In this industry you are not always going to get to work on the projects you want to. I myself have been very fortunate for the most part to work on projects that I have really enjoyed and am currently working on a project that I love like it was my own.
However! I want to emphasize the importance of bringing the best energy and attitude you can to anything and everything that you work on. Not only will you feel better about your work, you will help those around you stay motivated and the project will ultimately benefit.
I would like to share a quote, probably the most important quote anyone in our industry can keep in mind:
"If you couldn't rise to the highest level of enthusiasm, passion and professionalism, and grasp this task as if it was the most important thing that you have ever taken on in your life, you weren't worthy of the task."
- Richard Taylor
I love this quote. I've shared it with my team as part of my motivational speech every now and again. Any time I've had to go through something really challenging or trying at any of the jobs I've had, I've looked back on this quote to keep me going. I remember that no matter what I'm working on, I need to give it my all.
I feel like if more people in our line of work took time to reflect on how lucky we all actually are to have made it through years of tough schooling, and years of rejection in a desperate attempt to get our feet in the door, we might all appreciate the jobs we have all the more.
I would like to clarify one thing when I say, "appreciate the jobs we have" I don't mean the jobs where you are taken advantage of or cheated or wronged in some way. I'm sure you knew that, but I just though I'd add that in hehe.
That's all I really have to say on this one, see you guys in the next post!
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
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