"My sister was a former Disney animator for over 20 years. She was let go because she got too expensive, they could hire fresh graduates for much less than half her rate, and a lot of the jobs are going overseas for the cheap labor. When I hear about how many people want to be Disney animators, it makes me so sad because it’ll not be what they were expecting. They hopelessly think they’ll be the next Glen Keane and I know it’s never going to be like that anymore."
For all the comments talking about “this is discouraging” or “there go my dreams”, this confession is your wake-up call. Wake up and realize that the model they used for animation 20 years ago is not the one they’re using now: the technology has made certain of this. I know people get all these Disney dreams about being an animator and making beautiful images, but remember at its core, it is a business. Even when it first started, Disney has never had the best reputation for dealing with their artists; why do you think so many animators who used to work there have started their own companies or moved on to other projects? (for examples, see Don Bluth, Tim Burton and Andreas Deja among others)
Also, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t work hard just so you can go to Disney. Apply to other studios too: they also need talented people. There are also plenty of other avenues you can go to, especially considering that animation production has been made so much more accessible and doable thanks to technology. Don’t depend on just Disney to make your dreams come true.
Wow, don’t you just love it when a blog with a lot of respect decides to take it upon themselves to give “wake-up calls” and discourage others?
Sorry if I was trying to tell people the truths about the business from my own personal experience. I never said for people to stop dreaming, but rather to expand their dream not only to protect themselves, but also to broaden their options.
I had the same ambition to become an animator for Disney just like everyone else- I thought it would be a dream come true and thought I could easily achieve. Oh-ho-ho boy, was I wrong. After five years in university, working under professionals and creators in the business, my point-of-view changed drastically. Being talented and ambitious isn’t all it takes to get a job in animation, let alone Disney. Animation has its own politics and is a very incestuous business with things such as picking favorites and who has money for education. There are of course exceptions to this, but they are far and few in between.
I sincerely apologize for trying to use my influence and experience to educate people. I’m really sorry that I tried to give it to people straight rather than sugarcoat how the industry works or see people go out of their way to work for a company that has, as best, very dubious dealings with it’s employees in the animation business.
I never once in my response said “stop dreaming” or “don’t ever try to work at Disney”. I told it straight. I don’t really like to sugar coat anything on this blog and this is no exception. If you want a blog who’s going to coddle you and tell you to go on blissfully ignorant of how the industry and its practices work, then you need to keep looking because I’m not here for it.
Kate vs Aunt Kathy.
Boyd Alves & Ty Ogunkoya by Olgaç Bozalp | L’Officiel Hommes Germany Fall 2014
Styled by Rose Forde
Well, well, Hermione, you really are the brightest witch of your age I’ve ever met.
Here’s (nearly) the full 1998 Tekken 3 calendar art! I saw two of the more outlandish ones over on another Tumblr blog where they were described as “elusive and mysterious”, so it dawned on me that I should post all of the ones I have.
"We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.”
~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’.
(Courtesy: Spiritual Ecology)
One of the things I really like is the diversity in the game cast as well as the types of characters you can make.
The top image is the Warlock Vanguard- Ikora Rey voiced by Gina Torres btw and the other two are characters he made using their character customization feature.
Though the customization is a bit limited at the moment it still has some really nice variations of facial features and skin tones which makes it possible to make a character that looks black. I dig that quite a bit.
OMG AND IT LOOKS SO GOOD AND I NEED TO PLAY DIS