Insights For Getting Started In The Animation Industry

Insights for getting started in the animation industry Achieving a solid start in any industry is difficult, and getting started in the animation industry is no exception. I’ve received great questions from Kendall, Megan, Liz and Jay, all of whom are curious about the journey of getting into animation. Their questions, like those of others aspiring to work in the animation industry, include what you need in a portfolio; what to expect as an artist and a woman; and whether it’s a feasible career path or whether animation coincides with the “starving artist” scenario.

Where to start?

Perseverance. Determination. Love what you do. I’m a big believer in finding your passion in the work.

Draw, draw, draw!!! Whether you’re going into CG or traditional—draw! You will learn so much from life drawing and gesture drawing (see Walt Stanchfield’s books Drawn to Life, Volumes 1 & 2) that will help you have a better eye when you animate or do story.

Know what part of the field you want to be in. Story? Animation? Visual Development? Layout/Camera? Lighting? Backgrounds, etc.? Traditional and/or CG? Do your homework; find what interests you (passion!) and aim toward that goal. When you submit an overly broad portfolio, studios see that as a sign of indecisiveness.

As women, sometimes you have to work harder, sometimes you don’t— it really depends on the studio. The boys club of the film and animation industry has many different facets—some are truly awful, and others are practically nonexistent. You will have to feel the lay of the land in each place and make your own judgments accordingly. Just be true to what you know you are capable of.

I was originally hired back in 1987 at Disney because I was a woman. I was fresh out of CalArts, and Disney was getting flack because they had no women in their story department. I put in my student film as part of my portfolio, with the storyboards—it was unique and showed what I could do at that time. (A side note? I had prepped my portfolio for clean up because all of my teachers said, as a woman, that was the only job for which they would consider me. I included my film and storyboards to indicate that I would eventually like to get into story. My teachers at the time thought that highly unlikely.) Surprises of surprises, I fit Disney’s criteria—I was the right price, because they could hire me as a “trainee,” and I was the right sex to get that particular monkey off of their backs regarding the story department. I didn’t take that for granted, however. I worked hard and almost lost my job because my draftsmanship wasn’t where they wanted it to be, but I doubled my efforts and was able to stay. My fellow story artists were very supportive and mentored me, and that made a big impact. They could see what I brought to the story department—a different point of view.

Speaking of portfolios, yours shouldn’t only demonstrate your skill set, but also bring out your own uniqueness.

Although we in animation consider ourselves artists (and we are), we’re also craftsmen/women. Animation is a commercial business. If you are willing to go with the changes needed in technology, then the “starving artist” scenario does not apply here. You may not get stinking rich, but it is a decent living. There are those worthy and honorable animators who have refused to stop drawing in favor of the more technical approach of animating on a computer, and I know some of them do struggle. But that is their choice. (And, as artists, I respect them for that.)

I hope I have answered your questions—or at least inspired you to dig a little deeper into what you want out of an animation career. I wish you the very best of luck!!

Image by VFS Digital Design via Creative Commons

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this! I’m graduating this year, and you did answer some questions I had! (Specifically about the gender roles in the workplace: a little idea of what, if anything, to expect).

  • Meghan

    As a high school senior planning to pursue animation, this gives me encouragement as well as food for thought. Thanks!

    • Brenda Chapman

      You’re welcome!

  • Nicolette

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this insight. I’m sure many women trying to get into animation appreciate it. I know I do.

    • Brenda Chapman

      My pleasure. 🙂

  • Claumarile

    Thank you so much for this! You totally answer my questions! This totally helps me (:

  • Morgan Amelia

    Thanks for this! Its great to hear your insight, you’ve always been an inspiration for me c:
    Walt Stanchfield’s are amazing! He always pulls me from my darkest moods when it comes to being an artist.

    • Brenda Chapman

      I had the pleasure of being one of his many students at Disney. He was a sweet, wonderful and talented man.

  • sianychick

    Thank you Brenda this is so helpful!I hope you do more posts on this. I hope you don’t mind but can I ask you another thing? As you know I can’t afford to do a animation degree at the moment and I took your advice and started art classes which are going so well!
    It turns out that in a few years thanks to some some family members I may be able to afford it a degree (just about).

    I was thinking of doing it online. Do you know if those degree are seen as valuable? I wanted to do a degree that covers both 2d and 3d so I can find out where my passion really lies and get a comprehensive study. Something like or Are these reputable? Is this the best way for me to do this while being a stay at home mum in the uk?

  • Kendall Haney

    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! After a rough week of animating, this is exactly what I needed!

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whether studios would prefer to see a demo reel of someone trying to “do it all” or if it’s okay, even preferred, to have one focusing on your greatest passion/skill.

    Animation, as with any art, is proving to be quite the up and down roller coaster of a life, but I’m excited and even more determined to continue the journey 🙂

    • Brenda Chapman

      I think anything we choose to do in life with be that emotional roller coaster. It might as well be something you love to do!

  • Thank you so much for this, Brenda. It’s encouraging to all of us to hear that even you have struggled with the animation beast (and won). The tip of finding your unique abilities is fantastic, too; do you have any advice on figuring that one out? Perhaps it feeds into your point about finding your focus and just working on one aspect totally? Anyways — thanks again for all the food for thought!

    • Brenda Chapman

      What you get the most enjoyment in creating is usually where your uniqueness lies. Glad I could encourage. 🙂

  • Mcanelly502

    Any thoughts for a lyricist/writer that can illustrate? How does one get a meeting with the big guys let alone finding a composer to work with?

    • Brenda Chapman

      You are an unusual breed, if you are a lyricist, as well! As a writer/lyricist, your only way through to the “big guys” is through a reputable agent. They won’t take unsolicited pitches or materials without going through the proper legal channels. As an illustrator, you can submit your portfolio to the recruiting offices of the studios you are aiming for. But the combination is a tricky one. I think if you want to go in with an idea – then go through an agent. You can then submit the artwork you do along with your script. That’s about all I have for you.

  • Ashley Clements

    Thank you for the insight, Brenda! If I may ask, how was your experience at CalArts? I am currently at Cal State Fullerton in their animation program but debated heavily over whether or not CalArts would be better. In the end money decided as all my school is covered through financial aid but I can’t hello but to wonder if that was the right choice.

    • Brenda Chapman

      I had a great experience at CalArts – although you have to be self-motivated to get a lot out of it. I’m sure that’s true of most universities. I know CalArts gets a lot of notice from the studios, but since the dawn of computer animation, the studios have also widened their range of view. I don’t know anything about Cal State Fullerton, but hopefully it will give you enough to put together a strong reel and portfolio… but again, that’s up to you in the end.
      If your goal is to work for one of the bigger studios, go online or call their recruiting dept and see what they are looking for in a portfolio/reel. That may give you more insight as to whether you are getting what you need in your education.
      All the best to you!

    • If I didn’t get into CalArts I would have gone to Cal State Fullerton. Part of me wonders “what if…” I would definitely be working in the positive instead of having all of this debt! Haha. I’ll never know. I currently work at Dreamworks doing storyboarding, and two other incredibly talented people I work (ed) with went to Fullerton, Joshua Pruett and Megan Dong. Justin Ridge also went there, he is incredibly talented and works in animation. A few other success stories that came from Cal State San Jose are Januel Mercado, Kendelle (Hoyer), Scott Watanabe, Chris Palmer, etc. (google these names, so talented!)

      CalArts is high on the radar still because for so many many years that was the only option for concentrated animation studies, but NOWADAYS!… There are so many schools and online classes you can take. I think as the years continue there will be many many more alumni from different places. I agree with Brenda, you have to be self-motivated no matter where you go. I’ve made lists and lists of pro/cons about which is better, Calarts or going elsewhere, and the only thing I feel CalArts can argue is the magic in the walls (partial eye roll). You can find talented (passionate) classmates elsewhere, talented teachers (professionals), and venues in which to show your movies. They do have a curriculum which enables you to make a film each year, but you can do this on your own if you are self-motivated. There are many Calarts students who don’t turn in a film every year b/c they lack motivation…so… Something else that bothers me about CalArts is that you never know which faculty you will get for teachers, as it changes ever year. I feel fortunate to have had the teachers I did, but they are all but gone now.

      And as far as networking is concerned, I would just as soon recommend a non-calartian over an old classmate if they were more deserving. Talent is talent no matter where it comes from. So I don’t listen to the “networking” card.

      I personally don’t think you are missing much (my opinion). Just work hard, do your research, and like she said…Draw Draw Draw!

      Great post, Brenda.


      p.s. – Another great online resource is

      • Brenda Chapman

        Thank you for that insight! You answered her with the knowledge I lacked – much appreciated!

  • Mnmears

    since today would have been Joe Ranft’s 52 birthday, what did you learn from him and how was he with female artists?

    • Brenda Chapman

      Ah. I feel bad. Sadly, I remember his death date more than his birth date. It was such a traumatic day for so many of us.
      What did I learn from Joe?
      Integrity. Common decency. Compassion. Passion for the work I do. Try to give back more than I’ve been given. Try to stay humble – arrogance closes off the ability to grow as an artist.
      I don’t remember Joe ever noticing the difference between male and female artists – he just wanted us all to do a great job… and NO ONE wanted to disappoint him!
      Oh, I miss our Joe.

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  • Adanwkworth

    Hello Brenda, Thanks for this article. It is extremely inspiring. I have a BFA from Ohio State, but with only a class or two in animation. Its been 11 years since I graduated and stuffed my dreams deep inside of me. Now, I am ready to pursue my passion of drawing and working for Disney ( Aim for the stars)… Where do I begin?

    Please help!
    Angie Dankworth

    • Brenda Chapman

      I’d recommend getting online and looking at Disney’s website and see what they have to say about what they are looking for in a portfolio. Then look for some art/animation classes (or a school) that could help you get there – comparing what they offer to the skill set you need to acquire.

      I wish you the best of luck! I am always impressed with people when they follow their dreams after giving them up for so many years. I think that takes a lot of courage!

  • maninder singh

    thnx brenda……….. for this helpful update … i know wat to do n wat to not

    • Brenda Chapman

      Glad I could help. 🙂

  • Good evening, first I just wanted to say thank you for writing the article its definitely inspiring. I do have a question for you. I want to get into the animation field myself. Do I have to enroll in school for that or can I learn on my own? And if I do attend classes what type would you remind?

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  • Guest

    I am a music composer. And I have no idea how to get into the film industry. I decided to practice writing for film and posting the results on youtube. But in order to do this I needed ‘original’ video to write the music for. So I started doing little stopmotion animation videos. Then I came up with an idea and started to write a story for a stopmotion animation webseries. Now it’s a 9 episode webseries that I’ve been working on for a year and a half!! I didn’t expect all that to happen!

    I don’t think I have the patience to become an animator (also I am a terrible artist) but I have really enjoyed working on this project. I’ve always enjoyed watching animated films and I’d love to work in film composing or storytelling.

  • I am a music composer. And I have no idea how to get into the film industry. I decided to practice writing for film and posting the results on youtube. But in order to do this I needed ‘original’ video to write the music for. So I started doing little stopmotion animation videos. Then I came up with an idea and started to write a story for a stopmotion animation webseries. Now it’s a 9 episode webseries that I’ve been working on for a year and a half!! I didn’t expect all that to happen!

    I don’t think I have the patience to become an animator (also I am a terrible artist) but I have really enjoyed working on this project. I’ve always enjoyed watching animated films and I’d love to work in film composing or storytelling.

    Thank you so much for this blog!

    • brendachapman

      You are very welcome. Sounds like you are very inspired to do your work! Passion! Always helps! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Char

    Brenda, this is amazing summation of what those desiring to be animators. THANK YOU, especially for including the comment about drawing. So many falsely believe that just because it is CG they don’t need to draw (I know many “animation programs” that miss it entirely!). I’ve posted this and will now have a resource to share. Happy Christmas and may you have a wonderful New Year!

    • brendachapman

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! Happy New Year!

  • I randomly just found this, while searching for a school to attend for animation and/or CG animation. I found the inspiration that I needed to continue with my long quest. Thank you so much! Keep up the great work.

    • brendachapman

      I’m so glad you found it! Thanks for checking in! Good luck with school!

  • Thegabsite

    Thank you so much for writting this, i went to school for animation, graduated a few years aho and just never got my break, also life things got in the way that kept me from trying hard but now im giving myself another shot, my only question now is, as a woman is really THAT hard, i mean eventually i do want to have a family and as much as i love animation and it is my passion, i dont think i could give up a family of my own in the future, any advice on managing or juggling both things?

    Gabby michel

    • brendachapman

      For once I would recommend not planning so far ahead. Honestly, there is never a perfect time to start a family or a career. If you are in career mode right now – go for it. The family will come and you will know how you have to make it work when it happens. Don’t give up on your own life’s wants in fear of how it will affect something you don’t have yet. Trust me – we all have our own way of making it work. You can, too. There is no one answer – and never a simple one.

  • Sorika

    hi! i found your blog really interesting and if its okay i would like to ask you a few questions as you are a professional and its always good to get advice from someone in the know. im currently 21 year old female, just finished my degree in visual arts. ive always wanted to do animation since i was a small child, but im confused as to whats the next step i should take in order to go in that direction. ive been compiling a portfolio and contacting animation studios but i would like to know if there’s anything more i can do? i get a lot of interest in my work on deviantART and other art websites but i still would like to know if im heading in the right way and doing the right stuff to get into the industry. any help you could give would be wonderful and thanks very much for taking the time to read my epically long message 🙂 x sorika.

  • Erin

    HI Brenda, my name is Erin and I still have six animation classes left to graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga in Animation. I’ve been out of school for about two years now because of finances. My passion is so great for animation that I know that I am in no way giving up on my dream. I also am 13 weeks pregnant right now with my first child and decision making is extremely scary at this point even though I am married. I guess I’m just scared of not living my dream. I love your article and I was hoping you could give me some advice because I do plan on starting my own animation studio. I’m 28 years old and would rather have a child this early on so that hopefully being pregnant would not interfere with a future job. If you know of any advice to keep the hope alive; it is greatly appreciated.

  • Ronin

    Hi I live in South Africa and will be graduating next year. I have a few questions about getting into the American animation industry? Can you get a break if you just have a diploma? And do employer’s in the states even consider hireling a person from overseas?

  • heysavvy

    Thanks for writing this! 🙂 I am a filmmaker who just graduated high school (not currently in college… Just working while figuring out specifically what I want to study). I’ve won some film contests so my forte is with the camera, but I’ve always had the yearning to do animation. I love and have done stop motion and want to try 2d animation.

    Any tips on just starting out and making the transition from filmmaking?

    Thanks so much! 🙂

  • sgreene

    Hello Brenda! I just found your site and am reading your helpful tips and information. Our son was just accepted to 3 schools: SCAD, Ringling and KCAI. He wants to do concept art and/ character development with Disney/ Pixar being his dream job. He did not apply to CalArts because he said he felt it was mainly for animation and he thought he needed to go into illustration instead. Can you give any insight on either of these 3 schools on which may be the best for his goals? He’s received a scholarship from SCAD, nothing yet from Ringling and the highest merit one KCAI offers. We just want him to go the right route. He is very self motivated and moved away for a high school program his junior year. He will graduate from UNCSA in the Visual Arts program this year. He has given up pretty much everything to try and obtain his dream. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I will read more of your information as well. Thank you!

    • brendachapman

      Hello! I’m so sorry that I missed your post… I see it is from several months ago. I do apologize! There have been a few glitches in getting notified it seems. Those all are good schools. Illustration is a good path, but he should have some knowledge of animation. I’m very curious to hear what path he took! Sorry, again, for the unhelpfully delayed response!

  • Mandy Lee

    Hello Branda Chapman,

    I am very grateful you wrote this piece. Is wonderful to see a woman to be co-directing a film, I very much enjoyed Brave. My family did not approve me going into art; therefore, I spend a few years majoring in something I had no passion for. Misfortune happened and I had no
    roof over my head, I went into the Army. During the time in the Army I was involve in many programs that had to do with art. It was surprising to have met people who enjoy art as much as I did. During that period I was lost because I didn’t know what form of art I wanted to pursuit. After three years of soul searching I finally decided what I wanted to do I want to be part of the animation
    family. Now I just need to decide if I want to go into animation or CG. I am going to school right now at Full Sail but having a family doesn’t make it easy. However, having a daughter inspires me to go further because I don’t think I can tell my daughter to follow her dreams when I don’t follow mine. It would be a big excuse for me to say, “ I had you and I have to work so you can follow your dreams.” And like you said perseverance and determination are all I got right now. Life is funny sometimes things don’t work out the way you want but it lead you to something greater; it might take a lot of tears and hard work but in the end you will realize why life has taken you to a different
    path. Thank you for this.


    Mandy Lee

    • brendachapman

      You sound like a great mom… hang in there. Right now, I think it’s wise to learn CG animation as opposed to traditional, if you really want a job in the industry. I only say that as it sounds like time is limited for you as a working mom. It’s very helpful to learn hand drawn animation, because it gives you a deeper understanding of acting and movement… That said, I know many young animators who have never done traditional animation and do a fine job.
      Thank you for the kind words. And if my post was any help at all, I am so glad.

      • Mandy Lee

        Hello Brenda,

        I will take your advice on CG animation and will look into it thank you very much for your reply.

  • Confused

    Hi Brenda, I have been studying animation at college (not university) and am on my second year of doing so, so I am now looking at going to uni to study further. But I am unsure to whether this is what I actually want to persue. Because yes I love art, but is it more of a hobbit than a job? I don’t know… And I know jobs can be very few and far between in it, so is it worth going to uni and spending all this money on time just to not be able to get a job at the end. And if I’m not sure on it now is there any point? I know this is my decision to make but any advice you have would be great, thanks.

    • brendachapman

      If you are truly questioning it – you may want to consider a university where you can take it as a minor and major in something you feel is more financially secure. Most artists I know were so passionate about it that they didn’t care what the financial risks were – they just went for it. I am not saying, “Don’t go for it.” I’m saying listen to your gut. You know what’s right for you.
      I wish you the best of luck in whatever you choose!

      • Was once confused

        Thank you so much! I think I was just questioning myself really, because I’ve been so passionate about for years now. I went to go visit another uni yesterday and I think that settled my mind a lot more. But still thank you for taking the time to reply.

  • Caroline Cozza

    What is it like to work as an animator on a daily basis? Do you have a lot of different things to do at once or do u just focus on one thing at a time? I’m currently going to school for an animation degree and struggling to keep up on assignments. I’m also very stressed out, although i am working part time. Is work the same as school or is it better?

    • brendachapman

      Unlike school, you will be given one assignment at a time, or a set of assignments that you would tackle one at a time. However, you will have deadlines that you will need to meet, just as you do in school.
      I’m sorry you’re stressed out. I know what that’s like. I had to work while I was at CalArts the three years I was there. That makes it hard to keep on top of your school work… but you can do it! Try to focus on how much you love what you’re doing – hopefully it will feel less stressful. I have no magic wand to make it easier… Just hang in there!

      • Caroline Cozza

        That’s good to know. Thanks for ur response. I’m just not sure if animation is right for me though, but maybe it will be different on the job. I will keep trying.

  • Thomas John

    I’m an aspiring animator studying far away from the US (india actually ) and this article was really inspiring and to see you make it so far in an industry where it was tougher for you to break into really fills me with hope too !! Thanks and hope you are having a wonderful day ! I hope I can make it just like you 😀

    • brendachapman

      Thank you! You can do it!

  • Greetings Brenda.
    First thank you for two things ,for writing this post and second for opening the doors for women in the animation industry because without you,there won’t be as many women in the animation industry as this is totally a men field.But anyway my name is Charlotte and I’m from Malaysia.I had just recently completed my diploma in Animation in a local college and am going to pursue my degree here in the same field.For 20 years I lived with animation and yes I am really one of those aspiring animators hoping to one day direct an animated movie,however for years I ‘ve been failing to find my voice there.No matter how much I create stories or characters or draw that much,it still feels devasitating that I could not be recognised in this field.There are times I’ve wanted to give up my dreams as a whole.For note,I’ve had an internship in a local animation company and the internship was really bad that I feared that I might be blacklisted in the animation industry and for that it would be hard to find a job there.Do you have any advice about how to make it into the animation industry despites the horrible experience that I have in my internship .Also would it be possible that i can still pursue my dreams despites me studying my degree in my country as in here the animation industry was not as diverse and huge unlike other countries.Thanks

    • brendachapman

      Charlotte, I am sorry that you are having such difficulties. Is there no way to rectify your experience with your internship? If not – then you must stay true to yourself and your talent. Do you have the technical capability to create your own short film? Are there ways around your small industry to make a mark of your own? All I can do is be a cheerleader from here and encourage you not to give up. xo

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  • kay

    My daughter wants to dive into Art School/Animation with both feet. How does anyone afford 62g a year? I’m not in a position to help her. She doesnt understand how insurmountable debt can destroy a life. I think she is a good artist. Her willingness to work hours on end is greater than talent, atm. I can only buy her HOWTO books and dvds. I signed her up for student renderman, but we never got a response. I She is able to try a Myah or Mayan demo. She has wonderful stories to tell. I’m stuck right now knowing her dreams won’t come true, because we aren’t loaded. She spents 12 hours a day on drawing. Why couldn’t she have wanted to be a dentist (Free here). Lol

    • brendachapman

      I know, Kay. It’s so hard when things are so astronomically expensive! Have you looked into scholarships at any of the schools? Or tried Giveforward, if scholarships don’t pan out? If she truly wants to do this, there are ways. Many lesser priced community colleges and state universities offer animation courses. They may not be on the level of the major art schools, but if she’s driven, she will get what she needs. I know many people in the industry who couldn’t afford CalArts or other expensive schools. Don’t give up on her dream!! And I do understand. I had to put myself through school. I worked part time jobs during the school year and full-time in the summers. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it, even though I still had debt when I graduated. Please don’t give up!

  • Joseph

    I am a Junior in high school. I love to draw, and especially Disney characters. They are fun and interesting to draw. You can make people smile and happy with pictures like that. It would be amazing if I could be an artist at Disney some day, but right now that seems impossible. I went to Disney World awhile back and I was in an art room at Epcot. There was an artist there and I was about to show him a drawing I had, but then didn’t. I thought to myself, “Your just gonna look like all the other wannabees that come by his desk and show him pictures, with a lot of dreams in their head about animating. Do you have any comments about how I would get started in this kind of field? Like I said, right now it seems like something impossible to do.

    • brendachapman

      Joseph, who do you think that artist was when she/he was your age? Another wannabe with a drawing to show? Of course he/she was! You have to put yourself out there, otherwise no one will see your work. It’s okay to be that guy that wants to be an animator. That’s how you become one. 🙂 Do you plan to go to college? Talk to your guidance councilor at school to see if they have any leads on art schools or universities that might have a program in animation. Do research online for schools that have animation. You don’t have to go to the big expensive art schools – there are many local colleges and universities that have jumped on the animation band wagon. Take art classes at school. Do you have a local college that might offer life drawing classes in the evenings or weekends? Or even animation classes? There is no reason why you can’t get started in that direction now. It will take work and perseverance to get there – if you have the determination to go for it, there is no reason to believe that it’s impossible.
      There are also many different drawing, animation and art classes on line – some are free – but most aren’t. Find ones that interest you, and practice practice practice.
      Search online for summer camps that do programs in animation. There are a few.
      Don’t give up on your dreams, Joseph. Don’t stop before you even start! Go for it! And good luck!

  • Joseph

    One of the adults at school has a husband who I guess is an artist or an animator. She said he was gonna come to the school some time this year and talk about what he does. I’m hoping I might get some advice or ideas from him. It’s just that it seems like this field is very risky. It sounds like art if very risky. Maybe its not. You know one of th coolest times of my life was when I went to Disney World, and I went to the how to draw lessons. My family and I were there on a Make-A-Wish trip. We have a lot of medical stuff, so I wished to go to Disney World again. After I had gotten in to do the lesson I asked the artist if I could just stay in the room for the rest of the lessons. So she let me and I got to draw three characters.

    Just for the heck of it, here’s a picture I drew a few days ago.

    • brendachapman

      Nicely done, Joseph! You do a mean, Ariel! 🙂 (That’s old people talk for “good job!”) I’m glad you had such a good experience at Disney World. Everything is risky, Joseph. There are so many different types of jobs in animation and the art field in general, I’m pretty sure you could find something that you would enjoy and could make a living doing. The “starving artist” is usually reserved for fine artists who try to get their work shown in galleries. Often times, they have a day job. If you know this adult who’s husband is an animator, why don’t you ask her if you could talk to him even before he comes to school? If you are that interested, she’ll see that and will hopefully connect you. It’s okay to ask for what you want, the worst thing that can happen is they say no. And that’s not the end of the world. I’m cheering for you here, Joseph!

  • Joseph

    I want to make a portfolio of my art. I was thinking of making copies of my pictures to put in it, so I’d have other copies in case something happened to the originals. Is it better to have the actual original art in the portfolio, or are copies fine?

    • brendachapman

      It’s always best to only send copies of your work in a portfolio, unless you are showing the work in person and not leaving it with someone else. The other way to do it is to scan your artwork and put it in a digital file to send out, if you are wanting feedback for you work.
      Good luck!

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