Re: What am i doing wrong??

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Posted by Steve on April 08, 2000 at 19:23:26:

In Reply to: What am i doing wrong?? posted by dirtymack on April 08, 2000 at 10:58:14:

To answer your question "Why can't I even land a clean-up job?", you may want to look at your portfolio or demo reel (whichever it is that you're using). Keep in mind I haven't seen your work, so these points may be without merit in your case.

I've found in my experience in looking for work in animation, you need to show the employer *exactly* what it is they're looking for. What this means is you need to make sure your portfolio or demo reel has what they want or expect to see in it.

What should this look like, you ask? Well, it depends on the job you're applying for. If you're applying for character designer, don't show them your animation. Fill up a portfolio with your character designs, and don't even bring a demo reel.

If you're applying for clean-up, show them clean-up. Don't put a smattering of life drawing in it, then have three pages of character designs, followed by ten pages of background drawings, and then a few pages of clean-up. Show them twenty beautiful clean-up drawings. Compare your clean-ups with those in the recent Disney books if you're applying for feature level clean-up (I assume this is the only kind of assisting going on in LA)

If you're applying for animation, put five minutes of your *best* stuff on a demo reel. I personally might not even bother with a portfolio, but if you do, make sure it has nothing but life drawing and 'flips' of scenes you've animated. Don't bother putting clean-up or character design in an animation portfolio.

In summary, stick to the position you're applying for. I realize it seems like you've got a better shot if you show them you're a 'jack of all trades,' but it makes you look unfocused and desperate, and let's face it: most studios want to pigeon-hole you into one position. So go in with your best foot forward, and show them you're the *best* at that *one* thing you do.

So put together your portfolio based on the position you're applying for. Remember, no one said you can't have 3 different portfolios or demo reels, each based on a different aspect of your skills or the position you're applying for. Use them accordingly based on the position you want (or the position that's available).

Disney's got a pretty good 'portfolio requirements' section on their jobs page on their website. It goes more in-depth than this, and should be a pretty good guide as to how you should build your portfolio.

Hope this helped. Good luck.

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