Are Animation Jobs In Demand? | Top 5 Ways To Enter The Industry!

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

It's 2021, and now more than ever animation is everywhere: TV, online, our socials, anywhere you look you're likely to see animation in some form or another. So what does this mean for recent graduates or junior animators wanting to get into the industry? Good news, there are plenty of opportunities and help out there to help you land that exciting place with an animation studio!

Here are our top 5 ways to enter the industry:


'Hey Arnold!', Animated Cartoon - 1996

Number 1:

Practise, train and study! As well as an amazing showreel, recruiters love to see credentials. It could be qualifications from college or University, online courses or online certifications. Paid and free, there are hundreds out there to try! If you have the cash spare we recommend looking at AnimSchool or Animation Mentor!


'The Simpsons', Animated Cartoon - 1989

Number 2:

Be seen! Build your portfolio and show it off on a well-structed website and your social media platforms. Make sure to have your contact details in sight as recruiters can come to you, and remember to follow your favourite studios! It's also recommended you keep your portfolio updated and the content relevant to the job sector you're interested in; don't include dozens of 3D environments if you want a job in 2D animation.


'The Simpsons', Animated Cartoon - 1989

Number 3:

Freelance! Although competitive (what isn't?), selling your animation services online is rather straightforward. You have sites like Fiverr, Twine, Freelancer Club, Worksome and so many more, that will allow you to sell to clients through their website. If you gain a social following you may decide to offer your services to them directly, either as a freelancer or a limited company.


'Family Guy', Animated Cartoon - 1999

Number 4:

YouTube! Many popular animators rose to fame by using YouTube to upload animated shorts and enhance their skills. If you have at least 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours over the last year then you'll be able to qualify for ad revenue on YouTube! We understand this is no easy task, but just uploading your animations on YouTube will not only get you seen but build up a nice portfolio too (just be aware of using copyrighted material).


'Care Bears: Unlock the Magic', Animated Cartoon - 2019

Number 5:

Networking! Although its not everyone's cup of tea, networking is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with people in the industry. Whether it be a director, recruiter or another animator like yourself, making connections like this keep you in the know and may even open up some doors for you.

There are so many other ways you can enter the animation industry, this is just a few of them! Don't feel disheartened if you're struggling to find work or be seen amongst the sea of animators; many people go through this, it can be tough but worth it in the end!

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