Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How to Get a Job as an Animator - by Tom and Tony Bancroft

Check out Tom and Tony Bancroft's podcast on How to Get a Job as an Animator.

I worked with both Tom and Tony Bancroft back in the days when the Disney Studio in Orlando, Florida was just a feldgling startup - long before it produced movies like Brother Bear and Mulan. We worked together as animation rookies on the short film "Rollercoaster Rabbit".

Both Tom and Tony are excellent animators who went on to have a great career at Disney - and beyond.  So what, exactly, do they say is the secret of getting a job?

To get the full answer, you'll have to listen to the podcast. But it won't surprise you to learn that it is vital to get the right training as an animator, and then practice your craft. According to Tom and Tony, it takes "about five years" to really master the craft.

Once you've done that, you need to network. This is where it can be important to graduate from a school or college which is well connected in the industry - can they help open doors to the right places?

As Tom and Tony revealed rather candidly, both artists have always got their work on the basis of a personal recommendation.

In other words, having a great demo reel or portfolio is vital - but it's not enough. Studios need to know the intangible stuff. Are you reliable? Will you show up on time? Will you crumple under pressure or will you deliver for a tight deadline?

Listen to the full podcast and learn from the masters.


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