When I was at university studying for my degree in animation I had (and still have) this great desire to work in the creative industry. I even got lucky a few times assisting professionals at the BBC studios and sat in on meetings at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. I got positive feedback on the work I was doing and greatly enjoyed working on my craft full time. I graduated with a good grade, then nothing, well not professionally anyway. I excitedly submitted my portfolios and showreels but it never got any further than that.
While I was busy submitting portfolios, I secured regular work. The plan being I would look for creative work around regular work until I get lucky and one day land a paid creative assignment before ultimately making the switch from regular work to making a dent in the creative industry. I told myself then (and still tell myself now) that if I don’t succeed finding paid creative assignments then I will happily work on self-initiated projects until I do eventually, as they say, make it.
Balancing regular and creative work can be tough but very rewarding, especially when new skills and a body of work starts to present itself. So how do I do it? Let me break it down for you.