Like the title said, I'm asking for advice on trying to be an animator. My situation is this, I am 22 and currently live in Corvallis, OR, I just recently have come to the realization that I want to work in the Animation field. I took one class in California a few years ago working with Bryce and I loved it, but the program was cut from the school and I thought I had other interests. But now I've come back around to believing that this is what I want to do. With everything I have been through in my life I am now ready to kick my life and education into high gear. I am taking a year off of school for two reasons: 1. I currently am on academic suspension from my community school in Texas, long story short I couldn't attend class due to needing money to pay rent. 2. I need to save money for whatever college I attend next year.
I want to be an animator, for movies or games I don't know, but I want to do something in this field, my real dilemma is choosing what school to go to to achieve this. Oregon State University is only a five minute drive from my house, it's close but I feel like their program isn't very big and it feels more broad of a program then anything, and wouldn't help me when I would graduate with finding a job at one of the top companies in the industry. There is the Art Institute at Portland, this is about an hour drive, I think this would be a great school to attend because it allows you to specialize more on working with the animation programs, instead of what OSU might be with. Lastly, I have only just started doing research on it but Full Sail University, a lot of websites say that Full Sail is if not the best school to go to to specialize in animation, I would be of course taking classes online, so one down side I see just on what I've seen would be I wouldn't get the face to face that the other school would give me.
As you can probably tell I haven't done a whole lot of research yet, like I have said earlier I am very new to all of this. I am trying to play catch up and find out as much as I can about everything before starting school back up next fall. I really do want to succeed in this industry, but I feel like if I don't pick the right school to give me the best chance at succeeding. I'll be stuck at a dead end job never getting that chance to achieve what I want to achieve.
I apologize for rambling on and on, and I look forward to reading any replies of advice for me and my situation.