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!