Becoming an Animator – Learning What It Takes to be a Successful Pro

Animator at work

Unlike the rest of us, Toothless and Hiccup were not born in a day. Actually, this loveable duo from How to Train Your Dragon loved by many children around the world was amazingly designed by a group of talented animators facing their computer screens. While you may have seen them on cinemas, the adorable dragon and the determined young boy are simply a product of simultaneous still images intricately controlled in order to visualize an illusion of series of movements on the screen.

The army of animators doesn’t just work on your favourite children’s movies. They also play imperative roles in the making of action blockbusters such as The Lego movie, Transformers, high resolution video games, exquisite television commercials and many others! So, how would you like to become one of the people who make these exciting projects come true?

Also known as multimedia artists, animators create animation, special effects and other visual images using electronic tools and computers for creations or products. In such competitive field, it is essential for you to know that you have everything that it takes to pour your energy into career in animation. So, what does it mean to be a successful in the field?

Successful Animator – Defining the Character

If animation is your forte, you have to determine if you have to qualities to pour yourself into the profession. For instance, a successful animator knows when to be inquisitive and curious about the world around them. An animator sees the world a lot different than an average person.

Animators should be experts of the art of movement. This is the reason why big studios around the world consider an acting experience helpful in carrying out animation. For instance, Pixar Animation Studios like to stress the importance on how their candidates ensure they know how to show their character’s feelings through its motion.

The Technical Skills

So you have decided you are a natural animator and are ready to excel in your career. What about the technical skills needed?
Animators are artistic. They think outside the box. For them to give life to their ideas and visualize the dream they have in mind, they need to be analytical and creative. The mixture of being tech savvy and practical skills can be the perfect ingredient to foster in this field.

A lot of individuals also ask whether you need to know how to draw in order to become a good animator. Experts emphasize the importance of firm drawing skills. It is essential to have a vivid understanding of how a character is drawn and how the animator visualizes its movements. You, however, don’t have to draw like a famous painter but you need to know the fundamentals of drawing and art.

While some institution’s procedure of teaching animation varies from one to another, it is important for you to understand the skills of audio-video editing, color conjecture, web authoring and digital media production. Exposing yourself to advanced software such as 3D Studio Max, Adobe Flash and Mudbox is integral. These are the common skills you can get by getting an animation degree.

The Most Needed Experience

Apprenticeship plays a vital role in your career in animation. Why? The answer is simple. Not all institutions with animation courses can give you the most updated resolutions towards a modern animation product. You however, can obtain training through getting experience from entry-level jobs. Internships on animation studios are a good way to earn practice hands-on animation career. It provides you a good material for a professional portfolio that shows your artistic skills as an animator. Above all, it is your best chance to work with professional animators who can give worthy inputs.

Are you up for the challenge?

Bringing characters to life is a fun, challenging and exciting job. However, don’t expect animation career to be an easy path. Animators work long hours to beat deadlines. If you are passionate about your dreams and determined to do what you do best, this high-pressure field shouldn’t put you off a bit.

Freedom and Passion in Creating Dreams – The Key to Entwining Your Future

freedom to achieve dreamsWhen you look at a corporate office or perhaps you have opened a magazine or you browsed a website, you see what seems to be a ‘perfect life’ for someone. You might also see someone reaching his dreams. Suddenly, you just feel that string of being unsure of yourself. Suddenly, you just feel a streak of low self-confidence in you, that someone else looks like they have the ideal state of reaching their dreams with the perfect opportunity while you are there, struggling to keep your head above the water. Believe us, you are not alone.

Some people have found a realization in the process of reaching their dreams. Some people just don’t. But, you have to know that there is one insight out there that puts someone above the others. Sometimes the feeling of being limited can paralyze you from reaching your dreams. However, when you understand the true meaning of lack of restrictions, you will start living by it. You will finally allow finding yourself in your career path. You have to realize that there are no rules. You need to live with the fact that freedom does exist.

Creating Your Dreams with Passion

You desire for excitement. You yearn for change. You have this big dream in you continually flowing like a secret fountain of youth. Having a dream is potent, beautiful and energetic – but at the same time, it can also be frustrating and exhausting, especially when you are trying to fit in the industry where competition is high. We know passion will keep you recharged and going. Passion is going to pump up your inspiration and motivations, making you feel like a huge part of the group of people chasing their dreams. Then, you realize that when the sense of freedom and passion sprouts in you, you suddenly feel hopeful. So, what is next? You need to find the medium of making that dream come true.

This is what Middle East Talents Awards is all about. We thought that it is one medium for the younger generation who want to be somebody in the digital arts industry. Yes, we want to make you feel like you are catching the stars. We want to make you feel like you are running in the field, trying to reach for the sky stretching right before your eyes. Some of you may feel like this is next to impossible and believe us, this is where most dreamers like you give up. But, you also have to believe us that the distance between your life now and the future is never that far. You just have to believe that you are capable of doing so, and that you are choosing the right paths to take.

Middle East Talent Awards isn’t just a competition. We want to motivate you on the positive side of ambition and desire to succeed. We want to keep you excited rather than feeling the pressure of life’s challenges. Be a part of your dream. Feel the freedom. Sense the passion. Create your dream. Entwine with your bright future.

Career path for young people

Knowing What Hinders Them and How to Deal With It Have you started thinking about which career to take?


Some people may think that choosing a career path might be as easy as picking a major. Well, this is not generally the case. Planning your career is a little bit complicated and is considered a tough process by most individuals. This is the reason why you should take the steps needed and act accordingly in a very attentive way.


One good example are young individuals showing their interest in the arts industry. The evolution of digital arts in that matter brought about hundreds of young people wishing to take part in the breakout. The thing about digital arts industry is that it changes constantly. It is dynamic by nature. Without professionals to teach young minds, one digital artist can never ride along the bandwagon of innovation. It is due to this example that you should study your field well and know how to catch up with it. This is also the reason why one digital artist should consider scouting for internship opportunities in order to go along with the updates and trends.


Yes, there are different programs that have been developed by companies and universities in order to help young people jumpstart their career. Moreover, these choices allow young jobseekers to narrow their choices and find a path that yields success. However, just like any path, there is always a rough part of the road. It is common to see a lot of young individuals facing challenges and it is more common to see them feeling lost. If you are in this situation, then learn to do something about it.


Survival of the Fittest for Young People in the Job hunting Market


During the current economic climate which is originally described as the most challenging labour scenario for young people, market researchers found out that most of these young jobseekers are overwhelmed with high competition, low demand and speed of digital process of recruitment that seems like moving faster than ever. Because of the vast competition, it is a little bit challenging for these young individuals to catch up with the highlights in the labour market.


There has been many researches that highlight the hardships these young people face in today’s job hunting arena. With a competitive economy, most individuals find it a little bit daunting to enter the work force, making it vulnerable for young ones to fall on underemployment and even unemployment at its worst.


Competition- It is indeed one of the challenges that these professionals face. In this digital era, the entire recruitment process has been made easier and faster. This is why some people seem to be unaware of the available job openings nearby their area. They also do not know that a quicker response to any job posting is required to determine success. This is particularly accurate in the digital arts market. Since most of these professionals are taking their game online, it follows that a fast moving process online also makes it available to almost everybody. In fact, these kinds of vacancies are easily filled, causing the employers to close the applications within few days and even hours.


Finding Employment in a Tight Economy


One of the best ways to jumpstart your career is to begin working on your passion projects during your free time. If you are a struggling digital artist, start it off. Having such activities and hobbies related to it will validate your diligence and efficiency. These are actually some of the qualities every employee is looking for. It could be related to any of the following:


• Participating in voluntary works related to your career


• Creating and building your online portfolio and blog posts


• Attending workshops and seminars


• Taking technical courses and scouting for open internships and trainings.


If you are going to engage yourself to these options, you will increase your chances of landing a job and even getting yourself ready. Sometimes, an individual who starts to interact with other people who share his passion is capable to get employed easily through recommendations or social media platforms sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.


In a firm labour market, it is hard to get employed. Nevertheless, don’t stop sending your resume and portfolio. Take the proactive way of calling a possible employer or ask the employed people if their companies have openings or accept internships. If you are able to identify your strengths and determine which ones you like doing the most, you won’t make mistakes in taking your career path.


About Dr. Ani Atanasova:


Dr. Ani Atanasova is the CEO of LIFIHUNTERS & PIXELHUNTERS companies. She has a multi-faceted and multi-national background in science, culture, management, and a strong scientific background in the Quantum and Optoelectronics field. Dr. Atanasova is the United Arab Emirates’ Correspondent for the Young Business Leaders Organization France, she is the chair of the UAE Chapter of the International Game Developers Association, a core management team member of CEO Clubs UAE female division, and is a juror of the 2012-2013 International Business Awards, Stevie Awards and “A Design” Awards.


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