Question submitted by Marvin R.

I am 22 years old and I just finished reading your book “The Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games” and I was stuck with one question.

Is there a age limit on when to start? Are there any concerns where companies might turn you away based on your age?

I am currently thinking of applying to the Feng Zhu School of Design which is also mentioned in your book, mostly because it offers such a short duration and promises fast learning. Would you suggest going through a basic 3-4 year education or can 1 year of intensive studies be enough ?

Hey Marvin, if drawing is your passion and is what you truly want to do, then no, it is never too late to start. Companies aren’t usually biased based on age.  They are, however, biased based on portfolio quality.  If you want to work in this industry, then you will need to be good at it since competition is so high.

Depending on your circumstances and artistic talent, you may need to kick your learning into high gear. I think attending a school like FZD is a good idea. It’s intensive program will get you on track fast! There’s no guarantee that you will be industry ready in one year (highly unlikely) but you will be much closer than you are now.

And since success is all in the mind, your head is in the right place.  With commitment, effort and focus, I think you’ll be just fine

Bets of luck.

-Eliott