So how did I get into this crazy industry? Well grab yourself a coffee (or a tea if you're a tea-loving person like me) and I will tell you all about it.
I graduated Digital Animation in April of 2010. My boyfriend and I had just broken up and I was I was living on my own. I was working for PetSmart as a part-time dog-bather and occasionally as a cashier.
I knew I wanted my first industry job to be for Nerd Corps (now DHX Media) because I had seen some of the projects they had done and though it might be a good fit. I had applied to a few other studios and done a few tests, none of which came to anything. Then I made the decision that it was going to be Nerd Corps or nothing. I would get in if it killed me.
I applied for three separate design positions and I emailed weekly as well as called. Their Admin got so used to me calling that I'm sure I must have been driving her nuts... But I was determined. I kept calling and emailing and praying that by some miracle things would fall into place.
Nothing. Not even a nibble. Months passed and I was running out of money. PetSmart just wasn't paying me enough to survive so I found another job with another pet store called Tisol. I was actually really excited to get the job despite the fact that the commute was a killer and the hours were a little scary.
The people were really nice and the job, though really hard on my back, was enjoyable. I was starting to feel like maybe this was what the gods wanted for me and that maybe I just wasn't meant to get into the animation industry.
Then it happened...
I was sitting in the awful little mall area behind Tisol to eat my lunch and I checked my phone to see if I had gotten any calls. There it was. A missed call and voicemail from Nerd Corps. My heart was racing so fast and my eyes were starting to tear up. This was either good news, or them calling to tell me they were sick of hearing from me...
I listened to the voicemail and just about died right there on the spot. They wanted me in for an interview. AN INTERVIEW!!!!! I was the most excited I think I've ever been for anything in my life at that point. If I knew then what I know now about how this was going to change my life forever I think I might have fainted.
I had the interview and was later offered a job as a Design PA on Rated 'A' for Awesome.
I was terrified because I had never thought about what comes after getting the job. I had only ever focused on getting the job, but now I would be expected to do the job and do it well. I spent the next few weeks freaking out constantly. I was even more scared of the fact that the contract was for 3 months and if I didn't nail it, I would be out of a job. I was feeling so comfortable at Tisol that I'm going to be honest, I almost didn't take the job at Nerd Corps... It was my hubby who convinced me to give myself a chance and to have a little faith.
So I did it. I accepted their offer and started creating props for Rated 'A' for Awesome. It was hard at first, but I quickly fell into a good routine. I went on to become a Junior Designer and worked on League of Super Evil, Endangered Species and Slugterra.
I was at Nerd Corps for just over 2 years and in those 2 years I met/worked with some amazing people, made new friends and learned so much. The most amazing part is that if it wasn't for my job at Nerd Corps, I never would have started working for IUGO which has been truly the most rewarding experience I've had in this industry.
Remember that it might seem impossible, but if you work hard enough and don't give up on yourself, you can do anything!
I hope you enjoyed that little tale and I look forward to seeing you in my next post!
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
Artwork and Content is © Courtney Pearson 2016