I got into VFX the brute-force way… I have been doing 3d and Photoshop for many years, but I am a self-taught artist and I had not much to show at first. I have applied at every position in every studio for 2 years and nobody wanted to hire me.
I continued, perfected my art and my technical skills (I learned python and a few more software). I got a job in 3d that I must say I did not like at all, like at all lol… I worked 1 year there while continuing to apply at vfx studios, making a new reel with more personal and professional work.
Finally, a Friday afternoon, I received an email that started exactly like this: “Hi there, this is your chance to enter the vfx industry.”
I was so prepared when I started, I had worked so hard learning and practicing during many years, that at the minute that I entered in a vfx studio I was helping juniors, debugging stuff, and was given very quickly the big shots.
Eventually it led me in an environment department in a major VFX studio and they saw I knew my stuff and was fairly good in my art, and it led me to lead and supervisor positions.
No joke! haha. That was hard for me XD