Timing is so important in this industry. Next to your skill level, what kind of person you are, timing is a huge part of how you are going to get your foot in the door.
I am proof of this fact.
Let me tell you how I was lucky enough to get my foot back into the industry after being laid off from my first job. It's a pretty wild tale that I didn't even know about until a very special someone let me in on it.
So this goes way back to when I was still in Traditional Animation at CAP University (it was still CAP College back then). I was volunteering for one of the Open Houses, which I absolutely loved to do, when I met someone. She was super friendly and asked me to look at her work, which was absolutely amazing, and the two of us got to chatting about the school and industry in general.
Years pass by and we end up working for the same studio, but in different buildings on different projects. We would chat occasionally on their msging system and I continued to follow her art online.
So I'm let go from my job and find out that she's the one who takes over and finishes the last piece of art that I started before getting the boot. She clearly felt really bad about the whole thing and the two of us chatted back and forth. It was not her fault at all, it was a decision made higher-ups that this was going to be the next move.
So, super defeated though I was, I picked myself up and dusted myself off and for the next 7 months I hauled ass and tried desperately to get my next gig. I was almost at the end of my rope when one day, while hanging out outside in the sun (Eric was working on his car), I received a Facebook message asking me if I would be interested in doing a test for a mobile game studio. The message was from a really nice girl (who I also knew from CAP) who was trying to replace herself as she was moving on to her next job opportunity.
I did the test, went in for the interview, had one more test (they accidentally gave me the wrong test but they liked my work so they wanted me to do the correct test) and then got the job!
It wasn't until much later that I found out that the girl I worked with at my first job had originally been offered the opportunity, but she passed it up and then so kindly recommended that they ask me if I was interested.
If it hadn't been for her, I never would have been given the amazing opportunity to prove myself once more. It really was an event that changed my life for the better because I love my new job and I feel very lucky everyday to work with amazing people on amazing projects.
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