Mary Manchin

Junior VFX Artist, Mad Old Nut Productions

Do you enjoy your job? Where do you see your career going in the future? 
Let’s just say my job is a place that I don’t expect to be long term. It is a stepping stone for my future. I see myself becoming a concept artist or recently I’ve been enjoying the idea of pushing my goal a little bit farther and I would love to become an art director (hopefully for a horror company).

How do you maintain a work-life balance? 
It’s all about making sure that you leave work at work. Working sixty hours a week makes it extremely difficult to have a personal life because the only real time you have is the weekends and all you want to do is sleep.  On top of that I’m doing freelance work on the side. It’s all about time management. Set a number of hours for work and then make sure you have a set number of hours for yourself. Every weekend I try to do different activities with either friends from work or friends from SU, recently, since a few of my friends have left my current job for other companies, we decided to meet up every Friday and get dinner to catch up and hang out.

How did your time at Spiders prepare you for this position? Any skills that have helped you in the workplace?
Spiders prepared me by showing me what it’s like to work for a company, how I can push myself and how to go above and beyond with my work.

What advice do you have for Spiders in regards to securing a job/internship?
Make sure to do your homework on the company that you’re interested in, ask your interviewer unique/detailed questions to show initiative and that you know more than you need to know, be genuine and show your true self within the interview.

What general advice do you have for graduating Spiders? 
Life will be difficult. Make sure that within each day you try to find positives and make time for yourself, as well as having a life outside of work.

What do you miss the most about Spiders? 
There was a unique sense of family and working together was on a new level. The type of people working at Spiders are different from the people I work with. Everyone meshed well together. I enjoyed the variety of projects that each person was working on, yet we were all working together as a team. Here we are working together to get TV shows ready for air, but it doesn’t match the feeling of Spiders.

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