I'm new these forums and would greatly appreciate some insight into the following problem.
I'm 29 (soon to be 30) and I'm just getting started on my second career after spending almost a decade or so in marketing. The problem wasn't that I didn't enjoy marketing but that I spent most of my time daydreaming of animated stories I could tell and that I was far too introverted for that line of work. So I put together a portfolio and got accepted into an animation school out west, but now the doubts are starting to creep in.
The problem isn't the school but the thought that I might be too shy/introverted to do this kind of work--at least for a living. When I did a summer course in animation, I remember how energetic, lively, and, quite frankly, immature some of my classmates were and how draining it sometimes felt. They were great people, but somehow I couldn't connect. I also know that networking is a huge part of finding work in this business, but I'm afraid my ineptness in this area will limit my opportunities.
In the end, I love drawing and storytelling too much not to give it a try. But I wonder if I'm in denial.
Are there any pros out there that have overcome shyness/introversion to succeed in this field?