Jett (jatg) wrote,

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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."
Tags: animation

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