– Rick and Morty. Season 1 Ep. 9
Never before has a tiny robot been so damn relatable, and finding your purpose in Animation can be both difficult and humbling. But, contrary to being a robot programmed for one thing only, we are humans. We can adapt, improve, and find our own path.
Organic modelling is what I love doing, and im better at it than other subsets of the field. So I feel like I have found a true purpose for myself. But it wasn’t always this way for me. When I first started, animation was just some hobby, and I had no clue what I actually wanted to do with it, or if I wanted to pursue a career in it at all. But, as I progressed through the program, I had the chance to learn about all the different fields in animation. I found what my strong suits were, where I was weak, what I HATED (*glares at rigging*), and what I thoroughly loved working on. That’s when I found my purpose.
It may seem obvious, but if you’re having trouble finding your way in the field of animation, trying to balance your strengths and your enjoyment is the best way.
“I love animating and am the BEST at it!”
WELL AREN’T YOU JUST CAPTAIN SPECIAL!? Just kidding, that’s amazing and you should be proud. You’re already ahead of the curve, stick to your path.
“But what if I SUCK at what I like doing?”
This is tough and humbling, but if you’re pursuing a career in this, (like any job, really), you have to focus on what you’re best at. You just can’t expect anyone to hire you based on what you LIKE doing. People want to see your strengths. There is a silver lining to this though, getting hired, even if it’s not your prefered field, is HUGE. Animation is a very competitive field, so take the wins you can get. While in the industry, use your spare time to improve your skills in the job you enjoy. Ask questions to those who work in it, take tutorials, practice practice PRACTICE. Maybe one day, you’ll be able to move over to that job.
Whatever you love doing, stick to it, improve, pursue it. Just be prepared to make some temporary sacrifices when it comes to a job hunt. Stick to your strengths, but never drop what you love doing. Find your purpose, and don’t settle for passing butter.