This week's email is from my buddy Raul Aguirre, Jr- creator, animator, artist, voice over guy, you name it. Raul is one talented dude and I thank him for his email.
Where do you see yourself as an animation artist 5 years from now? I'm asking because as we all know the studio system is choking big time in the idea department and is about to go the way of the dodo. How many more cartoons can they make where a cute little thing does cute little things and then learns a lesson?, It seems that the only folks making animation that is different and interesting are the independents such as yourself., I guess what I'm saying is, what kind of long term planning should an indy animator start doing now in the face of the imminent demise of the large studios?
Five years from now? I would hope that my DVD sales are booming and I'm putting out really high quality movies. I joke about being the Ghetto Disney, but really- that would be the ultimate. I'd love to have a stable of characters and movies under my belt. I'm also really inspired to keep growing my "cult" audience. True blue followers of the cartoons. TV would be nice too. I think I could do something different with that medium. Something interesting. It would be great to finally get some serious compensation, too. I'm working on making that a reality...slowly, but surely. Five years from now I hope to still be inspired and having a good time with making my cartoons the way I envision them.
Long term planning for indie animators? That one is easy. Be self sustaining..at all costs. Get yourself into a position where no matter what- you can continue to create your output. Bottom line. Never be at the mercy of others 100% of the time. Keep a little fire for yourself somehow.
Now THAT's entertainment! Thanks for your email Raul!
Check out Raul's cool stuff HERE!