How to increase your odds of getting a mentorship:
You need a demo of your work.
Demonstrating your current skill level and areas of interest is a requirement for the application process. You must also show that have taken active steps towards working in game audio in your demo. This can be through sound re-designs, middleware projects, Global Game Jam games, musical “blocks”, game engine demos and tutorials – anything that shows you love games.
Make progress before applying (or reapplying).
Use the time before and between applications to grow: Make something new for your demo reel. Get involved with the game audio community on social media (#gameaudio on Twitter is a great place to start). Meet people in person at local meetups. Read articles, watch tutorials, and build yourself up.
Make sure that you describe all the awesome stuff you’ve done before or between your application. It shows initiative!
Have a compelling application.
Your answers to the questions on the application should be honest, thoughtful, and should come from your heart. Take your time with your answers and really think them through. Double check them before you submit to make sure that they make sense and properly reflect who you are.
Remember that you’re asking for someone to donate their time to build you up. What can you say that will make them feel like it will be a good use of their time? What can you say to demonstrate your willingness to learn and grow?
Focus on one area.
One-person sound teams do exist, and creative people often find themselves drawn to multiple disciplines; however, more does not always mean better – sometimes it can appear like a lack of focus. If you dabble in music but your true passion is creating sci-fi weapons, feature your best sound reel. If you’ve done some voice acting for fun but your best days are when you’re writing music, show us your strongest compositions. We love to hear about your other interests, but when putting your best work forward, envision the type of job you want – no one else can do that for you.
Keep applying, but do something different.
This first time may not have gone your way. Maybe you were asked to reapply a second and third time, too. But that’s no reason to give up. Grit is an important quality in life and this is a great time to practice.
Make sure that each time you reapply, you’re doing something different. Ask yourself how you can portray your best self through your application. Try putting yourself in a mentor’s shoes and imagine what you’d want to read in an application.
Have you been asked to reapply?
There are many reasons why we may have asked you to reapply:
• Some are logistical. For example, we may not be able to find a mentor in your region, or who speaks your language, or who has a particular skill that seems critical to your mentorship.
• It may also be related to the quality of your application. Members of the Volunteer Council read every single application and need to prioritize which candidates they believe have the greatest potential for a mentorship.
• There are far more people seeking mentorship than there are available mentors. This means that most people that apply will be asked to reapply at a later date. It’s important to mention this because we don’t want you to take it personally. This is not a judgment on you as a person.
Don’t reapply before the date in the e-mail.
We know you’re excited to try again, but we’re asking you to be patient and trust us to pace this project in a way that is most advantageous to you and the community of mentors that we are building.