[QUOTE=Lord Dowswell]Yeah, yeah I now have three, well possibly four or five, definitely three who want the project terminated. which is nice…lol. Well maybe one of them doesn’t want it terminated per say, but says that I cant sell the animation. I urgently am getting towards the point though where I NEED to sell something, so hearing that is slightly upsetting. I mean this has gone on for five years now, five years out of art college with no job, Ive been offered plenty of jobs, but I say no to them, I’m damned if I’m going off and working for some company, I just wont do it, not unless they offer me the job of director. I’ll eat jam sandwiches till the day I die, I dont care. As long as I can direct, I dont care what my financial situation is (as long as I can buy the jam and the bread that is).[/size]/QUOTE]
I know how you feel, but want to offer there may be choices between two extremes. Many people who have “gotten a break” with their films or 3D films, did it on their spare time. The trick is finding a job that enables you to have time for your own life and work. Some jobs can make such demands of expected total commitment, they use the worker like a sponge, and leave a dried husk behind. But, those are not all jobs.
It’s almost cliche, but many of the shorts and 3d films I’ve seen made by “one man in his bedroom” often have the detail of, oh, yeah, he worked for ILM or Stoic for 5 years rigging scenes for a TV series… The point is, they also LEARN things at these jobs, learn from OTHERS working there, and are able to “stand on the shoulders of giants.”
Maybe you find a job that leaves you time to still pursue your own work. Work on it nights and weekends. People that want to completely follow their own vision, and wait until the world recognizes them, often are either committed to poverty as the price of their art, or sometimes have trust funds that allow them to do as they please. The former is much more common.
As you are working in 3D, which requires software and computers, you may see some sort of job as merely a means to an end, to fund your art. If you do not come up with a way to fund your art, you may not be able to even do it, if they shut the electricity off.
If you find a job that doesn’t take 99% of your life, you can fund your art, learn from others, and make contacts.
You can then SHOW your contacts what you did, and they can view it WITHOUT the pressure of “I WANT YOU to view this and hire me”… It’s much less a hard sell if people see what you are capable of without it having to be a literal “sales pitch” or implied job application.
Look at it this way, I was doing boring day work. So in my spare time, I did work I wanted to do for fun. I showed that to someone, and they hired me to do something similiar for them. By doing examples of the kind of work I wanted to do first, that was like using the right bait to fish with. Showing around my boring day job work, would lead to more boring day job work…
But the point was, as a COMMITMENT to my art, I took a boring job to enable me to keep the lights on while I did my art. Taking a job doesn’t have to be selling out. If it’s the right job, it may not directly be your ultimate dream, but it could enable you to progress in your dream.