At 11/15/12 07:41 PM, AdeebX wrote:
High school senior here, currently my life consists of lurking on this site and animation. Does anyone here have any opinions on majoring in animation? Do you have experience and what is the pay?
Feel free to crush my dreams.
It's probably one of the more sound art careers out there pay wise, it's just the workload you gotta have love for in order to do it.
I'm currently an art major concentrating in animation, but TBH I wish I did more animating in HS before I got to college. I did some, but compared to some of my friends who have landed their first job as cleanup artists, I haven't done shit.
Basically what you want to do Is learn how to animate well, which means practice practice practice and reading from the greats like Texas Avery. If you can get into a college with a good art program, go for it, but don't exhaust your wallet too much. I got accepted into a school that was Just for animation, but it cost like 40k a year! and I could get a scholarship for like 12k a year. Didn't do it, went to a Cal state with a great art college for alot cheaper, still expensive but I'm less fucked.
Once your a senior in college your gonna wanna start looking for an internship to an animation studio, which basically means your working an intro level job for free. My buddy started as a cleanup artist, and he's still doing that. So basically, you start low, and work your way up to being an animator, but you gotta already be a decent animator to get in the front door, so that's where learning b4 college helps.
In the end, you don't HAVE to go to college to become an animator. In fact there are alot of very successful animators that don't have a college diploma. Your diploma will ultimately give you more options in the work world, say you get tired of working as an animator, you can get a job as a teacher much easier with an art degree and perhaps a masters degree but that's if you want to teach college level. And a college diploma looks really good on any resume, once again making your time in the work force more flexible.