I am a graduate from 1996.
I rode the sweet wave of success in 1997 for a few brief months (well
in my mind anyway) after my student film won an award at the Australian
Effects and Animation festival.
Doing the AIM course meant I changed my life/career in a new direction
which I have followed since and I love it. It means I make my money doing
creative work and this is immensely fulfilling. On the surface I have
been at the same day job for 5 years but even within the protection of
this bubble, every year has been different and my skills and work have
been varied and changing. I work for a big company which looks after five
large web sites including Citysearch,
Yellowpages and Whitepages.
Sounds dry and dull, which some of it is, but every third job or so is
a creative challenge. It's a pay off.
I divide my creative life into the stuff I do at work and my endeavours
outside of that 9-5. Since AIM I have been pushing a few different
creative trolleys. Because of the course I was given the tools to be able to make real the
different projects and ideas I previously would have just kept within
a notebook. As time has gone on I have realised that it is the ideas and the stories
that excite me firstly and then the making them is the secondary thrill.
Because of this I have been concentrating on writing more than ever. For
the last 2 years I have gone back to study screenwriting part time. I
have now got a few first drafts nudging me, wanting to exist: short animations
and series ideas and short films.
I have also done a variety of freelance work since the course. Some of
this includes doing the multimedia component in 3 operas. One of these
was the Operalive production 'The Man who Mistook his Wife for
a Hat' in 2002. A number of websites/ internet ads: designing large
theatrical silhouettes for the streets of Castlemaine during the arts
festival this year: I draw cartoons: a bit of teaching at VUT and RMIT.
The course enabled me to have a rich working life and enter a wonderful
community of creative, inspiring, talented, funny people who I thoroughly
enjoy and feel privileged to be a part of.
Earl, AIM coursework graduate 1996
Susan Earl is employed by www.sensis.com.au,
a leading Australian advertising, information and directories business
and has worked on the following sites: www.yellowpages.com.au,