There has never been a better time to be a 3D modeler in my opinion. With the advancements in technology and accessibility of advanced 3D modeling software and tools, now is the time to become a 3D modeler. While this is a reason in itself to become a 3D modeler, let’s have a look at some of the other benefits of becoming a 3D modeler.
While the process of learning 3D modeling may seem quite daunting at first, it starts to become really fun once you get the hang of it. So fun, that it nearly becomes addictive. There were times where I spent days or even late nights just modeling. I think I even skipped a few weekends and consequently skipped on living life in the real world. While this is by no means a reason to do 3D modeling, and of course by no means do I condone this whatsoever, I just wanted to demonstrate how fun and exciting 3D modeling could be. The point I was trying to make was that you don’t notice the time passing by. Thankfully, I’ve now learned to balance my life a lot more. Comes with experience and age I guess. 3D modeling can be as addictive as playing a really good game. If you’re especially motivated to make something (like the jungles in Avatar) and things just seem to be progressing the way you want it, you will feel more excited to keep pressing on and hoping that you finish your masterpiece soon so that you can show it off to the world.
3D modeling can be as addictive as playing a really good game. If you’re especially motivated to make something (like the jungles in Avatar) and things just seem to be progressing the way you want it, you will feel more excited to keep pressing on and hoping that you finish your masterpiece soon so that you can show it off to the world. At times, you may come across a hurdle and find that you aren’t able to create something, but at this stage you will have enough motivation to keep pressing on and trying to find a solution. I remember spending hours trying to figure out why my character model didn’t look good and it was definitely exciting to be able to find the cause of the problem and to rectify that on my own. It can be very useful as a learning experience!
You can also develop more friends from all over the world. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any friends in real life. The ability to post your works-in-progress to online forums and social networks gives you the opportunity to virtually meet people just like you and they can support you and give you feedback. They will make you a better 3D modeler and plus, you get to make more friends as well! I regularly posted my works on the BlenderArtists forum and got feedback from some of the members, whom I have developed a couple of friendships, over the years. I really have to thank them, because they have made me a better 3D modeler overall.
More Opportunities in Life
Once you gain experience and become a pro, you will have an abundant of opportunities available to you. You can work in nearly every type of industry. Nearly all industries need 3D modelers in some form or another. Here is a short list of industries where 3D modelers may come in handy:
- Architectural Visualization
- Film Production/VFX
- Game Development
- Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
- Advertising Agencies
- Real Estate
- FBI and Crime Units
- Event Organizations
- Goods/Product Suppliers
- Science and Research
That list is basically endless. I’m sure there are far more industries that aren’t even mentioned in this list. Note that I also mentioned Goods/Product Suppliers. That was not a mistake. I wouldn’t have even mentioned that until I remembered that time I went to a job interview with one of them. I was applying for a Software Engineering role at the time. That was because I had formal education in Software Engineering and absolutely no formal education in 3D modeling. I had a lot of experience with 3D modeling though and even had some samples ready to show. At the interview, I mentioned I do 3D modeling as a hobby. To my surprise, they were quite impressed. They even took a look at some of my 3D work. I didn’t really impress them with my Software Engineering skills and I’m sure the other candidates would have performed better. I also didn’t appear that confident either and had those nasty voice shakes. Those voice shakes seem to always be there whenever I feel judged. But to this day, I believe the reason I was selected for that job, was because I had something extra to offer that company. They may have sensed my passion when I talked about my 3D modeling skills. Attaining 3D modeling skills can be a useful perk and you may not even realize how much more valuable you will become because of it. Especially if you love doing 3D modeling. There is never a better feeling than spending the rest of your life doing the things you love.
Have you head of that quote “You need to love yourself before you can expect anyone else to love you”? Well, that applies to 3D modeling as well. You have to really love 3D modeling before you decide whether you want others to hire you based on your skills. You’ll need to really put in the time to learn 3D modeling. Get yourself to a point that you’re really good and let your passion and creativity shine. People can tell by looking at ones 3D models, how much love and passion they have for 3D modeling. It can always help to have a visual and imaginative mind!
Show It Off!
Once your 3D modeling skills start to reach a level of awesome-ness, you can show it off and impress the socks out of your friends and family. You don’t need to hold back. You have bragging rights (whatever that’s supposed to mean) since you can do something others can’t. You will now forever be seen in their eyes as an artist! That has to feel good!
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