Artist Spotlight

Kate T. Lin

Compositor | Lost Boys Alumni 2019

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What inspired you to pursue VFX/Compositing?

My path to becoming a VFX artist was a long and gradual process. When I was growing up, I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to watch movies and learn how they were made. So I was never inspired by any movies; I actually didn’t know what VFX was until I graduated from college. My journey started when life took a turn, and I stumbled across the film industry and got my first job as a Production Assistant. It wasn’t an exciting start, but I am thankful for my career journey, because I discovered my passion and talents through it.

What is visual effects to you?

To me, VFX is multiple things. VFX is like a school that pushes me to constantly learn new things, a job that pays my bills, a social connection that has introduced me to many like-minded artists whom I’m close friends with, and a passion that I absolutely love. The key thing is that it never feels like work when I’m working!

What do you enjoy most about working in visual effects?

I love that VFX changes constantly. This constant flow forces me to learn and challenge myself everyday. I am never bored with it because there is always something new to learn, and there is always room to grow and improve. Every time you think you have mastered a skill, two weeks later you will realize you have only learned the tip of the iceberg. And that thought is invigorating.

If there is one piece of advice you can give to people who want to pursue a career in visual effects, what would it be?

Be humble to everyone and do not be a jerk. This is a very very small industry, and the junior artists sitting behind you might be the ones interviewing you in 5 years. The PA taking your lunch orders now might be your supervisor one day. So be respectful and keep an open-mind. You will never know what cool tricks you can learn from people around you, and what bridges you have burned from being too cocky.

Thank you, Kate! Check out her demo reel.

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