What I tell myself everyday.

To all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me, I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask is one thing, and this is.. I'm asking this particularily of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism - for the record it's my least favorite quality, it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen." - Conan 'O'Brien

April 12, 2013

"When the external validation of success replaces our spiritual sense of purpose, things get messy." - Chris Oatley.

I have just finished reading this bloody well written article below by the amazing Chris Oatley.


I really encourage animation students and working animators to go read it fully.  This particular part below is so so true to me personally. And I want to put it here to remind myself.

"Are you an artist? …a visual storyteller?

…then keep drawing and telling stories.

You can’t let fluctuations in the industry and/or economy kill your creativity.

…and you don’t need a job in the animation industry to validate your calling.

The world needs visual stories. Humanity thrives on visual stories.

I think you should draw or tell the stories inside of you even when you aren’t getting paid.

…especially when you aren’t getting paid.

We must distinguish the truth of our internal calling as creative people from all external forces."

And these 2 gems below.

“One of the great things about the animation industry is that it rewards hard work and persistence.”

"No, I don’t think you can guarantee success with a great attitude, hard work and persistence, but you can guarantee failure without them."I think that we are doing animation because we want to. Even in Singapore .When material gains and objectives have been drilled with fear into us. The specter of fear of failure hanging over us ever since we can walk. The constant need for external validation of success from our parents, society and peers define who we are. I have been in a endless conflict between seeking validation and fighting the need for it. With a liberal amount of worry if I am doing the right thing. And I still do that every day. But I am succeeding. To keep making shorts, to keep telling stories, crafting characters. And I have had a wonderful, stressful, fulfilling, worrying time.

So to those out there, pls take heed of Chris Oatley's words. And Fight the conditioning that our society have impose on you. And find the real purpose that you do what you do.

1 comment:

  1. I agree! If you must pursue animation, do it as a hobby.

    This is a new era where many jobs are being pummeled into "unsustainability" by capitalist corporations. If you've read the news on all the bankruptcies and layoffs, you can see the course the money men are charting for the industry. They're getting rid of the real artists who can draw and create, and are encouraging their replacement by mindless drones who have the same demo reel. That way, the money men keep the artists powerless and have full leverage over them.

    Don't give up on your love. Get a real job that has sustainability, that can pay the bills and that will allow you to see your loved ones. There are many different jobs out there that cannot be outsourced, you just have to find them.

    In the meantime, you can still do animation as a hobby. You can post your work on youtube and who knows, maybe someday your work will get recognized.

    Just do the math and don't pay for an education in animation. It's not worth it going into debt for an unsustainable job when you can learn everything for free through the online community and youtube.

    Go for it!