We’ve all heard the horror stories of working in animation. We have heard the tales of doing crazy hours of over time, rarely seeing your family, and overloading yourself with stress and anxiety. Not to mention the consequences of all of those actions. The visual effects industry seems to be the worst offender when speaking strictly from the perspective of an animation artist. Some of you may be experiencing some of these negative aspects right now while you’re waiting for your scene to load or your shot to render.
You may be wondering if it’s worth it. Linds Redding’s take on the situation is thought provoking. Linds was an artist in commercial advertising; an equally cut throat industry for the artist. I recently discovered a blog post he wrote in 2012 shortly before he passed. It’s full of charm, wit, and a good dose of sarcasm and cynicism where necessary. It so eloquently sums up the feelings of most creative individuals I’ve talked to on the subject. Linds was able to crystallize the sentiments, frustrations, and joys of being a paid artist that most of us just can’t put into words. His entry, A Short Lesson in Perspective, is well worth your time. Give it a read, and if you feel the same way, make sure you share it.