Are there any other artists/animators here that feel un-fullfilled since graduation?
I see an abundance of budding artists here who are anxious to get into the scene, and other artists who are IN the scene, but how about the struggling ones? Are there any here?
As a graduate of an animation program 5 years ago, I feel quite un-enthusiastic about the whole industry, to say the least!:(
I just find this whole industry to be an eternal battle to move forward with: from art directors' supression towards the artist concerning contract negotiations, to their never-ending judgemental eye towards an artists' work (justifiably, however), to their quick decisions to move from one artist to another when the first one may have not been up to par, or not even given enough time to get up to par.
This whole freelance gig is just too darn unpredictable- I have no idea when I'll get called for another gig- no matter how much I get myself out there and promote, it seems that the jobs just trickle in. the alternative is to work in a studio, which I would most likely have no chance in achieving now anyways- besides, drawing all day on a project that is no fun would be pure hell for me- I cannot STAND drawing something I don't want to draw. Especially over and over again, lol.
And besides, what's "full time" in this industry anyways? A 6-month job? A one-year job that will pay you benefits, but lay you off at the end of 12 months? Maybe 24? And make you re-locate to another city or town? Lol...
I have a wife, who has a professional career in our city... we have a house, a car, and kids are on the horizon. You know, the normal suburbian lifestlye.
I am slowly realizing that a career in animation cannot support this lifestyle. I am starting to see that your lifestyle will greatly affect your ability to work within this industry... if you are grounded with a family and other "real-world" responsibilities, then clearly you are going to be very limited in working as an animator full-time. It's okay when you're in your early or mid 20s, with no partner, no home, no vehicle, no real bills or anything, but when you accomplish these aspects of your life, then you need to have a significant income and one that is within your means- like having a job nearby that will always bring in money to pay for what you have to pay for. And finding a steady, long-term animation job that fits this criteria is a long, long shot..
If your plan is to be single into your 30s and live in temporary places, then animation can clearly work for you.
But I just can't justify watching the years go by, working job-to-job in this industry and raking in a little cash, spending it on rent and food and bus tickets, all while it could be spent making money in another job and getting your life started financially... saving your money and actually allowing yourself some finacial freedom by the time you are in your 40s.. corporate jobs provide this, but alas, they don't provide the satisfaction that working in an artistic position can!! Oh, the big "trade-off"... every artist thinks about it, lol
As with all careers, there is money to be made in animation, big money, I suppose, if you have the connections, experience and talent. But let's face it- for the most, part- 90% or more- that is a pipe dream and sooner or later an artist will have to make a decision on how to go forward if they want to actually have things in life and be comfortable.
I've been in touch with a few students from school, and these guys are still working as "junior" animators on projects, or have relocated overseas, etc... they are all single and un-attached, so I'm sure it's working well for them, although they are still clearly in the hole as far as building a financial grounding is concerned... and being in ther 30s now, that is already a big problem for their futures..
Just wondering if any other artists work periodically in the field? Any other artists frustrated that the realization is finally upon you that this field is harder to survive in than first thought???