Sunday, February 26, 2012
While I was teaching and after, my students and a few other people asked the same question a lot.
" ...Does it take a long time to break into the business and what are the steps..."?
-There is no one answer to that question. Obviously hard work and dedication are going to take you a long way, but there is going to be other factors that come in to play. Timing is a big part of the equation and you have to know what jobs to take and how to utilize every minute while you are there. I knew I wanted to work in features but I never neglected my duties as an animator at the game studios. I tried to apply the same level of work to the game studios as I do in feature. Believe me, there are animators that can animate circles around a lot of guys in feature film. I worked at the office and when I got home, because I wanted to be better. There are many people still doing this.
The big thing for me is not forgetting that. If you busted your hump in work and after work, keep doing the same. Granted the hours you spend working at home may be considerably less, but that is the thing that got you to where you are. Take some time to continue working on your craft. Teachers still go to lectures and workshops to improve on their skills, singers still practice so that their voice is always in good condition, and even good mechanics learn how to work on the latest engines so they are always on top of their game.
If you remember to do the things that got you to where you need to be, you will be successful for a while.
Remember to balance it!!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
I have never made a New Years resolution and I won't start now. Each year is an extension of the last for me. I began last year talking about more focus and taking a break from teaching. It has paid off because I am less stressed and I have been highly productive at work. While I was teaching I wanted it to reflect my outlook on animation and the things you can achieve. Teaching was an extension of who I am as an animator. Preparing lessons, prepping material, ensuring I give helpful feedback to EVERY STUDENT, and being available is important to me. How do you work as a full time animator, full time husband, full time dad and part time teacher? Sounds ridiculous to me. In the balance of our lives, something will have to give and something or someone will lose out. I am trying figure out how to return to teaching but it will take a bit to figure out the balance and harmony. A good teacher is invaluable. My wife, Mother, Aunt, and a few cousins ( here is one Sara Ferguson: click the name) are all teachers. How I teach reflects on them so I have to make sure I give future students what they deserve.
Thanks to all the students I have had so far who have given me much positive feedback.