Today I got a good question from a student about how worth it is it to go into the animation industry. There is a lot of concern from young people because they are scared of not being successful. This is my response to him.
That is a really important question. I totally understand your concern with the industry.
I will tell you this. In school you learn everything about making an animated film. Which means at the
end of it you actually have a lot of skills and not just animation. You
can use your art for so many different jobs. You understand story and
storyboarding which is usefull in a lot of different fields. But what I
will say is if you can only see yourself doing that. Then try it. You
never want to wonder "WHAT IF?" It wasnt easy finding a job after
school but I got one doing TV shows in Flash about three months after I
graduated. My teacher was actually the one who hired me. What makes it
hard to get a job isnt necessarily how well in the industry is doing.
It's about your skills. So when you go to school. You work your butt off
and really push to be the BEST you can be. When you graduate you'll
have a lot more opportunities than people who just go to school because
they dont really know what they want to do but animation sounded fun.
If you really push for it you'll make it. Be honest with yourself.
You'll know whether or not you can do it. Just don't waste ALL your
time in school partying. Studios can tell who puts in the work. If you
TRULY want to be an animator then I really believe you can be.
Best wishes to you.
I will also add you may not get your DREAM JOB right out of school. I
didn't but I was animating. Use your early jobs as learning platforms
and stepping stones to get where you wanted. I was doing small TV shows
and commercials and direct to DVD specials for 5 years before I landed
my feature role on THE WILD. From that it gave me the experience to get
hired at SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS where I then worked on a bunch of
great movies. So you really have to keep growing. And who knows. Some
people are lucky to get their dream job right out of school if the
opportunity works out. Good luck to you all