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    Default What do you wish you knew when you started?

    Hi all, I've just finished up at uni in the last week and I'm looking at starting my own business in arch vis. For anyone who has gone through this process, is there anything you wish you knew when you started that you now know/wish someone had told you earlier?

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    I wish I'd learned to code.

    I can say that having a background as an architectural technician has helped me immensely.
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    Hey Macker, do you mean learn to code in the context of scripting for cg purposes? Or do you mean learning it to become a coder/programmer?

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    Both are coding, both are relevant. I'd imagine if you can write C#/python, etc then maxscript would be pretty easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydenstorace View Post
    Hi all, I've just finished up at uni in the last week and I'm looking at starting my own business in arch vis. For anyone who has gone through this process, is there anything you wish you knew when you started that you now know/wish someone had told you earlier?

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    I wish Mike Monteiro would have written "Design is A Job" and "You're My Favorite Client" earlier so I could have avoided the pitfalls in client relationships.

    That and I wish I would have not been hesitant to build my own PC. Now that I realize how easy it is (granted they have idiot proofed it in recent years) and that for what I paid for a single Dell machine I could have built 2 equally as powerful machines myself.

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    Totally agree with Scott. Read some things on how to run a business and develop customer relationships.

    Read some things on how to build a computer or render farm node. Took me 6 months and many frustrations to build my first render node, but it was so worth it. I'll never over pay for a computer again.

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    The next question would be "so what are you gonna do about it"?

    When I was 12 I moved to NY to live with my father, who was a work-from-home renderer. So I saw what the life was like, and determined it was not for me. I'm talking about the long hours, constant stress over cash flow, client demands and of course the rewards of self-determination and, in his case, doing world-class work.

    Then at 16 and living on my own (my father was a better renderer than parent) I got hired as the assistant to another of NY's best renderers. I saw all the same things and the same effects on his family. By 20 I was working for myself and have done so for 35 years.

    So when I started I already knew everything important to know about being a renderer and I did it anyway, against my better judgement and teenage pronouncements that I would gladly be an illustrator but never would do rendering. But I already had the skills and contacts at 20 to earn good money, and the rent doesn't pay itself. Rendering became a gilded cage.

    More in general, knowing that rendering is a business and learning about that separated from the 'but I'm an artist' thinking would be useful for anyone starting out.
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    Be yourself, because you will fail at being anyone else.

    Its quite a journey, starting a 3d business. You need to know so much stuff and so many people. It might be best to go work in someone else's studio for a while, freelance on the side and make some contacts. Finding your first client is easy. Finding good clients is hard.

    Good luck.
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    tip #1 - bring a towel.
    Lots of good advice. What I wish I had known has nothing to do with business or the industry. Everything has pretty much gone according to plan in those areas. Your Uni education has about a 3 year shelf life so plan on lifelong learning. Other than that, marry well. Seriously, this industry has always been very volatile so having a partner in life who can be a stabilizing force can be a massive benefit. Just ask Jeff.

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