Re: The Real Animation Picture Up North

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Posted by Dave Brewster on April 21, 2000 at 00:40:03:

In Reply to: Re: The Real Animation Picture Up North posted by Kevin on April 20, 2000 at 21:22:15:

: : You bring up a good point. How do those of us who are willing to fight for responsible actions by our employers explain our feelings to our more cautious co-workers? I've only been working for 5 years but from the start I've been appalled at the attitudes of the studios towards the animators. Other people that I have worked with always wish I would not say anything and just endure the humiliation doled out by the execs. I can't stand it. How do we break this culture of complacence?

: I struggle with that, too, especially since I've been in the industry about as long as you have, and hardly have the stature to be too much of a leader. But I have found that by being willing to speak up or take a stand in a professional manner, that at least some people around me get the message that having a backbone won't immediately get you fired or blackballed. In other words, lead by example as much as you can. My experience is that even if most coworkers remain sheep, it's still worth it, if only for your own self esteem.

That might be the difference. While you might hold a position that commands respect, others may not be in such a strong position. In that case the only thing that can change that complacence is cool headed support. Not angry attacks. In my position I can take more risks so I dont call people who are afraid or unsure if they will survive it sheep. Who the hell am I to tell somebody with barely a foot in the door to sacrifice their job . I take the time to explain what it means to me and if they cannot see what I see then I leave it. If they cannot see it right now , they will. If I have that deep a faith in what I am doing then it is alright. That is exactly what happened in trying to form a Canadian union. I dont blame them for being afraid and I hope in the future when things get better they will feel bolder . People at their heart are good. You must believe that .

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