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What I've learned after ten years with UDON:

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 4, 2010, 2:49 PM
Most of you know, but for those who don't I have been working exclusively with UDON for the past decade or so. Here are some of the things i have learned over that time and maybe you might find some useful, or not.

Your Boss:

Though Erik Ko never commanded himself to be a boss over anyone, he is still the CEO of the company UDON. What I would like to say is that if you can find someone you can trust who is your boss, its a great thing. Many people in charge have a very inflated idea of their worth and tend to step on the people in their company, if you can find someone  who is not like this you are lucky in my books. He doesn't read these things up here, but he knows how i feel. We have worked together before UDON in Dreamwave back in 1999.

Loyalty and Fidelity:

These things are noticed by people who are like-minded and hopefully they are in charge. My gamble was to stick around and make the agreement that as long as i can support my family I will stay. As a result i have enjoyed many many perks and bonuses for it, and it has been worth it totally and a gives a great peace of mind.

Office Politics:

After a few bad experiences, I adopted a policy that if it doesn't concern you, well, it doesn't concern you. Don't worry about other people and concentrate on your own performance. It might take all of your strength, but just bite your tongue when you feel like sounding off complaints. But when you are asked, then you can say your piece.

Critiquing others in the company:

Nothing really gets accomplished by this unless the company is at risk or people are suffering from this person ineptitude. Kind of similar to the note above. Remember, you also have faults so take it easy, and you're not the police.

Demanding more money:

Be careful here, just because person 'A' is getting 2 bucks more than you doesn't mean you should start getting bent all out of shape. Which is better?: Being high priced and then laid off cause you're too expensive, or being fair priced and having a job. Its a fine line that shifts around. It doesn't mean be cheap, but stability is sometimes better than temporary high end wages which might not last.

Personal Finances:

Learn how to budget money, nothing worse than artists who can't handle their cash. Art and math are not incongruous, so don't fall for it. You blow all your cash all the time, you're going to sweat unnecessarily and be force to work on jobs you might not like because you're starvin like Marvin..

Working at home:

Great when you're single, when you get married, it is a bad thing overall. Separation between home and work is key to a healthy relationship and keeps your mind open. A fresh change of scenery prevents cabin fever, and you miss your loved one throughout the day. Rushing a major project and shunning your family is not the the way, nor is blowing past deadlines and relaxing either. Both those things happen more so when you work at home, and I'm speaking from experience. Balance it.

Fun time:

Keep it to a minimum, it's proportional to your success I found. "Be the person who creates entertainment, not the one who imbibes it" is a thought that has kept me going. Fun is after work.

Your Reputation:

It follows you so watch how you carry yourself. If you're late all the time, or on time all the time, then you'll be known for that. I don't do porn or stuff like that and have been careful as i can be as to what i work on.

The Industry:

Generally I feel the amount of filth and morally bankrupt ideas and concepts that get green lighted is amazing. Whatever is left of the vastly eroded influence of Christian morals is the only safe guard North America has from the intense and bizarre perversions elsewhere. It's enough to make me want to leave altogether and do something else for fear of being associated with it. For most they will say, "oh but that's my right to be free and enjoy life how i see fit" and for sure that is your right, but its also my right to do the same even if i don't see it the way you do. The problem is that both or all sides are not equally represented for people to make an informed decision on life and the bias is calculated into the industry.

In this entertainment industry, the main push is to over-sexing society and then bombarding them with violence, hyper consumerism and materialism. This is the formula to make money and keep it reinvesting in itself, and the people who come up with them are knowingly or unknowingly destroying society wholesale. Some people will say society leads industry by demand, but I say you that I feel that it's the industry that is sculpting consumers for their products. Get people wasting their time and money and minds on entertainment that nourishes them with naught and doesn't really challenge them. I feel like a hypocrite for working in it now after all these years, though I did not have the same view as now of it in the beginning. I have tried my best to be careful what i work on.

I am not saying all and everyone is involved in the worst aspects of this indusstry, just that it seems its becoming an overriding force guiding people generally to a type of gross sensualism and desensitizing violence and sex with little or no regard to sobriety and modesty.

Fortunately with UDON, I have not been forced to work on anything that I felt was really disturbing, and my boss  and the company as a whole has been super understanding of me altogether. I am really grateful that I could chose what I felt like working on after a certain point,.

My goal is to make 5th Capsule and have more control over how things are presented, but the sad fact is that I have 4 mouths to feed and other factors impeding it. I'm not asking you or anyone for money, but i am simply explaining the situation. Till then i cherry pick the jobs I can work on that seem the most harmless.

This is my opinion based on what I have experienced and what I myself believe personally, and not necessarily anyone else's.

My Art:

I have learned so many things in the time with UDON so far that i cannot even begin to mention them. So many great artists came and grew within the company. All of us are ferociously competing with each other and very aware of each others successes and growth in a friendly sort of way.

UDON also helped me to meet Ikeno, Kinu, Shoei, Shinkiro, and other major name brand artists which i would have never had a chance to meet.

Many if not all of my artistic dreams I have been able to fulfill in UDON. So thank you UDON for all the years and here's to many more to come.

I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.

Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!

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eyon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
I hole heartidly agree with the industry statment man i'm sure you know the term DEMOGRAPHIC but let me tell you it's bull shit every major company want a monopoly on every one's money that IT!!

Damn near every major broadcaster claims these shows are designed for a demo or better yet if someone comes up with an original idea for a pilot or a show then ppl who have NO ARTISTIC VISION review it and HINT you should tweak something for them when they really just wnat to slap a new label on an old concept and make money like someone else who 1st thought it up did.

Or some companies will by a dead show that was GREAT from another network and the network in question will literally ask for a ridiculous amoount of cash for a show they thought SUKED???

I honestly don't even miss my manga deal too much corruption and from a low end company but it's ok I'm in 1 of the best gamedesign school in our entire land mass so I'm gonna put the creations in my head in a game 1 day idc if it take me 10 years atleast I can say this is my work it is designed for ppl who are like minded to like not some DEMOGRAPHIC.

Personally I feel demographic is just another word for human stereotyping.And sadly too many companies are hiding behind and abusing my countries laws be thankful if you live in a country with less open ended laws,sometimes I wake and feel for ever 1 step america took ever we taking 5 back cuz we bring moral decay right with us.
Haunt-Me42 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Yes! all of the above is true and I applaud you for say'n like it is! ^^
Kyuuen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
I'm one of those that has fallen into that trap of being 'over-consumed'. I had the chance to be a good artist with some practice, but instead I oversampled the combined candy shops of the internet, comics, and other mediums. As a result, years and years have passed and I haven't much skill to create.

I once asked a friend if she saw my DA page. The answer was a flat "Yes.".


So, I'm reaffirming your words for anyone watching, Omar. Be a creator, not a user.

Though, I will get my hands on Vent someday to see more of 5th Capsule.
Cessa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
wa allaikum salam

to respond about "the industry"

yeah, as person who work in this area i think that as problem too..
i realize its not err.. how i can say it.. its not right to lose to "syahwat"... so now i'll try to reduce to produce something that might be step that border...i feel kinda like hypocrate too..^_^'

i'm relieved that now many ppl think that way..
so maybe i owe you a thanks for the enlightment...XD
MattMoylan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cool dude, glad to hear more props for UDON and especially Erik ;)

Though have to disagree in the industry stuff. If anything we need to fight for more freedoms in media and against censorship. Recent overreactions to things like Janet Jackson's nip-slip or the Muhammed cartoons have definitely had a negative impact on media. There are things that you could do on American television 10 years ago that you can't do today. Though it's minor in the whole of society we have definitely taken a step backwards, and that's a scary thing.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Absolute freedom without guidelines is a dangerous thing insomuch as though it s freedom of speech to yell 'fire' in a crowded hall, it doesn't make it right. Also freedom of speech is not the right for freedom of hate be it for same sex relationships, races differences, or religious people alike if we are truly fair even if we don't agree on the points.

The media picks and choses what things people see and skews their perceptions therewith, which need to be called into account.

Calls for decency and accountability are natural reactions from a healthy society to the concern of the overall good of its environment, and should not be scoffed at altogether. And again, read carefully, i am not calling for censorship, merely that all sides are equally represented regardless of popular trends or marketability.

Further, there is a responsibility on the media for what they broadcast and to whom. I just question the decision making ofsome things marketted to youth and impressionable minds, not only children but adults.
MattMoylan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, there are very few areas where danger and free speech intersect. Falsely yelling fire would be covered under mischief laws. And there are also laws against hate speech so that is covered. (Though parody and satire is a totally different animal from hate speech no matter what group you are making fun of, and needs to be protected as free speech absolutely.)

The problem with 'decency' is that it is a completely subjective term. There's nothing indecent about nudity or sexuality for example. Each person decides for themselves about it. But still, there are controls in place for such things. Movies and video games have ratings, TV has parental controls, books are easy enough for parents to browse themselves before giving to kids.

Though I am not sure what you mean about equal representation. There are all types of media out there, there really is something for everyone on tv, movies, books, etc. At least in the west, honestly I can't think of anyone who's not represented? There are shows that are sexy or not, violent or not, all types of news shows, family shows adult shows, everything.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Decency is not as subjective as say the concept of beauty or art in that there are commonalitied amoung people ie: Most people would not want their mother to prance around naked in the streets, id say most of us woudl consider this indecent. Similarly I would venture to say most people wouldnt like to see two people having full blown sex or even heavy petting ina public area. they might say its their right, but that type of indecency is pretty unanimous across the board.

While its true that in media there is a rating system and the responsisbiliy is for the parents, there is no deniying the power impact pf media even if its so much as a slinky Vicotria secret billboard ad that provokes young eyes. Some forms of media are beyond that rating system.

As for equal representation, i mean to say that what sells the most is sex, violence and rock and roll as the old adage goes. I just feel that more emphasis goes on that and then there are these tiny niches. My goal with 5th capsule is to try and create a new niche.

There is no doubt that the freedom of the west afford a more fair view than monay other places like China for example. I just question why it seems the majority of what i see has so much sexualy charged advertising, not just here in the west but everywhere. there does seem to be a bias, and i feel its calculated and taken full advantage by unscrupulous marketers with wreckless abandon especially in ads.
calculusbandit Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student Filmographer
"Art and math are not incongruous, so don't fall for it."

If only I could fav journals...
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
With the word calculus in you nick, and you being on dA, it makes total sense why youd like that line lol.
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