Originally Posted by pipdixel
I never use 10% of my total skills on real jobs. They all ask for a different part. The only time I use my full skill set is for my own projects. And honestly, if I didn't do my own projects, I'd never push myself at all. Well, I'd also have left this crazy industry long ago. Easier ways to make a better living, but I love it and would be doing it for myself anyway. So why not make some money.
This to me speaks volumes about you. It tells me you absolutely love what you do and do it for the sheer joy of doing it. I know a woodworker who is a Master Craftsman. He's nearly 70 and does wood inlays that you'd think were done by someone in the Rainaisance or at least hundreds of years ago, but he does them in his shop. Every piece he produces is worth hundreds of dollars, if not into the thousands and at least half of it he gives away simply because he loves what he does... Based on what you said here, you're a young version of the same character...
On a side note, the people that hire us rarely know what we actually do. If you don't know one small aspect , like say, I don't do character rigging....well, how can you be an expert? Because I know the other 90% pretty damn well and you don't need it for this project haha. Its the strange mentality of people with the purse strings.
I believe you made a mistake in disclosing that. Assuming, of course, that this is a client and not an employer, he has no business knowing what your skillset is. What you don't know, you an hire out. I'm sure you can find any number of people willing to rig your figure for a little coin.
It's true that most people have no clue. I had a guy come up to me asked me to make him a fish because he wanted a photoreal logo for his new aquarium business. When he described the job, I gave him a price, he called me a greedy cheat, so I gave him Pixar's phone number and told him to call them. Another lady saw me working (I set up daily in my favourite coffee shop) and told me "Oh Yeah, I do photoshop too..." It's absolutely amazing how clueless people are about 3D CGI.
I don't know an industry with more layers of skills than this one, with the exception of the Medical Field... I've certainly never experienced one. And I know of no industry at all where a huge percentage of successful craftsmen (and that's what all of you are: YOU ARE CRAFTSMEN) are self taught.
For my part, I dream of having my own little studio with a couple of other guys and maybe running a render small render farm on the side. CGI was described to me by my engineer father in 1969 when I was six years old. It was still theoretical and it would take over a decade before we saw anything suggesting what we have now, but since then, this is what I imagined to be the purpose of a computer. Now I'm 50 and I get to play with it and make a little coin with it... My skillset doesn't come anywhere near most of you guys, but at least I get to be in this world...