New and experienced artists alike should always be on the lookout for possible new projects in order to finely hone their crafts. At the same time, however, it’s also important for you to be very mindful about the kinds of project that you take on. After all, it’s something that’s going to take a lot of your time and effort.
If you are looking for criteria to make such a weighty decision, you need not look farther than your own creative animation portfolio as part of this criteria. In this vein, use some of the following tips to more naturally choose your next animation production project.
What Kind of Animation Production Do You Want to Do?
The range of projects that falls within your expertise will obviously serve in reaching a productive decision on your next project. In short, base your decision-making on your existing skill sets. Of course, this is not to say that you shouldn’t strive to learn new skills in your trade.
Ultimately, your decision depends on how willing you are to step out of your comfort zone. In the meantime, look at your portfolio to determine which way to step and how far.
If you’re not doing the type of work you want to be doing you will want to consider doing a side project to focus on getting more experience where you feel you are lacking and want to go. You may have a family, a full time job, etc, but if you want to go for that next level gig that your portfolio may not show, then you’re going to need to find the spare time to push those areas forward. The sacrifice you do today will most likely pay off in the not too distant future.
Choosing Your Animation Production
One of the foremost considerations when taking on projects is the kind of creative direction the production requires. There are several styles of animation as well as different types of animation productions; i.e. films, commercials, VFX, video games, virtual reality and augmented reality.
If you favor one type or production type or style that will always be your strongest suit. However, if you want to step outside of your comfort zone and explore a new production type or style you may want to explore a shorter term gig just to get a taste to see if it’s something you’d like to do more of before locking yourself down and finding you don’t like it.
At the end of the day you are the artist and you should be inspired by the work you are doing. Sometimes it’s just about finding work, but as you grow you will want to keep your options open, explore different styles and become a more well-rounded artist.
If you’re interested in exploring new styles Artella be a great place to test the waters either on a volunteer based project or a short-term paid gig. This can help you gain a better focus as to the kind of freelance animation projects you wish to tackle more deeply in the future.
Art is a journey, so stay strong, be focused and keep pushing forward!