In this last year of my course, I have found it to be challenging, stressful and fun.
It has pushed me out of my bubble a little. I had to find work experience and go to networking gatherings on my own. That was a big thing for me. I guess I was worried about rejection and my work not being good enough.
I managed to do it somehow, and now I've gained a little more confidence in myself and my practise. My CV has also benefitted from this.
Aside from our Degree Show coming up, what worries me now is the uncertainty of my future.
I want to work in a multidisciplinary studio that entails animation, graphic design, photography and so on. I'd like to work somewhere locally to start out with like Manchester, not somewhere miles away.
I'm not personally ready to uproot to anywhere yet, but I'm not ruling it either. I think I need to gain more experience in the working environment.
I'm hoping when I've graduated, I can find a work placement/apprenticeship/job in animation/art. If not, have an art related job. I don't want to get my hopes up too much, nor be too choosey about what type of place I work, because of the current economic climate.
I'm trying to be a dabbler too, in hopes that'll present me more art opportunities. In my spare time, I do photography and try to further develop my photoshop skills. I only got a placement at NOISE Festival, by telling them I did a graphic design course prior to what I'm studying now. They didn't have any animation work for me at first, but now I'm trying to update a video showreel of their's when I'm not working on college projects. It's a good place to work at.
Since I began going to network gatherings, I have currently compiled 36 connections on Linked In, attained a dozen cards and met some really great people. Also, I think I have some potential freelance work opportunities lined up after graduation.
I also have a new-found love for traveling. Seeing studios in other countries and learning of different cultures was amazing, I loved every minute of it. Kind of wished I stayed longer.
I also need to improve my social skills when it comes to presentations, as I can get quite nervous. My confidence dips, I'll stutter a little and mumble. I'm not used to it. I think I prefer working in the shadows. I guess it's because I have a reserved nature and don't like being in the spot light. I know some practice will address this issue, but I find it hard to speak to people sometimes as it is anyway. This is another reason why I want to get some work experience.
I hope to continue improving my social and Adobe skills, and become a better, professional animation practitioner.