I've been working in the field of CG for over a decade - ranging from hobbyist up to freelancing. It was during my university studies where I found my true passion in VFX, more specifically FX art, the thing I pursued with all my energy. Being self-taught, it is incredible to look back and see when I started. To be 100% honest FX is just soo cool, it makes me giddy like a child who has received a new Lego set. Zoo wee mama I'm excited for the future.
GET TO KNOW RASHEED
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB TO START YOUR CAREER WITH?
My dream job is to be a senior FX artist in a London VFX house - It's literally one of my main milestones.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS OR LESS.
Creative, Determined, Adaptable, Cool-headed and the best self-proclaimed mono-red Magic the Gathering player.
WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE TO A DESERT ISLAND? AND WHY?
One working aeroplane to take me home, one pilot to fly the aeroplane to take me home and, of course, a box of chicken nuggets to eat while I'm being flown home. I have no intention of staying on the island.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
My biggest strength, if I had to pick one, is my eagerness to learn/ experiment with new ideas. Meanwhile, my biggest weakness would be my attachment to my work. It's something I'm still learning to overcome it as I have identified issues with a strong bond to ones work.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
In five years time, I see myself working as a FX TD in a London VFX house ideally. Honestly, I have goals and ambitions but I have no idea what the future holds - I will be happy as I have a bed to sleep in and good internet connection.
WHICH GAME INSPIRED YOU THE MOST TO CHOOSE THIS CAREER PATH?
Probably doesn't answer the question since this didn't change my career path, and no game has, but I would say Banjo-Kazooie on the Nintendo 64. The game is one of my first childhood memories.
WHAT VIDEO GAME CHARACTER BEST EMBODIES YOU?
Globox from the Rayman series - In all interactions.
WHY DO YOU DESERVE A GREATER SHARE OF SPACE IN THE YEARBOOK?
So no-one else could have it.