Getting in at an entry level animation position

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Posted by Kevin Simnacher on October 26, 1999 at 07:03:11:

I've got 17 years experience in the graphics/illustration fields and I have always had an interest in becoming an animator, however, there are no major studios in the Midwest, where I live, and I would rather get on at a company that has in-house training for animators, such as Disney.
I am looking for advice on the best information resources to find out what I should be making starting out, how many hours per week I can expect to be working, and where is the best place to go for someone who doesn't want to spend all the money and time to go to a 4 year animation college.

I have sent a potfolio and short demo reel to Disney. So far, they have not responded that they have received it, although I know through FedEx tracking that they did receive it on Oct 4, 1999.
Since it is taking some time for them to respond, I am utilizing this time to do a bit of further research into the matter. Should I try to get on at Disney Animation in Florida, or would it be better to move to California? Also, what other companies would hire me if I don't have an animation degree, but lots of talent and illustration experience? Where is the best place to work in the animation field?

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