How to Stay Focused on Big Projects

Morr Meroz Career Skills for Artists

When working on your own, on personal projects, it’s sometimes hard to keep a steady progress through the ups and downs of the creative process. Finding energy and inspiration to work is one thing, but how does one keep working on a long-term project, sometimes spanning over a few years, without losing momentum? Well, that takes practice. My practice My first encounter …

Getting Inspired to Animate (Pros Don’t Wait for Inspiration)

Morr Meroz Career Skills for Artists

“How do you get inspired to animate?” is a question I hear a lot. I often wonder about that question. What does it mean? Have you ever heard someone asking an accountant “How do you get inspired to do taxes?” Probably not. Then why is that a question creative people often hear? We’ve all heard of a writer’s block. A painter who can’t find his …

Making Your Animation Reel Stand out – A Detailed Guide

Morr Meroz Career Skills for Artists

This is a guest contribution by Rusty Gray of rustyanimator.com. When you drool over someone’s AMAZING demo reel – what are your first thoughts? “Man! How could I ever make a reel that good…” “I wish I had animations that everyone was blown away by…” “Pixar / ILM / Blizzard is going to hire this guy like right now! Can I go …

Freelancing vs. Full Time as an Animator

Morr Meroz Career Skills for Artists

In this post I will go over what’s it like being a freelancer in the animation industry, as well as the main differences and benefits of freelancing vs. full time employment. How freelancing works as an animator Holds Freelancing can work in many different ways. The most common way in the animation and visual effects industry is by being booked on a daily …

Making Money from Animated Shorts

Morr Meroz Career Skills for Artists, Filmmaking

Making money. A topic that is rarely discussed on this blog, and one that artists tend to stay away from, fearing ideas like “Selling out” or “compromising your art”. However, I believe this is an important issue to talk about, especially for artists, since the art-school system is lacking when it comes to educating students about it. I’ve recently been asked if it’s even …

5 Reasons You Won’t Be an Animator

Morr Meroz Career Skills for Artists

This is a guest contribution by Rusty Gray of rustyanimator.com.  It’s 2015 and You Won’t be an Animator Another year is coming to a close. You’ve spent your life fascinated by movies (Jurassic Park, Toy Story, Lion King). You’ve captivated yourself for hours drawing on paper or designing on the computer. You’ve probably even scared away dates with your excessive toy collection. …