I got an email that really left me thinking how this could go. This email comes from a guy who wants to take the leap in the gaming industry. The question is here:
I am writing to you with the hope of learning a bit more about the game industry and how I may be able to find my way into it. I currently work on the trading floor of an energy company, where my responsibilities range from operations to trading. I have concrete plans to move out to the west coast by the end of this year and have spent a considerable period of time thinking about what direction I want to take my career. While I find finance interesting, I have come to greatly appreciate operations, project management and seeking efficiency in any business model. I feel that I would fit into the game industry in the role of producer, bringing business and management skills to a game company.
Unfortunately, with no connection to the game industry aside from being a fan and consumer of their products, and with no particular talents in design, art or programming, I am unsure at what door I might seek an entrance. I am hoping that you may be able to provide me with some insights about running your studio and the game industry as a whole that may help me on my search.
For starters, I wanna point out a web pages you might want to check out: How to get a JOB in the gaming industry. This page has a list of links to resources you might find useful.
Other than that, I’d say that my first answer is… I don’t know. I don’t know what would be the best strategy. What I’ve heard from companies, they usually require relevant experience from those who want to seek a game producer position (for example “has produced X number of games”). Usually this means that you’ve done some work in the field of gaming.
There’s no shortcuts to any place worth going, so to me it looks like the options are bit limited in this case. I suppose the best way to get a jump start would be to do something. If you haven’t got experience in making games, then can you find a team who has and help them build something good. Can you enter some gaming contents with your team to gain publicity and make contacts? Perhaps you could attend different gaming conferences and network there? Perhaps start writing a blog and into some other websites to gain publicity?
Maybe somebody else can give you a better answer, but I believe you simply need to get some experience in the field of gaming to get yourself better chances to find a suitable position.