Getting a foot in the door – your first job in animation!
So you graduated – whoopee! Now what? Well we’ve all be there, and then hit with the sudden realisation that you now have to find a job in the industry. You’ve sorted your reel out of your best work – 90-seconds or less (no longer). You’ve email hundreds of animation studios, some have replied, some haven’t. You’ve been to those animation meet-ups (Festivus is a good London one).
And now you are waiting, waiting for the email or the call, from a studio asking you to come in for an interview. If you’ve got a good reel, you’ve presented yourself well in your opening application (kept it short and polite, highlighting key skills including reel link), and you’ve sounded like you can offer real benefit to an animation production. Then the call finally comes, and you get invited in for an interview…
Lets be honest when you walk in that room you are thinking “Please let me get this gig”, knowing that if you do, this could be the start of your career in animation. Before you go, make sure you do your research about the studio such as; How long have the been going? What are their primary applications? What sort of projects do they do? etc. etc.
When you arrive at an interview, you’ll be seated in front of one or more people who will probably ask you a couple of friendly questions, like have you travelled from far, how was the trip etc. Be mindful these are actually leading questions, and part of being interviewed for the job. After that, it is likely you’ll be asked questions about where you studied, how was the course, they’ll also go through your reel and ask you further questions about your approach. At Sliced Bread Animation we’ll also ask for examples of your life-drawing work. It’ll probably feel like a quick fire of questions… and then, if you haven’t had the chance, you’ll be asked if you have any questions, here are some you might want to consider…
- How many others are your interviewing for the position? (know your competition!)
- What did you like on my reel that made you consider inviting me in?
- What particular challenges do you come across in your productions?
- What sort of tasks will I be expected to do?
- What are the hours of working?
- DO also ask about pay, try and go with a rate in mind, either annual salary, or a freelance rate.
If its going well, ask…
- Will I be able to use the work for my reel?
- At the end ask, make sure you ask “when can I expect to hear from you?”
After the interview, if you haven’t heard from the studio after say a week, follow up with a call, or an email, if the response if not positive make sure you ask for feedback. I hope those quick tips help!
In the meantime if you’re looking for a start check out part-time animation jobs!
Written by Jamie Denham
Managing Director of Sliced Bread Animation
Sliced Bread Animation produces high-impact, bespoke animations and applications for marketing, corporate communications and e-learning, including virtual reality and augmented reality projects. Our work has won many awards for both us, and our clients.
We have an unrivalled reputation for offering complete and seamless project management, partnering with clients to create innovative, original multi-platform digital content strategies. We transform messages into compelling stories that captivates target audiences. So whether clients are looking to increase sales, develop brand awareness, or reach out to employees, we work hard to get the results they want.
We create games, apps, animation, explainer, films, infographics and illustrated content for education, marketing and internal communications that push the boundaries of technology and design, whilst working seamlessly across all platforms.