What brought you to your profession, and how do you become a Digital Compositor?
I’m what you might call a “techy,” but at the same time, I’m an artist – a real creator at heart.
I’m passionate about “Technology meeting Creativity.”
One of my most beloved hobbies was painting back in the day, long before I started my career. Working with colors and molding thoughts and ideas into a drawing was an intense experience.
“I’m passionate about technology meeting creativity.”
When I finished school, my uncle, who worked at Thyssen Krupp, told me about Software Development and how the new industry sector (IT) is growing into a promising market.
Following his advice, I decided to start studying Software Development in Cologne, Germany.
After finalizing my studies, I moved to Berlin to start my first job as a System Analyst for mainframes.
Two years later, I left Berlin when one of my friends who worked in the creative sector told me about a new school opening up in Cologne: “The Academy of Media Arts.”
The program I ended up applying for was “Media Design & Creation.” The expected prerequisites of applicants were software development skills combined with creativity.
I was excited to apply but knew I had slim chances …
I was excited to apply but knew I had a slim chance of getting one of 10 open slots in the program with hundreds of competing applicants from all over Germany. Ended up getting accepted and finished my studies two years later.
During my studies, I took advantage of the technical equipment available for the students to use for free.
This equipment was far too expensive to buy as a poor student back in those days. I was obsessed with learning how to utilize the technical equipment by experimenting in different directions.
Through this experimenting by doing, I began to find my personal style and taught myself new skillsets.
In this creative phase, the idea of working in visual effects for cinematic movies matured in my mind.
At that time, using technology-driven animations in film was a completely new industry.