(Sorry if my thoughts are all jumbled… Just felt the need to rant about this predicament I’m having with myself.)
I’ve been talking about the job market a lot in my Sociology class this year. We’ve talked about poverty, homelessness, you name it. For whatever reason, it didn’t bother me until just last week when we were talking about jobs in terms of the money they earn and their ‘calling’.
I’ve always thought I had a sort of calling ever since I started taking art classes in college. But suddenly I felt a lot more insecure about it now. The economy is going down the tubes, jobs are being outsourced, and people are getting laid off from their jobs and the issue of earning money just is getting worse and worse.
Being a potential animator, it almost feels like it’s loads harder to get work. I admit, I’ve never had a job before, except for taking notes for someone in my class which pays a certain amount for the unit, but other than that, I have no job experience.
Remember when you were little and your parents said “You can be anything you want to be. As long as you work hard, you can accomplish anything.” You know, the “American Dream”. It really doesn’t feel like that holds up anymore. CEOs are taking jobs to other countries who will work for cheaper pay, taking away hundreds of thousands of jobs away from Americans in order for the average consumer to buy cheap goods.
There are cases of those miracle stories about people becoming millionaires by working hard at something they love doing, but it doesn’t always work that way. I mean, I don’t want to just do a job just for the money, but I at the same time, I don’t want to do a job for free. I need to make a good living. I’ve always entertained the thought of becoming a teacher if ‘being in the industry’ didn’t work out, but the pay isn’t great. My boyfriend wants to be a college professor as well, so if we were to get married (And if I actually became a teacher), we may have a hard time keeping our household afloat.
I brought this up with my mom yesterday. I had gone to see my high school cartooning teacher’s artwork at an arts show and saw the beautiful furniture he had crafted. I had never really seen any work that my teacher had actually created, so I was so surprised when I actually saw it. I wondered why he had chosen to be a teacher when he was truly a master of his craft.
I continued to think about this by the time I got back to my house with my parents and I asked them if they thought I could make it into the animation industry. My mom, of course, said “If you work hard enough, I’m sure you will.” When I explained what I had learned in my class and about how the “American Dream” is pretty much dead, she stood on her opinion.
I admit, her talk with me helped me boost my confidence over getting a job, and I am going to commit more to my artwork (Now that my GEs are almost completed), but I still can’t be too sure. We’ll see what the future holds
Do you think this is really something to be worried about?
Well, I hope to go onto Graduate school and get my MA. I’m not sure what school offers a Masters program in animation, but I’ll find one. After that, I hope to be part of an animation studio doing 3D animation and/or effects.
“The shepherd swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.”—Christopher Marlowe from The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Probably when I first realized what death was. I was talking to my dad about Walt Disney and he mentioned to me that he had died. I suddenly thought “What? People die?!" It sounds pretty stupid, but hey, I was— and still am— a stupid kid.
For people who start following me, you’ll mostly see artwork. Lots and lots of artwork. And me complaining. Lots and lots of complaining. I may also post stuff about video games and movies coming out (Animated movies of course), since that’s where I eventually want to go in life, animation and video games.
Not to mention silly things my friend tell me that I feel I should tell you guys.