Anonymous asked: I'm 16 now and ever since I was 10 years old I've wanted to be an animator and create my very own 2D animated web series. How did you get to where you are today? Did you go to an art school or just teach yourself?
Hey! That’s really cool you have a passion this early in the game. I wanted to be an animator since around 10 as well actually. I never went to art school though, I actually went to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for film production but left after 3 years because of a job offer to be an animator.
But in terms of animation I was self taught. I wanted to learn really badly, so I would watch Disney movies in slow motion on the VCR and study all the behind the scenes and making of shorts that would come on the tapes and DVDs and bought books on how it was all done. I tried figuring out stop motion and flipbooks and traditional 2D, all filmed on an old analogue video camera before I finally got my hands on some software and then just kept going and going and just absorbing as much animation as I could for inspiration.
Almost all of my friends in the industry went to an art school, but an overwhelming number of them have said it wasn’t a deciding factor in getting them a job. Personally, I think if you can develop your skills on your own and create a good body of work to prove your talent then you don’t need an art school. I would still recommend college just for the social and broad-learning aspects of it, but I don’t think it’s completely necessary to become an animator at all, or any profession for that matter.
Sorry for the novel, hope that’s helpful haha, and best of luck!!