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Applying for internships in animation?

What advice do you have for animation students applying to intern? What do companies look for specifically in applicants and what can I do to make my application stronger? #animation #3d-animation #illustrator #computer-animation #illustration #character-animation

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Cameron’s Answer

For animators in specific, and artists in general, your application is made or broken by your portfolio. I'm not just talking about the quality of your work either, but the content. The best way to get noticed is to tailor the work in your portfolio to the industry you are trying to get into. Yes, you should keep some generalized pieces in there, but always be sure to include specific pieces that a hiring manager or someone in HR will see and be able to relate to. For example; if the company you're applying with is industrial in nature and is focused on manufacturing then I would suggest a couple pieces showing cut-aways of machinery, valves, and things of that nature showing how they go together and/or operate. If the company you're applying to deals more with VFX, build your portfolio around that, a little time, and consideration when putting together your portfolio and demo reel will go a long way to making you stand out as an applicant. One last bit of advice; don't bother with mediocre pieces, it's far better for have a few really strong pieces in your portfolio, than it is to have one bursting at the seams with lots of middling pieces.

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Amabel’s Answer

Prepare a demo reel that will wow the prospective employer. A well-produced reel that will showcase your skills is your ticket to opportunities. Know what companies are looking for so you can show them similar works. Above all, hirers prefer a candidate with the right attitude over skills. Skills improve with regular training, while the wrong attitude will be harder to change.
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