I know that most of you think that I was born into the animation industry- appointed to my lofty position through a combination of good looks, family fortune and crass nepotism. But nothing could be further from the truth! I mean, nepotism? I'd NEVER do that with a chicken! And there certainly wasn't (isn't) no family fortune!
But yes, I must admit my dashing good looks probably helped a bit.
Regardless, I know how you folks coming out of school feel, desperately looking for your first animation job, paid or not. I was there, too.
Exhibit A: This letter, a reply to one of the many I sent to assorted animation luminaries, asking, begging, pleading, crying, whining, for any kind of advice on how to get into this industry!
This one here was from David Ehrlich, an indy animation star and ASIFA legend. Turns out he was in the same same leaky boat as all of us:
So for all of you asking how to get that first job...
I'm sorry you can't be as handsomarrific as me.
But keep at it.
If it's what you really want and you work hard at getting it, something's bound to happen.