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Meet Brennan Steele, Associate Producer

Monday, December 10th, 2012 by

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ongoing bio series as much as we have.  This week we press on with Brennan Steele, who took the long road to New Orleans and TurboSquid, but is certainly doing his best to leave his mark on both.

What’s your job as Associate Producer?

I manage a portion of the content group inspector team, develop custom 3D content for clients, beta test software, swap the CO2 tank out of the soda machine, and design fun content to 3D print on our Makerbot.

We like hearing about how our staff got into 3D modeling.  What’s your story?

I studied Architecture at the University of Oregon and was exposed to 3D modeling there.  I started work at an architecture firm 7 days after I graduated, and produced construction documents and presentation renderings for 3 years before I quit and went on an 8 month long road trip that eventually landed me here in New Orleans.

You’re involved in several projects outside of TurboSquid.  Can you tell us a little bit about them?

1) Atelier Vie LLC – A Startup artisan distillery located in mid-city built from scratch about two years ago with three other partners. Our sugar cane vodka Buck 25 has been available for a couple months now, but our signature spirit Toulouse Red a red absinthe made its debut on December 5th. Our green and white absinthes are still in government testing and label approval, and should be available shortly after the new year.

2) Bebe Brulee – A Burning Man art installation as part of the CORE (circle of regional effigies) project, where over 30 regional burner communities create their own large scale burnable sculptures. After I completed the design of the installation—with the help of Eric Arvidson and Josh Anderson of TurboSquid, and many others—we constructed a 20’ diameter 7’ tall king cake with a 14’ tall king baby standing on top, and successfully delivered it to the desert in Nevada.

3) Cosmic Convergence Festival – An upcoming epic event that celebrates the end of the Mayan calendar countdown and beyond. It will take place in New Orleans at the Sugar Mill on Friday, December 21st, 2012. I’m the production assistant for the event and will be hard at work making sure everything runs smoothly and the world doesn’t come to an end. Come party with me, Ghostland Observatory, and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, and help us ward off the apocalypse in style!

Favorite thing about TurboSquid?

I really enjoy working for a company with so many direct ties into interesting fields: art, film, design, architecture, and animation just to name a few.   Not to mention New Orleans is a fantastic city where there is seldom a dull moment.

Got a favorite model on the site?

Who doesn’t like robots, and dmitriev makes some of the best on the site. His attention to mechanical detail, distressed textures, rigging, and downloadable preview animations are all great.

A parting note…

I’m allergic to chocolate.


Do you enjoy meeting our colorful crew? You could be one of them. We’re hiring! Be sure to check out our current job openings.


Meet Corey Cambre, Checkmate Inspector

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 by

For our third installment of the new meet-our-staff blog series, we interviewed Corey “Fluffy” Cambre, a Checkmate Inspector for our team here at TurboSquid.  Read on to learn more about this illustrious modeler, bowler, and dragon connoisseur.

Why “Fluffy”?

It was a joke from Gabriel Iglesias. He said there are 5 types of fat. I fell into the fluffy category. So when someone called me fat I said I’m not fat I’m fluffy. Thus the name stuck with me.


Meet John McGrail, Product Analyst

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by

To continue our new meet-the-staff blog series, we interviewed John McGrail, a Product Analyst for the TurboSquid team.  Read on to hear from this native Virginian, turned collegiate New Englander (Amherst), turned ex-pat Ukranian, turned new New Orleanian.

What does your job at TurboSquid entail?

I help analyze past sales on TurboSquid and also suggest future models that could be built.  I am also the official cookie supplier for the area of the office within 20 feet of my desk.

You really seem to have garnered a lot of attention regarding your cookie inventory.  I once ate nearly an entire box of Chips Ahoy cookies in one sitting—after a full meal and almost without even noticing.  Do you tend toward a steady diet or sporadic binging?

Given my proximity to, and lack of privacy from, my coworkers, the sight of a box of cookies constantly on my desk has led to rampant speculation that I am, in fact, a real-life cookie monster.  I have always been known as someone who eats quite a bit; I don’t deny this assertion.  However, I would like to submit the following piece of evidence in my defense: I am too lazy to put a few cookies in my lunch each morning before leaving for work, so instead I just bring the whole box and leave it on my desk for the week, consuming a few every day.  This in turn leads many to incorrectly assume that I devour an entire box of cookies every day, when that is rarely the case.  And I do run every day after work, so that keeps the pounds from accumulating too quickly.

You taught English in Ukraine before coming to New Orleans.  What motivated you to do that, and what was it like?

McGrail is the one on the left.


I studied Russian in college and had already spent a summer working in the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia.  I wanted to go back to that part of the world, but I wanted to try a country different than Russia.  So, I decided on Ukraine.  I had a great time there; everyone I met was very friendly and surprisingly pro-America.  I also joined the basketball team at the university that I taught at.  I still keep up with a few of my teammates from my time there.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I am a Venture for America fellow.  Along with 39 other fellows around the country, including 8 in New Orleans, I hope to learn more about entrepreneurship both through my work at TurboSquid and in community engagement projects outside of work.

Favorite thing about working at TurboSquid?

Well, it could be the awesome office atmosphere, with no cubicles in sight.  Or it could be living in quite possibly the coolest city on the planet.  But what really gets me out of the bed in the morning is the knowledge that there are beer and wine vending machines in the lobby.  How sweet is that?

Favorite model?

max donbass arena ukraine - Donbass Arena Ukraine by Tornado Studio

I lived in Donetsk for 9 months and went to many Shakhtar Donetsk games here!  Plus, it’s Checkmate Pro, which makes it extra scrumptious.

Tell us one final thing about you.

I haven’t watched a movie that does not include zombies in almost 2 years.


Check back with us next week to meet Corey Cambre, one of TurboSquid’s Checkmate Inspectors; and if these bios are making you wish you were a part of our team, be sure to check out our current job openings!

Meet Deborah Anderson, QA Inspector

Monday, November 26th, 2012 by

The holiday season often makes people reflect on what is really important in life. In keeping with the spirit of the season, we thought this would be the perfect time to start our new blog series that shows off something we’re very thankful for: our awesome staff!  To start things off, we sat down with Deborah Anderson, one of our QA inspectors, to learn more about her endeavors in and outside of TurboSquid.

What does your day typically consist of?

My day consists of looking at 3D models. Sometimes I fix them up, and sometimes I convert them to other programs. My troubleshooting skills as far as 3D is concerned have definitely increased because of my day to day work.

How did you get into 3D modeling?

I’ve been drawing since I was little. My mom got us these Disney books and we had VHS tapes; so I would draw the characters from those, and people always thought I traced it. I’ve always wanted to have an occupation that was art-related. I went from Architect to Industrial Designer, and landed on Electric Engineering because I always loved math in school also. I did dual-enrollment when I was in high school, so I took some classes at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. My last class that I took before I graduated high school was a 3ds Max class, and I had finally found what I had been looking for. I applied to RIT’s Film/Video/Animation program and was accepted. The spring quarter of my freshman year, I took my first modeling course and fell in love. I suck at rigging. For animation, I try to create grandiose animation curves, but it always ends up falling flat. I enjoyed my lighting and rendering courses, so I hope to expand my knowledge in regard to those subjects, but modeling is my thing. I used to take Play-Doh and sculpt faces out of it, so it’s a good fit. When I was working in Korea, I would find pleasure in finishing a project/model that I thought was going to be impossible to do, but I pushed through and produced.

Your deskmate, John McGrail, also spent time abroad before coming to TurboSquid.  How did you wind up in Korea?

My decision to go to South Korea was very abrupt. Someone who I went to college with was posting pictures of all her ventures in Korea, so that’s when I first found out about teaching English overseas. Then I found out that the qualifications were to have a Bachelor’s degree in anything and be a native English speaker from the select few countries they approved. I decided in June 2009 to start applying in July if I didn’t land an animation-related job, and was in Korea by the end of August—which apparently is a feat since I didn’t realize that the ideal time to apply for the fall is March/April. I was hired, fired, and placed somewhere in that month also. I worked at an all-girls high school, Songwon High School, and an all-girls middle school, Dong-A Middle School, in Gwangju (Jeollanamdo), South Korea. It was a great experience, but also challenging since I was teaching my students conversational English and Koreans tend to be self-conscious about grammar and worry about messing up. Combine that with shyness and just not being interested in talking in a foreign language, and it makes for some interesting classes. Thank goodness for class clowns, because in Korea, even though they are trying to get attention, they also tend to answer the questions.

You also got your first job in animation there, didn’t you?

Digital eMation. It was my first official job in animation, and my name has already been in the credits for TV and movies (straight to DVD movies). I got to work on Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Scooby Doo, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and The Lebrons as a CG Artist modeling/texturing vehicles, backgrounds, and props. It made me realize that, yes, I picked the right path. I look forward to continue production work at some point.

What do you do in your spare time?

Outside of work, I am a member the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals (ULGNOYP), where I’m on the Professional Development Committee. I’m a part of the Young Leadership Council (YLC), where I participate in one of their projects, Recreate. It provides kids who are 5-14 who live in the Harmony Oaks neighborhood with an outlet, whether it be sports or learning about culture. TurboSquid also recently participated in YLC’s Power Ties culminating event, the job site visit. Five 8th graders from Langston Hughes Academy came in to learn more about our company. They also got a chance to make something in 3D. I play kickball in PlayNOLA for ULGNOYP’s team. I also volunteer at my church and am on the prison ministry, graphics team, and audio/visual team. One day, I’ll be teaching at Delgado Community College once they get me enough students who want to learn Maya. Yeah, that’s about it.

Coming from an experienced modeler like yourself, what’s your favorite 3D model on TurboSquid?


I remember inspecting this model and being pleased with how realistic it looked. It looked realistic, but I wasn’t disgusted by it being a cockroach.


Like what you see so far? Check back with us later this week to meet John McGrail, one of TurboSquid’s Product Analysts; and if these bios are making you wish you were a part of our team, be sure to check out our current job openings!



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