How does your freelance work usually come about?
A lot of people heard about me from the It’s Nice That Graduates article that got posted online last year, which is amazing. At the moment, most of my work is coming through Partizan – I did a music video a few months ago which has been my ‘calling card’ for new jobs.
How collaborative is your work?
Animation is super-collaborative mainly because of how much labour is involved in the process. Lately I’ve been doing some small projects that I’ve animated by myself, but when it comes to doing something longer like a music video I try to find animators to help decrease my workload.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
I’m fairly new to the industry but I’ve found that clients usually have no idea what the process of cel animation involves. This means that the deadlines and budgets they propose are almost always extremely tight, which in turn means having to work much longer hours and sometimes weekends. I’m quite good at time management so I can manage the workload when it gets tough like this, but it definitely isn’t sustainable for the industry as a whole. I’m lucky in that I’m young and able to commit that time, but it’s something that I wish wasn’t the case for myself and so many other animators. It’s rewarding to finally finish something after working so long and hard on it, but it definitely makes having a work-life balance almost impossible.
At the moment I’m really enjoying the independence of freelancing full-time as I love managing each day and week on my own terms. The most fulfilling feeling that’ll never grow old in this job is watching back what you’ve animated. Compared to live action, with just a computer and tablet you can make an entire film by yourself. That’s what I love about animation; your own voice and style can shine so much.