Its really fitting Nic is one of the first guests of the podcast. We both ‘discovered’ the world of animation together.
Forming a peer group, visiting animation conferences, crafting standout reels, first interviews, and first relocation’s – we really covered it all at the same time. And I couldn’t of pulled any of it off without him or any of my friends for that matter.
Personally, this episode really highlights the importance of the person next to you. “Networking” really means “friendships” that will greatly change your life – now and for many years to come.
Only after being in the trenches do you realize – the work is just a small part of the picture – your buddies add the color to the canvas. The inside jokes, the wacky visits to Disneyland, the wrap parties, and even the shared fatigue of harsh deadlines – its all them. And when your searching for the first, second, or third job – it will them again – getting you through the door.
So when you finally start learning animation, take your next class, or have your first day on the job – Team Up. Give critiques, give pep talks, share all you know because your out to help. Have their back and they’ll have yours. You wont regret it.
For all you aspiring animators out there, I hope Nic’s story sends the message loud and clear, along with much more. Student to Sony Pictures Imageworks didnt happen overnight. The search for proper instruction, the inspiration from attending events like CTN, and even the despair of waiting for a job while running out of rent money – ALL played its part in this journey of ‘luck.’
Once you’ve soaked up these tips. Check out Nic’s Animation Progression, links, and a few photos from the journey below.
(notice the appeal in the kid rigs and lighting)
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