No mentors, but Katsuhiro Otomo is the best!
Hmm, surrounded by animators? That’s kind of a stretch. It’s true though, I don’t live in or near a big city like LA or NYC. For me, it was just natural to connect with other artists online because it was either that or nothing. But I think if you limit yourself to a certain social area you’ll miss out on a lot of good shit. The animation community is smaller than you’d think. Seems like everyone gets to know each other eventually, so long as you’re open to it that is. Independent animation can be a very lonely practice, so i think we’re just naturally drawn to connecting with other people who believe it’s worth it.
Yup, I’m a full time freelancer. There are ups and downs, but over all it’s a positive I think. Although to be completely honest, I can see myself craving stability more in the future and sometimes think about leaving freelance behind for an office job. Or maybe some kind of off the grid wild man that lives in a tree.
like this “Hut-ner”. the first e is silent. the original german spelling was Hüttner. But umlauts are illegal in the united states so they changed it.