If you are thinking about continuing your education in animation, or planning to get some additional training, there are many important issues to consider. Like anything else, you'll need to devote some attention and time to make good decisions. Here is a comprehensive checklist for you to use as you research and evaluate different schools and educational programs.
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It is important to understand there is a difference between an agent and a recruiter, what they do, how to work with them, and how they are paid.
A demo reel is a vital marketing tool for animators. The purpose of the demo reel is to get you an interview with someone who can hire you. Prepare your demo reel with care and have someone else look at it and get feedback on it before you send it out. As a recruiter, I have seen many demo reels. Here's how to make sure yours does the job--to get you that job.
Every employer wants to find the right person. Targeting the companies you are interested in, learning about their operations and future plans, is an important step in landing the job you really want. Your diligent research will pay off in the interview because you will impress them by your knowledge and enthusiasm for their company - you know how you can contribute.
Whether you just need some time between jobs, or the search for your next job is taking longer than you'd like, put your time to good use. Take classes, polish up your portfolio, go to industry events, network - go to the zoo and sketch! Enrich yourself and become better prepared to meet your next professional challenge.
Don't let your cover letter and resume become another piece of "junk mail." The cover letter is a sales tool - use itto sell your knowledge, skill and experience. Make it clear that you understandthe needs and goals of the company and that you can hit the ground runningwhen you are hired...
The new year is a time for making plans for what you want to accomplish. I used to make resolutions, which were quickly given up on before the month of January was even over. Now, I prefer setting goals. Goals are dreams with deadlines.
If you are an artist, it is essential that you have an outstanding portfolio and demo reel. The purpose of the resume, portfolio and demo reel is to get you an interview with someone who can hire you. They are marketing materials--prepare them with care.
"You'll never make it in this business, so you might as well get aregular job at a bank or something." If you are still reading, that'sgood because you are going to hear that a lot, whether you're new in thebusiness or a veteran. From anyone, anywhere, anytime. If you havepersistence and drive you will make it in this business...
In this age of email, many of us have forgotten the fine art of how to use the phone. I'm on the phone all day long and people with poor phone etiquette make my job difficult. Here are some career-enhancing tips for good phone manners
It's bound to happen to you sooner or later. What should you do when you lose your job? Here are some tips to landing a new job...
As a recruiter, career coach, and business consultant I have seen literally thousands of resumes. I get three or four a day on a slow day. Here is what bugs me the most...
I recently got a message in a fortune cookie--"A wise man knows everything.A shrewd one, everybody." That message is the essence of networking.
You've heard it before. To get a good job in the entertainment industry, youhave to know someone. But that's okay, because you do know someone. And that someone knows someone.If you have enough someones in your network, you can get a good job. Thismonth I am going to tell you what networking is and how it works. Next monthyou'll read about how to do it.