Skills needed for animation

Just because you love animation, it doesn’t mean you have what it take to have a successful career. Besides being passionate about art and animation, there are also other skills you will need to possess. You may be more passionate and creative than anyone else, but without the right skills and qualities, it will be difficult to be successful in this career. So, do you the skills it takes to be an animator? Keep reading to find out.
• You must have patience and focus. Sometimes there will be days where everything you draw doesn’t come out right. Or everything you’ve created is not up to par with what your superiors want. As an animator, you cannot throw your hands up in the air and quit. You will need to have the patience to wait things out and continue to make an effort even if things seem hopeless at the moment. Maintaining your focus is extremely important to. Sometimes you may want to stop working on a project because it’s not what you creatively envisioned. However this is when errors and mistakes occur. It’s best to focus on your task at hand, whether you find it creative or not and get the project done in an organized, neat, and detailed manner.
• You must have attention to detail. Ever watch an animated program where you find goofs or lack of detail to the images? This is due to the fact that the animators glossed over their work or became lazy about it. To excel as an animator, you will need to be meticulous and observe your work. Sometimes you may need to over it several times before you find it error free, but your persistence to fixing these errors will prove beneficial to you in the long run.
• You can work under pressure. Most times you will have a deadline to meet. There are many people who cannot work under pressure and crumble when they are needed the most. Don’t be like that. Instead, it’s important to manage your time to avoid delays and unnecessary stress that comes with poor time management. Make sure to give yourself the proper time necessary to avoid mishaps and to go over your work. You don’t to submit subpar work on a major project all because you procrastinated.
• You must be a team player. You will often have to work with other people in order to get a project completed. In order for the project to be a success, you will need to work with others and maintain a professional relationship. You will need to be able to communicate with others and work well with them. Just because you don’t agree with something they want, it doesn’t mean you don’t listen to their point of view. It’s important to compromise and work as a team.
• You can take constructive feedback. Some people take constructive feedback as a personal insult. You must remember that it’s all professional and whatever feedback you are getting is something that can help you improve yourself and your career. So don’t take things personally and listen to what others have to say about your work.
Sources:
1. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/animator.aspx
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-1014.00

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