Sol in prime sweet summertime

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 @ 9:49 | life

Spring is here. The Russian forest fires cast a weird, dreamy light despite the warm sunlight. We got just about one week of snow this year.

I have landed a job at a Finnish game studio. I will be working as an assistant producer from June. This is my dream come true and I know it’s going to work out, despite leaving behind a secure, comfortable job and a promising career.

Looking back at my life until now, it’s weird how I’ve built up the skillset for the career I always wanted, yet didn’t really know anything about up to a couple of years ago. Many people do not even know what a producer does.

I’m a game designer at heart, having drafted and planned games forever. Since I learned how to write, I’ve been making game designs. When I first thought about becoming a professional in the videogame industry, there just weren’t any open positions if you didn’t know how to code or make art. I know some code and I dabble in art, but I’m not a professional by any means. Over the years the industry has bloomed in Finland, opening up positions more than there is talent available for.

Some years ago I realized I might become a producer, but it took until now for an opportunity to present itself. I am seizing it and urge anyone with a vision of what they want to do in their life to always keep the target in their sights, no matter what direction your life and career takes you. If you want it – and let people know that you do – there are always opportunities. I’m not saying this has been a straight line towards a job in the game industry, far from it, but I’ve never let it slip from my mind and I’ve talked about it openly, always keeping myself up to date with the industry.

I can’t wait to see a game with my name on it on the store shelves!

2 Responses to “Sol in prime sweet summertime”

  1. Tiina Says:

    Olen erittäin iloinen puolestasi. Vihdoinkin pitkäaikainen unelmasi on saavutettavissasi.
    Miksi työ alkaa vasta kesäkuussa? Pidätkö sitä ennen kesäloman?

  2. joonas.laakso Says:

    Kiitos. Mulla on määräaikainen soppari nykyisen firman kanssa, ei pysty lopettamaan aikaisemmin. Taitaa jäädä lomat väliin tänä vuonna.

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