As an animator, there are many career opportunities. Right off the top there is animator, graphic designer, production artist and art director. You can work in industries like gaming, advertising and the list goes on.
While you're going to school, you can start building your portfolio by getting some real experience as an intern during the summers. There are also many freelance opportunities for animators using websites like Upwork or Fiverr.
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