Hello all,I am long time lurker on this forums and I have a question for you guys. I know that this topic has been discussed a lot, but I would still love your personal opinion about my specific problem.
I am dealing with huge dilemma about my career path, which does not leave me calm, because it is, after all, a lifetime decision. I am a 26 year old law student and as I am facing with a situation where I have to choose, whether to pursue law or to decide to go on a different path of 3D animation. Animation is something Ive always liked to do, especially in high school, but I have always thought this is just a hobby. Reason for this is mainly that there is practically no institution in Slovenia that would offer such knowledge.
Because of law school and my busy schedule (working part time) I left my passion for animation behind.In the last year I’ve been thinking about this a lot, I’ve read a lot of advices and other things about animation on the internet , mostly on forums. I am familiar with the fact that this is a very competitive area and if you are not good you have nothing to do here. The popular opinion is also that most people learn via Internet and that you dont need a school.
I would like to study abroad very much, but every school, whether public or private (USA, Canada and also in the EU), requires good drawing skills and a strong portfolio.This is the thing that raises biggest doubts about everything. I dont know how to draw to save a life, not at all. What is your opinion on all this? Do you think it’s a smart decision to leave the law (let me say that I have two more years of study and I have been studying for quite some time) and direct all the forces into animation.
My potential plan is to find a temporary job (whatever) here in Slovenia and at the same time study animation via internet and sing up for a local drawing course, and then after a year I would apply for the online school ANIMATION MENTOR.
I know that in such cases you should not look for money and that the passion for animation is what counts, but is there a future in animation and can you find a good job if you are solid? I have a lot of doubts, especially because I am starting from scratch and without any background knowledge and i am also not the youngest.
I am also afraid about the fact that in Europe, especially in Slovenia, the 3d industry is something unknown and is so difficult to survive. In USA and Canada the competition is massive and there are huge number of people who have much better conditions for education in this field and are gaining much needed knowledge.
Is it smart to pursue something like this? I know that I have passion and I am prepared to work really hard every day and night and I would be extremely pleased if I could once say that I am a professional animator.
But nowadays it is still necessary to look at the fact that you have a solid income and you can afford something from time to time. So I would ask you whether it is realistic to think about animation as something that I could do all my life?
I am not delusional about reaching a job at disney or pixar ect.
What would you do?