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should I get a part-time job first or immediately try to get a job as an animator

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Susie’s Answer

Hi Evelyn - I agree with both of the above posters, you can try finding part-time work, making animations for commercials, elearning companies, advertising agencies etc - but also try applying for some of other positions at an animation studio to get your foot in the door. Storyboarding artists, background painters or designers, prop designers, character designers - they all have animation backgrounds, they just end up either doing that work because they are so good at it, start there or specialize in it. I started out as post-production supervisor and ended up in clean-up before going into animation. I had actually applied to be a background painter! Whatever you do, keep working on your portfolio! Make music videos for your favourite songs!

Susie recommends the following next steps:

do mock projects
reach out to people in the industry to critique your portfolio or demo reel
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Elvis Jim’s Answer

Hi Evelynn!

I highly recommend getting a part-time job first as this will allow you to get more experience in the field and network as well which may recommend you to this industry. There are available virtual jobs that will help you get into projects with minimal hours requirement comparing to a full-time animator where you will spend a lot of time and effort to finish a cut-scene etc. Having a good set of portfolios in your hand will also help you land a full-time job with an Animation company.

Elvis Jim recommends the following next steps:

Start with small projects from relatives, friends etc.
Look for virtual opportunities and accept part-time projects
Collect and create your portfolio
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Alyssa’s Answer

Hey, Evelyn!

I'm an artist as well (a musical artist), so I know what it's like to be unsure of how to pursue this path. Finding a job as an animator, as a student, realistically will be very difficult (this of course does NOT mean to stop pursuing it). I would encourage you to get a part-time job so that you have an income, and start looking in to internships so that you can make good connections with people in the animation field.

Best of luck with your endeavors! You got this:)
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