Not sure if this is an art discussion or not but I figure it'd make more sense to post in the Lounge instead for casual discussion's sake.
So I've been recently laid off from my concept artist job and in my downtime, I figure I'd repolish what skill I haven't lost yet, pick up some commissions on the side and things like that when a topic I had with the project director rang in my head again.
If you made some not-so-right doodling choices in your younger years, would it affect your ability to get a creative job when you're older?
Let's just say when I was younger I had drawn and posted online rather adult if amateurish cartoon porn, the teenage hormones besting common sense right there. Though I had outgrown the pahse, have wiped out what I had largely in protest of how the fandom terribly handles itself, everyone now and then someone will post them up somewhere with my real name and sig still attached.
The internet, after all, never forgets, never forgives.
In my discussions with fellow artists and directors about this, their responses are from both sides of the fence.
- Some say I just shot myself in the foot with a punt gun.
- Some say as long as I do something awesomer than, I'll be fine.
- A few say no one actually cares as long as you do your job right.
As a kid I was brought up on this urban legend that companies will do a background check on you to see what manner of mischief you've been up to then reserve the right to terminate you on those grounds. While I can understand that Disney and Pixar might do that to preserve the wholesome image, does it really happen in the game development circles?
So, what's your opinion?