I'm an 18 year old guy from germany who just has passed his A-Levels and has a big passion for 3D Modelling and Animation, so to say for CGI at all. After school I was kind of confused how to get things going with the college and job. I really wanted to study something in the CGI area, but after a lot of pursuing by my parents I decided to try a combined study of informatics and economics, in association with an apprenticeship at a bank.
Now 4 months of this studys passed by and they aren't fun to me at all. So I'm really bummed now, how to go on. I wasted a lot of time and effort on this study now, I also moved to another town - but it's always a challenge for me to get up in the morning as I can't enjoy what I do there. Everytime I visit these forums my heart starts bleeding and I feel really pissed because I didn't decide to study CGI in the first place.
And now I'm stuck here, pursued by my parents to continue these studys, as they can't understand "how someone would want to create virtual worlds oder persons their whole lifes" - they just tell me that work can't always be fun, and I tell them - why shouldn't it be, if your passionate about it? But they won't understand.
Could you guys give me hints where to go from here now? I really don't know where to apply. If I should study, or lern for myself at home - and if I should study - where? I wouldn't know where to apply germany, and international institutes like VFS seem to be very expensive, which is why I doubt I would be able to convince my parents to help me going there. I really would like to apply to an institute where some knowledge already is mandatory as I don't want to waste money. But I also know reputation, networking and contacts are very important, maybe at the end of the day the most important thing. But if I apply somewhere I want it to be a challenge.
So you see, I'm quite dazzled and don't know what to do - so I hope to get some good advice from people in the industry.