1)  (OPTIONAL)  Name: Annette Gannon (formerly Annette Duran)

 

2)  Did you graduate?  If so, when?  Yes, in 2001.

 

3)  Are you now in graduate school?  If so, go to Part B   No

 

4)  What is your job now and whom do you work for?  Currently I am a Web Developer for Hylant Group, a Fortune 100 Insurance and Risk Management Company in downtown Toledo, where I work full-time.  Also, I work part-time as the Webmaster for Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania.

 

5)  What other jobs did you work before you got this one.   I have been very fortunate to have been working steadily in the field since graduating over five years ago.  The summer after graduating from BGSU, I taught two digital imaging and web design classes for the Upward Bound program at BGSU. For me, it was a wonderful experience to try teaching (which is very challenging and enormously rewarding).   I have also done freelance web design / graphic design work for InAmation in Battle Creek, MI; Ohio Media in Toledo and The Sojournerıs Truth newspaper in Toledo. Additionally, I have worked for Artistic Photography Inc. in Lima as their Webmaster, Noguska in Fostoria as their Graphic Design Specialist, Olivet Lutheran Church as their Communications Specialist and Time Services Inc. in Toledo as their Assistant Advertising Director.  While I continued to look for one full-time job, I took several part-time positions and freelance work to help develop my skills and build up my resume. The job market in NW Ohio and SE Michigan for Web Designers and Web Developers is very competitive and it took me several years before I was able to find one good, solid full-time position.  In the end it was a lot of hard work, but it, finally paid off.

  

6)  What did you have to do to get this job?  For my current position at Hylant Group, I found and replied to an ad in the Toledo Blade.  First, I had an informal telephone interview with the Manager of Human Resources.  Second, I had a formal interview with the CIO (Chief Information Officer) and the Director of Software Development at Hylant Group.  The final step was a second formal interview, along with a 3 part written examination and a comprehensive computer evaluation.  The entire process from the time I applied to the time I was formerly offered the position took about 2 months in my case. Before I found my current job, I was working three part-time jobs, one of which was at Olivet Lutheran Church as their Communications Specialist.  When I gave them my 2 week notice, when I found my current full-time position at Hylant, they asked me if I would consider still doing the website, which I also do from home in addition to my full-time job at Hylant. 

 

7)  What is your day to day like?  Typically, I am at work by 8:00 AM.  About once or twice a week I may have an important meeting on conference call.  On a rare occasion, I may have to go on a business trip to one of Hylantıs other offices for a meeting with the heads of Hylant Systems/IT department.

 

8)  How many hours do you work a week? 43 hours per week (40 hours per week at Hylant and 3 hours per week for Olivet)

 

9)  How many hours do you play a week and how do you play?  Let seeŠ.does going to the gym count as playing?!  My husband and I try to get to the gym at least 4-5 times per week.  Also, I am huge computer gaming nut and love to play computer games and turn my brain off for while, relax and have some fun!

 

10) Do you still make your art?  I used to draw at least 3-5 hours a week, but I must admit; as I have gotten older I have found it more and more difficult to find time for artŠ

 

11) Are you happy? Yes, very happy!

 

12)  If you could, what would you change, if anything?  Well, the only thing I would change, if I could, would be to relish and enjoy my college days more.  When I was in college I always hated staying up till 4:00 AM in the old ³Cave Lab² trying to get projects done for classes – but sometimes I really miss those days and wish I had appreciated how much fun those days really were!

 

13)  Words of advice?  Gez, I have learned so much since college!  But I can summarize it all with one phrase and I can not stress this enough ³BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!²  I have come across many people in my life who are enormously talented but all too often do not truly believe in their talents and abilities, which ends up holding them back in their careers in the long run.  I donıt pretend to have all the answers, but I always try to tell people, if you want to be taken seriously in the job market you have to walk into the room with confidence in who you are and what you have to offer a potential employer. If you donıt believe in yourself, no one else will either.  Itıs as simple as thatŠ.

 

NOTE:  These next two questions got jumbled, not sure how.

14)            Anythingelseyouwanttotellyourfuturecolleagues?Also,asmuchasyoumayfeelyouhavelearnedincollege,thereisalwaysroomforimprovementandroomtogrow!Somakethemostofthetimeyouhaveleftbeforegraduationandtrytolearnasmanycomputerprogramsasyoucan.Ifyoudonıtknowwheretostart,youcancheckoutjobsitesandseewhatjobsyouareinterestedinandseewhattheirqualificationsare.Ifthereareapplicationsorscriptinglanguageslistedyoudonıtknowyet,buysomebooks,takeanotherclassortrytolearnthemonyourown.Itısalotofwork,butitwillreallyhelpyouinthelongrunandmaybethedifferencebetweengettingthatfirstgoodjobornot!

 

15))Listyouraccomplishments(Weusethisasa"brag"list)Well,mygreatestaccomplishmentdirectlyaftercollegewasgettinginshapeandlosingover100lbs.sincegraduation.Itwasalotofhardworkbutitwasworthit!MygreatestaccomplishmentsinceIlosttheweight,hasbeengettingmarriedtomyhusband,ShawnGannonthispastMay.Ithinkthatwhenyoutryyourbestandareluckyenoughtofindthatonespecialpersontoshareyourlifewith-therestwilltakecareofitself.LifeisaboutlearningfromALLoflifeısexperiences,bothgoodandbad,andalwaystryingyourbest.Neverlosesightofthat!

 

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1)  (OPTIONAL)  Name:  Brian Zajac

 

May students contact your?  If so, how?

Yes, they can give me a call at the 3DAS office at 941-953-3327

personal website at http://www.brianzajac.com/

Brian Zajac

3DAS, LLC

3D Architectural Solutions

<http://www.3DAS.com>www.3DAS.com

(941) 953-3DAS (3327)

 

 

 

2)  Did you graduate?  If so, when? Yes, Œ99

 

3)  Are you now in graduate school?  If so, go to Part B No.

 

4)  What is your job now and whom do you work for?  I currently own two businesses:

 

3D Architectural Solutions (3DAS) – We create 3D architectural renderings and animations.  More information can be viewed at <http://www.3das.com/>http://www.3das.com

EyeMagination – Focuses on web design and internet marketing for small businesses.  More information can be viewed at <http://eyemagination.us/>http://eyemagination.us/.  

 

5)  What other jobs did you work before you got this one. 

Take a look at the attached resume.

 

6)  What did you have to do to get this job?

N/A

 

7)  What is your day to day like?

Mainly Iım coordinating 3D projects, meeting prospective clients, business growth and development, R&D & web development.  Since Iım a co-owner of 3DAS and an owner of EyeMagination, Iım a Œjack of all tradesı with a specialty in 3D & web.

 

8)  How many hours do you work a week?

Around 50-70.

 

9)  How many hours do you play a week and how do you play? 

 

10) Do you still make your art?  Rarely, but I see art shows as much as I can.  Iım in transition now (moving from Naples to Sarasota), so itıs difficult to go to classes and have an art work area.

 

11) Are you happy?  Yep.  Great girlfriend, two businesses, sunshine all the time, & great parents – how could I not be happy? J

 

12)  If you could, what would you change, if anything?  StabilityŠbut this is a temporary issue.

 

13)  Words of advice?  If you like to do something and it makes money, make that your career.  Everything else will fall into place.

 

14)       Anything else you want to tell your future colleagues?  As each decade goes by, life gets exponentially better for us Œgeeksı. 

 

15) ) List your accomplishments (We use this as a "brag" list)

 

Iım not one to really brag.  You can see some of my accomplishments on the included resume.

 

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1)  (OPTIONAL)  Name:  Chritsine Gilmore 

 

2)  Did you graduate?  If so, when?  1997 

 

3)  Are you now in graduate school?  If so, go to Part B  NO 

 

4)  What is your job now and whom do you work for?  I own my own web design firm. Gilmore Design Group Inc. 

 

5)  What other jobs did you work before you got this one.  I used to work for a small web development company in Ann Arbor Michigan before we moved to Chicago and then I worked for a large consulting company doing web design downtown before leaving and going over to AGENCY.com in Chicago. I was let go during a round of lay-offs and decided to take my freelancing (which I'd been doing all along) and make it a full-time business and start using other freelancers as well to help complete larger projects.

 

6)  What did you have to do to get this job?  Have the courage and ambition to go out on my own :) 

 

7)  What is your day to day like?  I literally spend all day on the computer from 9am til about 11pm. I'm either on the phone talking with clients, answering emails, writing estimates and/or doing actual design and development work. I also have to find and negotiate with freelancers and schedule projects to make sure everything stays on time and on budget.

 

8)  How many hours do you work a week? 

 72 to 90 hours a week. Yes, having your own business is very rewarding but it's also a lot of work, I work 7 days a week.

 

9)  How many hours do you play a week and how do you play? 

As of yet, I still haven't found time to work much play into my schedule. I've only been in business for 5 years so I'm hoping this will change when we grow a little larger.

 

10) Do you still make your art? 

It depends on what you call art. I do get the opportunity to create some really beautiful websites that are a lot of fun, but there are always compromises so it wouldn't be like creating a painting just for me, it's more like a collaborative piece. 

 

11) Are you happy? 

Yes. I wish I had more free time and more money, but my work is very rewarding and I'm lucking to have such wonderful clients. 

 

12)  If you could, what would you change, if anything? 

I'm not sure I would change anything, everything I go through good or bad is a learning experience and I do feel a little wiser. However, I do still have many, many more things to learn and experience in my lifetime.

Even though I get better and better at what I do, I have learned to be more humble and gracious than when I first started, so the bad can teach some really good lessons. 

 

13)  Words of advice? 

Do it! Whatever you want to do, don't just talk about it ... make it happen.

If it's uncomfortable and hard and you feel like you don't know what you are doing ... that just means you're doing it right. Nothing that's worth anything is easy, and it's all awkward and challenging before you've done it once, so enjoy the experience and take confidence that you are learning as you grow.

 

14)       Anything else you want to tell your future colleagues? 

Enjoy the journey, you have a long road ahead of you ... enjoy your travels.

Before you know it you'll look back and wish you took more time to enjoy the scenery while you were pushing ahead to bigger and better things. 

 

15) ) List your accomplishments (We use this as a "brag" list) 

Some notable clients I've worked with:

- Sears,

- Hewlett Packard

- Priscilla Presley 

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> 1)  (OPTIONAL)  Name:

>

> 2)  Did you graduate?  If so, when?

 

Yes, in 2002

 

> 3)  Are you now in graduate school?  If so, go to

> Part B

 

I am not in grad school, but I did get my Master of

Art degree in Europe and majored in Interaction

Design.

 

> 4)  What is your job now and whom do you work for?

 

I am a user interface designer.  I work through an

consulting agency.  My current client is Universal

Music Group, owned by Vivendi and related to NBC

Universal/Studios.

 

> 5)  What other jobs did you work before you got this

> one.

 

Plenty.  Mostly I have been a freelancer.  My recent

position before this was teaching multimedia at a

music school.  Prior to that I was a Web Designer for

a document management company.  Prior to that I was a

scientist.  In the interim I have been doing graphics,

web site design etc.

 

> 6)  What did you have to do to get this job?

 

I applied for it.  My resume is on practically all the

major job websites such as Dice, monster, etc.  An

agency in LA saw it and contacted me.  I accepted the

interview and got the job.  Subsequently they liked my

work and asked me to work for them again for another

short contract.   Since they are in LA and I have

moved to Manhattan, they allow me to work from home.

 

 

> 7)  What is your day to day like?

 

I wake up and turn my computer on.  I work sometimes

and sometimes I do other things since I am at home.

Either way, their work is done by the deadline whether

I work 3 hours in a day or work 12 hours in a day.

 

> 8)  How many hours do you work a week?

 

30-40

 

> 9)  How many hours do you play a week and how do you

> play?

 

I am new to Manhattan, so I go out almost every

evening by 7pm-10:30 or midnight.

 

 

> 10) Do you still make your art?

 

My art is music, and yes, I still make it.

 

> 11) Are you happy?

 

Yes.

 

> 12)  If you could, what would you change, if

> anything?

 

Hmm.  I guess not since I can't think of anything.

Over the years I have suffered for creativity by

living below my standards, having roomates, being

cheap to cut costs so I would have more time for my

music and art and wouldnt have to work as much.  Its

nice to make big bucks and live alone now, but I

wouldnt take back all my 'suffering' for the world.

 

> 13)  Words of advice?

 

Get a Master's degree if you have the time and the

funds!  A bachelors degree these days is the

equivalent of what a highschool degree was 30 years

ago.  Seriously, a BFA will not set you apart as much.

 

If you are a die hard creative type, I say go for your

dreams, but just keep your skills up to date in the

process.  I am a die hard creative type and I just

dont like routine etc so corporate life is tough for

me.  However I keep my skills up to date so that I am

in demand and corporations do pay the big bucks.  It

was for this reason that I was able to take an entire

year and pretty much devote it to music/art while

'working' as little as possible. 

 

If you feel the pressure to work, do it and get your

experience.  DON'T FORGET however that people are

living longer these days and you have the REST OF YOUR

LIFE to work work work.  There is always time for

that, so dont hesitate to travel if you can, while you

can.  I dont have a family yet, but I hear its pretty

hard to live as freely as I do when you have children,

family, and lots of bills.  I live on the cheap, and I

travel as much as I can.

 

Now I am working short term contracts of 2-6 months

and inbetween I can do my music, art or travel as I

see fit.  If you want to do a life similar to this you

need to be smart about networking, marketing yourself,

and managing your money.  This means, keeping at least

3-6 months of living expenses saved up in case there

you have an emergency especially if you are a

contractor.  Build up as much money as possible while

you are working, and then be frugal when you arent.

It makes for lots of freedom!

 

 

> 14)   Anything else you want to tell your future

> colleagues?

 

Be professional.  No matter how 'comfy' you are with a

person or a company, you should always be

professional, by being on time, prepared etc. 

 

Always know what you have to offer a company and know

what they have to offer you (even if you dont mention

this part of course).

 

Regarding job interviews, the best companies will

heavily screen you with many interviews and possibly

background checks.  In my experience, these are the

best companies to work for because they care about the

PERSON they are bringing to work with their existting

staff.  Be weary of any company who is trying to hire

you during the interview.  They may be desperate to

get someone quickly and thus provide a

terrible/miserabe work environment.  If they seem to

have a 'revolving door' as their hiring policy, you

have been warned.  A revolving door means that they

have a high turnover or hire and fire (or people quit)

very quickly. 

 

If you are looking for long time work, look for a

place which is going to allow you to grow in the

direction you wish.  It's not always possible to get

the fun jobs if you dont have the experience to get

in.  This means that you might have to take a less

savvy work environement in order to have a job.  Its

normal, its called 'paying your dues.'   Its ok,

things get easier after that ;).

 

> 15) ) List your accomplishments (We use this as a

> "brag" list)

 

I will list a few things. 

 

- I have won over $30,000 for scholarships, art

competitions etc over the past 7 years. 

 

- I've been published papers in scientific books

regarding interactive design and digital storyteling.

 

- I've had the pleasure of traveling around the world

doing what I do best without paying for it.  It's a

huge compliment to you and your skills if someone is

willing to pay your way and keep you padded so that

you can do your thing for them!

 

- I also enjoy working in the entertainment industry.

The industry is harder to get into, but the work

environments can be great if you arent the

conservative type.  Actors, models, singers, and all

around artist are great fun for me!  The company

culture you work for is shaped by the product it

creates.  Thus, since I love music, I am very

happy/proud to have the opportunity to work for the

largest record company in the world... instead of

financial, or medical or any other less creative

venue.

 

 

 

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1)  (OPTIONAL)  Name:  Eric Foos 

 

2)  Did you graduate?  If so, when?  Spring of '99 

 

3)  Are you now in graduate school?  If so, go to Part B  No 

 

4)  What is your job now and whom do you work for?  3D Art Lead, AboutGolf Ltd. 

 

5)  What other jobs did you work before you got this one.  During school: Illustrator at Wizard Graphics.  Art Director at the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology.  I've been w/ my present team since shortly after graduation.  Started at the bottom, worked my way to the top.

 

6)  What did you have to do to get this job?   Put together my portfolio of "traditional" media, a demo reel & interviewed.

 

7)  What is your day to day like?  Spend my mornings reviewing my team's progress, offering critique and assigning  tasks.  Late mornings & Afternoon I focus on my on work, at present Character modeling & animation.  Before leaving we have our Daily, reviewing the day's progress. 

 

8)  How many hours do you work a week?  Average 45. 

 

9)  How many hours do you play a week and how do you play?  A LOT.  Spend our lunches playing video games, Golf 2 or 3 times a month, Evenings playing w/ my kids and lots of movies. 

 

10) Do you still make your art?   Everyday.  Both at 'work' and at home. 

 

11) Are you happy?  Never been happier. 

 

12)  If you could, what would you change, if anything?   I'd like a bigger team, and a bigger check! 

 

13)  Words of advice?  Just do what makes you happy, but do it the best you can.  Don't be a baby..... I've dealt w/ too many of those. 

 

14)       Anything else you want to tell your future colleagues?  Good luck. 

 

15) ) List your accomplishments (We use this as a "brag" list)   Currently heading up all visuals on the top selling golf simulator in the world, Environments and Characters, leading a team of 14 artists & technicians.  <http://www.AboutGolf.com>www.AboutGolf.com, check it out.

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1)  (OPTIONAL)  Name:

 

 

2)  Did you graduate?  If so, when?

 

Bgsu 1992 bfa

 

 

3)  Are you now in graduate school?  If so, go to Part B

 

no

 

 

4)  What is your job now and whom do you work for?

 

Self employed contractor, computer animator, trainer and author

 

5)  What other jobs did you work before you got this one.

 

Creative director

 

6)  What did you have to do to get this job?

 

Started my own business

 

7)  What is your day to day like?

 

I travel a lot for work doing consulting for companies all over.  I also work from home a lot.

 

8)  How many hours do you work a week?

 

Varies greatly

 

9)  How many hours do you play a week and how do you play?

 

varies

 

10) Do you still make your art?

 

A little

 

11) Are you happy?

 

Way happy. 

 

12)  If you could, what would you change, if anything?

 

Work less and make more!

 

13)  Words of advice?

 

Donıt pirate software (support the industry you work in) and donıt ever think you are the best – there is always room for improvement.

 

14)       Anything else you want to tell your future colleagues?

 

Be ready for long hours if you intend on staying current with technology

 

15) ) List your accomplishments (We use this as a "brag" list)

 

<http://www.visualz.com/>www.visualz.com has all the details.

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1)  (OPTIONAL)  Name:  Scott Bazzle

 

2)  Did you graduate?  If so, when?  Yes, 2001

 

3)  Are you now in graduate school?  If so, go to Part B     No

 

4)  What is your job now and whom do you work for?    I work for Transportation Research Center, Inc as a crash test photographer

 

5)  What other jobs did you work before you got this one.  freelance web designer

 

6)  What did you have to do to get this job?   The basic skills of photography and digital image and video processing that I learned in college are what contributed most to me getting it.

 

7)  What is your day to day like?   For the most part, two vehicles get crashed per day.  I am responsible for setting up and running all the digital high speed cameras and digital photo and video photography for each test performed.

 

8)  How many hours do you work a week?  40+.....but usually it's a lot of +

 

9)  How many hours do you play a week and how do you play?   Since there is a fair amount of overtime needed, playing usually takes place on the weekends, where I'll hang out with my friends or maybe work on personal projects at home..  If there is no overtime during the week, I spend an hour or so on my mountain bike almost everyday.  That's my only real exercise, plus it's good fun.

 

10) Do you still make your art?   I do from time to time.  I do some video projects here and there for friends and family who want them.  Other than that, there's not much time to do it.

 

11) Are you happy?  Yes I am.

 

12)  If you could, what would you change, if anything?

 

13)  Words of advice?  Don't get frustrated with life's little quirks.  We're all faced with them.  If you've got a goal or a dream in mind, and something comes along that blocks it, be creative and find a new way around it.  You're all art students:  creativity is already a part of you.  Use it!

 

14)       Anything else you want to tell your future colleagues?   Make sure you come visit your instructors from time to time, or send them a friendly hello, even if they made you work too hard.  Actually, I'm a little past due, so HOLA to Dena, Bonnie, and Heather - oh, and Mark in spirit!!

 

15) ) List your accomplishments (We use this as a "brag" list)  I've managed to reach the age of 31 and still get the student discount at the movie theater.  That deserves some serious bragging, right?  But to throw a proper accomplishment in, I'll choose getting Best of Show at the BG Spring Student Art Exhibition for my senior animation project.  That was quite a thrill.