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Eric Woods
Re: Pursuing Motion Graphics as a Career
on Nov 3, 2009 at 6:21:59 pm

Emily,
I would agree that going the route of a Masters Degree would not benefit you. School's are a great way to learn broad Design concepts and techniques, but they lack real world application. Your best bet in trying to enter this field is a multiple part answer.
1. An internship is a very useful way to see exactly how a company works. You'll most likely not get paid, but what you will leave with will be invaluable compared to what you'll learn from paying for an extra few years of college. You will also leave with a better understanding of the workflow, business, and hierarchy of a company. The contacts you meet will be vital and so will the Resume addition. Some places require you to be in school, but not all do.
2. Networking is very important as well. More than anything show people that you are interested in what you do. In your free time find conferences, meetings, software support groups etc. There will usually be big industry names attending or speaking and at the very least you'll be surrounded by people with similiar interests that are moving up in the business at the same time as you.
3.Create Create Create... Don't let the excuse that you have no time or nothing to work on stop you from experimenting with new techniques. The first thing you should work on is the thing you've thought you were incapable of. Figure out why you can or cannot do it. Don't take on 10 minute long short films when experimenting. You will either never start it because you are too intimidated or you will start it and get bored with it after you learned what you wanted. Work on short projects with specific constraints. A perfect example is GreyScaleGorrilla's 5 second Projects.
4.Last thing: Don't listen to people that hate their job. You already have a one up on them because you are interested in yours. And don't be afraid to change the direction of your career to something you are more excited about.

Eric Woods
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