How do talented but isolated creative snowflakes jobhunt from the UK? Two indie game folks seek new life in Chicago.
Seeking advice from people who have experience with creative job-hunting across continents (game development, interactive application dev), from UK to US, preferably in Chicago.
I know about Aquent from this
old post. Any more pop up in the last 4 years? Are there other recruiters who specialize in creative recruitment or companies with an ethical mission statement?
Alternatively, any nonprofit orgs (museums, etc) who have creative/interactive design needs? I don't know how one gets connected to these things.
Owing to our particular circumstances we are somewhat isolated from the networks that would give us more insight. We have a friend that works at ThoughtWorks, but she's the only friend "on the ground" that has relevant connections.
Advice from Chicago natives who do funky cool things is also welcome.
Additional details (if anyone is interested):
I'm American, my partner is British so companies that are happy to sponsor a visa are a bonus, but not essential. We live in the UK. He is currently the Creative Director of an indie games company. I'm currently unemployed but was a production assistant at the same company (I have also been a designer and office manager). We're gunnin for Chicago because we've spent a lot of time there and have friends, plus I've got family nearby and we both know and love the city. The cost of living is also very appealing.
Both of us would like to stay with something techie and creative. Both of us are wary of the mainstream games industry (culture, work conditions), and are willing to branch out in lieu of "snowflake" alternatives. I'm happy to go into the broader world of software, but I'm not a coder and I'm not certain what my equivalent is in non-games software. We are not currently in a position to do a project independently.