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Polytechnic graduate chose passion and a job at Lucasfilm Singapore over university place

Published on Aug 26, 2014 8:01 AM
Nanyang Polytechnic digital media design graduate Peter Tan turned down a place at a US university seven years ago to work as an animator with Lucasfilm. He is now lead animator at Industrial Light & Magic and has worked on a string of blockbusters, including movies in the Transformers series. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Go to university? Or work on blockbuster movies as an animator at Lucasfilm Singapore?

Faced with this decision, Mr Peter Tan, a Nanyang Polytechnic digital media design graduate, took the road less travelled seven years ago - and turned down a place at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

"I got an offer from Lucasfilm giving me a six-month contract to replace another animator going on maternity leave," said the 35-year-old, who eventually converted to a full-time position.

"People go for degrees to work in reputable companies, but I thought to myself, 'I already have the job and nothing beats work experience.' My passion has always been animation so I didn't need to think so hard."

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