35 - Business Systems Analyst, father of two, and off the side - inspiring writer.
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11/2/09 at 12:11pm
Age 50, animator
30 years in the business. First 20 in drawn animation, the last 10 years in computer animation.
How wonderful. Anything we might know? How did you get into this field? Obviously you have to have some innate drawing skills, but then what... art school and then sending out your portfolio to animation studios? I always wanted to get into animation, but sort of got sidetracked along the way.
Anyways to answer the OP, I just turned 34 and am a non-degreed, non-certified "Software Analyst" for a Healthcare provider... which isn't nearly as fancy as it sounds, doesn't pay very well, and isn't quite my dream job, but its the first time in my life I've ever worked in a fairly laid back office environment after years of doing monotonous blue collar factory and construction jobs and spending 5 years in the Airforce. So, all in all, its not that bad. Actually, I really do like what I'm doing, but I don't want to be doing this for the rest of my life. I'd like to go back to school and actually finish it; maybe go to art school or possibly maybe a theological seminary.
I studied graphic design and was an illustrator for a while. Went back to film school to try to get into film making but ended up being an animator.
I have worked for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney and some other companies before. At the moment I am at Dreamworks.
Some of the work I did:
Paul Chung (II)
Animation is a field that's kind of hard to get into because there are not too many jobs around. Drawn animation is more or less dead now and only a few big studios are still producing feature films-mostly cg. You can get jobs working on games too. I like feature films more 'cause I'm into character animation and acting.
For me the best way to learn and get into animation now is to join an online school like Animatior mentor- AnimationMentor.com — The Online Animation School©
Wow! Very cool Filmography. Interesting to see Tank Girl in there. Thanks for the online school link. I'm looking into to it now. That one post may change the course of my entire life