Sunday, 30 August 2020

Animation Jobs in the Corona Economy

How do our animation graduates at Bucks find work in the animation industry? It's important not to be too worried by Covid-19.  The virus has certainly changed the jobs landscape, but the good news is that animation continues to flourish. Unlike live action filming, animation can be done remotely, and there is a large and growing demand for fresh animation content.  Here in the UK, many animation studios are still actively looking for talent.  Remote working is booming - consider the case of one of my former students, Dominic Rayner, who took the online course at Animation Apprentice and is working remotely in the UK for a studio in Ireland.

Jobs Post-Covid
Despite Covid, there are still many job opportunities out there.  But it remains true that the success in our industry doesn't necessarily go to the most talented - it goes to the most persistent, and the most determined.  Animators need to be able to work from home, and they need to be good at solving the kind of tech problems that come with home working. 

Polish your Demo Reel
Be the Rhino - develop a thick skin
Job one for all our graduates is to polish their demo reel, and make sure they are ready for work. Your demo reel is the single most important factor in getting noticed, and finding a job.  To see more about how to polish your demo reel, see this blog post.

Be the Rhino
Applying for jobs is a numbers game. Our graduates should be applying for many animation jobs, and keep applying for them, even if they get rejected.  Remember that rejection is normal and commonplace.  Develop rhinoceros hide - get used to rejection, and learn not to mind, at least not too much.  Rejection is not personal - it's just business, often simply because the timing wasn't quite right.

Jobs Resources at Bucks New Uni
We have many resources available at Bucks - and at our online partner Animation Apprentice - aimed at helping our students find work in the animation industry. To get started, see the blog posts below:

For more on the experience of studying at Buckinghamshire New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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