Now this is a fun topic that I am very happy to cover as it's something that you might hear about while you are in school, but might not totally believe. Well I am hear to tell you that this is a thing and something you really do need to keep in my lest it bite you in the ass.
So what am I talking about? Well, in short, I am talking about the fact that the people you go to school with are likely going to end up working with you at some point in this very tightly knit industry. They may work for you, you may work for them, you might work side by side or someone you've ticked off might decide to screw you over when you apply for a job at a studio they are already working for.
This is actually a bigger issue than most people realize. Your reputation for being able play nicely with others is almost as important as your ability to produce good work.
People won't want to work with you if you are difficult, have a bad attitude, think too highly of yourself, gossip or anything of the like. If you know you are someone prone to any of those things, you need to tone it down. Play your cards close to the chest and remember that saying, "Not everyone who smiles is a friend."
I know I'm making this out to seem a bit hostile, but it is the nature of the beast that is this industry. Often times, who you know and how they feel about you will play a part in your ability to get hired and to keep your job so it is an important thing to keep in mind while interacting with your peers.
Anyway, this is a short one, but I hope you take something away from it and keep in mind that it is important to be yourself, but it is also important not to be a jerk.
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
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