Last week Escape Studios visited Westminster Kingsway College to talk to with students and young professionals about careers in animation.
The students and graduates I spoke to wanted to know about the kinds of jobs available in the industry, and how to get them. Animation is a big umbrella term, covering traditional keyframe animation (both 2D and 3D), technical animation, games animation, and motion graphics. Old school 2D animation is also making a revival, although increasingly with new software tools such as Toonboom Harmony.
At Escape Studios we try to ensure that as many of our Escapees as possible find work in their field – employability is at the heart of what we do.
Today, students should have a well-curated Linkedin profile. Animation recruiters tell us that they “live on Linkedin“. Your profile should be attractive and well-organised, with your demo embedded. Increasingly, Linkedin is your “shop window” to the industry, so it’s important to make it appealing.
Applying for jobs online can bring success – but students also need to network, by attending industry events (often by volunteering), posting their work at Linkedin, and building a network of industry professionals who can help them on the crucial first run of the ladder.
Jobs, Careers, Interview and Demo Reel Resources at Escape Studios
To see more resources on animation jobs and careers generally, see the the links below:
- Animation Recruiters (and how to handle them) – with Kevin Richards
- How to do well at your first job interviewAnimation – with Kevin Richards
- Demo Reel Tips from Kevin Richards
- Escape Studios Showreel Guide
- Nine Ways to Blow a Job Interview
- The Number One Reason Why Animation Graduates Don’t Get Hired
- Why Animators Need to Be on Linkedin
- Should Graduates Accept a Job as a Runner?
- Finding Work at Animationjobs.com
- Finding Work in The Animation Industry Post-Covid