this-a-way, one for a gentleman with (surprisingly) my name, and one for a fellow she goes to church with.
so i email both, and both respond, and i think this is swimmingly fantastic. one forwards me to his boss, the other is kind enough to forward me to his friend who is a rigger (that is my primary interest) but works for a different company and when i get to the rigger, i realize that i have contacted a coworker of the first.
re-reading that, it sounds incredibely confusing. so, i'll name them. one we'll call 'cool guy at sensory sweep' the other we'll call 'awesome dude at avalanche' or "cool guy" and "awesome dude" (hmmm... methinks i see a webcomic beginning!)
so, i got cool guy's email address from my sister, as well as awesome dude's email. i email cool guy, and he hooks me up with his boss. then i email awesome dude, who is, naturally, awesome, and he answers some questions, then directs me to keen rigger, at sensory sweep. i email keen rigger, and he hooks me up with his boss, who is the same boss as cool dude's boss.
and i thought to myself "how coincidental is that?! that awesome dude was good friends with cool guy's coworker, and both have given me a chance to talk to nifty boss fellow." then i realize that it can't be all coincidence, since my sister gave me both these contacts, they obviously live in the same area, and are in the same industry. consequently, they are probably at least somewhat known by each other. on top of that, they live near BYU which has a pretty good CG program, from what i hear.
so, not much of a surprise at all, but still pretty cool, if you think about it.
but hopefully all that will fall out into at least an interview, and (crossing fingers and praying) a job, where i can become a productive and contributing member of society.