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How to break into animation as a career??

Postby david_yorkshire » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:54 am

Dear Barry and everyone else,

With the animation industry in the downward spiral it is, which is the best way to forge a career in it or to even break into the industry?

I did animation at university as part of my degree course as well as graphic design for print but when I left university it was more difficult to break
into animation as an industry than it was to break into graphic design. I followed the graphic design route as I had bills to pay and I had got used to eating,
but after a few years I now realise I would like to pursue it as a career instead of carrying on thinking 'What If?'.

My interest would be computer animation.

With it being such a specialised industry I guess that the best way to market yourself nowadays would be to utilize the internet ie Youtube and
get yourself recognized, which is good as I am in the middle of Yorkshire in s small village!!!
Cosgrove Hall has closed down and except for Aardman down south I cannot think of other big name animation studios.

I've read that it is a contacts industry which makes it even more difficult.





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Re: How to break into animation as a career??

Postby Barry » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:30 pm

Hi David, and yes it is a difficult time to be in animation. There are several features in development but there's little TV series work and even less short film work. I've just done a stop motion commercial that will be out soon but I can't get enough work at all. I'm having to find other income. Ironically I'm going round the world to festivals which can't seem to feed the appetite for aniamtion fast enough.
But to start you are going to need a very impresssive showreel....that does open a good few doors.
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Re: How to break into animation as a career??

Postby david_yorkshire » Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:50 pm

Thank you for the advice. I am currently a graphic designer which also seems to be a dying craft - at the moment I am getting the impression that
it is all about web designers - not graphic designers. One of my childhood heroes was Ray Harryhausen and would love to follow in his footsteps.
I am gutted that I missed him at Bradford animation festival a couple of years ago. I think even if I could not do animation as a career I plant o do it anyway and put my results on youtube. We shall have to see what happens.
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