Make a Career in Animation

Make a Career in Animation
November 14, 2016 Kabir Raja

Animation is one of the newest and fastest growing industries. Considering that it is used in industries as varied as gaming, television, film, sales, business, advertising, engineering and even education, it is no surprise that more and more people are clamoring for a job in the animation industry. It doesn’t hurt that the salaries offered can be quite decent, especially if you are an animator with a few years’ experience and a brilliant portfolio. In India alone, there are over three hundred animation studios. Add this to the fact that plenty of offshore animation work also comes to the country and you have plenty of job opportunities available. So, if you’re hankering to know how you can go about starting your career in animation, here’s what you need to do.


You need drawing skills if you want to be a successful animator. Regardless of whether you’re interested in 2D or 3D animation, you need to start with paper and pencil. Practice as much as you can, especially when it comes to line and how to use it and control it. Another thing you will need to practice is figure drawing. This is important when it comes to drawing shapes and making sure that the proportions are accurate. The best way to ensure that you are good at this part of animation is to carry a sketchbook around with you at all times. Improve both your observation and drawing skills by capturing what goes on around you on paper.

Train Yourself Further

Again whether you want to be in 2D or 3D animation, polishing your skills at creating animations using software is absolutely essential. The first software you will want to consider is Adobe Photoshop. You need to learn how to paint or draw in this tool. There are plenty of programs that will help you do this such as cintiq or intuos A5. You will also want to consider other software such as Autodesk Maya or After Effects, especially if you are considering 3D animation. However, all this aside one of the best things you can do, especially if you are targeting a job in big studios such as Dreamworks or Pixar, is to do a degree or diploma course from a recognized institution. These courses will offer you basic knowledge such as storyboarding, graphics, drawing, art design and character motion. They will also offer you specializations in fields such as web designing, graphic design, visual effects, lighting, modeling, animation and rigging.

Another way to improve upon what you have learnt is to look for internships. Not only can an internship increase your chances of finding a good job in this field, but you can also build up a good network – something that is crucial in today’s world regardless of which industry you’re in.

Build a Portfolio

A portfolio is nothing but a collection of your best work. You can create it or a website or demo reel or DVD to show different studios what you have done and are capable of doing. As an animator, you may find that you have covered many different industries. However, if there is a specific field or career in this industry that you are interested in, try to build a portfolio or create a demo reel geared towards that field. The main thing is that you need a portfolio, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced animator. Your chances of getting hired without one are as good as nil.

Add to Your Qualifications

These days, most animation job openings require someone who has done at least a degree or a diploma course in the field. However, if you want to stand out from the crowd, try looking for industry certification courses. Generally such courses are offered by those who publish software. A good example of this is Adobe. Such certifications validate your qualifications and your skills.

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  1. Ramakrishnan 2 years ago

    It is a great experience to read your blog. It is great source of information for the confused minds. Thank you for sharing such informative blog. It is very useful for students want to start career in animation field.

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