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Break Into The Animation Industry: Strategies for Kickstarting Your Career

Lucas Ridley, Instructor and Animator

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26 Lessons (6h 33m)
    • 1. Course Preview

      1:28
    • 2. Welcome

      4:34
    • 3. The Big Picture

      5:59
    • 4. Job Positions

      17:40
    • 5. Stef Interview

      29:32
    • 6. What To Learn

      3:25
    • 7. Learning Your Craft

      7:35
    • 8. Rana Interview

      67:22
    • 9. School Options

      6:45
    • 10. Becoming Your Best

      5:09
    • 11. My Story

      24:59
    • 12. Permission To Fail

      5:35
    • 13. Shawn Kelly Interview

      22:49
    • 14. Frustration Is Natural

      4:05
    • 15. Demo Reels Part 1

      6:25
    • 16. Demo Reels Part 2

      13:23
    • 17. Jason Interview

      19:18
    • 18. State Of The Industry

      10:33
    • 19. Lindsay Interview

      23:01
    • 20. Networking

      8:34
    • 21. Allan McKay Interview

      55:50
    • 22. Job Interviews

      7:57
    • 23. Contracts And Negotiations

      8:45
    • 24. Ryan Summers Interview

      19:00
    • 25. Pay

      8:14
    • 26. The Future

      4:36
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About This Class

Welcome to this course!

Learn how you can break into this competitive and rewarding industry.

I give you insights I've gained from working as a professional animator for 10 years on major movies like Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One, Transformers: The Last Knight, and games like The Last of Us Part 2.

Ten years ago I knew nothing about animation and after studying for 1 year I landed my first staff job working at an Academy Award-winning studio and then on to blockbuster movies.

I will uncover the unspoken lessons I learned through real-world experience so you can have an advantage I never did when I started out. The industry has only gotten more competitive with greater access to training online and software so it helps to have every advantage and that's why I created this course.

This course is not an animation tutorial. It's career-focused strategies I learned by breaking into the industry myself. Most of this is not taught in school or textbooks. We will also hear from 7 other industry pros about their diverse experiences and backgrounds. I will speak openly and honestly so you can save time and energy by learning concepts I figured out the hard way.

There are several assignments throughout the course as well to help guide your learning and I've provided a downloadable pdf that has key takeaways from lessons as well as some supplementary material like the actual emails I sent to get my first job.

By the end of the course, you will have a roadmap and understanding about what it takes to get into the animation industry.

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Lucas Ridley

Instructor and Animator

Hi! I'm Lucas and I make a living as an animator and director.

I'm originally from Kentucky but have lived all over the US and am currently living in Los Angeles, CA.

For the last decade, I've had the privilege of animating on movies like Avengers: Infinity War and directing short films for LEGO.

I love sharing in my courses what I learn from my pursuit in the film and game industry to help others achieve their creative and career goals....

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