Re: The Business

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Posted by forever learning on May 23, 1999 at 21:18:11:

In Reply to: Re: The Business posted by Dave on May 22, 1999 at 01:12:18:

: Yes and there are more people starting animation schools. One is being started by an incredibly good artist I know down here (he is from New York/New Jersey) . I am not mentioning his name because I havenít asked him if itís ok. He is someone I consider so good Iíd consider taking an advanced course in designing from . I think Independant teachers can reall give you your moneys worth in the right situation. This is someone Iíve offered to do class time for for free. I feel you can still get more personal training that way. Itís really hard to do that with huge classes.
: Now on the other hand I offer this warning to students or potential students. Iíve heard of a few lousy courses (one being offered in Vancouver BC) from fly by night schools. Check out these schools carefully and if they have been up for more than a year ask for students of past classes you can ask about the course and what they got from it.
: I can tell you something about schools. I wish I had looked into more options for animation before I got started professionally because the education I got has really set me back. I regret not having looked more closely and I regret not having followed my instincts. If you want some hints about where I went all I'll say is that our football team creamed everyone for most of the year until falling on their collective faces. Although some good things did come out of it(not many) if it wasn't for people like Sue Kroyer, Alex Topete, Steve Huston, Phil Denslow, Glenn Vilpuu, Karl Gnass, Charles, Christian Lignan, Chris Sauve, Tony Fucile, and my high school instructor-of all people-I'd be up **** creek.
The one string that runs through all of those people is that none of those people are affiliated with large universities or art schools. They're people that I sought out after graduating knowing that what I had learned at a reputable instition didn't even come close to cutting it. And even though that school cost less than the other high priced schools try out $11,000 a year. Thats bad enough especially when you see the equipment we had to work with.

The funny thing is is that even though I'm pretty confidant in my abilities now I still have to fight for the work I get because I don't have Sheridan or CalArts on my resume. It's unfortunate, sometimes very frustrating and moral destroying causing more than a few late night conversations with my fiance. But, I'll never give up because what else will I do...collect garbage...well I guess they pay well. I wish students from my old school helped each other out like former students from the others. NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT---I'M PISSED OFF! (just kidding. I'm doing better than most people in the world so I can't complain. I always feel good after a day at the beach.)

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