Skill Level Appropriate for all
- [Instructor] If you're an experienced animator, you reaction to this movie will be "Tell me something I don't know." If you're younger, if you're starting out, it's really important that you keep this in mind as your career goes forward, and it's about luck, fortune, and how things change, and this has been known for a very long time and so we have in ancient Medieval philosophy the idea of the Rota Fortunae, the Wheel of Fortune. So here's a closer look at it and you can see these poor people are strapped to the wheel and here's the bad news.
Those people strapped to that wheel are you and me. So we have many, many images of this wretched wheel and we're just spun around by blind Fate, and there she is, she's blindfolded in the bottom left-hand side and there was in Ancient Rome one I think called Pacuvius and he wrote about this, "Philosophers say that Fortune is insane and blind "and stupid, that she does not see where she's heading. "They say she is insane because she is cruel, flaky, "and unstable, stupid because she can't distinguish "between the worthy and unworthy," and you probably won't have to think very hard before you can think of a few people who had bad luck who didn't deserve it and the opposite.
So this is simply the way reality is built and nothing we can do about it except come up with some countermeasures or at least be ready for it. So again we have more images, the king at the top, poor little peasant guy at the bottom, and this is the way our lives work but you can think about them as a little more complex than this because you have a personal wheel and a professional wheel and a financial wheel and an emotional wheel or a romantic wheel and so on. They're not all going to be necessarily at the top at the same time. Maybe sometimes they are, and you know some people have everything goes wrong at the same time.
Their house burns down or it gets robbed. I'm sick, my pet died, I lost my job, and that's when you have to be at your absolutely most careful that you don't make bad decisions to make the situation even worse, but this is how animation works. In animation, you'll be the king in July and maybe by December you're the poor guy at the bottom there. So the trick is if you're at the top of the wheel, don't spend all your money is one good piece of advice. So you're putting some aside because you know at some point you're going to be at the bottom end of it.
Yet another image, and here's the wheel at the very top. This time it's going around horizontally but still, that's no fun. And again, they really love this wheel. And it's even on the tarot card. It's in one of the trump tarot cards as the Wheel of Fortune. So how do you prepare yourself mentally for this? Remember a few key notes, which is that there are no permanent jobs. Be ready to lose any job you'll ever have and you might get lucky. There are a few jobs that do last for a good long stretch.
I have friends who work on the Simpsons and Family Guy and those are as close to lifer jobs as you're going to find in the industry, but sooner or later, those shows will end. Even the Simpsons, I know this is hard to believe, might end one day and at that point, this rule will kick in. So when you do have a job, like I said earlier, don't go spending all your money at once but you need to be putting aside money for the downtime. So be prepared for change, and this isn't just the change of losing a job. I have on more than one occasion had my entire skill fall out from under me when the traditional 2D animation industry more or less disappeared in the late '90s, early 2000s and we all were scrambling around to switch to CGI or Flash or other styles of animation.
It's going to happen again. It doesn't seem to ever want to settle on one style or want to. Even if you learn CGI, it's a runaway train. If you learn Maya, is it conceivable that one day Maya will be switched out for some other program? It could happen. So fall in love with one piece of software. This is kind of silly of me to say because I went for about 15 years without keeping my resume and reel update so I'm a bit of a hypocrite but I finally did it a few years ago, and make sure it's a nice one.
If you do keep your reel updated, be sure you put all the really, really good scenes up at the start. I had a friend who put their reel up and all their best scenes were at end, and I said, "Are you crazy?" A lot of the people looking at these reels will watch the first 30 seconds. They might have 500 reels to watch. If you put your best scenes at the end, they could have switched it off by then and assume that your best work was at the start. Your resume, of course, there's plenty of websites that will teach you how to, the fine art of resume writing. I'm not going to cover it here, but you need a good, strong, clean resume and LinkedIn is great site for that so be sure you use it, and you can save money when you earn money if you can.
I know not everybody can. If you can, do. Take a good hard look at your expenses, and don't get lazy. By lazy, I mean, and again, a mistake I made. By the late '90s, early zeros, I thought I was the bee's knees and I really stopped learning and I was more or less happy than the plateau that I was on and then I met a friend who I hadn't seen since the late 1980s or early '90s and his work was terrible back then, and he had improved so much he was like a different person and I felt really ashamed when I saw what he had done, so I thought, "It's time for me to get my act together, "and to stop being so lazy or proud," and that's when I began going back and teaching myself, you know, finding every book I could get my hand on.
It was a tremendous decision. So never feel that your skill set's complete and it would be a big mistake, especially today. If you have free time, if you lose your job, if you have a leave of absence, use it unless you're exhausted and you absolutely need that time to physically and mentally recover. If you have free time and you have the energy for it, my strong recommendation is you use that time on something productive, and by productive I mean anything from a new skill, learn a new piece of software, or take the existing skills you know and upgrade them but don't just settle for where you were.
Another mistake I made, being a hermit. It doesn't work! So you need to be sure that you're more or less occasionally say hi to people and it's easier these days than it used to be with Facebook and LinkedIn and all these other sites, so again, don't be a pest either, mind you, but it's nice if occasionally you remind people that you're still alive, and that way they keep you in mind in some work comes up and you have a freelance offer. I've had many freelance offers from simply people knowing that I'm still breathing. And this is kind of obvious, but be persistent. You know, you just have to keep cracking.
If you stop being persistent, guess what? You won't succeed.
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