How would you describe what you do?
I’m a self-employed animator and director. I work mainly in the commercial world, which on the face of it sounds dry, but it actually allows me to work on a really wide range of projects. Things like social media campaigns, explainers, short films, public space installations and even the occasional good old-fashioned TV advert. You never know what will come next, and the quick turnaround keeps things interesting.
What does a typical working day look like?
To be honest, I’m on the computer for at least 8 hours on a weekday. You may have heard that animation takes a long time, and it is the absolute truth! Mostly gone are the days of working with real materials in the real world.
If you’re a commercial animator working in the industry, your world is drawing tablets and software. I do however actually use a sketch book for planning any design work. Also being self-employed means a fair amount of emailing, particularly if I’m running my own job.
Where does the majority of your work take place?
My workdays are currently spent in a shared studio space where I rent a desk. It’s a big, bright space with plenty of plants and a good work vibe. There are ten or so other people doing various things, mostly creative work, a few designers, an illustrator and a couple of other animators. A small animation company called Formplay own the space, and I do the odd freelance project with them too.
How does your freelance work usually come about?
Most of my work comes through the various contacts and other animators I’ve met or made friends with over the years. But a lot comes through word of mouth, and through the work I post online.