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Like all creative industries, the world of commercial animation is competitive and getting into the industry can be challenging. Indie studios like ourselves are always on the lookout for new talent to join our expanding freelance roster. So whether you’re an animator, storyboard artist or model maker we're always looking for new portfolios. We're only as strong as our freelancers list, so with freelancers availability never certain, it's good to hear from new talent.
10 Sep 2018
There's not one place to start, you can get work and opportunities from lots of places. Knowing who is advertising the job is the first step to finding work. AnimationBase.com is a great place to start, you should also follow potential studios on social channels. The industry is now largely made up of freelance workers, so full-time positions can be hard to come by.
Freelance life will inevitably involve travelling, doing your own tax returns and frequently looking for new opportunities, so don't expect a regular 9-5 for the next 50 years. Saying that freelancing can also be hugely rewarding. It can offer you the chance to work on a ton of different projects, travel internationally, work flexible hours and meet new talented people along the way.
When seeking the new creatives for our commercial studio we look for those who are willing to work hard in a fast paced environment, it's different to long contracted work on features or series. Being a people person is important, as we're an indie studio so personality goes a long way (we love people that like getting a round of teas in!).
Always keep studios up to date with your latest showreel. Polish and refine your reel, so we can see what you're up to. Showreels are what we will always look at first. Your reel should be short and concise (30-90 seconds) and the content of the reel will vary according to the position you’re applying for.
Although there’s not one route into this industry, give yourself the best chance of being noticed. Make sure your CV and cover letter are clear and to the point. We like simple well designed layouts that are easy to read and include key facts and skills. We want to learn about you and understand any relevant experience you’ve had in the animation industry. A model-maker recently sent us a quirky letter with a great printed portfolio, it was passed around the studio and definitely got our attention.
Work experience also has a lot of benefits to developing your professional skills and will are always working with university and colleges to allow students or graduates onto projects where possible. Our director started out doing work experience before his first role at model making and animation companies in Bristol before he got his break.
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