So back in Sophmore Animation I, our teacher, Dana Gullo, went around the room asking each of us the same set of questions:
What's your name?
What got you into animation?
Where would you love to see yourself working in six years time?
Personally, my favorite is 'What's your name?' Little did I know she was preparing me for the necessary schmoozing I would do in the coming years at various festivals and parties. Anyway, back to college...
Most people answered with the usual: Watching cartoons as a kid and any notable animation studio out there at the time. One guy even had the guts to say he wanted to work for Disney. Gullo quickly crushed his dreams which is what any college professor can only hope to do, right? Another student (and I believe this was even after the Disney comment) said his dream was to work for a Japanese studio like Miyazaki's. Her response to that was something along the lines of "Do you speak Japanese?"* I was one of the only people who said I wanted to just make short films (which didn't sound at all stupid to me at the time). Gullo offered up the term 'freelance animator' which I had never even considered before. I guess most little animators grow up thinking the only option is to work at some big corporation like Disney.
Well, here I am and while it kind of sucks to not have health insurance (a 'con' I am working on fixing at the moment) and spend most of the day alone at home glued to the computer or light box it has it's better moments...
Thank you, Titus... the fluffiest paperweight ever.
*By the way, that student can not only speak Japanese now, but is living and working there so I guess some dreams do come true... Personally, my childhood dream of becoming a pirate completely flopped (I could have said 'died at sea' but I'm not one for puns).