What are some things I can do to better learn stuff like animation and music production?
Currently the two subjects I am interested in are animation and music production. I dabbled a bit in both but I am not at amature level yet. I do know some basics but other than that, it is all i know. I really want to learn these subjects and have jobs with them so I want to prepare myself.
When you mention music and animation, does the idea of a career as a VJ come to mind? Or perhaps, have you ever considered combining your interests and becoming a music producer and a motion graphics animator?
You can practice creating some animated shorts and make your own music to accompany them. Try having no dialogue: let the actions and the music tell the story. It will take mistakes and failures to learn how to navigate the creative process and create good work, but it's the same with everything.
I am not a musician, so my suggestions below are geared towards drawing/animation:
Here are some books that will help:
You don't have to buy these books though. Check the library. Do searches on YouTube for tutorials...
Practice drawing poses that show action and mood. Practice facial expressions.
Animating is like riding a BMX course: you don;t just go out and buy an expensive BMX bike and then run a BMX course like you're a pro. If you do, you will probably wreck the expensive bike and wind up in the hospital. Instead, you start with an inexpensive bike. You practice simple things like weaving through cones, jumping a tiny bump, etc.
The only way you get better is by constantly practicing and building on mistakes until you get better.
And remember: You should ALWAYS be learning!