If you're interested in 3D Animation, some of the open source software (free to use for any purpose) are fairly sophisticated now. Look into Blender for 3D... Blender also has a "grease pencil" tool that is making some waves in 2D animation as well (look at the short film Hero that came from Blender to see what I mean). There are lots of tutorials online as well. Very creative work can come from limited sources. You can always find an excuse not to create (I don't have the latest xyz because it is crazy expensive) but what can you do with what you have--get creative!! Hey, it worked for George Lucas!
Karen recommends the following next steps:
- look into Blender
- never stop creating, even with limited resources