Shannon: I knew that I had something in me when I was 11. I got a Commodore 64 as a birthday gift. Then at 22 is when I got into an internship program. There I learned to use 3d software while doing lighting setups.
Kris: What did you study in school that led you to this career path?
Shannon: I studied graphic design, calligraphy, and photography. I certainly have a sensitivity for the more artistic side of gaming.
Kris: Which course would you say was the most valuable to you in school for what you do now?
Shannon: AFI – digital effects with Alan Lasky. He is a special effects guru who started a video company with his buddy. He brought me into the gaming industry. I took photos of planes for their first game. I was building a bridge into the ultimate position as art director.
Kris: As a woman in a mostly male led industry, what advice do you have for young women who would like a career in gaming?
Shannon: It is a great field. It requires the combining of so many types of people. You bring a bunch of creative people together to give their contributions, etc. And then you see the end product on the shelf. It is creative and based around teamwork and cooperation. I have encouraged my 8 year old daughter to do the same. My advice is to gain as much knowledge as you can. A lot what you need to succeed in this field is developed out of world knowledge other than from taking any particular course.