I need some advice from all the flash animators on here.
My strength lies in concept art and illustration but I'm finding it very hard to find work here. Not enough concept art/illustration gigs to go around and I always notice a demand for flash animators where I currently reside.
I am looking to become a flash character animator but don't have the money to get professional training. I figure I could learn how to animate from tutorials and forums like these on the internet. The problem is I don't know where to start or what to learn! I've worked in Flash before but not that extensive. I know how to do motion tweens, move a ball across the stage (lol).
To all instructors, employers, or animators currently in the industry, what should I learn?! If you are an employer, what sort of things would you be looking for in one's portfolio/demo reel to even consider that person for the job?
If you could provide links to some helpful tutorials then that would be mega great. Thank you.