The main question I have is what would be the best course of action for someone with a BFA in Drawing to pursue a career in animation (specifically, I'm interested in storyboarding).
To elaborate further, here's some context:
So I have a BFA (2012) in drawing. I draw a lot. A lot. Every now and then I'd get 'heat' in art school because my studio walls were plagued with an ecclectic array of works and styles - smudgy oil paintings, highly rendered photorealistic watercolors, cartoons, colorful illustrations, washy black-and-white landscapes - most people pinned this as an 'identity / personal-style-crisis' but the truth was that I just simply and sincerely enjoyed the act of drawing anything and everything as well as working in a broad array of approaches. My thesis / main body of work focused (and still does) on large-scale watercolor drawings dealing with archetypes and narrative, but I am constantly experimenting and playing and creating beyond it.
Post-graduation, I had no idea what to do with myself. I have a minor in photogrpahy to compliment the drawing major, but a lot of student loan debt (on top of general living expenses - rent, food, fuel, etc), so going into internships or freelancing or trying to sell work wasn't an option. Student loan debt collectors won't wait, so I followed my dad into construction to keep them at bay. It's been good gig so far - I live comofrtably and I have enough spare money and time to continue to make art and do things I enjoy. I continue to show my work in galleries, and every now and then I pick up freelance gigs photographing weddings and portraits or fulfilling comissions for various drawings and paintings.
But, although I'm in a good place, construction just doesn't fulfill me or my need to draw, to be around fellow creative types, to work on projects, those long endless days in the studio that I miss, the crunch of a deadline, the energy of it all, the critical enviornment and feedback - that's where I thrived.
A few months ago someone on a job mentioned storyboarding and working in animation production - something I hadn't considered in a long time. Our animation department, at the time I was in school, was severely lacking, and although I had initially entered art school as an animation major, I switched to drawing relatively quickly after seeing how limited and just...really lacking in quality / instructors / equipment / courses / work turnout the animation department was (my thought being 'well, if I decide later that I want to do animation, surely, having all this drawing behind me won't hurt any.) At any rate, the suggestion led me to researching, and I can't say I have ever felt as excited by the prospect of any career path as I have about any other before - and I've looked at a lot since graduating.
However, I'm intimidated - I have a lot of drawing ability behind me, but have no serious animation skills. I've never done any 3D rendering. Our drawing department focused more on concept and theory than formal / technical skill (beyond endless wonderful figure drawing and media-specific [mostly painting] courses). I have no formal training in film theory or cinematography. I have zero contacts in the industry. And I have no idea where to go beyond libarary books and simply making work.
Is it even possible for me to head down this road?
I know the first step is to work - just make work, make lots of work, lots of great work - that part I get. But is that enough?
Should I go back to school? I was ready to apply for MFA programs straight out of undergrad, but thought it would be best to sit still for a while and work on my own projects and really consider what I wanted to do - with so many mixed interests (photography, narrative / story, drawing, illustration, theatre) I didn't want to make the (very expensive) wrong choice. Now I'm wondering if it's an option to pursue an masters in animation, with no animation experience from undergrad and an already huge pile of student loan debt. I'm not even sure if, with just a portfolio of drawing and illustration, I would even be considered for admittance to a program.
If I don't go back to school, how on earth, from the-middle-of-nowhere-midwest would I go about getting my foot in a door?
(If all else fails, I continue to draw, for ever. And that's great too.)
Thanks so much for any advice, and for taking the time to read this lengthy post. It's sincerely appreciated.