At long last I have reached my decision concerning the dilemma that has weighed heavily on my mind since being accepted into Sheridan’s animation program:
“I want a job as a storyboard artist. Should I pursue a degree in animation at Sheridan College or stay in Los Angeles and build a storyboard portfolio?”
I asked everyone and their dog for their opinion regarding my situation. Ultimately, everybody gave me the same response:
“It’s your decision”—(*the theme of my life for the past two months)
Reflecting on that phrase launched me on a journey to Los Angeles in search for the answer. I presented the question to Tron, a DreamWorks storyboard artist. Tron reviewed my drawing portfolio and told me, “You have potential. You have a strong foundational understanding of drawing. Now you need to put in the hours. It takes 10, 000 hours to master a craft. You do not need to go to Sheridan as a full time student; however, you should continue taking classes.” Tron recommended taking individual classes at the Concept Design Academy where you can learn from working artists and network with others.
So here's what I have decided to do—I will live in LA and do three things: (1) writes script for short films and board them, (2) take classes to improve my draftsmanship, and (3) network with artists.
If all goes according to plan, I'll get hired by an animation studio in the next three months. If things don’t that way, I'll work at Starbucks, but don’t plan on that! Farewell Sheridan and hello LA!
Here's what my life looks like from here on out.