Creative Enterprise is a module focusing on selling yourself and how to land a job within the animation industry. Today’s lecture gave some insight of the subjects we would be covering within our lecture series and what our hand in would be.
- Cover Letter
- Blog – research and reasoning for your choices relating to each of the above
The first aspect of this module is marketing – letting the world know we exist. The main areas within marketing yourself are your showreel, your resume, your cover letter, website and networking.
- Your showreel should be 2-3 minutes max – any more than this and people will get bored.
- Best stuff first – no one cares about your journey and how you improved to get to the best stuff and there is no guarantee they will watch past the first shot; saving the best for last is pointless.
- Simple but done well will stick in the studios head.
- Stand out by fitting in – show that you will fit in and work well with others in the company and with the companies style.
- Cut out anything that’s not up to scratch – if you have doubts about it so will others
- Have it on your phone – you never know where or when you’ll meet someone and the internet is unreliable.
- Show you are T shaped – have a wide base of knowledge with depth in one particular area.
- Breakdowns are important – show what you did in the shot and credit others; it shows you are a good team player and makes you more employable.
- All information should be clear and relevant.
- Contact info should be on every single page if it is longer than a single page
- Searchable text – do not create your CV in photoshop or other software which will save it as an image file; computers search for key phrases and documents without them will be scrapped.
- Chronological with dates – most recent aspect at the top; after placement this will be trump being a student at university even if it is not most recent.
- Brief description of your jobs – what you did, what your responsibilities were and why this is valuable.
- Personalised to each company – try to find the person in charge of hiring.
- A bit of brown nosing won’t do any harm – “I love your work on [insert thing here] and would like to be able to do this sort of thing too!”
- Should be professional and separate from blog – the two can link however
- Have a section telling them about yourself.
- Clear and relevant info – reel, portfolio gallery, contact form.
- Professional name – no “iheartbongs.”
- Not just online – while having an online presence (deviantart, artstation, facebook) is important it’s also important to network face to face .
- Toody Threedy is a great networking experience
- NI Screen are your friends – local funding body and work a lot on animation related projects.
- Business cards – so people can look back on you.
- Do not only network with the bosses and people in charge of hiring – you never know who will be running things in the future.
- Become a part of the conversation locally, then push things further afield.
The next thing we talked about was interviews, we will have a mock interview in uni which should be seen as a chance to practice and learn. We should still however take these tips in to consideration:
- Arrive early
- Be aware of your body language – acting confident will make you seem more competent
- Bring hard copies – cv, portfolio, reel on usb
- Bring sketchbooks – makes you more memorable and shows your passion
- Don’t expect internet – bring a laptop, usb, or tablet with your work
- Don’t wear a suit – stand out by fitting in; we do not wear suits in animation, you should fit in with the panel
Finally, we talked a bit about how you should act once you get the job:
- Don’t be a d*ck – you’re not the boss
- Take direction well – make your boss happy
- Keep networking – you don’t know how long you’ll be there
- Keep looking for new opportunities – don’t settle
- Blog – reflective posts about your work, look at ways to improve your work
- Work at work – stay off facebook even on your breaks/ lunch; someone who works on bettering themselves rather than checking messages is more likely to keep their job