When entering the workforce, be mindful of an unspoken studio etiquette and hierarchy. Be diplomatic, keep your head down, don’t gossip.
Hit your deadlines and if you are falling behind, let your supervisor know ahead of time so the team can find a way to solve the issue.
Be reliable, be flexible, be able to take criticism and be willing to make changes over and over again without a sigh, a huff, or a complaint.
Learn how to spot problems and give constructive feedback.
Be a “we” and not an “I.”
As early as you can, take advantage of great opportunities to work abroad on strong projects. Pack lightly and be ready to move on as needed. Embrace it.
Change is good… You will travel, have new cultural experiences, meet different people, learn new workplace dynamics / become more adept, and expand that very precious network around the world that will help sustain you as the business continues to change.
Much of your ability to get and retain work is based on your talent (+ software proficiency / skill level), work ethic, personality / disposition and relationships to those on the inside.
Relationship with co-workers start in college. A reputation can and may precede you.
-The value of critiques
The ability to spot an issue, know how to resolve it, and convey a critique constructively is of great importance. It is also very important to be able to take criticism or feedback, follow direction, and be able and willing to make as many revisions that may be required. Whether you’re at a studio or getting feedback on your reel, artists much be open to feedback and making changes without ego. They must listen to their supervisors and make changes quickly and often. Supervisors do not want excuses, whining or arguments – they just want the changes made ASAP.
Try to find a few things that you are good at, professionally, and can always be doing interchangeably. Don’t get complacent because you’re good at something, because the money is good, or because you think a studio needs you.
Positions are phased out all the time and you must be able to do something else well enough to stay employed while you’re retraining for a second skillset.
You must always stay current, fresh, keep learning and keep your skills sharp. Companies cannot be loyal and you have to make sure that you protect yourself by constantly upskilling and improving as you move up and gain a broader understanding of the entire process of filmmaking.
As was mentioned earlier, there is an online etiquette. Be mindful of adding or engaging with industry professionals and getting into discussions or offering an opinion in which you may offend those who worked on a film.
Do not tag professionals in images of your artwork or post those images on their walls.
Do not ask professionals for a job (or a drawing) – go through proper channels. If someone is a good friend or someone you know pretty well at the studio, you can perhaps as