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

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.