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Pauls Kalnenieks, BSc Computer Animation and Special Effects 2011

Freelance Computer Graphics (CG) artist

Pauls Kalnenieks, BSc Computer Animation and Special Effects 2011
  • From Latvia
  • Graduated with 1st Class honours
  • Currently self employed as a freelance CG artist

What are you doing now?

I am currently working in London as a freelance CG artist. I have always been into expressing myself creatively. Only recently have I narrowed it down to a couple of disciplines within the realm of CG. I enjoy the flexibility and variety of the jobs I do. I am still very thankful that most days I get to play around AND get paid for it.

How has your Bradford degree and University experience helped you to get to where you are now?

It helped me make my first steps into the then unknown world of CG. It also left me with a bunch of good friends.

Why did you decide to come to study at Bradford and what were the highlights of your experience at the University?

I came to study at Bradford that which I enjoyed and couldn't study back home. The company of old friends and the low cost of living played an important role too. For me the whole university experience was stimulating, fun and eye-opening.

What advice would you give current or future students hoping to work in your profession?

To make the most of your time in university, you have to work pretty hard, if you aspire to get to where you really want to be. Be prepared to proactively look for competitions and various other means of exposure, to make it easier for you in the long run. Be open to and fight for any relevant placement opportunities - that will give your future career a considerable boost.

Future ambitions

The ultimate dream has many things in common with my childhood. Basically I want to have fun and not worry about anything. In the real world this translates to doing increasingly more interesting, stimulating and rewarding freelance jobs that are so fun they hardly feel like work at all, while doing this more efficiently and flawlessly, gaining larger and larger amounts of profit for the added value.


Published October 2016