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What I Learned from GDC

I went to the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) last month, and oh man was it an amazing experience! I wanted to share my top 3 takeaways that can be applied to anyone in the entertainment industry. Here we go!

The people are more important than the talks

So get to know them! The talks and events are always interesting, and can help you learn for sure. But the people you get to know will be there even when the talk is over. They'll be there when the event is over, and even when you are across state or country borders, they're still there. And they are working and creating just like you are. Imagine the amazing things you can create with them. Think of the support you can give and receive through your comraderie in this industry. And then picture the amazing time you'll have when you see each other in person again at the next event. Life is so much more fulfilling when we fill it with people who share our passions, struggles, and joys. So talk to the person next to you. It's worth it.

Listen

Everywhere you are, no matter who you're with, listen. Be an active listener, because that's how you learn. Not only is that how you learn the answers to any questions you have, but you can also learn the best questions to ask that you wouldn't have thought of before. Listening yeilds opportunities to progress. Take that opportunity seriously.

Get involved in the conversations

Not to overshadow the listening, it's also important to be a part of the conversation. Conversations create awareness, understanding, and change, both in you and in the industry. There are a lot of really exciting conversations that are happening right now. We need you to be a part of it! It doesn't matter how much experience you do or don't have in the industry. It doesn't matter who you do or don't know. What matters is that you have a different perspective than anyone else in the discussion, simply because no one else is you. And we need creators of every aspect, discipline, and background to participate in the conversations that are changing the culture of how we do what we do.

Take care of yourself

So I know I said 3, but this bonus one is super important because it's the only way you can do the other points mentioned. We need you to be in a position to create, to experiment, to explore, to discuss, to support. As mentioned before, you have something no one else has: your life experiences that can influence the rest of us for good. But don't take care of yourself for our sakes. You're worth it, too.

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Friends with Benefits!

Happy April! This month we ask what else UDEN can do for you - how useful, for example, would a benefits package be? And would you be prepared to pay for such services?  We also announce the details for UDEN #22 and have an offer of booth space at Salt Lake Gaming Con.

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Check Out These Resources We Have For You!

Welcome to March!  In this month's newsletter, we share details of the treasure trove of resources available to you via our YouTube channel, introduce Niantic's developer contest with $1M prize pool, announce UDEN's next meeting and highlight upcoming events this month! Read on! 

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UDEN #21 is This Month!

Get ready for UDEN's first event of this year! UDEN #21 will be held at the Game Tyrant Gaming Center in North Salt Lake, 6pm February 27th. Checkout the video here. Great networking plus there are a few exhibit tables remaining if you want to get your product or service in front of UDEN members.

Here is this month's newsletter with more!

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You Won't Believe What UDEN Has Planned for 2019!

Happy New Year!  In my first newsletter for 2019, I ask for your support - in fact, more support in order to get some growth in Utah's digital entertainment community.  BTW - if you don't get our newsletter and would like it in your inbox, please email info@utahden.org.

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2018, It's Been Real! UDEN's Update for December

This month we look forward to 2019, some great events this month and look back on what we achieved this year.

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November News

Hard to believe we're almost at the end of another year - still so much to do and still so many amazing events coming up! 

This month we recap our recent Trade Mission to Paris, UDEN #20 and preview some events this month that you do not want to miss!

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Trade Mission to Paris - Recap

Read our "hot-off-the-press" report from Paris about how the UDEN Trade Mission turned out!

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UDEN 20 - Recap

UDEN’s 20th membership meeting took place on September 5th, 2018. It was held at Redman Movies & Stories, Salt Lake City, Utah USA. The following are key notes and take-aways from the evening.  It also includes video from the evening, including all of those who came and told us who they were, what they do, what they need, what they offer and their contact info!  Make sure to read and watch!

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Can We Find New Business For You? For FREE?

I wanted to make sure your October got off to a great start by offering to do something for you for FREE!  No catch. It's another UDEN initiative to build and grow the digital entertainment sector in Utah.  At the end of the month, UDEN will be in Paris, France, undertaking our first trade mission where we'll be putting Utah's talented creators of entertainment content and technology in front of a global audience, trying to open new opportunities for you. 

BUT YOU NEED TO ACT FAST!

We're just 23 days away from the trade mission and we need to finish creating the materials in the next week! Just click this link here and follow the simple steps to be included. 

Click to read more details of this GREAT, no catch offer, as well as an update on #UDEN20!

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