Lonely animator on cartoon island with single palm tree...
November 1, 2012 11:49 AM Subscribe
How do I network as an artist/animator without having gone to art school or worked in a studio setting?
posted by overeducated_alligator to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm passionate about hand-drawn animation, but none of the jobs in that industry appeal to me enough to make me want to drop everything and move to California. Jobs in animation are rare and competitive in my area. I'd prefer just a day-job for making a living, and to work on art as a dedicated amateur/hobbyist.
Here's the problem -- I feel very isolated. I didn't go to art school so I don't have networking connections there. I haven't worked in a studio, so I don't have any professional connections. Hand-drawn animation is largely a team effort, but most artists who are well-trained in that medium are either busy with full-time jobs, or busy working on their own side projects with people they know well from work and school. It can be a bit cliquey in that respect.
It's really tough and limiting to work alone, and I'm stumped as to how to find collaborators for artsy non-commercial animation projects. What the heck do I do?
Note--here's what I use already:
- participation in online art forums
- blog/Tumblr which tweets every post
- LinkedIn (no Facebook, because of reasons)
- YouTube channel (this has gotten me the most responses)