Saturday, May 22, 2010

Staying up in the downs

I want to take a moment and talk about something often avoided/overlooked/not talked about. Something I feel that is important to discuss and hopefully helpful to others.

How to stay up in the downs:
Too many times we push this conversation to the side. It's not easy to admit you're feeling down, and who likes to hang around negative energy? No one.
I think that, however, is EXACTLY why it's beneficial to talk about it here. If you can acknowledge those feelings and deal with them properly, it's much easier to convert it back into that positive energy we all know and love!

The job hunt can be a roller coaster of ups and downs, waiting, and what-ifs? The animation industry is hard to break into!
Whether you're just coming out of school and looking for the first job, or in a down time between gigs.. it's important to keep your chin up, as hard as it may be. Days can stretch into weeks and weeks into months. It's important to have a plan, find balance, and learn how to manage your time. Setting goals and holding yourself accountable is essential, but at the same time don't be too hard and beat yourself up. (the last bit is something I'm working on).

Rejection letters happen-
"But I believe brick walls are there for a reason. They're not there to keep us out. They are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." -Randy Pausch

Don't worry and don't let it discourage you. Use that fuel to power yourself forward. Whatever you do, don't stop animating! Keep working on new material and keep learning. Perseverance, determination, and motivation are key. Getting feedback during this time is more important than ever. Whether that means signing up to take more classes or teaming up with friends, stay connected and involved. Find a way to keep moving forward!

Stay happy, stay healthy.
Remember taking care of yourself includes both physical and mental aspects. If you're feeling similar emotions related to burnout- take some time out and relax. Revisit the wonderment that drew you to the magic in the first place. Exploring other creative outlets can help too. Playing fiddle, mandolin, drawing (or teaching the 1st graders how to draw) help keep me inspired! Sitting down with a good book, watching my favorite movies, and of course hanging out with my family are also great for the soul!
Main point: Set time aside to take care of yourself.
Including, physical health! For me this is running and going to the lake. I love to run and I feel so much better afterward. Get up and go outside, take a breath of fresh air and enjoy life!

Remember a good animator is always in need. You'll get there. We're all in this together. Follow your dream and never ever ever give up! It's just a matter of time. :)
"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen." - Conan O'Brien

"Why do we fall? So that we might learn to pick ourselves back up"

Anyways, I cannot rightfully take credit for this advice. I just wanted to pass it along and pay it forward. I hope it was as helpful to you as it was to me. :)

(new shots are coming soon from my new AM refresher class with Wayne Gilbert! I'm very excited to share them along with some of my thumbnails. Stay tuned!)


Jon said...

Hello, I happen to stumble upon your blog and I was reading this post that you wrote. Some great and inspiring stuff. It’s nice to read about other animators that stay optimistic while trying to nudge there way into the industry. Best of luck!

AFightingPanda said...

Good call, I am on the job hunt right now, have been for a good while now. It can be hard to not get down and a bit depressed by the time it takes to get a job. Your post though is a nice reminder to keep at it which is nice. I have to say one animator to another I really think you have some really solid work, I think its pretty amazing you managed to jump into a film production right after school even if it was only for a couple of months. Anyway I don't want this comment to be too long but good luck with your job hunt, and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

teresa said...

Thanks Jon and AFightingPanda!
Glad it could be of some help. :)
I feel SO much better after writing it all out. It just feels like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I feel better than ever!!!
In the rare times that positive energy doesn't come naturally, it just has to be a conscious decision every day.
I can't even say how many times I've returned to this awesome post by Bobby:
It's so important to get rid of limiting beliefs and know why they're happening and how to stop them. I love that post!
Yeah, anyways, glad it could be of some help. Keep your chin up and keep moving forward.
WOOT!! :)

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