Want to break into animation but feel that its hopeless to

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jciambor
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26 May 2016, 12:09 am

I always overestimated myself and my ego when it came to animation. Primarily because most young animators are copying anime. So I always thought I could bring new ideas and styles to the table that contrast that. It boosted my confidence to unrealistic levels, forgetting that just because artists tend to conform its still not possible for me to survive in a field as demanding and laborious as animation. Additionally there is another side of me that made a mistake, I spent years arguing with animators over trivial things and even if that professional wasn't always right I regret pushing the issue onto them. You see before people jump on me saying you shouldn't have done that see it from my perspective. As someone who is socially naive as myself its not until hindsight that I see what I did was regrettable. My Aspergers has burned every bridge and created a reputation in animation I wish I did not have. Animation is a small field with less than a few thousand people active really so ultimately you have to make first impressions matter. Because everyone knows each other in that field. But it makes me cringe that I wont make it because I get sick of the anime look taking over the field when animation can potentially do anything. I'm not trying to bash anime I'm trying to open up peoples eyes that art is thousands of years old with millions of styles that the field needs to broaden itself up to new styles. Despite how unrealistic it is for me to make it that is what gives me confidence to pursue animation still, is to reintroduce or introduce a greater diversity of styles and ideas. But that dream is dead because I accidentally alienated to many.



Dannyboy271
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26 May 2016, 3:46 pm

I'm a comic artist with zero connections in the animation or comic industry, but I do have a lot of social connections and can say that (for me anyway) it's usually pretty easy to re-start relationships by simply treating them as if there never was an issue. The less of a deal you make over previous issues, the less they will. If they bring old stuff up again, just conversationally throw it on a shelf, agree to disagree, and treat the issues as if they were less important than your relationship with the person. If you need to apologize for something, then do so, don't make a big deal out of it, but BE SINCERE, and move on.
For autistics like us who marginalize relationships and make a huge deal out of our interests, it can be hard to maintain relationships when such things conflict.
I dunno what I'm really trying to say. I guess bridges are never truly broken unless we're talking about romantic relationships.

But for a rule of thumb, make sure that while socializing or networking you marginalize differences in opinion and respect others opinions as much as you respect your own.

Do you have an online art portfolio? I'm curious.



jciambor
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26 May 2016, 4:27 pm

Thank you. I assume that if your just passionate about producing that it doesn't matter what people think. Please show me a sample of your comic you may be able to provide some new found motivation for me. The other problem is that animation is a very cliquish industry that only has up to a few thousand and if you don't have the right impression it is not certain how many will forgive. I guess just like what you produce and don't put to much concern on detractors.



Dannyboy271
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26 May 2016, 6:25 pm

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Thank you. I assume that if you're just passionate about producing that it doesn't matter what people think


Yeah, I've found the more you as a person enjoy your work, the more others do. Of course, you need to have some kind of skill so your work isn't just a bunch of circles and cubes stacked on top of each other in mspaint.

All I have is sketchbook material, and like 1 sample page published on my port: http://dannyboyart.blogspot.com/2015/11 ... ample.html

How did you initially network yourself among other animators? And do you or do you not have an online portfolio? I also want to see your work, simply because I don't know any other animators.