Name: Dru Nget
Field of Study: Digital Media/Print Design
Year of Graduation: 2006
Current Position: Freelance Art Director, Designer and Animator, Los Angeles, CA
What was the most important thing you learned about your field while at Kendall?
Collaboration! You can't do everything yourself. You must be able to work with other designers, understand their strengths and talents, and be able to step up as a leader if needed.
What was your most shocking realization about your field after graduation?
Everything moves at the speed of light. You have to constantly be on top of everything, and be able to learn and adapt fast. Also, say goodbye to your friends and social lives, because the hours are long. It will pretty much make or break your career in the industry.
Give us your best interview tip.
Always be yourself. Be positive. Understand what the company does, and explain to them how you would be an asset to the company.
List three ways you network in your field.
- Have a strong portfolio, then pass it around.
- Make friends in the industry (word of mouth is effective).
- Previous clients will recommend you if they like your work.
What was the worst interview moment you've experienced?
I didn't remember the name of the person interviewing me. That wasn't great.
List three résumé "don'ts."
- Don't lie. Always state what you can and cannot do.
- Bad design and layout of information, or a résumé that is cluttered.
- Bad spelling and grammar will get your résumé tossed out.
List three résumé "do's."
- List (in short details) the work you actually did in your previous jobs.
- Always send a cover letter with your résumé.
- List recommendations.
Name the most essential skill, tool or software program relative to your field.
- Great typography and design skills.
- Besides learning the software such as After Effects, Photoshop, etc., being able to apply the tools creatively to produce good results.
- Always ask questions if you don't understand something. Communication is always key to successful projects.
How did you make the first connection that led to a job in your field?
I sent my résumé and portfolio to all the companies I wanted to work for and was lucky to have a few of them reply.