I got the pleasure of interviewing the Train2Game Student Studio Icey Monty earlier this week. They are really going from strength to strength in this industry and you can read about or listen to their company adventures below.
You can listen to the interview here: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1350533-train2game-student-studio-icey-monty-talks-to-t2g-radio
Or read the following transcript:
John: Hi, my name’s John, I’m on the Developer course and I’m from Scotland but now live in Newcastle.
Nick: Hi I’m Nick, I’m also on the Train2Game course and I’m from Newmarket, Suffolk.
Hi guys, how you doing?
John: I’m good, how about you?
Nick: I’m good, really good.
I’m good cheers guys, so tell me who you guys are and what you have been up to?
John: We’re Icey Monty, we started our own company two weeks ago and we are now officially working on a couple of clients games.
Very nice. So what clients, what games? If you can say of course
John: Nick is working for a professor in California at the minute, he specialises in eye to brain coordination. He’s asked for a thing to be created that will measure reflexes, how quick the eye can send a message to the brain. So Nick’s been working on that for the past two or three weeks now and I’m working on a racing game for a client in the Ukraine. He’s got a website that currently gets about three hundred thousand hits a day so that’s pretty cool!
You seem to get a lot of international work. Where do you source your work from?
John: I’ll let you answer that one Nick.
Nick: Sure. Well we started off by just posting in the Unity commercial forums just saying we are a small start up and we are available for work. After that, we had about two or three jobs leading from that and from there we had the funds to start a website and since then we haven’t had to contact anyone really. We’ve had people contact us for the last few weeks.
So, is it just the two of you working then?
Nick: It is, yeah.
Are you happy working in a small team?
Nick: Oh absolutely yeah!
John: Most Definitely.
Nick: So much better than with the pressure you get with a large team.
John: Especially from a management side of things.
Nick: Oh definitely yeah. Things are a lot more flexible for us now. Things are a lot more laid back. Some days it doesn’t even feel like working really. A bit of a cliché but we really enjoy it so it’s nice.
Excellent. So you’ve had quite a lot of success so what advice would you give to students who are looking to start making games professionally?
John: Oh, be prepared to work, a lot. That’s how we done ours. When we got a clients job we literally wouldn’t rest because the way we thought about it was, this is our dream and they’ve given us the opportunity to where we want to be with our careers and our lives, so really we are indebted to these people.
Nick: You give them everything you can offer them. Don’t think of it as a job, you’re giving them your expertise. You’re showing them that you can do these kind of things, your proving yourself in the market, in the work you do.
So work hard and you will be noticed, kind of thing?
John: Yeah. The other thing we do is, if we know we are ahead of our schedule, we will actually contact the client because we’ve had an idea, literally me and Nick will talk all day – obviously we still get our work done, we don’t sit down and have a nanny chat, but if we come up with a cool idea we will contact the client and say “Look, we are a bit ahead of schedule, would you like this added to your game?” at no extra cost, it won’t cost you anything, we are just really enjoying what we are working on at the minute.
Perfect, so always go that extra mile for them?
Nick: Yeah, it pays back ten-fold.
John: It does, insanely.
So finally then lads, where can people find out more about Icey Monty?
John: If you just go to www.iceymonty.com which is our professional website or you can go to www.iceymontyblog.com and there are things we are working on personally for our clients projects, obviously with permission, some of the systems we create or just some general ideas and some doodles we do through the day.
Perfect well thank you very much guys!
John: No problem, thanks very much!