If you didn't know by now, my name is Darrell Christmas. Actually I'm a junior, but don't call me that, just don't confuse me with my dad if you're from the government. I don't have that much debt. I was born and raised in New Jersey. That's the garden state and I have to admit that the produce is the best. Please I hear too many people refer to NJ as the armpit of NY or of America. What is that? Why does it have to be an armpit? Why doesn't anyone ever refer to Iowa as the belly button of America or something?
Anyway, off my rant and more about me so that you can steal my identity.
After graduating from undergrad at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2005, I have held two jobs. I was a IT consultant for two and a half year with CSC consulting before I decided to change my life. I really didn't like that job at all. All I did was configure Informatica and install Documentum. Trust me when I say that watching progress bars go by all day is not fun. Now that I think of it, one big reason that I didnt like the job there was the lack of recognition. The game industry really does have that. Imagine walking into a friend's house and seeing your game on their shelf... Satisfaction. I then worked at the Gold Group as a PHP developer for some time before I left to attend the grad program at FIEA. I really did like it there. The people were very nice and they treated me like a super star. When I left, they were very upset. I didn't list that one on my resume because I was only there for about four months.
Since coming to FIEA, I've come into my own as a general game programmer. I studied computer science in undergrad which really set the foundation for my education. I do wish that I had not taken 3 years off from school to work, I was really rusty when I started back.
Don't people usually put hobbies and interests on their about me pages? Well if you're looking for that I can supply. I love to cook, eat, dance, skate, read Harry Potter and Star Wars books, play basketball, sun bathe, swim... should I keep going?
The video to the right is an interview done while I was at FIEA.The direction of it at the time was toward the incoming students, with the purpose of giving a current student's voice or opinion of what to expect when enrolling. Now I feel that this video really shows my personality well. It also answers some questions about my motives for getting into the game industry and my work ethic. I never claim to be the best, but I will work harder than anyone else. But if I can toot my own horn, I think I'm pretty good (yaaaay self confidence!).
What I lacked before I came to FIEA was a lack of time to get anything done. I had the drive and the will, but pouring 50 hours a week into work and all the rest of my time into side jobs, I never had any time. I thank God that I have people in my life who push me to follow my dreams. I know I left all my friends and family back in Jersey, but I just hope they know I'm happy. I wasn't happy doing IT, and I wasn't going to be happy by staying cooped up in my mother's house.
Thanks for the opportunity for me to tell you my story. Who knows, I may turn this into a blog.
Please contact me if you have any questions and I will surely write back if I have anything relevant to say.