The perks of interning at a small studio
Before I got there, I was really stressed out at the thought of Animade being a bigger company than it was. But when I arrived, it was Tom and Ed, the creative directors, and Carmen, an animator, which made me feel a lot more at ease. I was also slightly worried, as Tom and Ed are both British, that I might end up saying something rude or incorrect, especially in client meetings (as English is my second language).
I thought I would be asked to do really menial things, like tea rounds and making notes from meetings, but I was trusted enough to be working on projects straight away. I was really surprised to be animating scenes for big clients so early on. This scared me, but it also made me feel like I was in the right place. Everyone was really nice, and no one had an ego or tried to push their ideas on someone else. It’s made me realise how important it is to build working relationships, and it makes such a difference if you’re easy to work with.
Because I started when the creative team was small, I had the opportunity to influence the in-house style, in a way – and I think there’s definitely space for that if it’s a smaller studio. If it's a really big studio, that might be slightly difficult. At Animade, there’s also a really big emphasis on personal projects. We will do this work because we love making it, and there are no client pressures. However it also gives you the opportunity to show clients, and see if they want something similar in the future; and when they do, it’s an amazing feeling.