BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Is there really such a thing!?
*cough cough* Yes, indeed there actually is, but you need to look at what that means to you and why it's important.
This is actually a pretty huge frustration for a lot of us. People will work night and day for hours and hours AND HOURS on end and not bloody well let anyone above them know. Then the assumption is made by the higher-ups that tasks that are actually take a huge amount of someone's time (and life) aren't and then deadlines get blown way out of proportion for what is actually reasonable.
This industry is anyways a bit of a gong-show when it comes to deadlines and expectations. Everything is always in a rush and you need to be juggling five or ten things all at once to keep your head from flying off your shoulders. The thing is, if you are honest about how long things are taking, chaos can avoided.
Let me clarify this though. If you are a slow artist, that's on you. If you are the only one struggling with keeping up, that's totally on you and you need to take it upon yourself to pick up speed.
I like to be really organized with my work. I keep an agenda (just like I did in high school) I mark down all my due dates, make a note of how much time I have versus how much time something is going to need and I also make note (because I know how long things take me as I keep a record of this too) of where I can shuffle some time around.
When you are first starting out in the industry you are just going to have to make peace with the fact that you aren't going to have much of a life until you are good enough and fast enough to get things on track and keep them there.
Overtime is a fact of life in this industry. You will have to do it, trust me it is going to happen. It might not even be for your own work. You might be fast and efficient, but you might get called to help someone else on the team who is falling behind or maybe someone was sick and a bunch of you have to pool your resources and work for a few extra hours at the end of your day.
I suggest you experiment with different schedules. Making sure you are getting some form of physical activity is really important as well. We sit all day, every day for many MANY hours and it can take it's toll on our physical and mental health. Even if you just get up and go for a walk around the block it will help, trust me.
There really isn't a magic formula that works for everyone, but you do need to know what your limits are and how to best get the job done while still being able to function like a somewhat normal human being.
Good luck and if you are successful, I would love to hear about it!
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
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