The Reality of Working in Animation: Challenges, Frustrations, and Passion
Anything you love has the potential to burn you out and destroy your soul. Quite an uplifting way to begin, isn't it?
But you know what can truly extinguish the joy as you continue working in the industry? Being stuck on a project that you despise! It's when the animation style falls short, the designs are lacklustre, the production team seems clueless, and the schedule makes no sense. You feel like a mindless factory worker churning out animation, working overtime that goes far beyond the cute notion of extra hours. I'm talking about toiling till midnight after starting at 7:30 AM, only to repeat the cycle the next day, all without receiving any appreciation from the producers who concocted the absurd schedule in the first place. I've been part of productions that have burned out and injured animators, prompting them to consider changing careers. And occasionally, when I find myself in a dreadful position, I can't help but wonder if I should have pursued a different path altogether. Maybe marketing, business, or even debt collecting—I'm confident I would excel at it. This brings me to another point: the frustration of chasing after clients for payment. Fortunately, I haven't found myself out of pocket so far, but many other freelancers haven't been as fortunate. It's disheartening to feel underappreciated for your work. I love the animation industry here in Melbourne. I do. The community is fantastic and I have plenty of good memories and friends in the industry and have met through the industry. I am very fortunate to have been able to make a living animating but it doesn't mean I don't feel frustrated with some aspects of it from time to time. This would apply to most industries, am sure. Anyhow check out this article by Mark Manson . I think his post worded my thoughts out more eloquently.