Thinking About A New Job As An Animator, And What You Can Expect From This Tough But Dynamic Role.

August 16th, 2010

If I could choose from any New career that was offered to me, I think I would have to pick a New career as an animator. I have always been a huge fan of animated works, and in my spare time I do like to draw. However, I do not consider myself gifted enough to really contemplate Careers within animation – however, as it’s a thing I have always been interested in, I have undertaken a lot of research into becoming an animator and the kind of things you can expect from this role. I hope to share this information so that it may help others who are looking for New careers get a better idea of whether or not Careers within animation are truly the best choice for them.

The main skill you ought to have to be a successful animator, is not just talent with drawing, although that of course does help, but the main thing you need to be is creative and imaginative. There are various different areas you can get into related to animation. There is the increasingly popular computer-generated animation, which currently is the most popular kind of animation out there. There is also 2D computer animation, and also there is your traditional hand-drawn 2D animation. You can also do animation using stop-motion, although this is becoming less and less popular within the main stream, it still contains its charms. For the more traditional animations, no recognised qualifications are required, just an excellent ability to draw and lots of imagination. For computer generated animation, more technical skills are needed. Some people find that they may need to undertake a course in order to understand the basics of this, although it can be taught at home in your spare time. A decent degree of technical knowledge is needed however.

Animators can work many hours through the week, and earnings are generally diverse depending on what work they have on hand at any given time. On occasion animators will need to work long hours in order to keep to deadlines. You will usually be working in an office or studio, and usually on a freelance basis, although on some rare occasions you could find a fulltime permanent job.

While no formal qualifications are actually necessary to become an animator, the majority of animators do have degrees either in art, animation, or a computer related degree. There are lots of courses out there as well to do, to help you gain better knowledge and awareness of different techniques and styles used by various animation types. However, whilst qualifications are helpful and you typically will gain a lot by taking on a course, work experience and a great portfolio are the most critical things when it comes to animation. So for people looking for New careers and possibly looking into animation, it’s best to just devote your whole time to animating and obtaining a good name for yourself, as a brilliant portfolio will impress a prospective employer or client more so than a few qualifications.

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