Working as an animator is one of the best things in life, but that is just my opinion.
Having an occupation where you can entertain and influence other people while doing something you find fulfilling is a rare thing to find. Especially if you have the mindset to only chase safe jobs devoid of surprises or challenges.
Another great perk of being an animator is the option to work remotely.
Despite applying for many on-site jobs, I have only worked from home in these last two years.
Mainly due to me often being employed by studios who just wants me to work on a quick job, or hire me on to save a project from the horrors of deadlines.
I do still chase the on-site jobs, where I can work side-by-side with fellow animators and artists, but I do still love the comfort of sitting on my big recliner chair, with a big cup of coffee at my side, and my custom-built PC in front of me.
I can give a couple of tips on how to be a stay-at-home animator.
One of the more important things of working from home is being able to communicate. Very often you'll be bombarded with e-mails from your employer with new assignments, new directions, and new critiques.
Having a trustworthy internet connection is then key. I often struggle with my internet in my area, so often that in my current house hunting I am only considering areas with great connection. Be sure you have a great provider.
When you are working from home, just like in any other offices, you need a work horse. A beast that can handle almost every task. This is especially important if you work in CG animation, as I often do. Make sure to research properly and extensively for that one computer you need, and never overpay. It might be tempting to get the £1000 PC that promises to do everything you cannot do, but often time it is better to shop smart. Find the one that suits your requirements more, rather then adding stuff you don't really need.
Lastly, be comfortable. One of the chief perks of working from home is the relaxed environment. Invest in a proper chair, a nice desk, and a good coffee machine. Spruce up your office with decorations, entertainment, and motivations. Your work output will increase dramatically if you make the effort to make yourself feel relaxed at work.
My apology for this week's blog post being so short.
I am currently working on two huge projects and I'm gearing up for some major job interviews.
Not sure what I'll post next week, but I'm planning a small character animation tutorial in the near future.
Thank you for reading, and have a good week.
My name is Patrick Høiseth. I am an Animator who mainly work in CG productions, but also have experience with Flash/2D animation.