My flight is now booked for Austin, TX, to attend the Austin Game Conference on October 27-28.
I’m very much looking forward to returning to Austin. My time there a few weeks ago wasn’t much beyond driving around the city and seeing what’s there. Although I’ll see even less of the city this time, I will be staying downtown and walking to the Conference at the convention center.
Between this and the Game Developer’s Conference in San Jose (next March), I’ll be able to attend at least two trade conferences before finishing school. Maybe I’ll find a couple of non-game development conferences to attend as well. As much as I would like to be able to work in Austin, I have to be open to going anywhere in the country. Eventually I’ll earn the right to pick and choose where I go, and I’ll probably work my way back towards Austin if I’m not there already. But until then, as much as Stacey doesn’t want to hear it, anywhere is a possibility. San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, New York, Boston, Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Portland, Houston, San Diego? Anywhere and everywhere are possibilities, though the three most likely places are California (Bay/LA/San Diego), Washington (Seattle/Redmond), and Texas (Austin/San Antonio/Houston).
But when you’re starting at the bottom, you have to go where the work is. Choosing where to go is a luxury earned later.