An animator also referred to as a multimedia artist brings to life pencil sketches, digital illustrations and other computer aided drawings. Animators play an important role in movies and animation flicks, gaming software, website development, advertising and other multimedia applications. It is an interesting field with a wide range of opportunities and a chance to be part of some great production processes. While your skill and creativity are important in determining how successful you will become, there are certain steps you need to make to not only hone them, but also make yourself eligible for the number of opportunities that come your way. Here are the basic steps of how to become an animator:
- Get into a good school
The minimum requirement for many animation career opportunities is a bachelor’s degree in animation. This allows you to learn all the diverse techniques, software and applications of animation. It is important that you research the various animation schools offering a degree course and compare their various courses in detail. Get into a school that gives you a chance to learn all the skills and master related technologies as well as allow you to get an understanding of the industry. Look for schools that have a planned internship program allowing you to build up relevant experience and have great faculty and learning facilities.
- Understand the animation pipeline
The animation industry has different roles depending on where you choose to work at. Even in the movie industry and cartoon animation, there are teams of different animators working at different positions to bring the work to life. Understand the pipeline and find roles you enjoy while knowing you will have to start a level or two lower and rise with experience as you hone your skills to top levels. Research the necessary skills required for the roles you need and build on them as you prepare for that role.
- Tailor your resume
With each job application ensure your resume is tailored to show your suitability for it. Good training is helpful here and you have to mention the core things you learnt and any other training that makes you better prepared for the job. Internship and other work experiences should be mentioned as they build up your suitability for the job. Projects you embarked on in school, competitions and other animation opportunities that present themselves are to be taken as they help in gaining you exposure while building your resume.
- Have a portfolio of work or a demo reel
As soon as you can work on something, start creating demonstration reels and building up your animation portfolio. The biggest thing in the industry which backs up your resume and education is what you can produce. You should have both the physical demo reel as well as create a website which showcases the video of the reel and you can have other pages which show your work portfolio. Once you start creating work, get feedback on both the reel and your other work from your supervisors to ensure you have a quality final product.
- Start the search for your first job opportunity
Once you have everything in place apply and look for opportunities in the desired industries. Internship positions and entry level jobs are the place to start and use the experience and networks created to get to the next level.
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