What are studios looking for? How can I get into a good animation school? What should I be studying?
I get a lot of these types of questions now and again, and I never know how to answer them. I can’t be sure of what studios are looking for, I don’t control admissions policies to schools, and I have little idea what makes for a current and relevant curriculum. There are a lot of variables in your bid for a career in animation, and it’s kind of impossible to control most of them. You must be crazy to want this job!
I find it helpful to focus on the things I can control. Among those things are your study habits and how you spend your personal time. It’s good to work hard and have goals—without them we would get nowhere. Study hard and make decisive strides towards achieving your art goals. But in the heat of that pursuit, don’t forget to go out and live your life!
If you spend any amount of time looking at artists online, you’ve probably figured out by now that there are about a million dudes and dudettes in internetville who draw better than you (I relive this realization daily). Once your have done your best to rise to their level, the only tool you have to compete with these crazy talents is your background, your personal character—is you!
Consider developing your whole self with the same raw focus and intensity that you develop a particular skill set. Get focused. Go out, have adventures. Run, jump, skin your knee, fall in love, root loudly for the away team at a baseball game, barely escape a crash of stampeding rhinos, live to see another day. Experience things big and small. Go for a walk. The world is full of wonders.
I know this advice is not particularly animation-specific, but maybe that’s for the best. At any rate, it is something I feel strongly about. Animation is great, and there are few things that I enjoy doing more than drawing and storytelling. But in order to have stories to tell, first you have to live them.
Be good, and see you soon!
PS, if you were looking for advice on draftsmanship you should probably be reading this.
I’m sorry I disappoint all the time…
I love giving those hugs that come from behind, you know what I am talking about? That moment when they don’t expect it, and you slowly come up behind them and you wrap your arms around their waist, and at first they get startled but then realize it was you and they smile. Yea those, I love those, I believe those type of hugs can bring the same amount of love and passion just as much as holding hands can. Hugs mean a lot of things and can play an important role in a relationship. Hugs can be that one thing you need to make you smile, to reassure it’s all going to be okay. Ever been away from someone or missed someone?
What’s the first thing you do when you see them? you hug them. It means I’ve missed you, I love you, I want to hold you. Hugs mean acceptance. It means I accept you whether it be a as a friend or a boyfriend or girlfriend. Hugs can mean the difference between a heartbreak and a long lasting relationship. How can you connect and love if you never hug, if you never share a physically connection together. Passionate hugs and long tight hugs are the most meaningful. They are the hugs that make you feel special and warm inside. You know which ones I’m talking about, the ones that are really long and you want to stay there forever?
The ones where you wrap your arms around them and you kinda rest your head on top of their shoulder, and you place your hands just above their waist and you pull them in close and it feels as if time is still, as you’re taking your time breathing them in. Never underestimate the power of a hug. Hugs are a sacred embrace you share with the person you love. When you hug nothing else should matter but just you two. Just the moment you’re in, just then and there, just the two of you in pure bliss and stillness. They say hugs can take away all worries and replace it with tranquility, peace and love. I believe they can, do you? <3