Do you feel you need a formal education for what you do?
For me, university was great and Sheffield will be forever in my heart. It was where I discovered my passion for motion graphics and animation, which led me to where I am now. It was also where I started building industry contacts and networking. However, there are many other avenues to explore and starting a career in animation doesn’t just rely on a formal degree. Ultimately, if you have the passion, the drive and the stand-out portfolio, you’ll go far!
After graduating what were your initial steps?
I gathered my best final year university projects into an online portfolio. I decided that my portfolio should be a website, so that I could easily send it to creative agencies. I did this before I finished my degree because I didn’t want to miss out on any junior roles.
I sent emails to agencies expressing my interest and received no replies. So I decided to change gear and pick up the phone to speak to real people within agencies. I felt that a conversation with someone at an agency would be more memorable than sending emails into the abyss. From one of the phone calls, I managed to get an interview and later an internship at Flow Creative (where I work now). It all happened quite quickly – determination is key!