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Surviving Your First Steps into the Management Journey

Marc Espinola Berestein  (Lead Animator, Lab42)

Location: Room 215, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Career Development, Production & Team Leadership

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

When you ask game industry veterans what was the toughest moment in their careers, one answer is quite common: When I had to step up and become a manager. According to The Workforce Institute, 46% of middle managers are likely to quit this 2023 because of stress related issues. The first steps into the management journey are very treacherous, it's easy to become overwhelmed, or burn yourself out. But fear not, in this talk I want to share the secrets that kept me sane during this transition! I come from a management background and I've seen the best, the worst and everything in between. Now, after 7 years in the video game industry as an animator, I want you to join me in this little journey to healthy management. Being a manager can be something very rewarding, if done correctly!


Join me and we will learn if the management path is right for you, what it is really about and how to successfully take the first step without completely burning yourself out. After this session you should have a clearer picture of how to be a healthy middle manager.

Intended Audience

All are welcome! This talk is targeted to people who plan to or just began managing other people in video game development. But anyone can benefit from learning the obscure art of dealing with other human beings in a healthy way. Maybe you'll even find out management is for you!

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