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"PSA" or "You Get What You Pay For..."

I have thought about this, especially in the last few months. 

(This isn't just about you parodypictures, calm down)

Every so often I come across a person who wants to animate.

I fall all over myself.  I do everything I can to help this person because when I wanted to be an animator I had nobody.  I told art teachers and school counselors that I wanted to be an animator and got blank stares.  I read books on it, I took art classes, I drew on everything.  I did exercises on my own, I drove my poor mother insane stealing notepads and creating elaborate flipbooks.  I had to search for myself where to go for an animation education.  I had nobody help me with my portfolios...and I am paying back all the $ that got me though art school.

So with this person who expresses an interest in animation I do everything I can to help them out.  Unfortunately they rarely follow up...or when they do, they take umbridge at the critique or fight me on the opening exercises that leads someone into the magical, amazing world of animation.  They don't like to do the bouncing ball...they already get it, what are they supposed to learn, it's boring, when do they get to ANIMATE? 

Basically they take a more than a little spendy education and 7 years as a professional animator and pretty much dismiss it.

I have come to the conclusion that people value what they have to work for.  Or PAY for.  Offering something for free seems to be valued for nothing.  Next time someone tells me they want to learn animation I will say, "Wonderful.  I have a private tutoring program...and here's what it costs."



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 10th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Totally. Or you could do your first assignment as a litmus test to see how serious they really are about learning from someone. Or both. :-D
Mar. 10th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Ooo yeah! That would be work for AND pay for! And a bit of exclusive, too!
Mar. 10th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
Did I miss something?
So basically when you called me I was only half there. The other half was still in my own little world, sorry about that. Lawrence said we were to do lunch or something like that. I would love too! But if I only half understood what he said correct me. I am usually not this out of the zone.
Mar. 10th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
much luv
no worries,
I'm far to high on myself to take it personally!
Mar. 10th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
that sounds like a good idea, actually.
Mar. 10th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
Good observation. People usually don't realize the value of what comes free.
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