This is after being in 3D for a few years and is a common quality of work for a lot of people.
To an inexperienced person this may look cool, but to a high level client it's still beginner stages.
What often happens when people get into 3D is they buy a couple starter courses and watch tutorials to learn the basics.
And while this is really exciting in the beginning they get stuck in the same mode of thinking and they struggle to move past the basics.
The progress in quality of 3D work starts to plateau and flatten out.
This is what TJ struggled with and he didn't know how to take his 3D to the next level.
Even if he created a lot of personal projects and watched tutorials for years, he still struggle to get a large visual difference in his work to where it feels "pro".
Well below is TJ's work now, just after a few months of my coaching: