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Old 12-16-2005, 07:54 AM   #16
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I actually sent it out today, and then found out that I had messed up slightly on my portfolio. I had 32 peices (added 2 more that arent shown here, they are animal sketches), but i did not put my name on all my peices or date them. I included a cover letter with time spent on each peice, medium and title however, so I"m not sure what the Admissions rep is going to say. I emailed him as soon as i realized it... soo hopefully they arent going to cut e off at the knees for my oversight
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:25 PM   #17
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Hey great job on the portfolio! I like the stylistic gesture drawings the best. And whats goin on with CalArts?
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:55 PM   #18
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I'll find out in March if i got in. I may end up going to a state school to get my degree in Fine arts, as well as animation mentor. by doing that I can save myself US$100,000 (tuition/cost of living in LA), and 2 years because i've already received my associates degree and would transfer as a Junior to the state school. sooooo, kind of at a hard decision because the tuition is so steep.
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storyForge,

I have a friend who is also waiting to find out if he got in...kind of nerve wracking, isn't it?

Wow, don't underestimate the cost of going to an expensive school like CalArts. That kind of debt, assuming you will have to take out loans to go, cannot be taken lightly. I think that even if you get in, you should weigh your options as to whether it's the best thing to go or not. I'm not attempting to discourage you from going ~ I went to an expensive art school myself and am happy for the education I received artistically ~ but $100,000 is no small chunk of change. Bear in mind that in the field of graphics / animation etc., you will constantly be needing to upgrade your skills. The most stable job frankly for an artist is as a graphic designer. The tools don't change as frequently, and the industry is MUCH more stable. I think if I were to do it all over again, I would have taken many more graphic design classes ~ even if it's not my passion.

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Old 02-12-2006, 11:32 PM   #20
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thanks rebecca. I've been doing freelance design work since i was 15 (18 now). I cant say i'm super good at it, but its enough that I get logo/website/print comissions enough to keep me occupied outside of school and work.

My ultimate goal is to be working in animation, which is why I am considering AnimationMentor. I figure that with 2 years, and without the burden of ~$100,000(i'm trying to figure in money i have currently, money i would make working while i was there, and possible financial aid. it could come out to more or less than 100k, but anything more than 50k is huge to me) in debt, i will have a little bit more freedom of movement and not so much stress. Its a tough decision.

and as far as nerve wracking, not really. I did all I could to get in, if they do not accept me, I've got other options Choices are easier if i dont get in actually. I'm not concerned about making it in the long run, I believe i've got the ambition and motivation to get where I want to go, even w/o a big name school.
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and as far as nerve wracking, not really. I did all I could to get in, if they do not accept me, I've got other options Choices are easier if i dont get in actually. I'm not concerned about making it in the long run, I believe i've got the ambition and motivation to get where I want to go, even w/o a big name school.

That's a relief to hear, and it sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders, and a great attitude. At your age, I think I was much less cool, calm, and collected. Kudos to you.

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If you haven't already, you should totally join the Challenge!

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thanks rebecca, already have!

just in the process of trying to put together my ideas... my perspective skillsare lacking and i am having trouble with a dynamic composition ... plus just getting the idea i want. so i'll keep sketching:P
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That's great!!! Good luck! Post your link here! (Oops, it's in your sig)

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