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The Great TurboSquid Holiday Gingerbread Throwdown

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by

gingerbreadBefore our Squids trek back to their respective homelands for the holidays, our amazing HR department worked tirelessly to bring an early holiday bash to the Squid Tank. Last week’s festivities included a filling lunch at Red Fish Grill, soothing massages from Balance Massage, holiday bartending tips from Ralph & Kacoo’s, holiday film favorites, ornament arts-and-crafts, and the star of the show: The TurboSquid Gingerbread Throwdown.

Our staff was divided into teams and issued one challenge: create the best gingerbread house, to rule them all. Each team was handed a box of graham crackers and an assortment of candies, though they were allowed to bring extra decorations from home to aid their creativity— and they didn’t disappoint. (more…)

Meet Susan de la Houssaye, Human Resources Coordinator

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by

Susan de la Houssaye toasts to TurboSquid!

In this week’s Meet the Squids, we’re talking to Susan de la Houssaye, Human Resources Coordinator at TurboSquid.   While her daily to-do list is varied and plentiful (and probably impeccably organized, as you’ll read below), Susan also monitors the many resumes that flow into the TurboSquid inbox.  If you’ve applied for a job with us, it’s very likely that your resume passed through her hands first.  Read on to find out some of Susan’s handy resume tips– as a former Career Counselor, she definitely knows how you can get the attention of her fellow HR folks.

 

What’s a typical day at the Squid Tank like for you?

Every day here is different. Some days I’m making travel plans, preparing for a new hire to arrive, doing pre-screens over the phone with potential candidates, posting job openings, contacting headhunters, working on expense reports, signing checks, sending wire transfers, ordering lunch for a department meeting, preparing for a company meeting or a board meeting, and the list goes on.

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Round-Up: CheckMate Advisory Board Meeting 2013

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by

This year’s CheckMate Advisory Board Meeting was a rousing success!  While we made sure to feed and entertain everyone while they were in New Orleans, 3D Modeling was, as usual, at the forefront of everyone’s minds. We also got to add a number of new board members, representing IKEA, Armstrong & White, as well as welcoming Michele Bousquet back in an Advisory Board role, given her track record with CheckMate. There were many roundtable discussions over the two-day, on-site meeting, and what the Advisory Board had to say about using TurboSquid models was surprising, even to us.

Over the next few months, we’ll be posting more specific information gathered from the meetings, but for now, we feel it’s important to give our dedicated artist community a quick recap on several major topics.

This is information that comes directly from the folks who are buying and using your 3D model content daily, and the insights they provided covered a broad range of industries and needs, from film and television, to architectural design, game development, advertising, news, and furniture manufacturing. Since you’re making models to sell on the site, we feel this kind of feedback is timely and worth reading.

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Meet Eric Arvidson, CFO

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by

Eric Arvidson sports his TurboSwagIn our Meet the Squids series, it seems we’ve also managed to cover many distinctive facets of New Orleans culture (food, drink, music, and numerous organizations), and this week’s interview with Eric Arvidson, CFO, is no exception.  Eric is one of the voices of the beloved New Orleans’ listener-supported radio station, WWOZ, now in the midst of its annual membership drive.

Eric offers his thoughts on why he loves WWOZ, and talks to us about one of his more… fiery hobbies.

 

What does your day typically consist of?

A typical day consists of emails, spreadsheets, planning, and meetings. Each day can be a bit different, but the overall goals are to make budget projections and make sure we pay our artists each month. Much of my time is spent helping others do their job, and sometimes that means staying out of the way!

What’s your favorite thing about working at TurboSquid?

Working at TurboSquid is always a challenge and each day presents something new. I enjoy that we try to keep the “corporate rules” to a minimum. But when it really comes down to it, distilled down to its essence, what makes TurboSquid cool is the people – employees, artists, friends and family. It is fun to see everyone working from so many different angles, for a common goal.

What do you do when you’re not at the Squid HQ?

I have fun doing different activities, and enjoy living in New Orleans where you can really enjoy life. I am a volunteer radio host at WWOZ known around town as “the greatest radio station in the universe”. I’m also involved in our regional Burning Man organization that has been very active building large scale art to take to Nevada and to Mardi Gras Krewes. I love making art, even though I never felt like I was very creative.

I love to travel and try to get out of the country at least once a year. I am also in the TurboSquid Fantasy Football League, as a returning two-time champion.

 

Bebe Brulee, NOLA Burners 2012


NOLA Burners’ 2012 project, Bebe Brulee, was featured at Burning Man.
Eric says, “I love to create big art structures and then burn them down. Of course, we do it on purpose (and safely), but I think that scares my wife sometimes…”

 

WWOZ is in the midst of its membership drive - why do you think WWOZ has become so important to New Orleans?  Oh, and when can you be heard on the air?

I think WWOZ is the voice of the culture of New Orleans, and as they say at the station, they are the Guardians of the Groove.  New Orleans has such a unique and robust music scene and I think it is vital that there is an outlet for local musicians and sounds be heard.  We are very lucky to have such a wonderful radio station that pushes that out, all over the world.  I am not regularly scheduled on air, so you just have to keep listening to hear me next!

Sea Stallion by 3d_molier

One more thing!  Tell us about your favorite model from the TurboSquid catalog.

I love this Sea Stallion.  Just a cool looking, big helicopter.

Meet Paul Teall, General Manager : Content Group

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by

Paul Teall : Commissioner of Foo'ball

This week in our Meet the Squids series, we’re talking to Paul Teall, General Manager of the Content Group.  In addition to his management duties, Paul also has a secondary job title at TurboSquid: commissioner of the office’s cutthroat Fantasy Football league.

 

What do you do with your time outside of work?

I’m relatively new to New Orleans, so I still love exploring the city with my family. There’s so much to do here – we’re all still thrilled to be discovering new things about the city.

I’ve had a couple of jobs in the video game industry, and I’ve got a side project centered around that –  gamejobhunter.com: It’s a site that’s focused on helping people get a job making games.

 

What does your day at TurboSquid typically entail?

Working with the CheckMate team to help expand our certification efforts! The team is working incredibly hard to make sure that our quality of our catalog continues to rise. I’m also working on a few more very cool projects, but it’s a little too early to discuss those yet.

 

Do you have a favorite thing about working here?

I love the people that work at TS – we’ve got a really fun and talented team. Being in downtown New Orleans is also great. We’ve got a lot of cool restaurants and bars nearby, which keeps things interesting.

 

What else do you get to do at TS HQ?

One of my unofficial job duties is acting as the TurboSquid Fantasy Football league commissioner. Our league has gotten pretty intense over the years – we’re up to 16 teams, and the competition is ruthless. I get to publicly shame people that forget to set their rosters, which is always fun.

 

Is there anyone in the office who’s doing particularly well this season? Now is an acceptable time to praise them, or throw some shade.

Ted Sedberry is actually 9-0.

 

How much does everyone hate him right now?

Probably a lot. :)

 

Ed. note:Without shaming anyone too hard (I’m super nice like that), we also talked about the highs and lows of the league, with Paul citing the “fall from grace, for our Super Bowl champ of two years ago.” So I had to ask…

 

Is there a Loser Bowl trophy?

They get $50 and a year of living with the shame of a Loser Bowl “championship.”

Blackwater Mercenary by richardsee

 

Before we go, tell us about your favorite model in the TurboSquid catalog:

This Blackwater Mercenary model by richardsee is incredible.

 

Fantasy Football isn’t the only fun thing happening at TurboSquid.  Want to work with us?  We’re hiring!

Meet Jordan Cressy: Member Services Agent

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by

Jordan Cressy makes friends.

If you’ve made a call to our Support Desk, it’s very possible that you are already familiar with Member Services Agent, Jordan Cressy.  In this issue of Meet the Squids, Jordan shares her thoughts on talking to customers, and shares her dream of talking to animals.

 

First of all, what do you do when you’re away from the Support Desk?

I like to overestimate my ability to DIY. My house is littered with half-finished projects and art supplies. I really like music. I sing and play a little piano. I also love to write… I like to write children’s stories.

I have a corgi named Raleigh. I am a little obsessed with corgis. My corgi has a lobster outfit, ‘nough said.

 

What does a work day look like for you?

I answer questions. Well, I try to answer questions. I am the liaison between questions and answers (fancy).

I answer chats, phone calls, and tickets from our customers. Generally, if one of our members tries to contact us, there is a one in five chance (sometimes one in three) it will be me! I do my best to help our members get the information they need. I want to help!

Another big part of my job is to hunt down fraud, like Buffy. That’s what she was doing, right?

 

What’s your favorite thing about working at TurboSquid?

I am just a 3D girl in an 8 bit world: a Super Mario World! (otherwise known as the Member Support desks) My other favorite things about TurboSquid include: Endless Hot Tea, and the soda fountain (this is less important to me, but my friends are so jealous!).

Mostly, I get to learn about some really awesome stuff with some great people! Because what is cooler than 3D?

 

Pretty much nothing! What’s it like working with TurboSquid customers?

It is really nice when we have customers who appreciate what we do. Most of our customers leave feedback, but it is always really great when customer sends us a message of thanks. We also have a couple of characters who we all know by name. It’s funny because we are really a very small group, so most of our customers know us and we know them. That said, I am sorry that I sometimes don’t remember names… But if you come in to chat or call and say “Hey! I am the guy with the Elephant model in Maya” I’ll totally remember you!

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Do you have a favorite TurboSquid model?

Please see 5th preview image. It’s an awkward-tortoise!

 

Favorite band, favorite movie, favorite super power– Go!

My favorite band is GNR. My favorite movie is Moonstruck with Cher. I love Cher–as an actress.  Seriously.

If I had a super power, I would talk to animals, but they would have to not be jerks… sort of like the animals in Snow White, but they don’t have to work for me. I mean, geez.

 

Want to join Jordan and the rest of the TurboSquid Support Staff?  We’re hiring a Product Support Agent!

 

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