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How can I obtain more information about a career in Animation?

Asked Nashville, Tennessee

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

The first step is to get to know more about yourself to see if this is really a career which you would want to follow. Confirming career choice to make sure that it matches with your personality traits is a very important step to take in selecting a career. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I found too many instances where a person skipped this step and ended up in a career area and did not like or feel comfortable with the practical application of that career major choice. Also, to further confirm that choice and develop personal in-person contacts and networking, it has been proven very important to do networking with those in the field to get inside information. Selecting a career is like buying a pair of shoes. They many look great, but you need to try them on and walk in them to make sure that they fit well enough to buy. The following are some suggestions that many have found to be helpful in locating and succeeding in an appropriate career area.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##

Kid’s Answer


Since you were not specific in just what you want to do in animation, I will guess you want to be an artist or part of the animation staff.

Networking is a very big part of getting in to animation. You might not get in a glorious position, but in my opinion getting in at any level is great. If it's something you really want to make a life goal, then learning every aspect of animation is vital.

Join many of the various groups such as LinkedIn, Facebook and others to get to know people. Attending comic cons and animation co s can be helpful as well.

Remember, have a strong portfolio and a good cover letter that introduces you and your work as well as you goals. Good luck in your future career.

Joe’s Answer

Updated Redmond, Washington




Here are three places you can start contacting to get you more information!

Roger’s Answer


Start by following a few sites like Motionographer, and follow animators who have blogs and vlogs. If you are interested in formal training, consider one of the design schools such as SCAD (Savannah Collage of Art and Design), RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) or Otis College. Good luck.

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