hey everybody, i'm a would be animator and washed up waiter. i graduated from the academy of art about 6mth ago and have learned afew things about the industry they failed to tell me at art school. i.e. no experience= bottom of food chain. i recently posted an add on craigslist posing as a studio to see what caliber reel's i'd get, and was totally surprised at the load of crap i got back. most of them would not even get a passing grade at the academy, but here's the catch: they all had flashy websites and years of experience at multiple studios... somebody's hiring them.
so here's the question... is it better to have a flashy website than quality work? and what kind of entry level positions do grads get hired for? my degree is in 3d character animation, but apparently that's 5yr exp. min. any advice?