Hi, there. My name is ThatOneGinge, and I recently recieved a merit in a FETAC course in animation (L5). I have been accepted for L6 and I am looking forward to the new semester.
I've always loved animation, and while my dream is to write, I also want to be an animator. My interest in becoming an animator started when I was in my early teens. There's one huge issue - I have no confidence in myself. It's why I don't write even though I want to, or draw as much as I want. I procrastinate a lot due to this, as well as anxiety. I am serious about my dreams, and I know it will be hard due to my disability (Dyspraxia, a co-ordination disorder that affects timing, spacial awareness etc). I know the basics, it'll just take me longer to be able to apply them. I'm not mathematically enclined (dyscalculia), so sometimes the studies can be hard but I do like the challenge despite how anxious I can become. Case in point, perspective isn't my strongest asset, aswell as life drawing the human figure. However, I passed both of these modules! This is something I'm very proud of, but as anyone with low self esteem can understand, it doesn't chase the brain gremlins away.
I suppose I'm making this post as an animation student, and dyspraxic defying the odds in a line of work that's rather challenging, and hoping there's some more experienced upstart that can give me pointers in how to not be swayed by my tortured mind, and to just get on with it. Like, how does one sketch from life so quickly? How in God's name does anyone draw an animal that moves around like a bullet? Is there any way to slap myself in the rear and tell myself to cop on and just face the unknown! I'm in Ireland, one of the animation capitals of europe. I'm thinking of doing a BA in Tralee (Dublin is daunting due to mobility issues and anxiety, and I'm used to Tralee since I go there every year). I'm actually thinking of moving out of home for this. All I need is to pass L6, get more money in my back pocket, and a little push.
This is my shout into the void of fellow artistic, nerve riddled and potato handed nerdy-folk. I am hoping that one of you may answer my call!