In 2005 I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BA in Cinema and a minor in Creative Writing. Five days after graduating I drove 2000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. Creativity, media, and technology had reached a point of convergence in mainstream entertainment, and I knew that the west coast was the place to be if I wanted to make a living doing the type of work that I had always dreamed of doing.
Getting Your Start with EA
After a few months of sleeping on people’s couches and bouncing from one production assistant job to another in the television industry, I was looking for something to change my course. And I found that something. I had a completely random introduction to a friend of a friend who happened to work for EA. He was a Test Lead for EA Los Angeles, and urged me to apply for a contract Tester position. I had never worked in the game industry or thought of it as a career path since I had been focused on television and film, so I was naturally nervous. After nine months of contract work I accepted an offer for an open regular full-time position within the QA department and never looked back.
Working at EA
Making games is a challenge, but an incredibly rewarding one. Working on technology that is continually changing within genres that are constantly evolving for consumers that are growing exponentially is a massive undertaking. To be a part of something that epic is just awesomesauce.
I have the best job in the world, and I’m good at it. EA gave me an opportunity to use my talents and education towards a successful career in video games. That to me is the core essence of success. It’s also somewhat ridiculous, yet completely true.
Any Thoughts to Those Seeking a Career at EA?
Job titles sound great, and a lot of people will focus on a title that sounds like what they feel they should be doing, or what they feel they are qualified for. While this does matter, I would recommend focusing more on a job description that resembles something that would be a rewarding and professionally stimulating experience. Jobs can differ from company to company, and the description of what a job’s function is will help you understand if this role is something that you actually want to do, as opposed to something that you have to do.