First, thank you for taking the time to read my post and possibly commenting. This is an inspiring community with a wonderful vibe.
To give a little glimpse of my background, I graduated college in Fall 08’ with a degree in Public Relations and Minor in Television - Radio - Film. Since 2007, I’ve been working full time for the government. I’m 27 years old, and realize that I don’t want to be working here for the rest of my life. Since last year, I’ve been doing some serious soul searching and extensive research, to find that I truly want to be a 3D animator, of course, working for the big name companies like Pixar, Dreamworks, or any game studio. Should you have it any other way?
That being said, I understand nothing comes over night. I know I’ll have to work my butt off and be very dedicated to this new endeavour.
Now, what do you guys think of my plan(s)?
Before I jump into any 3D related courses, I want to take the time and harness my traditional art skills, specifically Drawing. I believe the better you are on paper, the better you’ll be when you translate it on the computer. I don’t believe in spending tens of thousands of dollars in art programs, especially Drawing, but one program that caught my eye, is U.C. Berkeley’s Extention program: Post Bachelor degree in Visual Arts, which from I read, is a decent program, and cost less than $5,000. Here’s their website: http://extension.berkeley.edu/cert/visualarts.html
Now, I’ll be still working full-time, this would be done at night. So, I give myself about a good 1 1/2 years to complete this program.
Upon completion, I want to start Animation Mentor next. I’ve already applied a few quarters ago, but decided to save up money and pay this straight out of pocket. My current salary allows me to do so, as I also don’t like accumlating debt. From what I’ve seen and read, Animation Mentor seems like a perfect fit. Now, around this time, and AM being an online school, I thought about knocking two birds with one stone. Here’s what I mean…
I’ve always wanted to travel the world, and one of my plans, after graduation, was to teach English in Japan - JET Programme - if anyone’s heard it before. Would it be too much if I were to teach English in Japan, WHILE taking courses online with AM? Working and going to school full-time is nothing new to me, except, if I do this, I’ll be in a foreign country. Bad idea?
Give or take, I say my plan will take me roughly 2 1/2 to 3 years. At first, it seems like a long time, but as I’ve gotten older, 2-3 years go by as fast as Rosie O’Donnell’s eating a McDonald’s happy meal. Also, when I come back to the States, I’ll be around 30 years old.
So, what do you guys think? Is this a good plan? Any suggestions or advice? Should I just focus on being an animator and forget about teaching English in Japan? I understand, not too many people are as fortunate as me to even have these kinds of options, to which is why I’m very thankful and very blessed to even consider it.
Again, thank you for taking the time to read this.